It’s easy to forget that while attorneys manage defense medical exams often, their clients do not. And a lack of experience and or preparation can spell disaster for your case. Here are four things your client needs to know about their exam – and how our Nutris nurses can assist your client:
The Doctor’s Role
Most clients do not know that the doctor conducting the exam is not independent, but rather highered by the defense. Making sure your client understands that this doctor is not their to help them from a medical stand point, but rather potentially disprove their injury, is key.
If English is not your client’s first language, it is imparitive to have an interpreter present in the exam. Even if your client is confident in their learned language, there may be terms that they are unfamiliar with, making an agreed upon interpreter essential to the process.
We all know that waiting around in a doctor’s waiting room is frustrating. However, a client not being on time to the exam can be grounds for canceling the exam. This cancelation is not only financially expensive, but can also cause delays in the case.
It is essential for clients to understand that their description of their pain is crucial to the exam. Because exams are only audio recorded and not video recorded, the verbal descriptions of pain are key. Having a recording of the client’s detailed description is invaluble to your case.
Our nurses follow a documented procedure with each of our clients which always includes an extensive preparatating for the defense medical exam. This prep time includes all of these items, plus much more. In addition, our nurses are present duirng the defense medical exam to advocate for the client to ensure a successful exam that is beneficial to the plantif’s case.