Academy of Chiropractic Personal Injury & Primary Spine Care Program
Quickie Consult 125
"What to do with NO FINDINGS"
I have been getting many calls from around the country asking how to handle the lawyer if your patient has no findings for bodily injury or persistent functional loss. This is the easiest answer I have ever given. Tell the lawyer the truth; you don’t have anything! Many of you feel pressured into giving positive results or being inflammatory in what you write. DON'T!!! Tell the truth.
Now…here is why you meet with the lawyer to explain all of the findings packaged neatly at the 6-8 week mark. By then you will have a good indication about what the status of the client is and the lawyer does not have to do a lot of work and spend lots of money on non-fruitful cases should everything be negative.
When the lawyer pressures me into getting them a report, I give them a choice. I ask, “Do you want a report that says they are fine or do you simply want to go off the records without a final word from me?” Let them make the choice and at the very least, you will help them understand that you understand their needs and are willing to create any report they want as long as you articulate the truth.
Most lawyers will decline the final narrative and see what they can do simply with the records, BUT…do not put yourself in the very bad position of waiting until the end of the case to tell the lawyer there are no findings. That is why I urge you to communicate with them initially and then meet with them to review the results in the 6-8 week period.
This is a simple formula and I have gotten more lawyers to work with me because I told them the client “has nothing” versus giving them findings. The lawyers want the truth and they want it as early as possible in the case so they can focus their time and money elsewhere.