Finding a specialist for your foot and ankle claim may seem like an easy task at first. After all, the word ‘specialist’ implies that the professional is an expert on the subject matter. But finding someone qualified to speak on the topic may not be as straightforward as it seems.
1. Ask Questions
When asking a foot and ankle specialist about their practice, the key is to presume that you know nothing about them. They may have an amazing website and incredible credentials, but it’s your job to cut through the hype and get to the heart of the matter. How much have they studied the particular illness or injury that you’re interested in? How many patients have they seen? How involved are they in workers compensation claims?
2. Call Upon Their References
Even the best foot and ankle specialist will be useless to you if you can not rely on them. A true ‘expert’ does more than just understand the nature of foot and ankle injuries. They also need to be punctual, professional, and reliable. Checking on the work ethic and business practices of the foot and ankle specialist can give you peace of mind that you’ll be able to hit your deadlines.
3. Evaluate Their Answers
If the specialist is not good at communicating the results of their examination, then it is possible their testimony will only confuse matters rather than clarify them. The details of an examination or evaluation need to be organized and structured in such a way where other professionals can understand them — sometimes professionals with little to no knowledge of a specific injury or illness.
It may be time-consuming, but asking the right questions and doing the research is the only way to see a clear pattern emerge among the different specialists you may be considering.