Companies that provide lawsuit financing have traditionally needed mountains of documentation in order to process a case. The information needed includes basic facts about the situation or incident and the person filing the claim. A great deal of research, background checks and information gathering is necessary to determine whether a plaintiff in a case is eligible for financing. Recent developments in technology have made the process less time consuming and more environmentally friendly for lawsuit financing companies to do the necessary work.
A lawsuit involves a great deal of information being passed back and forth between plaintiffs and their attorneys. This allows the lawyer to become well-versed in all of the case’s facts so that they can make the best presentation possible for the client. This exchange of information includes police reports, insurance company correspondence, witness statements, financial documentation and, for medical-malpractice and personal injury suits, medical records from healthcare providers. Client communication and production of documents to the lawsuit financing company are also very important. This helps the company determine whether the case is viable and a reasonable risk to produce a lawsuit advance that will likely be paid back. Most companies have a contingency in the agreement that if the plaintiff does not win the case or receive a settlement, then they do not have to pay back the money. There is thorough review of these documents that are produced by the plaintiff to the legal funding company in the hopes of receiving financing. Medical records alone can sometimes fill dozens of boxes in documentation.
Naturally, the funding company cannot keep the documents, as they are needed by the attorneys for the lawsuit itself. Some of the items may even be personal property of the plaintiff, and they would like it back. Instead, the documentation must be copied and returned as quickly as possible. Due to new technology, this no longer involves photocopying documents on paper. The use of email and electronic correspondence requires very little, if any, paper to be used. Medical records are also more readily available in electronic formats than they used to be. Rather than producing carton after carton of paperwork, the client may come up with several DVDs or CD-ROMs containing the pertinent information. When this is not possible, the staff at the lawsuit funding company can scan the images to create electronic files. These are much easier to store. They take up less space, are not affected by moisture and are readily transportable from room to room or location to location as the finance team does its research on the case. A more environmentally-friendly approach, this is becoming the norm, rather than the innovation.