Our world is full of incredible products and services that enrich our lives, from pharmaceutical drugs that treat and cure diseases to devices that save time and energy on tasks. At times though, these products and services have the potential for harm. While most cases of unlawful damage or injury are resolved without legal attention or action, there are cases in which a civil lawsuit based on tort or personal injury law is the only means for restitution. And if the degree, scale, or severity of damage is exceptionally high, multiple plaintiffs can group their combined claims into a single mass tort case.
In a mass tort case, many plaintiffs must prove that they received unlawful harm or damage. Because the threshold for proving injury requires the plaintiff to convincingly show that all parties were harmed in a similar way, medical record management and analysis play a crucial role. And records, of course, must first be retrieved before they can be examined and analyzed.
Unfortunately, retrieving medical records is an arduous task. On average, a records retrieval involves nine separate healthcare facilities and can cost as much as $250.00 for a single 100-page record. When you multiply that to accommodate a mass tort case (which often includes thousands of plaintiffs), you can see why filing a mass tort case is expensive and time-consuming.
In many instances, the success of a mass tort case relies on the firm or attorney’s ability to receive accurate, prompt, and affordable records.