Academy of Chiropractic Personal Injury & Primary Spine Care Program

Quickie Consult 77

From the Desk of Dr. Mark Studin
Academy of Chiropractic
Preamble: Many of the issues I bring to you are very small, yet each issue is just that, an issue. If you take care of the small issues, then you will be able to build and more importantly, focus on the bigger issues...a larger practice and more family time.

"Communication Reminder"

When you get a new PI patient do you:

- Call the lawyer to inform them their client is under your care?

- Inform the lawyer of the body parts injured?

- Inform the lawyer of your treatment plan regarding testing and referrals based upon your initial examination?

- Ask for a record release, so you can send them records?

- Inform them that you will be bundling all of the records at the 6-8 week period of examination and testing results? By then the lawyer will be able to determine how much energy, time and money to spend on the case, if the results warrant.

- Inform them you will be creating a “court ready” narrative 6-8 weeks after the end of care? If they are a new lawyer, teach them the “Chronology of Symptomotology,” so they understand it is in both your patient’s and their best interest. If you need help on that one, re-read consultation #14.

- If the patient becomes non-compliant, do you inform the lawyer, so that he knows you are on top of the case and are preventing a problem for him by allowing him to help his client get the care they need? Non-compliant clients are problematic from a legal perspective.

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