Never heard of a "med-legal" conference? Neither had I. I learned when I did a chair side visit to a major third party administrator in Windsor, CT. I asked the adjuster who was hosting me, "What is the next step in the indemnity claim?" – my standard question when an adjuster walks me through a client's claims, when I seek to learn how the adjusters in that office approach claims. The adjuster said that the "med-legal" conference was coming up soon. Huh? The WHAT kind of conference? Ah, med legal… I had never heard of it and neither had the employer's risk management team. Tell me more.
Medical care for an injured employee can be complicated. When the injured employee is represented by an attorney, the plaintiff’s attorney often tries to make the injury appear more serious than it is. Defense attorneys who have handled many similar claims often have a fairly good understanding of the medical terminology and what is meant by various medical reports and are not fooled by the plaintiff attorney overstating the nature and extent of the injury.