Is Changing Mass Tort Practice

By Elliot W. Stone, Esq.

Pharmaceutical and Mass(ive) Tort Records
Every Mass Tort Law Firm should prioritize cost containment when processing client files. Organizing, summarizing and reviewing medical charts and preparing Plaintiff Fact Sheets for large classes creates headaches for attorneys and staff alike. Keeping medical records in-house minimizes efficient use of staff resources and cannot be expensed to the file. Furthermore it creates huge volumes of paper that must be managed, including scanning for electronic delivery and storage. If any type of legal work requires efficiencies that necessitate an outside solution, it is Mass Tort litigation. Offshoring eliminates many of these headaches, and brings us one step closer to fully leveraging the business potential of the internet.

Costs of Offshoring to MDs versus In-house or RN Reviewers
Record Reform MDs charge $35 per hour, about half the hourly rate of independent RN consultants. Their physicians review and highlight key class parameters to determine claimant inclusion in the class and prepare Plaintiff Fact Sheets . Our Mass Tort Matrix™ is ideal for screening large classes for as low as $70 per plaintiff. Excel spreadsheets, displaying all class data, evaluate critical parameters and include hyperlinks embedded linking to claimant’s medical record for ease of verification. Record Reform physicians are organized into teams to handle specific litigations such as TVM, Granuflo or Depuy, consequently thousands of reviews can be completed in as little as two to three weeks.

Receive, Reduce, Review
Online document transmission is easy. First, legal staff completes an order form, scans all records and uploads them via a HIPAA compliant internet portal to Record Reform’s secure Indian facility. Free estimates are then provided. Thereafter, organized digital files are downloaded and returned in the identical fashion with invoice.

RecordReformLogoOnce Record Reform staff in India receives the medical records, they reduce, sort and organize them into a text – based medical file. Any PDF documents are converted into text – based files as well. The finished product is a thorough text-based medical record summary that is presented chronologically – enabling the reviewer to better and more quickly understand the sequence of events. Important points in the summary can be highlighted. The file is delivered in either WORD or PDF formats. The PDF format option may include two digital navigation tools – Hyperlinks and Bookmarks. Hyperlinks allow for instant navigation from summaries and timelines to corresponding source pages by clicking on the desired corresponding source page. Bookmarks form a digital table of contents allowing for organization of documents by user-defined categories such as provider and date.

Additional Services
Record Reform also produces chronologies, demand letters, medical expense reports, liability and causation opinions for personal injury, medical malpractice and nursing home litigation. Medical record retrieval is also available.  Elliot Stone, CEO of Record Reform, can be reached at 800-633-6251×104 or at info@recordreform.com.

Elliot is a speaker and sponsor of HB’s forthcoming Mass Tort Med School for plaintiff attorneys chaired by Vance Andrus of Andrus & Wagstaff and  Marc Grossman and Vicki Maniatis with Sanders, Viener & Grossman.