One of my objectives in any personal injury case is to take care of my client and get him or her back on the road to recovery as soon as possible. Doing the work we do, we gain a ton of knowledge regarding different medical treatment, anatomy, different health care providers who have helped other patients with similar issues, and other modalities that have helped our other clients over the years. I am not advocating “practicing medicine” here, only to share information to help the client be better informed. As an example, I have shown a client an anatomical chart of the neck muscles to help the client better understand what parts of their body are hurting. Another example, I urged a client with a heart issue to go to UVA for immediate treatment when her local doctor did not think she had a serious issue. As it turned out, her trip to UVA saved her life.
Plaintiff attorneys sometimes get a bad rap for “milking” the medical treatment and bills and pumping up claims. I don’t know any attorneys like that personally that but I do not doubt that they are out there. I will assume that some of those lawyers value the “claim” and not so much the client. I value both, and we can take care of and nurture both while also maintaining integrity. We value the client’s health first, and the claim second. [Read more…]