Anyone can review a medical record and create some sort of chronology. But the real key is what does all that information mean?
The reviewer/consultant must be able to:
- Review AND understand the medical documentation, terminology, medical conditions and procedures.
- Identify and convey how the medical information impacts/affects pre-existing conditions.
- Determine if the previous injuries or surgeries affect the current condition.
- Conclude if the mechanism of injury fits/correlates with the alleged diagnoses/conditions.
The records must be organized, reviewed, analyzed and on some level opined about. The medical information is only useful when the attorney or insurance adjuster understands the importance of the information.
I am currently reviewing a case for a law firm. They requested a medical record review with chronology. A paralegal could have generated a standard chronology AND a high-priced physician advisor could have rendered an opinion about relatedness or causality, but what about everything in between? The information in the middle is equally, if not at times more, critical to a case. There is so much more to a case than a timeline or answering a causality question. And….that’s where I come in!
- Created a working chronology with clear, ongoing comments about the medical record information
- Looked at the pre-existing conditions, pre-existing medications, prior injuries and surgeries and explained how or if any of these issues impacted the case
- Provided detailed arguments for counsel based on medical facts/information so he could prepare/strategize for depositions/trial
- Identified missing records that were critical to the case
- Recognized subtle treatment discrepancies, treatment lapses and condition changes as seen on diagnostics
These are just some of points that should be standard for any review. Make sure your medical legal reviewer is covering these points.
Could have a paralegal done some of this? Yes. Could have a physician done some of this? Yes. A comprehensive LNC report provides the client with a working roadmap on how to move forward.
- I created a clear picture of the case from beginning to end
- I identified holes in the record and helped to develop a strategy to achieve the client’s goals
Will I be working with a paralegal on this case? Yes. Will we need a physician at some point? Perhaps, but based on the LNC report we know the most appropriate specialty and what exactly we need from him.
The bottom line – A COST EFFECTIVE comprehensive, detailed, concise and directional report was created to help counsel move forward.