Wednesday, April 16, 2008

a bit more about Med Legal

It is a company that helps lawyers prepare for medical cases--like a malpractice suit, or when the insurance company won't pay for a treatment.

Basically, the lawyer has a patient and a pile of medical files, but doesn't have the time or the understanding to read through them all and get what they're actually saying. To fix this, the lawyer gets in touch with Med Legal, who has a crack team of Legal Nurse Consultants. The LNCs comb through the medical records and write up a bunch of reports which fully explain what is going on medically with the person, WITH the added bonus that they also evaluate the case from a legal standpoint.

The final step on all the reports is for them to be sent to an editor. This is where I (hopefully) come in. The editor reviews each file for grammar, formatting, style, consistency, and content. Content means does the medical data make sense? Have we covered all points that the lawyer asked for? Is every pro or con of the case addressed and pointed out for the lawyer? The content step is very important, since that's what makes the case for the lawyer.

I think that sums it up pretty well. I'll post again when I hear back from the senior editor on how I did on my test case!

1 comment:

kelsey said...

This could be pretty interesting!! Keep me posted. Can you talk about the cases you read for??