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Legal Nurse Consultant and Life Care Planning Expert Witness

Benes Consulting, LLC

Benes Consulting, LLC

160 West Foothill Parkway
Suite 105(18)

Corona, California 92882

Phone(951) 371-6581
Fax (951) 371-1069

Website www.rnbenes.com
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Expert Witness
Benes Consulting, LLC, is led by Debbie Benes. Ms. Benes has 17.5 years of Clinical and Management experience with knowledge of Standards of Care and Regulations in the Long Term Skilled Care Industry. 2 years experience in the Hospice Field. Experience with Legal Nurse Consulting: testifying expert witness, consulting expert, elder/abuse and neglect, and falls/restraint use. Experience with Life Care Planning: Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, and Orthopedic issues.

Services

Benes Consulting, LLC provides the following services:

As a Legal Nurse Consultant, I have the expertise to consult attorneys on medically-litigated cases. This expertise is based on the nursing process of assessment, diagnosis, outcomes, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Based on this expertise, Benes Consulting provides:

*Review and analyze (summarize, translate and interpret) medical records for deviation from Standards of Care and offer an opinion.
*Analyze and interpret hospital policies and procedures, and other essential documents.
*Serve as an expert witness and testifying witness to the nursing standard of care.
*Prepare chronologies of the medical events involved in a case.
*Identify issues of medical record tampering.
*Develop written reports for the attorney’s use.
*Analyze and summarize depositions and past testimony.
*Prepare requests for production.
*Prepare questions for deposition.

As a Life Care Planner I am able to provide detailed and in-depth reports based on medical and non-medical, psychological, and vocational related needs and services, along with projection costs, for persons who are suffering from a catastrophic injury. Life Care Planners have the expertise to:

*Provide comprehensive home visits to collect subjective and objective data based on the nursing process of assessment,
diagnosis, outcomes, planning, implementation, and evaluation.
*Uses nursing standards of practice and consults with other members of the healthcare team to determine on-going care based on
the person’s medical and non-medical needs.
*Prepares a comprehensive care plan for any injury.
*Conducts research that supports the life care plan.
*IME Attendance- verbal or written reports.


Litigation Support Services

Benes Consulting, LLC provides services as a testifying witness and consulting expert for plaintiff or defense. Support Services include:

-Screen medical records for merit.
-Analyze and interpret hospital policies and procedures.
-Prepare chronologies of the medical events involved in a case.
-Analyze and summarize depositions and past testimony.
-Prepare requests for production.
-Provide comprehensive home visits to collect subjective and objective data based on the nursing process.
-IME attendance.
-Estimating medical and non-medical needs of person's with a catastrophic injury.

Areas of Expertise

Additional Expertise:

Liability, Elder Abuse and Neglect, OBRA Regulations, Falls and Restraints.

Profile

Debbie Benes is an RN, licensed in California, with a certification in Legal Nurse Consulting (CLNC) and she has received education as a Nurse Life Care Planner (NLCP). She specializes in having knowledge of Standards of Care and Regulations in the Long Term Skilled Care Industry. She has 14 years of Clinical and Management experience in the Long Term Care Industry along with 2 years experience as a Hospice Case Manager.

Experience with assisting in the coordination of medical care and return to work, involving Worker's Compensation employees who have been injured on the job, by accompanying the injured worker to all initial and follow-up medical examinations through discharge.

Experience is centered on medical record review an analysis, assisting with preparation for annual Department of Health Survey, Developing and Implementing Patient Care Plans, assisting with Patient Care Plan Meetings, Fall Risk and Safety Issues, Restraint Compliance, Pain Assessment and Management, Wound Assessment, Education and Training of Staff.

As a Legal Nurse Consultant, Debbie Benes has experience as a testifying witness and consulting expert. I also have experience with elder abuse and neglect, and with falls and restraint use. As a Life Care Planner, I have experience with determining the medical and non-medical costs for persons with catastrophic Injuries.

Consulting Practice

All States

More Information

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Nurse Life Care Planner, Litigation Support
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Professional Experience

Work Experience:

2007-Present Benes Consulting, LLC, CEO, Corona, CA
Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, Nurse Life Care Planner

2014-Present
RAPP & Associates, Laguna Niguel, CA
RN Onsite Nurse for Work Comp injured employees.

2012-2014
Valley Health Care, San Bernardino, CA
RN Care Plan Coordinator

2008-2014 Care Alternatives Hospice, Riverside, CA
RN Hospice Case Manager.

2007-2008 Legacy Post-Acute Rehab Center, San Bernardino, CA
RN in a Subacute Unit of a long term skilled care facility.

2004-2006 Legacy Post-Acute Rehab Center, San Bernardino, CA
Care Plan Coordinator. Wrote patient care plans, prepared MDS in a long term skilled care facility.

2002-2004 Chapman Hospice, Riverside, CA
RN Hospice Case Manager.

1999-2002 Shea Health Center, San Bernardino, CA
Assistant Director of Nursing and Staff Developer in a long term skilled care facility. Prepared for Department of Health survey.

1998-1999 Life Care Corona, Corona, CA
Assistant Director of Nursing in a long term skilled care facility.

1997-1997 Loma Linda University Hospital, Loma Linda, CA
Clinical nursing services on a pediatric oncology/hematology unit.

1997-1997 Inland Valley Hospice, Riverside, CA
Hospice Case Manager and Supervisor.

1996-1997 Life Care Corona, Corona, CA
RN Supervisor/ Clinical Nurse in a long term skilled care facility.


Licenses

Riverside Community College, Riverside, CA ∙ A.A., Nursing ∙ Registered Nurse, California license #487035 ∙ 1993
Vickie Milazzo Institute Certification Program ∙ Certified Legal Nurse Consultant© ∙ 2007
Kelly Lance of Kelynco LCP Program ∙ Nurse Life Care Planner ∙ 2007
Shelene Giles of FIG Services: Medicare Set-Aside (MSA) Allocation - 2016 (Will sit for certification in 2016)


Affiliations

Memberships:

National Alliance of Certified Legal Nurse Consultants ∙ 2007
American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners (AANLCP) ∙ 2011


Qualifications

Debbie Benes, RN has 17.5 years of experience in Long Term Skilled Care with knowledge of medical chart analysis, fall investigations, care planning, patient/family/staff education, elder abuts/neglect, knowledge of the clinical aspects of nursing patient care, knowledge of standards of care, and patient rights.


Education

*Riverside Community College, Riverside, CA ∙ A.A., Nursing ∙ Registered Nurse, California license #487035 ∙ 1993
*Vickie Milazzo Institute Certification Program ∙ Certified Legal Nurse Consultant© ∙ 2007
*Kelly Lance of Kelynco LCP Program ∙ Nurse Life Care Planner ∙ 2007
*Shelene Giles of FIG Services - Medicare Set-Aside (MSA) Allocations - 2016 (will sit for certification in 2016)





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