Herrman & Herrman July 2017

The Sixth Fatal Mistake Another Mistake That Can Hurt Your Injury Case

When you make damaging statements to doctors, nurses, assistants, and related staff, you are making the sixth fatal mistake. When you see a medical provider, the doctors, nurses, physician assistants, receptionists, secretaries, and staff members all have access to your medical charts and records. Occasionally, doctors dictate into recording devices to be transcribed by a transcriptionist or secretary. Sometimes, doctors write “chicken scratch” that needs to be deciphered by nurses or assistants. Then there are the nurses and assistants who check your blood pressure, pulse, and other vital signs. In a short time, you may speak with several people. It’s not uncommon to engage in small talk, and clients tell these medical professionals all kinds of things about the accident. Sometimes, the medical professionals write down everything that comes out of your mouth, regardless of how irrelevant it may seem. I have seen clients’ speculation about speed, time, and distance of vehicles appear in their medical records. I have seen records reflect errors, inconsistencies, and other harmful statements. Things no one would imagine a doctor or their staff would write down, they

do. Insurance adjustors and their lawyers can, and do, dive into these records to look for anything and everything they can use against you.

Paradoxically, I have had clients swear they

told medical professionals about all of their injuries and complaints, only to have one

or two complaints actually written down. And sometimes the doctor will note one complaint while a nurse writes down another.

Then there are times the client is asked to list all complaints and, in their own handwriting, fail to list all of their injuries because they think they are there to see the doctor about one problem. You can be absolutely sure that any and all of this information will be used against you when you settle your claim. And if you go to trial, it will be used against you there, as well.

One-Pan Mexican Quinoa


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1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced


1 cup corn kernels, frozen, canned, or roasted 1 teaspoon chili powder Salt and pepper to taste 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, and diced ½ teaspoon cumin

1 jalapeno, minced

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1 cup quinoa

1 cup vegetable broth

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 (14.5-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes


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Juice of 1 lime

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves


1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and jalapeno and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute. 2. Stir in quinoa, vegetable broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, chili powder, and cumin; season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Stir in avocado, lime juice, and cilantro. 3. Serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from DamnDelicious.net.



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