A Legal Nurse Consultant is medical part of a legal team. These nurses serve as the medical expert in legal cases, helping attorneys and other legal professionals interpret records and charts, understand medical terminology and consult with them on healthcare-related topics. As a Legal Nurse Consultant, you can also work with insurance companies, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, clinics and government agencies, either as an employee or on a contractual basis. Your nursing background could be anything from emergency to hospital administration, working in private practices or community clinics. This varied experience is part of what makes you an invaluable asset during legal cases. A legal nurse consultant is an experienced professional in the nursing industry that is qualified to work as a legal consultant on medical cases. Nurse legal consultants may be current or former practicing nurses. The main purpose of legal nurse consultants is to help law professionals understand and process legal information. They work to help bridge the gap between the fields of medicine and law. Not only are they experts in practical medicine, but they also usually have a firm grasp on the legal aspects of medicine and the healthcare industry. Legal nurse consulting is a relatively new field, which started around the 1980s. Since then, legal nurse consultants have aided law professionals in everything from medical fraud cases to criminal cases.