Credible. Professional. Impartial. 

Spine Consultants works with insurance companies, case managers, employers, and attorneys for both plaintiff and defense.  Dr. Jesse Butler, a board-certified fellowship-trained orthopaedic spine surgeon, is a practicing physician, licensed in Illinois and Iowa. Dr. Butler is further credentialed as a Certified Independent Medical Examiner capable of providing expert testimony on lumbar, cervical and thoracic injuries, orthopaedic interventions in medical malpractice, personal injury, and workers’ compensation.

Dr. Butler has more than 20 years practicing as an Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon and providing expert witness services. What you can expect:
  • The integrity to work with both plaintiffs and respondents, and to provide unbiased medical opinions based on evidence-based examination and evaluation;
  • The credentials to qualify as an expert witness in court;
  • The ability to communicate and convey complex medical information in a credible and easily digestible manner;
  • The professional support team to simplify scheduling, streamline document processing and assure timely reporting;
  • The demeanor as an expert witness to present facts confidently to juries and fact-finders on key points in your case.
Clear Interpretations of Complex Medical Issues:

Medical records alone have little impact on a jury without someone to interpret and explain them. The same straightforward, plain-talk communication style that endears Dr. Butler to his patients, allows him to deliver his expert opinions in a well-articulated fashion that enhances understanding and builds credibility.

Dr. Butler relies on specific scientific data or analysis in reaching his conclusions and only renders judgments that are supported by objective evidence or well-regarded theory. Moreover, he is able to explain why he relied on certain theories or methods and to provide support for those choices. He is able to explain how conclusions were reached, supported by ample evidence.

Beyond IMEs and reports, Spine Consultants provides invaluable assistance in case evaluation, pre-trial litigation support, strategy, discovery and trial. Spine Consultants provides the right level of expert services to meet your specific needs.

You can expect any of the following to be delivered expertly and professionally, as needed for your case:

  • Case research and investigation
  • Pre-trial strategy conferences
  • Consultations with client
  • Reviewing and organizing documents
  • Responding to discovery requests
  • Reading and signing deposition transcripts
  • Report writing
  • Testifying at depositions, trials, hearings, arbitration or other venues
Areas of Practice
Independent Medical Evaluations – Section 12 Examinations

An independent medical examination (IME) occurs when a doctor who has not previously been involved in a person’s care examines an individual.

Spine Consultants understands that an independent medical evaluation is a critical step in determining return to work status and worker’s compensation cases. Dr. Butler will evaluate the patient’s current medical status, with the goal of providing a comprehensive and objective report regarding work capacity and any ongoing residual limitations.

Medical Record Review

Gathering all medical records relevant to a case and organizing them is an essential requirement for those in the medical-legal industry, and support services would be immensely beneficial in streamlining your medical record review process. At Spine Consultants, we provide customized medical record review service for legal, insurance and medical entities to help them clearly understand the sequence of medical events and the legal validity of the claim.

AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment 5th & 6th Edition

The AMA Guides provide a reliable, repeatable measurement framework for permanent impairment in patients who have suffered an injury or illness resulting in long-term loss of a body part or reduction of body function. Once a patient has reached Maximum Medical Improvement, physicians use the AMA Guides to assess a patient’s impairment and document findings. A properly completed impairment rating report produced using the appropriate AMA Guides content is the gold standard for documenting permanent impairment to support insurance and legal proceedings.

Expert Witness Support - Deposition and Trial Testimony
Workers' Compensation

Spine Consultants has extensive, up-to-date knowledge of workers’ compensation laws, a major factor in the battle to manage health care costs to benefit employers and patients. We are dedicated and ready to assist in the management and facilitation of any injured worker case.

Personal Injury

As a hired medical expert, Dr. Butler is very effective in deposition and trial. He provides clear and confident opinions and holds up to cross examination. Whether it’s a personal injury case, medical malpractice, or workers’ compensation, his evidenced-based medical opinion (for spine, cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum, coccyx) related cases is inimitable.

Personal Injury is just one of our practice areas. Other practice areas include:

  • Work Related Injuries
  • Complex Adult Revision
  • Complex Reconstructive surgery
  • Spine Disorders
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Herniated Disc
  • Sciatica, Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Osteoporotic Compression Fractures
Second Opinions

Sometimes you just need a second opinion. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

Virtual Consults
What You Can Expect

During your initial appointment, Dr. Butler will conduct a thorough physical exam, review diagnostic studies and listen carefully and compassionately to your specific complaints. Dr. Butler will discuss the various treatment options, including both surgical and conservative care options. Known for his plain-talk communication style, Dr. Butler takes the time to work with each of his patients to develop a clear treatment plan tailored to their specific needs and goals.