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Projecting Costs – the Larger Picture

When it’s time to calculate future medical costs, a common concern is that the projection may be insufficient to meet a patient’s needs. The strong temptation is to include all potential complications, and choose the highest-end durable medical equipment. However, this is rarely the best approach to meeting that patient’s ...

0 Comment   |   Posted in Blog December 23, 2016

You thought your case had merit

Every law firm has a unique philosophy that guides them in their decision to represent a plaintiff or plaintiff’s estate. With that in mind, if a case is turned down, it is always for a good reason that applies to that particular firm, and many attorneys explain that denial in ...

0 Comment   |   Posted in Blog June 20, 2016

Authenticity

I believe the greatest barrier/challenge that faces a new LNC is the ability to manage anxiety in new situations, meetings, presentations or interviews with attorneys. These are the same problems faced by attorneys in preparing a closing argument. When I began meeting new attorneys, I know that I did not project self-confidence. ...

0 Comment   |   Posted in Blog March 23, 2016

Mediating with Full Knowledge

It is no secret that most civil cases never go to trial, or that insurers would be happy to settle workers comp cases rather than periodically increase their reserves. Unfortunately, it is also true that plaintiffs have no way of knowing how to value their claim or accept their attorney's ...

0 Comment   |   Posted in Blog September 03, 2015

Maintaining the Veil of Anonymity

Just as new LNCs are feeling their way, so are new attorneys. And plaintiff counsel may not have a flexible budget until they have been in practice for a while. Personal injury and med-mal attorneys who tell their clients that “they won’t pay unless their case is won” still have ...

0 Comment   |   Posted in Blog,LNC and Attorney Advice June 23, 2015

American Nurses Outperform Outsourcing

Is offshore outsourcing the future of medical record analysis? No. The purpose of a medical chronology is to isolate critical data for the attorney and his experts. Every attorney wants a focused chronology that isolates relevant facts with an explanation of why that fact is important. This allows them to ...

0 Comment   |   Posted in Blog June 15, 2015

Hearsay vs. Testimony – by Katy Jones

New legal nurse consultants sometimes confuse the concepts of hearsay and testimony. Some LNCs believe that it's hearsay when patients and families provide a different version of events than the medical records do. However, in Law, that version of events, when given at deposition or trial, is testimony, ...

0 Comment   |   Posted in Blog May 15, 2015

Stroke and CHI – Key Concepts

Head injuries or brain damage can occur anywhere - in the workplace, in an MVA, in medical malpractice, toxic torts, a domestic fall, and environmental exposures. Litigated head injuries generally arise from two sources: 1. Accidents a. blunt trauma (fall, violent blow or ...

0 Comment   |   Posted in Blog February 07, 2015

The Autopsy – A Dying Recommendation

In recent decades, there has been a marked drop in autopsy requests - an unfortunate occurrence. In the distant past, any death within the first 24 hours of admission triggered an autopsy. Any unexplained death in or out of the hospital; any accidental death with questionable etiology required an autopsy. ...

0 Comment   |   Posted in Blog July 31, 2014

PTSD Diagnosis & Symptoms

One would think from the number of PTSD diagnoses made by family physicians, orthopedists, and neurologists that this condition is rampant if not inevitable for any serious personal injury. It is not that simple. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder as a diagnosis emerged after the Vietnam War. Prior to the then, “shell-shock” was ...

0 Comment   |   Posted in Blog July 24, 2014