Hi! First of all, I would greatly appreciate any advice you could offer to me, as I have fallen into Legal Nurse Consulting purely by luck, divine intervention, flukie-ness, what have you...
I have been a nurse for thirteen years, and have extensive experience in OB, especially fetal monitoring. So, a friend of mine has a LNC company and asked me to review a case--I absolutely loved it!! Well, the attorney said he was "so impressed" with my review that he has asked to retain me as an expert witness for a huge case. I feel very comfortable with this case and my skills (in my opinion, it's pretty open-and-shut), but not with all of the "other" stuff that accompanies all of this.
Sooooo, I'm meeting with this attorney on Friday, and I really want to make a good impression. I have never attended any of the LNC workshops or anything (I've thought about it, but I guess that doesn't count)...
Any ideas of what I should bring with me. He had asked for a CV, which I figured was a resume, of sorts. My thoughts was to basically list my education and work experience, with the work experience in detail as it would pertain to this case. Also, any certifications, as well as extra seminars and workshops.
Also, what should I do about the fee? The firm I was through before had an expert witness fee schedule, and I thought I would stick with that. They had a retainer fee of $500.00 listed, but they said they usually waive the retainer. Should I create my own invoice or fee-schedule? Also, this could span a few months...should I bill him monthly, or a whopper at the end? I was thinking monthly. This could require a good bit of driving and travel time, so it really could add up rather fast (whoo hoo...I am soooo doing a happy dance).
Sorry for writing a book, I just really don't know what the heck to do or where to start....thanks bizillions for any direction!