Academy of Chiropractic Personal Injury & Primary Spine Care Program

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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.

“Small Mistakes that Cost You Relationships with Lawyers”

Just today I requested the name and address from a doctor as listed on his license to render CE credits for a course taken. The doctor replied with his license number. I get this all of the time. I make a change in the narrative and request that you follow suit in your corrected version and I see the same mistakes with the same spelling errors. It is this attention to detail, or lack thereof, that will destroy your relationship with the lawyers. As I have written previously, if you want to be successful, you must pay careful attention to detail. If you want to be ultra successful, you must pay exquisite attention to detail.


Know your strengths and limitations, I do. Every article that I publish in a national journal I have Alli proof prior because I know that she is the best there is. When I practiced and wrote my narrative, I had Jennifer in my office, who was with me for years, proof them. In fact, she wrote 95% of the document and I simply made the few final additions.


Now, when I write my narratives, as I still do P-IME’s, I tell the lawyer that I write my own and I am a terrible proofer and request that someone on his/her staff proof my work. I know my limitations and I tell the lawyer up front that I need help proofing, as I have no secretaries. This works for me, as I have those kind of relationships and I am up front about it.


Lawyers consistently comment to me that they hate when a doctor is borderline illiterate and many are. Grammar, words, spelling and following instructions matter greatly. These might seem petty to you, but are huge in the world of law.

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