Expert: Physios Are Better Medico-Legal Experts Than GPs
A medico-legal expert has suggested that physiotherapists are better equipped to handle injury claims and identify fraud than GPs.
Speaking at the Medico-legal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists conference in London last month, former solicitor and general manager of MedCo Martin Heskins argued that physios are invaluable to solicitors when investigating injury claims.
Medco is a non-profit organisation set up in 2015 to implement the government's reforms regarding whiplash claims, identify fradulent claims and reduce insurance premiums.
The UK has one of the highest rates of whiplash claims in Europe, which all must be verified by accredited medical experts including GPs and physios.
Since MedCo launched its database allowing claimants to search for accredited medical experts, 749,000 searches have resulted in a medical expert being selected - 78% being for GPs, and 12% for physios.
"I don't think most solicitors know how beneficial it is to have a physiotherapist rather than a GP," Heskins said in response. "I'm told you often get a better quality of reporting from a physio.
"But when I was a lawyer I probably wouldn't have chosen a physio over a GP... so it's an educational issue, and you need to find ways to get solicitors to look at physiotherapists more favourably."
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