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The Challenges of Medical Summaries for Attorneys

Most personal injury cases already are such a pain to endure. It requires a lot of effort, time, money, and, worst of all, paperwork. To succeed in winning a personal injury case, you are going to need to prove that your injury or disability keeps you from performing any type of job, which requires records from hospital visits, reports from your job, etc. Medical summaries are extremely important pieces of evidence to bring to the case for obvious reasons: it backs up your claims of injury or disability.

Medical Summary for Attorney

However, medical summaries are very difficult and tedious do, and most attorneys or law firms often opt to send out such a pursuit to specialized firms that are specifically trained to come through pages and pages of medical records to create that summary. Continue reading for some challenges one can run into while making a Medical Summary:

1. Time-Consuming

A personal injury case is already a time-consuming event, between the court appearances, paperwork, and the long expanses of time that the court system takes for any case. But, medical summaries can often be the most time-consuming, depending on how many medical records one has to go through. If the case requires the attorney to look at thousands of pages, it is going to take a long time. Taking up more time also may make the case more expensive. If attorneys have to work overtime (or realistically have their staff work overtime), it will cost them more money, which, consequently, will cost you more in the end.

2. Difficult to Understand

After years of medical school, Doctor’s use a language that looks Greek to anyone who hasn’t studied medicine for most of their lives. Lawyers have not studied this language, so deciphering medical records may be a job more suited for Dan Brown and Robert Langdon than for mere lawyers. Therefore, aside from combing through the ton of pages, it will take even longer to decipher the language. I mean, why do they have to say pulmonary instead of just saying heart for Pete’s sake.

3. Creating Accurate Timelines

Chances are that medical records aren’t all in one place and may not necessarily be in order. Perhaps your doctor referred you to another, more specialized physician. Maybe you were admitted to the hospital while on vacation in another state or country connected to the injury or disability. It’s like putting together a thousand-piece puzzle except your whole case can rely on this puzzle.

Using Medical Summaries to Better Understand Medical-Legal Cases

As an attorney, your job is to fight for your client when it comes to their personal injury and social security claims. That means you not only need to have a good working knowledge of the legalities of the case that you went to school for many years to learn, but you also need to be able to understand the medical side of it which you probably didn’t go to school to learn. Sometimes even the most experienced attorney may have problems understanding the medical aspects of a client’s history that will help them present the strongest case necessary. Using medical summaries to better understand medical-legal cases is the best way for you to present the strongest case possible.

Medical Summary

Medical Summary

A medical summary is a concise and understandable medical history based on your client’s available information. This information is vital for you because it gives you the information you need to base your case on as their medical injury or disability will determine what potential outcomes you can try to get. In addition, these medical summaries will be supporting evidence that you can use to prove your client’s case. A good medical summary can result in a better outcome when it comes to cases that boil down to the medical information as a poor medical summary may mean that vital medical information was left out that could have changed the course of the case.

Why Use a Service?

You may be wondering why you should use a service for your medical summaries for your cases as you might have been doing them yourself or having a member of your staff handle them. One of the main reasons why it can be beneficial for your law office to use a service to handle a medical summary is time. The amount of time it would take your office to produce one of these will take away from your other tasks. Adding in the money that you’ll save, it makes great sense. Plus, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that an accurate medical summary was prepared for your case by an experienced professional that is specially trained to handle these services.

At the end of your case, you want your client to know that you fought your hardest for them when it came to their personal injury and social security claims. You need to be able to present the strongest case necessary on their behalf to seek a better outcome. That means having the best tools at your fingertips for your cases, and medical summaries can make a difference in the way that you present your medical evidence.

Contact us at LM Summary Services to get prompt, thorough, and effective medical summaries for all your personal injury and social security cases.

How Medical Summaries for Attorneys Benefit Your Clients

As an attorney, you want what’s best for your client, right? When it comes to collecting information and putting a case together, it’s important to make sure you have the most accurate and thorough information possible. Without that, you could wind up wasting time and resources trying to build a case, and still not have everything you need to get the judgement your client deserves. In cases involving medical records, thorough and fact-checked records can be especially important in proving (or disproving) such things as fault and negligence. Because of this, if you are relying on anything less than a professional medical summary service to help compile the necessary medical records, you could be jeopardizing your case without even knowing it.

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Why are Medical Summaries Important?

Professional medical summary services are essential to helping you put together an accurate and effective case for your client. If your client was involved in an accident or some other medical emergency, then things were probably pretty chaotic at the time. Doctors and nurses need to keep patients alive; stopping to document what is happening at the time is not an option. It can be difficult to go back through later on and figure out exactly what happened while your client was receiving medical help. And yet, a successful case often hinges on being able to do that very thing — figuring out which doctors were involved, which treatments or surgeries were performed, which medicines administered, and in what order.

How can a Medical Summary Help your Case?

If your case involves the possibility of negligence or malpractice, then you already know how important it can be to have a thorough timeline of events at your disposal. As you are building a case for your client, a final judgement will often depend on the minor, negligible details that can be easily overlooked. Assembling an accurate picture might just be what’s needed to show what happened and in what order.

What can LM Summary Services Do for You?

At LM Summary Services, we have the knowledge and experience to go to work for you. Our team of professionals has the expertise needed to build a thorough, accurate, meticulously prepared medical chronology to help you get the judgement your client deserves. If you are finding that it is impossible to wade through the details to get to the truth, contact us today — we can help!

Win a Claim with a Social Security Brief

A single disability case can involve hundreds of thousands of pages of documentation. Medical records alone can take up a majority of that. Nobody wants to comb through and read all of that. The judge especially doesn’t want to waste his time with a pile of paperwork. Therefore, it is valuable prudent to send a brief of your case to the Administrative Law Judge before your hearing.

Social Security Disability Claim Form

What Should Be Included in Your Brief?

A brief should include everything the judge needs to know about your case: identification (SSN, Name, DOB, etc.), procedural history, a concise summary of your case, a list of medical evidence, discussion of sequential evaluation, discussion of unfavorable evidence, and a conclusion. While the first items are self-explanatory, it will be especially important to understand the last three components as they can make or break your case:

Discussion of Sequential Evaluation:

A Social Security decision is a five-step evaluation process, and you can increase your odds of winning your case by going through each step and connecting it to your case. These are the steps you need to identify and explain:

1. Have you worked since you reported your disability? If so, you can argue that it was a failed attempt or that your disability severely impaired your ability to do the work at the level it is expected to be performed, therefore, being in need of benefits.

2. Identify physical and mental impairments that keep you from working.

3. State the listing number and name of disabilities from the Social Security Blue Book and cite the evidence that supports your claim.

4. Concisely describe your work history and explain why it is you cannot return to any of these jobs.

5. Explain why you cannot handle any other jobs, specifying limitations that will interfere with even those jobs that require almost no skills or movement.

Discussion of Unfavorable Evidence:

Some cases can contain “bad facts” such as drug or alcohol use or working after onset of disability. While dwelling on those for long isn’t good, ignoring them completely can be even more detrimental to your case. Being upfront about them may also increase your credibility with the judge.

Conclusion:

Restate your main points to keep them fresh in the judge’s mind.

Why Would a Brief Help Your Case?

Think of the brief as a preemptive strike. You want to give the judge a thorough understanding of your case without him jumping to his own conclusions from your paperwork. That doesn’t mean you should skew facts and lie, but providing explanations, even before he asks you them in court, will not only speed the process up but reassure the ALJ that you have a strong case, keeping you from being dismissed in his mind from the beginning. It is a great first impression and shows you’ve done your research. However, the brief needs to be done well to pack that important punch. Always seek professional help when making your brief. If the brief is professionally done and accurate, it can increase your odds of getting your case through.

Medical Records Needed for an Immune System Disorder

If you suffer from a disorder of the immune system and are considering applying for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits, you probably have questions concerning what types of disorders are covered, and what you might need to prove your case.

Medical Records Immune System Disorder

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes and pays out benefits for several different types of immune disorders. These types of immune disorders are broken into three categories:

Autoimmune disorders

These disorders include conditions that are caused when the body’s immune system turns on itself which can result in long-term impairments that affect one or more body systems. These disorders include, but are not limited to, such impairments as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and scleroderma.

Immune deficiency disorders (excluding HIV)

While autoimmune disorders typically involve an immune system that is working too hard in some respect, this second group concerns disorders where the immune system is deficient in some way. These conditions include sepsis, meningitis, and endocarditis.

HIV

The third type of immune disorder, HIV, is characterized by a weakening of the immune system, leaving the body open to many infections, as well as cancers and other conditions.

To earn SSDI benefits for the presence of an immune disorder, it will be necessary for you to provide the SSA with documentation proving its existence and effects

Medical Records

Depending on the disorder in question, different types of records might be needed. In general, though, the SSA will need the following types of information:

Medical Histories

A long-term immune disorder requires management and care under the eyes of a trained health physician. Records of those visits, including treatments and prognoses, should be submitted to the SSA. Records from the emergency room or hospital visits should also be submitted.

Medical Imaging and Tests

Any relevant medical tests and imaging procedures that speak to the nature or severity of your condition should be submitted. These might include such things as angiography, x-rays, CAT scans, MRIs, blood tests, myelography, biopsy reports, and bone scans.

Physical Examination

The results of a physician-conducted physical exam should be submitted as well. This examination should include information concerning your past, current, and possible future physical condition and how your disorder affects your movement, health, and quality of life.

To qualify for SSDI benefits, medical records such as these, plus any other lab results, tests, or medical reports that speak to your specific disorder are required, as well as any other documents or records that the SSA deems necessary for determining your medical condition, and therefore, whether or not you should qualify for benefits.