Medical records are frequently complex and time consuming. This is especially true if you do not have a medical background. Personal injury or workers’ compensation attorneys likely have specific knowledge of medical conditions as do insurance professionals.
The world is becoming smaller and patients receiving care in several different countries is more common. For many people, whether they are professionals or the general public, having medical records in foreign languages creates a significant barrier.
Coordinating services when you face a serious health condition is challenging. That is why case management was invented. This collaborative process allows a medical professional, usually a nurse, to assess treatment options, monitor progress, and suggest adjustments when needed.
Case management may require efforts beyond telephone calls or email. Sometimes, you need a case manager who can travel, visit your doctors, and reach out to other resources that can help you. In field case management, you enjoy this direct interaction.
Facing a disability after a lifetime of being able-bodied is often a shocking transition. Once accustomed to earning money in a particular trade or living independently, you may find you need to rely on others or retain services. These are not easy changes to make and sometimes, you need guidance when navigating options.
California law allows one other person to attend an Independent Medical Exam (IME) with a patient. Defense counsel rely heavily on IMEs in order to dispute the severity of a claim. For plaintiffs, the IME is often intimidating.
Attorneys frequently dread the cases where an injured victim has a long medical history of similar problems. Plaintiff attorneys look to show why the current injury or illness is unique while defense counsel builds a case to show the pre-existing condition was the dominant cause of the current complaints.
Doctors are notorious for hating legal procedures. It can be difficult if you are an attorney to find a doctor willing to give testimony in arbitration or trial. If you are an insurance professional, you may also struggle with finding medical experts who present as objective and knowledgeable.
Finding medical experts is not easy for laypeople. You often do not know where to look first as this is often not a task completed with Yelp reviews. Even professionals will find this challenging.