Accurate and Simple Medical Legal History

14 June 2012 / Medical History / Comments Off on Accurate and Simple Medical Legal History

Doctors: Limit the injury or illness to a single idea, and check your story from several angles.

Phil Walker, Esq.Don’t get fancy with the words or the details. Remember, take your time and invest the effort to produce an accurate and simple story. It may take some time, and it may be a little frustrating for everyone at first, but chisel away until you have a crystal clear picture in your head about what this person before you is trying to say. Repeat it back, several times, place yourself in their situation, then ask for the answers you expect to hear.

For example, “So you said your ankle popped, immediately swelled to the size of a grapefruit, and the foot went numb? I would think I might want to see a doctor immediately and tell someone at work…what did you do?”

Remember, the applicant is not being cross examined in a murder trial. We only want a story that validates common sense of the reader.

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