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Interviews

  •  Phone interview and in-house interviews (if local) of new or potential clients, defendants and/or witnesses

 Case Reviews

  •  Screen, evaluate and advise on merits of a case

 Records

  • Obtain medical records or other pertinent records
  • Identify sources of records
  • Viewing of medical records at facilities
  • Preparation of medical records (organize, paginate, index)   Click here for one way to organize medical records
  • Review, analyze, summarize medical records for any type of medical case
  • Create case specific reports/chronologies/charts/pain & suffering reports

                      click here for samples of :

Short ReportNarrative Report, Comprehensive ReportPain & Suffering Report, Timeline

 Research

  • Research and integrate medical and nursing literature as it related to the medical facts and issues of a case
  • Conduct research on standard of care, causation and long term damages
  • Research articles, publications or book chapters authored by plaintiff or defense experts
  • Searches:
      • Research medical issues or standards that apply to a specific time frame
      • Follow-up with references listed in bibliographies of articles
      • Research ongoing medical conditions and damages so see if they are connected in the literature
  • Research health care professional's credentials
    • Background information, certifications, licensure dates, sanctions or disciplinary actions taken against providers

 Standard of Care

  • Identify and obtain standards of care that apply to your case
  • Identify deviations/adherence to standards of care

 Identify

  • Potential defendants
  • Potential witnesses
  • Documents to request
  • Theories of liability
  • Strengths/weaknesses of the case
  • Medical issues to be discussed with appropriate experts or treating physicians
  • Facts in the medical record that supports or refutes your position
  • Inconsistencies between patient complaints, findings and mechanism of injury

 Policies, procedures and/or protocols

  • Identify and review pertinent policies, procedures and/or protocols

 Experts

  • Prepare file for expert review
  • Prepare letter to experts
  • Identify, locate and confer with expert witnesses

 Prepare/advise/educate attorney

  • On medical issues of the case
  • Understanding of injuries/damages
  • For and during legal proceedings
  • Assist attorney in making informed decisions regarding continuing or discontinuing with a case

 Independent Medical Exams  (click for "IME" article)

  • Prepare client for exam
  • Provide IME physician with pertinent records, x-rays, etc.
  • Accompany client to IME to observe the exam and be your client's advocate in your absence
  • Provide a time line and verbal or written report of exam to include all activities, testing, questioning and examination
  • Review, analyze and summarize IME reports
  • Compare and contrast IME report with medical records and treating physician reports
  • Testify as rebuttal fact witness regarding observations if needed

 Provide support during various stages of legal proceedings, including:

  • Discovery (see above areas which apply to specific cases)
    • Depositions
      • Assist in preparing deposition questions
      • Assist in preparing for depositions of health care professionals
      • Attend depositions
      • Review, analyze, summarize depositions associated with the case
    • Trial
      • Assist in preparation of medical documentary evidence; exhibits; experts; and/or attend and assist at trial
    • Other legal proceeding- mediations, arbitration, medical-legal panel

 Expert fact witness testimony  (click for "Fact Witness" Article)

  • Introduce medical records into evidence by summarizing the medical records and explaining in lay terms, to help the jury to understand injuries sustained and the care received.

 

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