Academy of Chiropractic Personal Injury & Primary Spine Care Program

Quickie Consult 156

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.

“OMG...There are no FINDINGS...What do I tell the Lawyer?”

For those of you not in the Facebook, Twitter, texting generation, OMG = Oh My God


I just received my second phone call today asking the question, “What do I tell the lawyer and how do I write the report because there are no positive findings on my patient?”I have talked about this previously. First, you call the lawyer and explain that there are no positive findings and ask if he/she really wants a report. Why waste your time for a document that will have no impact? However, the first question that I would ask you is, “Why haven’t you called the lawyer before and informed him/her that there are no findings on his/her client so he/she doesn't have to waste all of his/her time and money on a non-fruitful case?”If I was the lawyer I would be very angry and he/she has every right to be angry with you. We have outlined a very detailed communication system; follow it.


The answer to the first question is that if there are no findings, there are NO FINDINGS and you must report it as so because IT IS THE TRUTH! If the lawyer asks you to alter a finding, I don’t mean change a sentence structure, I mean change a finding, impolitely tell the lawyer where to shove it, hang up and never communicate with that lawyer again, nor accept any clients that lawyer represents. The best relationship I ever made with a lawyer came from informing him very early in his case that there were no findings. Lawyers spend a lot of time and money to work a case and I saved this lawyer more money than I could imagine with my policy of early communication. Those were the exact words told to me by the lawyer.

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