If you have a client who has suffered an orthopedic injury due to the negligence of another person or party, you should have them undergo an independent orthopedic evaluation. An independent orthopedic evaluation is performed by a doctor who is a neutral third party in the case or claim. The doctor will testify or provide a certified statement regarding the injuries of the client without bias. Here are some things you need to know:
What Will an Independent Orthopedic Evaluation Entail?
The independent orthopedic evaluator is there to examine the joint alignment of the patient. They will compare the right and left sides for any irregularities. The process begins with a medical history to learn more about your client. They will discuss any prior medical issues, talk about the accidents, and their current medical complaints.
The evaluator then will conduct an exam as well as examine the patient's medical records. Imaging is a significant part of the process. The evaluator will take x-rays of the patient to look at the joints, back, neck, spine, and muscle groups.
What Is the Patient's Responsibility at the Evaluator Appointment?
The patient should be familiar with their own medical history to help the evaluation go smoothly. They should be honest with the evaluator about their current symptoms without exaggerating their condition. The evaluator needs an accurate account of the injuries and the accident to get a truthful depiction for the claim. If a patient is not honest or displays inconsistencies with their answers, their claim could be at risk.
What Occurs After the Evaluation?
After the independent evaluation, the evaluator will generate a report based on their findings. The opinions of the evaluator can have a major impact on the claim. The insurance company of the liable party as well as their attorneys will receive a copy of the report. The client's attorney also receives a copy of the report. After evaluating the report, the insurance company can then authorize payment to the client for the claim if the evidence proves the need to do so. The client then can use the money to pay for medical needs as a result of their injuries.
An independent orthopedic evaluator has an important role in a negligent injury case. An unbiased party's input can make or break a claim for compensation, so it is crucial to have your client work with an evaluator during any type of injury case.