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Medical records collation

  • Published: March 27, 2019
  • Author: Sarah Wallace, Managing Director, Clinco

Any specialist fee earner working in clinical negligence will want to be very careful about where the medical records are sent for collation. Often the collator is the first person to review the records in detail. It's essential that the records are put in the correct order, with a clear index, right from the start – so that a sound foundation is laid for the issues to be identified and for any later updates to follow easily.

Preparing a chronology of events

The collator needs the expertise to know when records are missing and when to refer this back to the fee earner before going any further. Preparing a chronology of events is a skill. The collator needs to assess the relevance of the content of the records to the specific issues on breach and causation.

The case commentary should provide a preliminary assessment of the likely strengths and weaknesses of the case, highlight discrepancies, identify the main issues for the medical experts, and pass on any insights gained from the examination of the records. We're often told we have flagged something the fee earner had not yet seen or considered.

At Clinco, we set out to provide the best possible resource for solicitors to use. Any case coming to us for attention will leave us in the best condition for the fee earner, medical expert, and counsel to progress. Medical experts enjoy working on cases we have prepared. We provide the solution for clarifying and moving complex cases forward – on time and at a fraction of a fee earner's hourly rate.

Our Legal Director, Sarah Wallace, has previously been appointed to the Law Society Accreditation Scheme for Clinical Negligence and the AvMA Specialist Clinical Negligence Panel. Clinco is certified to ISO27001 – the highest international standard in data security.

Sarah has been accredited by the SRA as a training provider – education and continual improvement are central to our company ethos.  This drives our partnership with Inspire MediLaw. We have a shared belief in the benefits of proactive training, which is invaluable both in our daily work and for our broader aims of being knowledgeable, up-to-date and a step ahead.

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