From IPE: Top 10 Tips for Preparing Worthy Medical Summaries
Top 10 Tips for Preparing Worthy Medical Summaries
Source: IPE Tools of the Trade e-Newsletter
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Guest author: Vicki Parker
Medical records are considered a “necessary evil.” “Necessary” because they prove or dis-prove the merits of an injury or death. “Evil” because records can be expensive and laborious to manage. Your job as a paralegal is to capture what’s relevant – to find the smoking guns, haystack needles, omissions, discrepancies, alterations, and of course, the facts relevant to your case. Where do you begin? Here are ten tips that may turn your medical summaries from tarnish to brass.
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Vicki Parker is a paralegal with Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC in Birmingham, Alabama where she has spent the last eight years doing plaintiff’s work including medical malpractice, personal injury, bad faith, and breach of contract. Prior to doing plaintiff’s work, Vicki worked for defense firms for nearly 20 years handling mainly labor & employment law and premise liability. Ms. Parker received a Certificate of Paralegal Studies from Mississippi College and her bachelor’s degree from Millsaps College in Political Science. She has been active in the paralegal profession on many levels including membership with her local paralegal association, public speaking on a plethora of topics, and writing freelance articles which have appeared in her state bar magazine and other publications.