Academy of Chiropractic Personal Injury & Primary Spine Care Program
Quickie Consult 74
"All That Matters"
This is going to be the shortest consult in my career, yet the most powerful. If you can master this concept, you will have a huge PI practice. All that matters to a lawyer is, “What has persisted after a reasonable course of care.”
If your report reflects that concept, game over…You win. The lawyer doesn’t give a rat’s ass (sorry, it’s late and I need to have some fun) what happened on the first day or the second. All that matters is what is left over at the end. Does this mean the lawyer has no case if the problems resolve? Usually. Now, your job is not to create or fabricate any findings. It’s to honestly report what is residual and preferably permanent, if clinically present, from the lawyer’s perspective.
Also, do not quote references; they are inadmissible, as the opposing lawyer does not have the opportunity to cross examine the author. Therefore, don’t look like the fool in a medical-legal setting and cite references. All that matters is your opinion of your patient. Oh, and don’t tell me what usually happens in “this type of patient,” because it doesn’t matter. All that matters is what is happening with your patient.
I have rambled enough.