The $$ value of the 5 to 10 minute phone consult with your doctor.
In our personal injury practice we have found it is worth paying a fee to your doctor in order to be able to talk to him for 5 to 10 minutes about your injuries.
1st the fee for the consultation is usually not that much.
Maybe a few hundred dollars at most.
And what do we get for that?
We get a preview of what your Dr. will say in his narrative report about your medical treatment, his findings and most importantly his diagnosis of your condition.
The 2nd advantage of the 5 to 10 minute phone conference consultation with your doctor is that if the doctor forgot to put something in the report this provides another opportunity to speak to him about an issue we think is very important for a proper evaluation of your injuries.
Why is this important?
A lot of times your doctor will be dictating the narrative report based upon his review of your file and the records in your file.
The doctor may be tired and may miss something.
Maybe the fact that you were not able to go back to work for example for several months due to your injuries.
If he does not put that in his narrative report, you are not going to get credit for that with the insurance company.
We want to make sure you do get that credit and that’s why talking to the doctor is another way of putting your best case forward BEFORE he writes the report.
We have talked about this before, but an insurance companies puts an almost blind faith in what is written in a treating doctor’s narrative report.
The narrative report becomes the Bible that they use to set a dollar limit and value to your case.
The 3rd and last value to the 5 to 10 minute consultation with the doctor is that we can put a positive spin on how he should look at you and your injuries.
We obviously want him to write the most favorable report possible for us.
Telling the doctor a few positive things about you during the 5 to 10 minute phone conversation with your doctor prior to the narrative report being written never hurts at all.
So there you have it.
It’s just another idea we have tried to develop over the years to maximize the value of your case.
We want you to get the most money you can for your case.
If only one or two of these ideas pan out and result in the insurance company giving you an increased offer for your injuries, then we did our job.
Because our job primarily is to get you the most money we can for your injuries.
And that’s what all our efforts are directed to.
Do you have any ideas about ways to increase the value of your case?
If so we would love to hear from you.
Thanks for reading.
Bernie the attorney.