Physician’s Guide to Medicolegal Practice


American Medical Association’s (AMA) New book Physician’s Guide to Medicolegal Practice by Prof. Ranavaya is a practical guide to the critical information, principles and practices essential for physicians, doctors and other professionals who are contemplating entry into the field of independent medical examination (IME), expert witness and forensic opinion work, or looking to enhance their skills within this field.

TitlePhysician’s Guide to Medicolegal Practice 

Publisher: AMA Press, American Medical Association

Author: Mohammed I Ranavaya, MD, JD, MS, FRCPI, FFOM, FACLM, MCIME

Price: US$105.00

This book shares a comprehensive look at today’s Independent Medical Exams (IME) and Expert witness practice and disability claims assessment.

  • Ten concise and easy to read chapters present the information needed to begin and grow a Medicolegal practice.
  • Practice pearls throughout each chapter highlight the main and most salient points. They are the perfect resource for the reader who needs a quick refresh of this guide.
  • Thorough definitions of common medical and legal terms provide readers with the Medicolegal vocabulary they need.
  • A robust appendix contains the 10 most important samples of forms, letters and documents that can help a reader launch a new or enhance an established business.
  • For doctors and other professionals, this book teaches skills absent from traditional medical training or residency programs and rarely covered in journal articles.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Prof. Ranavaya has been formally trained both as a Physician and a Lawyer and has performed Several thousand independent medical examination overt the past 40 years. He is an accomplished author and a frequent speaker at professional association meetings and educational conferences. His primary objective with this new title is to use his decades of on-the-job experience to help doctors and other scientific experts understand the business of Medicolegal work and bridge the gap between reading about the IME and expert witness work and actually carrying out the work.

Readers of the Physician’s Guide to Medicolegal Practice will obtain detailed information about the how to start, build and successfully maintain a Medicolegal practice. An indispensable overview of how to deal with attorneys and legal system effectively, ethically and professionally.

This comprehensive work consists of 10 chapters that cover broad topics from all aspects of Medicolegal practice including performing independent medical examinations, writing record and file review opinions, handling expert witness opportunities, and dealing with personal injury claims, court systems, and legal professionals ethically and professionally. The art of Medicolegal report writing and scientific causation analysis, which are essential components of a successful practice for any medical or scientific disciplines where IME and expert witness opinions are needed by workers’ compensation systems, casualty insurers claimants, treating physicians, and attorneys, is also discussed in detail.

The second half of the book discusses deposition and courtroom testimony skills any independent medical examiner/expert witness needs, and warns of common challenges and pitfalls encountered when dealing with the legal system, including other issues arising out of IME and expert witness practice, and recommends preventive strategies. Finally, a robust appendix provides sample forms and templates to help you get started in this business.

Physician’s Guide to Medicolegal Practice” is a must-read for doctors and other professionals working or intending to work in the field of independent medical examination (IME), expert witness and forensic opinion work