Medicolegal Information

Dr. Zasler is available for retention in the following contexts:

Treating Clinician

Dr. Zasler is automatically in an advocacy position for any patient seen for clinical evaluation and treatment. In the context of medicolegal proceedings regarding a patient, he is willing to be retained as a treater for expert witness testimony.

Independent Medical Evaluator

In this context, Dr. Zasler’s role would be to perform an independent medical evaluation and provide opinions on issues germane to MMI (maximal medical improvement), causality and apportionment, prognosis, current and future medical and rehabilitative needs and life expectancy, among other areas addressed. In this context, his role as an independent medical evaluator is one of non-advocacy for any particular party or case outcome. As a neutral party, he will not involve himself with becoming an advocate for the retaining party.

Trial Consultant

As a subspecialist in acquired brain injury neurorehabilitation, Dr. Zasler is willing to provide “behind the scenes” consultative services to assist the retaining party in development of their case. In this context, he will review files, provide case analysis, provide literature as relevant to case issues, assist with development of questions for opposing experts and/or treating clinicians, recommend testing and/or evaluations that may have not been done and/or perform any other tasks deemed apropos by the retaining party in assisting them in their case preparation. As a consultant he will NOT provide testimony at deposition or trial based solely on review of medical records and the opinions of consultants or other experts. He will testify ONLY if he is retained as an Independent Medical Evaluator and have had the opportunity to review medical records AND evaluate an individual in the context of an IME.

Peer Reviewer

As a peer reviewer, Dr. Zasler will provide verbal and/or written unbiased, critical case review for purposes of internal use and case analysis/liability exposure. A peer review will provide the retaining party with information on the scientific validity of the claimed medical diagnoses, appropriateness of historical and current treatment plan, prognosis, life expectancy, and work re-entry potential of the claimant, among other issues. Testimony will NOT be provided in the context of a peer review.

If you, or your attorney, are interested in having Dr. Zasler retained for medicolegal purposes, please contact us at 804-346-1803.