Doctor's PI Program
From the Desk of:
Mark Studin DC, FASBE (C), DAAPM, DAAMLP
A Picture is Worth 1000 Words
Getting pictures of an injury site is a very powerful tool in the medical-legal community. This provides one such example, an extreme one, but it makes the point all the same:
You should always have a camera in your office to take a picture of any visual aberrations, no matter how small, and keep it in the patient’s file. Seat belt marks are a very big issue when testifying to rendering physical evidence on causality. You should let the lawyer know that you have pictures of the injured area and it should be included in your narrative report. If you have taken pictures, there should be an additional section in your narrative titled:
Pictures of Injury: Remember the big "3" CAUSALITY-DEMONSTRABLE BODILY INJURY-PERSISTENT FUNCTIONAL LOSS
Upon inspection of the patient at the initial visit, Mrs. Jones displayed visual markings of the injury to the [body part]. As a result, pictures were taken as a matter of record.