Medical Legal Testimony

How to Properly Diagnose Pain in Personal Injury Litigation

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Course Duration

60 minutes

Credit Type

General/ Substantive

Presented By

Dr. Nelson Hendler

Dr. Hendler, former assistant professor of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as well as past president of the American Academy of Pain Management.  He delivers a CLE on how a proper diagnosis will help an attorney meet insurance company objection and increase recovery.

Johns Hopkins Hospital doctors report that 40%-80% of Personal Injury cases are misdiagnosed. He explains the main causes of pain and what questions to ask to correctly identify diagnoses commonly overlooked by treating physicians.  You can’t fix a problem until you know what causes it.  The correct diagnosis leads to the correct medical testing and treatment. Sprains and strains and whiplash do not last more than 8 weeks. MRI’s miss disc damage 78% of the time compared to provocative discograms. Attorneys will learn what other diagnoses are commonly missed by doctors, and the correct medical tests are needed to properly represent their clients.


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