Medico Legal Specialists

Dr. Malhotra, who is certified by the California State Workers` Compensation Division, conducts a qualified medical assessment of injured workers, assesses their degree of disability, and prepares a forensic report. Before entering into an expert appraisal agreement, the physician and his representative (client applicant) must ensure that there is no conflict of interest between him and this case. Otherwise, he should disqualify himself. The mandate (the actual request, the questions asked and expected, as well as the complete answer and the justification for the answers) must be clearly written in writing, approved by the client and accompanied by all necessary medical documents related to the case. The discussion about the fees for expert opinion, the costs of going to court, should be discussed and agreed upon before the procedure. It should be pointed out to the applicant that the doctor selected for an expert opinion is acting as an expert and not as a treating physician. An expert gains credibility when he chooses to diversify his loyalty as an expert between the plaintiff and the defendant. Some experts, sometimes referred to as “hired weapons”, who only stand on call for one side or another and refuse to deal with either side of the coin, have an unsavory reputation in the field of forensic expertise. Their views may be stilted and prevent an impartial assessment of the facts. The benefits of our forensic services at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute: Dr.

Malhotra is not only a board-certified neurologist, but also a JD (law school graduate), which uniquely qualifies him to assess conditions that require medical and legal expertise, such as workplace accidents, qualified medical evaluations, and personal injury. Over the many years of his career, he has gained considerable experience in evaluating such medico-legal cases. It provides physicians, lawyers, insurance companies, the U.S. Department of Corrections, and the U.S. Department of Labor to patients in Riverside and San Bernardino, California, and surrounding areas of the Inland Empire. While the doctor`s main job is to clearly explain the medical side of things, the lawyer`s job is to argue for his client and win the argument in points. The lawyer relies on the doctor to provide him with the necessary medical information, which he integrates into a legal thesis that he hopes will convince the arbitral tribunal of the accuracy of his testimony on behalf of his client. The idea is that neither the doctor nor the lawyer should see themselves as individuals, but as members of a team of investigators and interpreters who work together to shed light on the true nature of the dispute, to allow the judge to be well informed, to weigh the arguments, to see the truth and to find his side. Hard and honest work and common sense usually provide the tools to build a successful case. Teamwork is essential, neither the doctor nor the lawyer tries to surpass themselves.

Winning for the customer is key. The predetermined rules of the legal system, which have already been established and improved over the years, if properly nourished and well-oiled, will provide the energy needed to complete the case and allow for an orderly and convincing presentation of the facts. Regardless of the quality of the arguments, the final decision always rests with the judge or jury. If a party feels justice has been denied, there is always the appeal process to rely on. Our extensive panel of medical specialists is highly experienced in producing independent valuation reports for: Our medical legal team at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute provides legal teams with a full range of medical legal services for cases involving individuals, medical providers, insurance companies, employees and employers. This includes an Independent Medical Examination (IME), where one of our doctors prepares an independent medical opinion about a person`s injury, treatment or condition. Our physicians also regularly serve as Certified Medical Adjudicators, where both parties accept a physician in one case to conduct an independent medical assessment. For workers` compensation claims and benefit claims, many of our physicians are also qualified medical adjudicators who are certified by the government to perform a qualified medical assessment (QME) to resolve a dispute.

A good, trustworthy employee will also find it easier to get back to work. A worker with a bad reputation is unlikely to be as happy. Goodwill must be present on all sides. In the case of unionized workers, the union representative will often want to be part of the medico-legal process. Sometimes they tried to influence medical decisions and be present at the worker`s actual medical examination. I believe that there is no rule that says they must be present, and although the expert accepts that the union is there to protect workers` rights, he has every right to refuse the union`s presence in the investigation room. However, the union has the right to challenge the report if it believes its standards of justice have been denied. In general, a third party is inadmissible during a forensic examination, unless he is present as a proven expert (translator, sign specialist). The world of forensic expertise can be both medically beneficial for the candidate and a compelling and interesting medical practice for the expert. A well-done expertise that includes accurate medical information and gives objective and clear answers to the questions asked usually determines the right path for an injured worker after an injury and can thus serve as a liberating and even therapeutic force.