Using Medical Chronologies in Personal Injury Litigation: Lower Your Risk and Improve the Effectiveness

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Litigators that focus on personal injury matters require an array of tools to argue their case. Mednick Associates outlines ways to increase their effectiveness for litigators of all stripes.

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A medical chronology, if done correctly and updated as necessary, will follow the attorney throughout the case, providing a time saving summary of events.

Litigating personal injury matters, like medical malpractice cases, medical related mass torts or premise liability cases can be extremely complex and attention to detail is a priority. Over the years, litigators have employed many methods of organizing information, but the medical chronology, a concise record of medical facts, is a tried and true method to overcome even the most complex set of medical facts

Trial lawyers who litigate these cases employ a chronology for a multitude of reasons. However, employing the ideas below will greatly enhance the quality and cost effectiveness of any medical chronology.

1) Using a Medical Professional: Medical chronologies, in theory, can be created by anyone familiar with the general nature of a personal injury case or the basics of a medical record. However, smart litigators employ the services of legal nurse consultants to complete a record review, as analyzing the medical facts is as important as listing them. Recently, the increase in the amount of nurses who consult in the legal industry has left the trial bar with multiple options in terms of price and experience.

2) Cost Effectiveness: It is rare to have a document in a legal case that can be used before a suit is filed, after it is filed, during discovery, pre-deposition, post-deposition, pre-trial and during trial. A medical chronology, if done correctly and updated as necessary, will follow the attorney throughout the case, providing a time saving summary of events. They are a proven cost effective way to manage information and avoid duplicative information gathering, throughout the course of a case in any phase of litigation.

3) Prevents Potential Mistakes: Knowing the facts of a case, upfront and in an organized manner, especially for the plaintiffs bar in a medical malpractice matter, is key to filing the suit correctly and against the proper set of defendants. A medical chronology will uncover the gaps in treatment, the actors involved, medical experts needed, potential deviations from the standard of care and associated causation and damages. These factors guide a plaintiffs attorney, from the beginning, to avoid unnecessary mistakes after a statute has passed or their time to name defendants has run its course.

Given the numerous options on how to obtain medical chronologies, a litigator should judge the effectiveness of any chronology on how it affects the three expectations above. To learn more about how to obtain a medical chronology please contact Mednick Associates at 203.966.3000 or view their website at http://www.mednickassociates.com.

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