Last Updated On: 12 October 2016

Role of an Orthopedist in a Personal Injury Case

Any damage to the skeletal system, whether it is an ailment or accident, will require treatment from an orthopedist. Attorneys are always looking out for orthopedic surgeons to work with them on personal injury or workers’ compensation cases, but it’s often very difficult to find the right one. Many doctors refrain from taking such cases because it typically takes a long time to settle the case in court, therefore delaying the payment as well. However, in a recent shift within the industry, it is clear that more orthopedic surgeons are willing to work on lien. The main reason behind this is the shift in perception of how these cases actually work. Previously, long negotiations and middlemen dominated the process resulting in unfair treatment of the doctors. Today, such negotiations are very transparent and free of any interference from a third party. Thanks to online directories such as Power Liens, the previously painful negotiations are now strictly maintained between the doctor, the attorney and the client.

Attorneys looking for orthopedics on lien simply enter the specialty and the location of their particular case, and then with our search tool the right doctor is just a few clicks away.

Orthopedic Doctors working on personal injury or workers’ compensation cases have a crucial role in the process, including:


From the start of a case, orthopedic surgeons on liens perform the initial evaluations of the client. This includes detailed documentation of the client’s medical history and analysis of the current medical condition. The orthopedic surgeon will also prepare a comprehensive medical treatment plan for the client and then share all of this with the attorney.


Detailed diagnostics are run for the client and a multitude of specialized tests are conducted to aid the orthopedic surgeon in treatment. An MRI or CAT Scan may be ordered depending on the case, and on occasion anEMG (Electromygraphy) or NCV (Nerve Conduction Velocity) test may also help the surgeon accurately diagnose the condition and rule out suspected injuries.

Physical Therapy&Pain Management

An Orthopedic specialist will also recommend whether physical therapy is necessary. Pain management and physical therapy are integral parts of the treatment and are essential for the patient’s quick recovery.


Surgery is essential if the damage sustained by the client is beyond what medicines and standard treatment is able to cure. Orthopedic surgeons perform the surgery as need by their diagnoses and treatment plan, and also provide a detailed documentation at the end of the procedure for the attorney and court proceedings.


For the attorney’s purposes, the most crucial function for a doctor is to document everything at each stage of the case in great detail. From initial evaluation to final recovery, the orthopedist needs to document the results of the tests, the treatment plan and the client’s progress after every step taken. It is tedious, but also it is very important for the attorney when he needs data for the personal injury or workers’ compensation case. The client will also get a detailed report of the treatment for their personal records.

Orthopedic surgeons can add a substantial amount of value to your personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. If you are looking for an orthopedist for your next case, simply search our online directory here!