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Importance of medical images in personal injury cases

When a plaintiff accuses another party of harming them and causing them grievous injury, the burden of proof lies on that plaintiff. However, the extent of some physical injuries can't be determined just by conducting a visual examination. In fact, some injuries affect internal organs and don’t show external visible signs at all, and the only way to see the harm suffered by the plaintiff is to take and examine medical images.

The role of medical records in workers’ compensation claims

Despite all safety measures that a business has in place, employees may still get into workplace accidents or suffer from work-related illnesses. When these situations occur, injured or sick employees (or their beneficiaries) in the United States can file for a workers’ compensation claim to secure the following benefits:

Medical care coverage
Income replacement payments for lost wages, if the employee’s recovery takes a long time
Coverage for new job role training, if the employee can’t return to their old job role
Long-term disability benefits, if the employee can no longer return to work
Payment for funeral expenses, if the employee dies

By having the financial means to receive healthcare treatment, injured or ill employees can hope to recover more quickly and thus get back to work faster.

How law firms can save time and money by availing radiology imaging retrieval services

During court trials, many workers’ compensation and personal injury lawyers in the United States present ultrasounds, X-rays, and other radiology images that depict their clients’ injuries or illnesses. These images help jurors better understand the medical jargon used in the courtroom, enabling them to make informed decisions.

The challenges of using radiology images in litigation

To strengthen their case during court trials, personal injury and workers’ compensation attorneys often rely on MRIs, CT scans, and other radiology images that depict their clients’ injuries or illnesses. Unfortunately, lawyers face plenty of challenges that prevent them from effectively using medical images in litigation, including:
1. Obtaining, storing, transporting, and viewing radiology images
Prior to digitization, doctors burned X-rays onto large pieces of film that would be held against a light box for viewing.

4 Disruptive technologies in the insurance industry

In today’s cutthroat insurance industry, US insurers are constantly on the lookout for technologies that can help them improve their efficiency, keep up with changing demands, and gain a competitive edge. To guide you in your search, here are four fields of IT that you should focus on:
1. Predictive analytics
Predictive analytics involves gathering, mining, and analyzing historical data to forecast possible future outcomes.

What law firms need to know about HIPAA

Does your law firm deal with medical records and other protected health information (PHI)? If it does, then you may be subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

The cost of noncompliance with HIPAA can be steep — Advocate Health Care Network paid a violation settlement of $5.5 million! Therefore, it’s wise to understand how this federal law affects your practice.