A medical record chronology not only isolates the vital medical information, but combines it with an analysis of the potential damages to the plaintiff.
Wilton, CT (PRWEB) July 29, 2014
Personal injury, professional liability, medically-related mass torts, product liability, and general insurance defense cases are notoriously complex in nature. Therefore, attention to detail must be a litigator’s main priority. Attorneys take various approaches to organizing information, but the medical chronology, a concise record of medical facts, is a tried and true method for piecing together even the most complicated medical data. While medical chronologies are utilized by attorneys for a multitude of reasons, applying these top four ideas to a medical chronology enhances the quality and cost-effectiveness of this trusty tool:
1. Using a Medical Professional
Medical chronologies, in theory, can be created by anyone familiar with the basics of a medical record or the general nature of a personal injury case. However, savvy litigators employ the services of U.S. based legal nurse consultants to complete a record review, as analyzing the medical facts of a case is as important as simply listing them.
2. Cost Effectiveness
It is rare to have a document in a case that can be used before and after a suit is filed, or during discovery, pre-deposition, post-deposition, pre-trial, and 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. Medical chronologies are a proven cost-effective way to manage information and avoid duplicate information gathering throughout the course of a case in any phase of litigation.
3. Preventing Potential Mistakes
Particularly when it comes to professional liability cases, knowing the facts of a case, upfront and in an organized fashion, is key to analyzing the suit correctly. A medical chronology will uncover any gaps in treatment, identify potential medical experts needed for the case, and provide alleged damage assessments. These factors guide a defense attorney through a case from beginning to end, helping him or her avoid unnecessary mistakes.
4. Exposure Assessment
Knowing your carrier’s upfront exposure is always helpful in determining how to proceed with a case. A medical record chronology not only isolates the vital medical information, but combines it with an analysis of the potential damages to the plaintiff. This level of exposure, or the carrier’s monetary liability, is a key driver in determining whether to settle, arbitrate, mediate or go to trial.
Given the numerous options for obtaining medical chronologies, a litigator should judge the effectiveness of any chronology on how it affects the four 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.