Position: Legal Nurse Consultant
Marilyn has practiced as a legal nurse consultant since 1986 and is certified by the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC). She has worked in both plaintiff and defense litigation, holding positions within law firms as well as in an independent consulting capacity. She has assisted in the litigation of personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability, and environmental claims. She has assisted with several high profile tobacco cases in California.
Marilyn's clinical background includes emergency room, psychiatric, medical-surgical, and administrative nursing. She is a founding member and past-president of the AALNC. Ms. Mason has been published in national journals and spoken to and consulted with nurses, paralegals and attorneys at both the national and local level regarding medical issues in litigation. She has been a member of the San Francisco State University Guest Faculty, advising and teaching in the legal nurse consulting certificate program. She was an Associate Editor for AALNC's Legal Nurse Consulting Principles, 3 rd edition, published by CRC Press in 2010. Ms. Mason received her diploma in nursing from the Barnes School of Nursing at Barnes Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri, and her bachelor's degree from St. Mary's College in Moraga, California. Marilyn holds an active Registered Nurse License through the California Board of Registered Nurses.
Ms. Mason's role as a Legal Nurse Consultant at Winer, McKenna & Burritt, LLP, is a dynamic process, whether it be interviewing potential clients, analyzing medical or psychological damages, researching medical injuries or diseases, identifying standards of care and deviations from the accepted level of treatment, reviewing medical records and correlating to other legal documents or retaining expert witnesses,
Ms. Mason's contributions at Winer, McKenna & Burritt, LLP, are founded on extensive nursing experience and medical knowledge allowing for in-depth analysis of medical-legal issues, medical records and related case documents. Using a Legal Nurse Consultant in litigation involving medical, nursing, or psychological issues is cost-effective. The attorney can access a network of medical professionals and a wealth of nursing and medical knowledge, from clinical practice to administrative protocol, as well as a myriad of government agencies that oversee healthcare policy.
Most importantly, a Legal Nurse Consultant in the law office benefits the client. Clients are given assistance with understanding the medicine and its legal implications in their claim. As a Legal Nurse Consultant, Ms. Mason acts as a liaison between the client, the attorney and the medical professional, collaborating, educating, and organizing. Within that capacity, the attorney realizes more time to devote to legal tasks and activities. Having a Legal Nurse Consultant on the case brings added assurance that the client will be represented at the highest level, based on fairness, economics, and commitment.