There are a variety of reasons you may choose to retain a physical therapist as an expert witness. However, I will highlight some of the most common services that we can provide, with some context as to why you may choose to use a physical therapist as part of your legal strategy.
Perhaps you have are working on a medical malpractice case in which a patient has suffered an injury, potentially as a result of negligence or malpractice. Many times, it can be as the result of an injury in which the plaintiff claims that the physical therapist was not adhering to standards of care. This can happen in many ways. Perhaps...
Physical therapists are routinely involved in not only the direct patient care of patients, but also in the decision-making process of their medical care as a whole. If you are providing legal services to a plaintiff for the reasons listed above, or if you are defending the actions of a medical facility or practitioner, it may greatly enhance your legal approach by retaining the services of a PT expert.
In a recent report from Healthcare Providers' Service Organization (HPSO), payments for Physical Therapy malpractice claims were $42 million over a recent 5 year period. That is DOUBLE the amount in a previous study. So why is this happening? An article in PT in Motion News, reported that:
"examples of improper management include failure to follow practitioner orders, failure to obtain informed consent, failure to complete a proper patient assessment, failure to cease treatment following excessive/unexpected pain, and failure to report the patient's condition to the referring practitioner."
Cases involving physical therapy care are common. We can help you determine if there was negligence in the case and whether the PT was adhering to best practice standards. Do not hesitate to contact us today!