LexisNexis® – MedMal Navigator℠ (March 2013)

LexisNexis® MedMal Navigator℠ is a new tool offered on the Lexis Advance® platform and geared towards attorneys who practice in the medical malpractice area of law. MedMal Navigator℠ allows attorneys to gather information about medical experts, medical malpractice verdicts and settlements, and medical and legal information about various types of injuries. By completing a series of questions, attorneys can gain information to help them succeed in a medical malpractice case.

MedMal Navigator can be accessed via the Lexis Advance Suite bar in the upper- left corner of the Lexis Advance screen. From the Lexis Advance Suite bar, you will see options such as: Research, Litigation Profile Suite, MedMal Navigator, Public Records and Verdict & Settlement Analyzer. You will only see the options to which you have access. If you do not see MedMal Navigator and would like to have access to it, you can contact your LexisNexis® account representative.

Choosing a Topic & Dashboard
MedMal Navigator research starts with choosing a Topic. Topics cover a wide range of medical issues. LexisNexis has worked with attorneys, editors and doctors to decide which topics are included on the MedMal Navigator feature and the content under each topic.

After selecting a Topic, the Dashboard will appear. In the Dashboard, you will answer a series of questions. As you progress through the questionnaire, pods will populate with verdict and settlement information, standards of care, legal analysis and public records that pertain to your topic and the facts of your case.

You can save the entire Dashboard, including all answers for completed questionnaires and Client Profile information, into folders.

Pods
Once you begin a search into a medical topic, you can access a variety of medical and legal information through pods located at the bottom of the screen. There are six total pods, and each pod handles certain aspects of medical malpractice litigation. The information in each pod changes as you advance through the series of questions. The purpose of the questionnaire is to help narrow the information in each pod to fit more precisely to the facts of your case. The questionnaire is comprised of a series of questions that are specific to each pod. As you fill out the questionnaire, the screen will display the pertinent information to the facts of the case. Each answer will prompt a new question. New questions may appear based on the answer to the previous question. To the right of the questionnaire, there is a link called “Why is this important?” This link describes why a particular question in the questionnaire is important by including background information on the topic of the question. There may also be links to cases, codes, or Elsevier Science journals.

The six pods are: 

  • Case Value Assessment—Charts that compare the facts of the case with verdicts and settlements of cases with the same injury. 
  • Standard of Care Analysis—Information about whether there was an issue with the Standard of Care being followed. 
  • Legal Analysis—Cases, statutes, and analytical content that match the facts of the case. 
  • Research an Expert Witness—A list of experts in the jurisdictional area and experts on the topic. A link to Profile Suite will provide an expert witness report. 
  • Research Parties—Access to LexisNexis® Public Records to research the parties of the case. 
  • Medical Research— - This pod is not based questions from the Research Assistant. It is strictly based on the medical topic chosen. It provides medical research from a medical encyclopedia for the selected topic.

For more information please visit the Lexis Advance Help topic, Using the MedMal Navigator.