Generally, once we order the clinical and hospital records, we do not receive them for several weeks. Once received, we review the records in order to determine the following:
- Is the information the same or different from the client’s memory of events?
- Are we able to identify the primary targets in the lawsuit?
- Are the medical issues the same or different from the ones initially discussed?
- What experts do we need?
The above review can take a week or more depending on the volume of the records.
Next, we contact potential experts and determine who can assist us. Once an expert has agreed to assist, the records are sent to the expert for review. Depending upon the type of specialist, the process of retaining an expert can take several weeks. Once the records are in the hands of the expert, we likely do not receive an opinion or comments for at least 4-8 weeks. In complex cases, this entire process can last as long as 6 months or more.