Medical Legal

Michael Jaffe MD provides an array of medical-legal practice services including independent medical evaluations and medical expert services. He provides unbiased and objective approach to medical legal analysis independent of referral source. He determines diagnosis by reviewing medical records, imaging, history and performing a physical examination. Then, he determines causation utilizing his decades of experience, current literature and the AMA Guides to Evaluation of Disease and Injury Causation.  The functional limitations that the injury caused may require an impairment rating. Dr Jaffe will provide an honest assessment of the appropriateness of medical care received to date, future medical needs (medications, therapy, injections, procedures, and surgeries), the injury impacts on quality of life, function, and work capacity.

Step 1 —Diagnosis

  • Reviewing medical records, imaging, and history
  • Performing a physical examination

Step 2 —Causation

Is it ‘medically probable’ that a particular incident or trauma caused the diagnosis
Causation may be complex due to confounding factors like pre-existing conditions. Dr Jaffe analysis is nuanced, utilizing decades of experience, current literature and the AMA Guides to Evaluation of Disease and Injury Causation to calculate causation.

Step 3 —Impairments

What are the functional limitation that the injury or illness causes An impairment rating is a number from 0-100% that represents the severity of the impairment. To make this determination, Dr Jaffe uses the 2006 Utah Labor Commission’s Impairment Rating Guide or the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, 5th and 6th editions. He provides an honest assessment of the appropriateness of medical care received to date, future medical needs (medications, therapy, injections, procedures, and surgeries), and the injury’s impact on quality of life, function, and work capacity.

Core Values

I have known Michael Jaffe, MD since 2008. Dr. Jaffe is not only an academic, but he is also a physician's physician; that is, other physicians trust him with their own medical care. I have had the benefit of retaining Dr. Jaffe as an expert witness to perform independent medical examinations on my clients who have been severely injured due to another's fault. Having practiced plaintiff's personal injury for over 20 years, managed thousands of personal injury cases to resolution, deposed hundreds of medical experts, and litigated dozens of complex personal injury cases to a final verdict, I have extensive experience working with retained experts on both sides of the isle. If you want a thorough and unbiased medical expert on your case, unequivocally, I recommend Dr. Jaffe.
Rick Lundell, President of Utah Association for Justice

"I have consulted with, and retained, Dr. Jaffe on the defense of many claims arising out of injury, pain, and anticipated future treatments. Dr. Jaffe is responsive, timely, and articulate. He helped me understand the defenses available.”
Thomas Rollins, Attorney at Law

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