Understanding Complex Cases

Understanding Complex Cases

If you’re in the personal injury law world, you’re probably well aware of the many complexities a personal injury case can present. When preparing these cases for an insurance company to evaluate, it’s common to be thrown a curveball or two along the way. I often hear from a lot of attorneys spending late nights trying to work through these difficulties and navigate the intricacies of their cases. Here are a few common potential case killers.

  1. Pre-existing conditions: When clients have pre-existing condition(s), you can generally expect that they’ll have an impact on how an insurance company views the case. Insurance companies will want to analyze whether the client’s current state, impairments, and disabilities are in fact caused by the collision versus something that happened in the past.
  2. Gaps in treatment: It’s very common for clients to stray from a treating practitioner’s treatment plan, recommended frequency or treatment duration. This could be the result of one of life’s many complexities, but the insurance company views this as evidence that the client is not hurt due to their lack of compliance.
  3. Prior felonies / incarceration: From time to time this sensitive topic arises within a handful of cases. Many times, embarrassed clients leave past legal disputes out of an attorney’s initial intake form. When this happens, it can be surprising to the plaintiff attorney when opposing counsel brings this to their attention late in the litigation process.

These are only a few of many challenges that can complicate a personal injury case.

I’ve often been asked to produce an expert report and have discovered these issues as well as many others including poor documentation, inadequate communication, case management issues; etc.

When things go awry during the discovery process, the question for an attorney becomes, “What tools do I have accessible to help navigate these roadblocks?” The answer is consulting with the experts to help you along the way.

IRC is here to help you fully understand your case and put your mind at ease knowing that your damages reports are valid and objectively reliable in order to help settle your case in a timely manner.

As a treating doctor specializing in personal injury for over 20 years, I understand the pain-points your case can face and am here to help take the burden off of your shoulders, build out your damages reports and help you fully understand the complexities of your case.

As injury experts, you can trust us to take the wheel and help make your next personal injury case a smooth one.

At Injury Reporting Consultants, we specialize in providing expert reports such as functional capacity evaluations, vocational and earning capacity evaluations, medical cost projections, and life care plans that will support your legal documents in order to help obtain a swift and fair settlement.

Dr. Brad Poppie has over 20 years of personal injury experience not only as a treating doctor but as an expert witness in trial.  If you have a client that you would like to discuss their need for an expert report, please contact me directly at 720-982-2000 or email me at: brad@injuryreportingconsultants.com

Sincerely,

Dr. Brad Poppie, DPT, CLCP, CFCE, CSCS  
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified Life Care Planner
Medical Cost Projection Specialist 
Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Do you fully understand the intricacies of your client’s case?

Do you fully understand the intricacies of your client’s case?

I’m sure every attorney reading this has experienced a tough case. Perhaps one that has gone sideways, had poor medical management, questionable liability, or was a confusing poly-trauma case that was difficult to understand.  

No personal injury case, client, impairment, or disability is alike. Many times when a client has multiple musculoskeletal and cognitive deficits, it can be hard to know what issue(s) to prioritize and how to determine a causal relationship between the injury and the impairment or disability.

Without a solid understanding of the causation, impairments, disabilities, and the associated damages related to them, it can be difficult to properly build effective demand and damages reports. Insurance companies are well-practiced at spotting inadequacies and loopholes in ill-prepared reports which can make getting the case settled in mediation impossible.

As an attorney fighting for your client, you need the tools to prove your client’s case. We provide you with these tools by helping you understand the true nature of the case, identify your client’s true impairments and disabilities, clarify your client’s current and future medical and rehabilitative care and even break down the costs associated with their care and condition. 

Let us help you improve your case outcomes with our expert medical and rehabilitative legal analyses that ensure your case has well documented medical evidence prepared and delivered in clear and concise reports. 

At Injury Reporting Consultants, we specialize in providing expert reports such as functional capacity evaluations, vocational and earning capacity evaluations, medical cost projections, and life care plans that will support your legal documents and help you obtain a swift and fair settlement.

Dr. Brad Poppie has over 20 years of personal injury experience not only as a treating doctor but as an expert witness in trial.  If you have a client that you would like to discuss their need for an expert report, please contact me directly at 720-982-2000 or email me at: brad@injuryreportingconsultants.com

Sincerely,

Dr. Brad Poppie, DPT, CLCP, CFCE, CSCS  
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified Life Care Planner
Medical Cost Projection Specialist 
Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

How to WIN the hearts of a jury

How to WIN the hearts of a jury

I often have attorneys call and ask, “How do we help the jury fully understand the extent of our client’s injuries and how their impairments affect their life?”  My answer is always the same, “They won’t understand until there is a doctor on the stand that can translate medical terminology into layman’s terms, and how those terms have actually disabled their life.”

The complex linguistic nature of medical jargon has always been the “Achilles’ heel” of an injury case. When insurance companies and juries don’t understand the client’s medical records or the extent of an injury there can be a huge delta between the perception of the injury and how the injury has actually affected the client’s livelihood. Without a complete, understandable explanation of how the client’s impairments and disabilities affect their ability to perform vocational tasks, activities of daily living, and leisure activities, a case can easily become deadlocked. If this happens, any unnecessary stalls cause the client to suffer.

Our job at Injury Reporting Consultants is to provide understandable expert reports and to help educate attorneys, both plaintiff and defense, to understand medical jargon and break it down into simple terms that insurance adjusters and a jury can easily understand.

I, Dr. Brad Poppie, have 20 years of personal injury experience not only as a treating doctor but as an expert witness in trial. If you have a client that may be a candidate for IRC services, please contact me directly at 720-982-2000 or email me at: brad@injuryreportingconsultants.com 

Need to respond to and counter a low personal injury settlement offer?

Need to respond to and counter a low personal injury settlement offer?

Insurance adjusters are well trained in knowing how to give low-ball settlement offers after a demand package has been presented to them. Typically, the initial settlement offer is merely based on the adjuster’s ceiling or the predetermined amount they are authorized to offer to settle the claim.

This amount is always artificial and can be negotiated. The difference between the adjusters’ authority and the amount they persuade you to settle for is the insurance company’s profit margin.

Adjusters are notorious for giving a minimal settlement offer right out of the gate by questioning things like liability issues and stating that the injuries weren’t serious enough to claim the amount of medical treatment received.

Usually, low-ball offers are due to the insurance adjuster having an unclear picture of how your client’s injury truly affects their daily life.

In order to get a fair settlement offer, the insurance adjuster needs adequate documentation to justify your counter to their settlement offer. Oftentimes, you need to take your negotiations to a whole new level in order to get the settlement your client deserves.

This is done by supplementing your current demand package with objective reports prepared by experts. Painting a clear picture of how your client’s impairments and disabilities impact their ability to perform work-related tasks, activities of daily living, and leisure activities as well as future medical/rehabilitative care and associated costs help to solidify how the collision has affected their daily life and will continue to do so in the future.

Expert reports such as functional capacity evaluations, vocational rehabilitation and earning capacity reports, medical cost projections, and life care plans are often needed to help showcase the damages when negotiating with the insurance adjuster so you can get a fair settlement for your client.

Our job at IRC is to educate your firm about the reports needed to best represent your client’s injury and how the injury has affected their lives. Our simple and easy to read reports provide a new level of understanding between both the attorney and insurance company to help get the claim settled in mediation. You can put your trust in Injury Reporting Consultants to help streamline your case and make your job easier.

At Injury Reporting Consultants, we have 20 years of experience specializing in providing expert reports such as functional capacity evaluations, vocational and earning capacity evaluations, medical cost projections, and life care plans that will support your legal documents in order to help obtain a swift and fair settlement. To learn more about how we can help you, please contact us at 720-982-2000 or at brad@injuryreportingconsultants.com. Please let us know in the message if it is an emergency. 

How is Permanent Impairment Derived?

How is Permanent Impairment Derived?

Permanent injury or impairment can be a major factor in any personal injury or workers compensation case. Doctors base permanent impairment ratings on three different criteria. These are as follows:

Diagnosis: The proper and accurate diagnosis is crucial in defining the injury as well as the disability that the doctor expects the client to have as a result of the injury.

Diagnostic studies: MRI’s, CT scan, X-rays; etc are all used to help establish an accurate objective diagnosis.

Functional Impairments: These types of impairments determine the range of ratings that the client will fall into based on the results of a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE). The evaluation findings confirm the diagnosis and quantifies its severity.

Permanent impairment ratings are used to maximize the value of the case by showing the full impact of the injury and how it affects the client’s ability to perform work related tasks, activities of daily living, and leisure activities. If you have a client that has deficits both cognitively and / or orthopedically, a functional capacity evaluation is the most valid and objective test that will assist in accurately determining the impairment rating. IRC Services include the following:

At Injury Reporting Consultants, we have 20 years of experience specializing in providing expert reports such as functional capacity evaluations, vocational and earning capacity evaluations, medical cost projections, and life care plans that will support your legal documents in order to help obtain a swift and fair settlement. To learn more about how we can help you, please contact us at 720-982-2000 or at brad@injuryreportingconsultants.com. Please let us know in the message if it is an emergency. 

A Doctor Life Care Planner Can Make All The Difference

A Doctor Life Care Planner Can Make All The Difference

Life care planners come from different walks of life and are trained in different schools of thought. While the end result is becoming a certified life care planner from the International Commission On Health Care Certification (ICHCC), their credentials and experience will allow or disallow them to opine on certain topics throughout the life care plan they produce.

Doctor life care planners practice under their respected scope of practice and can therefore opine on many aspects of future care of the patient after performing an examination on the client as well as reviewing the medical records. This allows the doctor life care planner to give opinions on not only their current care, future care, and future costs, but also how those three elements coexist with the client’s impairments and disabilities and how these will essentially affect their clients life.

A doctor life care planner can help to streamline the damages report process and improve the likelihood of a settlement being procured in mediation as opposed to trial.