Highlighting key facts helps you persuade in your report. An articulate and organized legal nurse consultant is better prepared to create a persuasive report for a client. Barbara Boschert from St. Louis, MO shares her tip for creating polished legal nurse consulting reports.
Use key points
Barbara said: When possible, I keep specific key points in a box because it is a way to pull them out, set them apart, and make them a quick point of reference. ‘Key points’ depend on the type of case. In a personal injury or workers compensation case, the mechanism of injury may not fit the clinical picture, so I might put a citation/reference in a box that demonstrates that point.
Or I might find a pre-existing condition that had been missed, but has great bearing on mitigating medical specials.
The smoking gun
In a medical malpractice case, I have found one single entry – that proverbial needle in the haystack. The fact turns the case in a favorable direction for my client (plaintiff or defense). I want to be sure to highlight it.
For example, I might find a stand-alone entry that a doctor discontinued a test because the patient was greatly improved. Or perhaps the staging of a newly diagnosed cancer indicated a good prognosis in the face of other negligent care that ultimately ended in the patient’s demise.
Use a format that persuades
This format for legal nurse consulting reports really only works when you’re doing a narrative summary. If you’re doing a chronology in table format, where everything is already in ‘boxes’ essentially, I have a column for comments, and I would highlight these key points in bold italicized text and/or with a color highlight as well.
Other little techniques work for bringing facts to the forefront, both in the context of the report, and perhaps even a separate appendix that is even a faster reference tool for the attorney. Whatever I do, I give a key with my report that helps the client understand the import of emphasized content.
Pat Iyer MSN RN LNCC is president of The Pat Iyer Group. Learn more great tips to write organized and persuasive reports. We had a fast-moving webinar chock full of tips to write highly effective legal nurse consulting reports. Check out the online training provided by Dr. Lawrence Clark: Marketing Your Legal Nurse Consulting Services. Order the replay to watch at your convenience.