Academy of Chiropractic Personal Injury & Primary Spine Care Program
Quickie Consult 81 I
"Critical Components of Success"
Upon conferring with dozens lawyers who represent trial lawyers associations throughout the United States, the following is a representative standard of needs for lawyers to prevail. What struck me as some of their most pressing issues is what we are already doing...or at least those who have read the consultations and are following the plan are doing.
NOTE: This is based upon clinical findings and the highest level of ethics when reporting findings
There are the most pressing issues that lawyers currently have with medical experts and treating doctors nationally:
1. Gaps in care need to be explained.
2. Functional losses need to be in "real life" terms. Courts do not understand Oswestry and other standardized findings.
3. Radiologists' reports are truly independent and underscore the critical necessity of working with a neuroradiologist who you have a relationship with.
4. A medical team is needed to work with you so that your opinion isn't that of the "lone ranger."
5. Credentials/certification in MRI interpretation are needed.
6. A concise history is needed, one that only encompasses what is necessary in concluding a diagnosis so that it does not conflict with other accounts of the accident.
7. The entire case needs to be laid out, including other doctors' conclusions that were utilized to render your final diagnosis.
8. You need to causally relate the bodily injury to the accident.
9. You need to have an admissible curriculum vitae.
All of the above are WELL covered in the consultations and MUST be adhered to. The legal community has laid out the pathway of its needs and right now, you have all the answers.
The following is one area we have not addressed yet...but...we have already given you the solutions:
10. Evidence to back up your findings...RESEARCH
Research is now an important component. It has to do with others' opinions that are used to establish the foundation of your diagnosis and treatment plan. Just like the treatment arena, evidenced-based practice has a place in the courts.
Unlike certain states and carriers that demand evidence to allow reimbursement, the courts allow the utilization of evidence, but it is still your opinion that is the final arbiter in the case. The research can bolster your opinion...but...please do not think that research is the key to either the success in a case or the foundation for a relationship with a lawyer. Your opinion as expert about the injuries of your patient based upon your ability to give testimony (based upon your credentials, not research) IS the key to success as an expert. We already have the research component laid out for you and over the next day or so, I will be sharing with you how to utilize it.