Medical Records: The Story That Needs to Be Heard
There’s a story being told in every medical record.
Your client tells the story of what happened in the accident. The police report tells a story. Witnesses may even have their own version of the story. But the undeniable facts that are described in the medical record are the story that will sway your jury, support your client’s claims, and win your case.
When the Legal Nurse Consultant joins your client’s legal team, she will request that you send the medical records so that she may review them for interpretation and prepare a summary of what happened. The doctors’ visits, hospital stays, procedures, prescriptions, and injury symptoms will be detailed on these reports. In addition, the client’s past medical history will be shown which is equally as important. Have the current injured areas been a problem in the past? To what extent? Is there a clear separation from past injuries and the current injuries that we can define during the case to get your client the best outcome?
Within the report may be charts, medical terms, and medication names which seem like a different language. Medical professionals, like your Legal Nurse Consultant, will not only analyze the records, but “translate” them to make them relevant and applicable to your case. She will analyze medical records in conjunction with hospital policies and procedures to determine adherence to, or deviation from, appropriate standards of care. These minute details are then fleshed out in a summary report and customized to showcase how the client’s story is supported by their medical records.
As your Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, Newton LNC is sensitive to your client’s privacy. We strictly follow HIPAA regulations, keeping medical records confidential and secure. We’re there for you, as professionals, when you need discrete communication the most. As part of your client’s legal team, we’re available to respond to your client’s medical questions and concerns, providing another way to maintain trust and confidence that your office is working in the client’s best interest and helping them achieve their “happily ever after”.