Lifetime of Agony Results from Devastating Near Death Crash
Legal Nurse Consultant Sandra Krug addresses the benefits of having an LNC on your team to organize, review and summarize medical records to create demonstrative evidence to support the case for you and your plaintiff.
Preparation & presentation of case exhibits:
Your client sustained severe injuries when a van ran a red light and slammed head on into the car he was driving. The collision occurred when he and his wife were returning home from their monthly date night.
They stopped at a red light preparing to make a left turn. As they entered the intersection, a van ran the red light, and crashed head on into the couple’s car.
A police report stated that the van driver’s negligence caused the collision. He received a citation for failing to stop. An independent witness also believed the driver of the van was at fault.
The collision left him with a brain injury. He also sustained several bone fractures, including pelvic and collarbone. He has herniated discs in his back and neck. He had surgeries involving screws and a plate to his skull. He has difficulty walking. His physician reports that he will walk with a cane for the rest of his life.
Both vehicles were totaled in the collision. Now your client is filing a personal injury lawsuit against the van driver. But, the auto insurance company contests liability, and questions the severity of the plaintiff’s injuries. They also question whether injuries may have been sustained from the physical moving of the plaintiff by first responders, and his subsequent travel to the hospital. He had a prolonged hospital stay, and went to a rehab facility from the hospital. Again, the insurance company questions if injuries could have been sustained or worsened during any of this time.
You Need to Know
What Happened to Your Plaintiff!
This is what happens when you call a Legal Nurse Consultant:
- Documenting injuries: The case involves the health care management of the plaintiff by multiple providers. The LNC will study both the police report and eye witness statement, as well as paramedic report, in association with medical records from all facilities, to detail injuries. This will assist you to determine the kind of injuries the plaintiff sustained.
- Organizing medical charts, preparing a chronology, and timeline: This will be key to understanding the treatment, and any complications.
- Performing literature research: Medical charts are full of terminology and abbreviations that legal teams do not understand. You will gain knowledge about these terms. This is essential for both evaluating the case and presenting the evidence.
- Determining need for experts: The legal nurse consultant will locate and review additional clinically active, well qualified experts in the specialty required for the case, including nurses, life care planners, nurse practitioners, physicians, and other health care providers, who will give authoritative testimony.
Assisting with exhibits: preparation and presentation of demonstrative evidence.