Academy of Chiropractic’s Lawyers PI Program

Plaintiff IME #4

From the Desk of :
Mark Studin DC, FASBE (C), DAAPM, DAAMLP

Plaintiff IME “New Rules”

P-IME’s are so successful that they have become the “staple” for creating “career long” stable relationships with lawyers. During lawyer’s seminars as we are explaining the concept to the lawyers, they are often passing notes to the doctor giving them the names of clients they are going to send over. For the lawyers, it is the solution to salvaging great cases that have “crappy” documentation. For the doctors, it is the easiest and most logical way to begin to gain the confidence of the legal profession by working on their marginal cases and making them winners simply by following the “Colossus to the Courtroom” training or, recommending them to dismiss the case because there is nothing. Either way, the lawyer wins. 

This is one of the most common pathways to getting gall of the lawyers “fresh cases.” After they have done many P-IME’s with you, they are usually very unhappy with any other level of documentation. 

The process has become so successful that too many lawyers are attempting to “over-leverage” us, the “trauma trained, and credentialed DC’s” and take unfair advantage. 

What they are doing is two-fold:

1.  They are sending patients for a P-IME, to be seen for one visit on a lien and then they want you to testify for free.

2.   They send the patient with 400-500 pages of medical records

Although you are excited about the referral and proposition to create a great relationship, you have to safeguard your time for the abusive lawyer. 

P-IME RULES:

Testifying

1.  You are available for testifying only if you have treated the patient for a minimum of 1 month of regular care

2.  You do not charge your patient for the first ½ day. Anything longer will necessitate you being compensated for your time. 

Depositions

1.  Must be done in YOUR office or via telephone

2.  You do not charge your patient for the first ½ day if done for no charge. Anything longer will necessitate you being compensated for your time. 


Record Review in the P-IME process

1.  You do not charge additional fees for the 1st 100 pages

2.  Anything beyond 100 pages is charged at $250 per hour (or whatever you choose to charge)