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.

"Do CVs and Narrative Still Matter? circa 2012"


I received this in my e-mail earlier this week from California:

 
"You wrote:
 
The last question I asked the lawyers in the room and those across the nation is, “What is more important, the CV or the narrative?” The answer I always receive is, “They are equal.” No findings, no case. No credentials and they are unable to admit the evidence into testimony and at the end of the day, there is no case. 
 
Do you still feel this is applicable today? I assume it is but I believe these consults were from 2009 so just wanted to check."
 
This was sent to me on 5/16/2012 from Ohio:
 
"Mark, I know that I no longer work with you daily but I wanted to let you know about a big thank you!  We had a PI case from 2009 that was a side impact disc herniation injury.  The insurance company offered $25,000.  This did not cover any of the medical bills.  After my deposition, they offered $50,000.  Then after my final narrative they settled for over $100,000.  Needless to say the attorney was very happy!"
 

Yesterday, I received a phone call from Maryland (testimonial to  follow in  a few days as the doctor hasn't written it yet) as the doctor had just finished testifying on a pedestrian knock-down case. The carriers offered $10,000 for multiple fractures and injuries. The chiropractor was the only one to testify on the case for the patient and based upon his CV only, all of his testimony was allowed into evidence. The carriers did not contest his credentials, which were all from our program and the case got a jury verdict of $160,000. So...to answer the doctor from California's question, everything matters in a case. That is why you need to be the total package and why some doctors have huge PI practices, while others are sitting with their collective noses pressed against the window looking in!
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