Many attorneys are clueless how to disqualify a MD pretending to understand or be knowledgeable of chiropractic care.
If the PI lawyer is not careful the defense MD will testify that the DC care and bills were not reasonable.
But most MD’s are not qualified to offer these opinions unless he graduated from an accredited chiropractic college.
Here are a few key steps to challenge defense MD’s credibility:
|1.||What credentials or training does the MD have to offer testimony of chiropractic care?
|2.||What chiropractic material did he review for this particular patient?
|3.||Did the MD personally review the DC records or was it summarized by an assistant?
…. what is the assistant’s qualification?
|4.||Does the MD know the educational requirements for a licensed DC?
|5.||Has the MD worked with chiropractors in personal injury claims?
--- If so, name the DC’s
--- When, where & why
|6.||Finally, ask the MD to agree he is not an expert on DC care|
|❖||How consistent is your PI attorney at keeping you up to date with your PI case?|
|❖||If a patient complains about reaching their PI attorney|
– do you inform the attorney?
|❖||How often do your patients complain about their PI attorney?|
Linda, 49, working mother of three was rear-ended by a tourist from China driving a Hertz Rental car.
|I.||Incomplete histories will always hurt PI cases. And expose the DC to possible malpractice|
|II.||Don’t let staff take the history – only the DC is trained. Plus, a good personal history creates an unbreakable bond of trust between the doctor and patient.|
|III.||Try to get the records of preexisting injuries if not too distant in time.|
|IV.||If your patient is under current MD care, always reach out to the MD to see if the accident ‘aggravated’ the patient’s condition. And offer to send the patient ‘back’ for an evaluation.|