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Winifred u. Baker

CONSULTANT: Mass Tort Claims Processing


Sep 2004Oct 2011

Administrator/Liaison - Breast Implant Department

McKeen & Associates

Worked autonomously on behalf of the firm's clients regarding settlement of claims against Dow Corning in connection with silicone gel breast implants.  Over the life of the 6-1/2 year project, managed 165 Class 5 Claimant files.  Specifically:

  •  Investigated 297 files that were ultimately determined to be ineligible. 
  • Submitted Class 5 claim forms and related medical and/or supporting documentation on behalf of clients.
  • Reviewed medical documentation, to wit:  medical records, textbook materials and online research materials.
  • 100% success rate in "curing deficiencies" in claims submissions which resulted in settlement benefits being awarded for Explant, Rupture and Disease Payment Claims.
  • Communicated (orally, electronically and written) with clients, Settlement Facility - Dow Corning Trust (SF-DCT), health care facilities, and medical professionals.
  • Designed NEEDLES tabs specific to the breast implant cases.
  • Developed and presented WORKSHOPS re: Class 5 disease claims.
  • Administered settlement proceeds and referral attorney fees.
  • Successfully appealed disqualified claim resulting in Claimant's Estate receiving compensation for an Explant Payment Claim.
  • Obtained favorable Lien Judge Decision in regard to Objection to $90,000 lien filed against client.
  • Prepared and filed Reply Brief in regard to an appeal of the Lien Judge's Decision in the U.S. District Court, E.D., Michigan.
  • Dismantled Breast Implant Department.

Successfully recovered over $4 million in settlement benefits

Of particular relevance, since November 2014

Manages 75 clients, as follows:

  • File review; MRR, completing tasks as necessary, ongoing
  • Prior to settlement with Unifirst Corporation, filed discovery responses on behalf of clients; curing deficiencies in same (moot after 3/23/2015).
  • Database development, ongoing
  • Distributed Official Ballots to clients, for return to Voting Department prior to May 5, 2015 deadline.
  • Uploaded spreadsheet containing lien information to Rust Omni
  • Investigating Medicare liens, ongoing
  • ROI to MDCH to obtain "Michigan Lists" regarding clients

As regards claims submission in connection with settlement of the contaminated steroid/fungal infection cases, working knowledge of:

  • Disclosure Statement, Plan and other relevant documentation; the matrix and its instructions; Category I through VII worksheets; medical terminology and conditions; National CRF claims submission procedures

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