Sandra Higelin, MSN, RN, CS, CWCN, CLNC

Sandra Higelin Nurse Consulting Services
1717 E. Vista Chino Ste 7A PMB 213
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Web Site
Phone: 844-796-9690
Cell Phone: (951) 318-2819
Fax: 844-796-9690

As the owner operator of Sandra Higelin Nurse Consulting Services Sandra Higelin offers legal nurse consulting and expert witness services to both plaintiff and defense attorneys. As a Masters Prepared Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, A Certified Wound Care Nurse and a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, Sandra provides legal nurse consultation and expert witness services in Elder Abuse/Neglect litigation. Sandra has worked in Acute Care, Rehabilitation, Longterm Care, Home Health and Hospice. Her areas of expertise include Nursing Standard of Care, pressure ulcers/wounds, nutrition, dehydration, falls, restraints, sexual abuse in facilities, abnormal lab value reporting and follow-up, and other significant medical issues that arise in the course of nursing care. Sandra is also experienced with the Federal Regulations, SNF regulations, and JACHO standards. She has been actively involved in the survey process in Acute Care, and Longterm Care settings. As a Registerd Nurse, she has worked as a Wound Care Consultant, a Clinical Nurse Specialist, a Case Manager, an Educator, an MDS Coordinator (SNF), and a staff nurse. Please contact Sandra for your medical mal practice cases and discuss with her how her knowledge and expertise will help you to litigate your case for the best possible outcome.

Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Clinical Specialist in Gerontolgical Nursing: Masters Prepared certified by State of California
Certified Wound Care Nurse: Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Association
Certified Legal Nurse Consultant: NACLNC,

Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: American Nursing Association/California Nursing Association
Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Association
National Alliance of Legal Nurse Consultants
American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants
Gerontological Nursing Association
Southern California Association for Health Care Risk Managers
American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
Medical University of S. C. Alumni Association

Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Management Seminars and Workshops
FTag 314 What Health Care Providers Need to Know
(Pressure Ulcers prevention and management: CMS Regulations
Failure to Thrive in The Older Person

Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No

Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: More than 200 times

Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: elder abuse/neglect
Pressure Ulcers
Falls
Weight Loss
Retraints: Chemical and Mechanical
Sexual Abuse
Abnormal Labs with poor outcomes
Untimely Death
Nursing Standard of Care
Acute Care, Long Term Care, Home Health, Hospice, LTACS, Assisted Living

Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 50%

Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 50%

Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: More then 30

Most of my cases have settled out of court prior to deposition or after deposition pre-trial

Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: Summer 2015

Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: Multiple occasions

Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: 5

Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 12 Years

Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting, reports, expert witness services as requested.

I am retained as the consulting and the expert witness by the attorneys that use my services.
References upon request.

Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $300 hrly

Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $300 hrly

All services necessary as the consultant are at the same $300 hrly rate

Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $500 hrly (travel time at consulting rate)

Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $500 hrly (travel time at consulting rate)

Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Travel expenses are paid by the attorney.


Any consultation, reports, other demonstative evidence for deposition or trial are at the $300 hrly rate.

References

References available upon request.

Publications