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Atlanta Legal Nurse Consultant Reports on "Crime And The Legal Nurse"


Atlanta, Georgia -- Atlanta legal nurse consultant Liz Buddenhagen, registered nurse (RN), organized a one hour talk by Melissa Becker, RN, Certified Forensic Nurse, and former death investigator of Resolve Med Legal in Minnesota on July 18, 2011.

Becker spoke to the Greater Augusta American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (GA AALNC) regarding points to consider when analyzing criminal cases.  Becker has a successful legal nurse business and works primarily on medical negligence cases as well as criminal cases.
About Analyzing the Cases:
Becker outlined the analysis process which includes:
·        the history of the crime
o   statements
o   depositions
o   affidavits
o   the scene
·        the medical information
o   medical reports
o   autopsy
o   diagnostic tests
o   independent medical exams
·        the circumstances
o   research
o   relationship
o   eyewitnesses
o   video or audio recordings
o   surveillance tapes.    
In investigation of the case, Becker stressed the importance of the details of interviews, statements, and medical records. Legal nurse consultants create timelines which pop out the details of the crime data, thus facilitating analysis.
Becker talked about the sexual assault and abuse cases before. She emphasized the importance of interviewing the victim and all witnesses, and evaluating medical and other history.

For case samples, the forensic nurse went over pictures related to sexual abuse, death investigation, child abuse, prescription forgery or alteration, homicide versus self defense, and ended with a gunshot wound autopsy report for review.
“Criminal cases are not for everyone” Becker said.
About Greater Augusta AALNC:
The Greater Augusta AALNC started a hybrid meeting schedule this year. “The online meetings and conferences with educational speakers plus in person meetings for business, networking, and planning purposes has served our chapter well so far,” said Buddenhagen. The Atlanta legal nurse consultant likes the ability to bring national speakers to the Augusta members, as well as have guests from all over the country benefit from our educational offerings. For more information view
About the Atlanta Legal Nurse Consultant:
Buddenhagen is serving as the 2011 President of the Greater Augusta AALNC, and is the owner of Buddenhagen & Associates assisting Atlanta attorneys with their medically related cases. "My firm has handled personal injury trucking, medical negligence, product liability, criminal, civil rights cases plus Medicare Set-Asides, and medical cost projections. For more information view website, email, or call 770-725-2997. 


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