A thorough examination of a plaintiff’s medical records is a key component of a successful personal injury lawsuit.
Lawyers for both sides — the plaintiff and the defendant — will go to great lengths to uncover all aspects of the plaintiff’s medical history that may be relevant to the case.
At Abrams Landau, Ltd., we often rely upon expert medical witnesses to testify before the jury regarding the medical facts of the case. According to a Gallup poll, nurses rank the highest with the American public in terms of honesty and ethical standards. In fact, nurses have topped the list every year since 1990 — with the exception of 2001 when firefighters ranked highest in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks.
This is why we often will use a nurse or nurse practitioner when seeking an expert witness for a case. Nurses charge much less than physicians and their testimony is often very powerful precisely because of the public’s trust in the nursing profession as a whole.
Although Lawyer Doug Landau has a background in medicine and is well-versed in medical terminology found in patient records, allowing a nurse to conduct some of the chart review, decipher the handwriting (!) and determine the charges where there are no medical bills frees him to do other tasks which can only be handled by an attorney.
But we don’t hire just any nurse. We carefully select a nurse with the specific clinical background that is pertinent to the case at hand.