DIRECT EXAM OF TREATING DOCTOR

We are still in trial so I have limited time to share with you  this week, but here is a simple outline I used during the trial for a treating doctor. I’ve omitted a lot  of references to the hospital records and  exhibits I used  during the examination.  I revised a portion of it to make it appropriate for sharing.  Also, this  is for  a  physician who first  saw the plaintiff in  the hospital.

DIRECT EXAM OF  TREATING DOCTOR

WHY WITNESS  (Note: The first question in the juror’s mind is: who is this and why are they being called as a witness? So, I like to get that fact out first) 

  1. ROLE
  2. HERE TO EXPLAIN
  3. “REASONABLE MEDICAL CERTAINTY” DEFINED

(Note: if  you don’t instruct the witness about the standard of  proof in the beginning you need to keep repeating the phrase every time you ask a medical opinion)

QUALIFICATIONS 

1.         NAME – PROFESSIONAL ADDRESS

2.         PROFESSION/SPECIALITY

3.         EDUCATION

(1)        BOARD CERTIFICATION

4.         PROFESIONAL EXPERIENCE

5.         QUALIFICATIONS –See bio

EXAMINATION OF PLAINTIFF

1.         WHEN/CIRCUMSTANCES

HISTORY 

  1. HISTORY OBTAINED? HOW?
  2. SEE ADMITTING HOSPITAL RECORD 

PHYSICIAL EXAMINATION

1.         FINDINGS

E.         DIAGNOSIS

1.         WHAT?  WHAT BASIS?

HOSPITAL CARE

  1. REVIW HIGHLIGHTS    

(1)        Ex 21 p. 16 photo

  1. PROCEDURES DONE SUMMARY:

(1)        See Ex 82

PRESENT CONDITION

1.         LAST EXAM – CONCLUSIONS

            (1)        SEE HOSPITAL DISCHARGE Ex 27 p. 38

PROGNOSIS

1.         PERMANENT INJURIES? 

2.         ABILITY TO WALK  

3.         LIFE LONG CARE

4.         VENTILATOR

4.         EFFECT IN FUTURE

(1)         DISABILITY

(2)        DISFIGUREMENT

(3)        PHYSICAL PAIN

(4)        MENTAL PAIN

(5)        LOSS OF ENJOYMENT OF LIFE

3.         FUTURE TREATMENT REQUIRED?

(1)        NATURE

4.         LIFE EXPECTANCY IMPACTED?

CAUSATION

1.         MECHANICS OF HOW ACCIDENT CAUSES THESE INJURIES

2.         PROXIMATE CAUSE OF INJURY: REASONABLE PROBABILITY

BILLS

           1.         HAVE REVIEWED?

 2.         IN YOUR OPINION THESE WERE MEDICALLY NECESSARY AS A RESULT OF HER INJURIES FROM THE FIRE?

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