Why You Can’t Replace a Face-2-Face Examination when it comes to Spinal Injury Claims
A very high percentage of medicolegal reports – personal injury or negligence – relate to the spine. My reports date back over 20 years, and my medico-legal practice is ‘all comers’ with no special emphasis on the spine; I reviewed 100 first reports – surname commencing ‘S’ – and found that only 31% did not mention any spine injury at all, 50% mentioned the cervical spine, 37% the lumbosacral spine and 7% the thoracic spine.
My belief is meaningful assessment of the spine can only be done by face-to-face consultation and it is dangerous to give opinions you may have to standby in Court based on remote examination. If there is no choice but remote consultation, I label the report provisional on a later face-to face examination and litter it with statements about limitations.