So Why should you instruct DMR Collation?
An organised, professional and easy to transverse set of medical records can often be key to running a successful litigation claim. It avoids the potential for experts to miss vital notes in jumbled sets of medical records, often reduces expert’s fees as they don’t need to spend as long considering the records and allows the solicitor to identify key missing records at the start of the claim (rather than when the medical expert requests them!).
The collation of one set of medical records at the start of the claim also ensures that all parties, the claimant, the defendant, experts and courts alike can all use the same paginated bundle of records throughout the claim and references to specific page numbers in the records can be referenced in the claim’s key documents such as experts’ reports, witness statements and pleadings to ensure cross referencing is made easy.
We know the work pressures faced by legal practitioners on a day to day basis. The time it takes to collate and analyses a set of medical records is lengthy, an estimated 5 to 6 hours per lever arch file of papers. Case load pressures make it difficult for fee earners to block out the necessary time to complete these tasks effectively and, if time can be allocated, the fee earner may find that a lower Band Rate will apply to the work completed meaning their time is better spent working on higher chargeable matters.
If completed in-house these tasks often fall the departments paralegal or trainee solicitor who, unfortunately, may not have necessary experience or medical knowledge to complete this work efficiently or to a high standard, unlike the team at DMR Collation.
It has been established in case law that our fees can be recoverable on an agency basis allowing you to bill profit costs for our chargeable hours at a Grade D rate plus success fee. Currently there is a potential uplift return for your firm of £70 per hour minimum (plus success fee) for delegating your medical collation work to us. This means that not only can you ensure that an experienced professional has collated your records but you can also bill profit costs for the work completed.
Our Chronologies are prepared by experienced staff who know exactly what to look for depending on the case circumstances. A Chronology Checklist is used when preparing chronologies to ensure that nothing is missed and all issues relating to liability, causation and quantum are identified and documented.