SAN ANTONIO--(Texas Medical Legal Consultants, LLC (TxMLC), an innovative company co-founded by Elizabeth LaBarge, an attorney licensed in three states, and her sister Kathryn Goertz, a medical office executive. TxMLC provides an array of administrative services to physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals who utilize their medical expertise in the legal field by serving as expert witnesses.)--This month marks the second year of successful operations for
“One of the greatest barriers to establishing or maintaining a successful medical legal practice is that the experts often lack the administrative support necessary to effectively manage their cases. TxMLC uniquely offers experts an opportunity to outsource these tasks to our experienced team.”
Medical legal work involves the compensation of healthcare professionals by attorneys who need their expert opinion for a legal case. This consultation is separate and supplemental to the healthcare professional’s full time job and is both lucrative and flexible. However, as explained by TxMLC co-founder Kathryn Goertz, “One of the greatest barriers to establishing or maintaining a successful medical legal practice is that the experts often lack the administrative support necessary to effectively manage their cases. TxMLC uniquely offers experts an opportunity to outsource these tasks to our experienced team.”
Attorneys and paralegals work directly with TxMLC on the expert’s behalf, as opposed to working with the expert’s office staff. This unique approach reduces the expert’s non-billable time, minimizes the risk of miscommunication, and increases attorney access to the expert. TxMLC stays on the case from start to finish, ensuring the satisfaction of all parties. As stated by a San Antonio neurosurgeon with 30 years of medical legal experience, “TxMLC brought formality and organization to this area of my practice so that I can focus on my role as an expert, and I don’t have to get bogged down with tasks such as billing and collections.”
The TxMLC team has managed over 1,000 cases for individual medical professionals as well as multi-physician groups. Many of TxMLC’s medical experts are located in Texas, but TxMLC works with both plaintiff and defense law firms from all over the United States. Attorneys utilize TxMLC as a resource to connect them with potential experts, at no cost to the law firm. Co-founder Elizabeth LaBarge explains, “Attorneys sometimes misperceive us as a ‘locator service’ or think that they will need to pay us a fee, which isn’t the case. We are a management company that is solely compensated by the expert for providing administrative services.”
Individual providers, physician group executives, and hospital administrators should contact Elizabeth LaBarge for more information. Attorneys and paralegals are also welcome to contact TxMLC to learn more about its services.