Law firms that have been in practice for a long time have had their fair share of demanding clients. These clients can range from those who push for quick responses — even after office hours — to those who frequently complain and are overly aggressive, insistent on getting exactly what they want.
The health and medical condition of a person is a combination of various factors ranging from genetics, past and present environmental conditions, and lifestyle, among others. Making sense of all these can be difficult for a non-medical attorney handling a medico-legal case, such as a personal injury claim or a medical malpractice suit.
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.
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.
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.
Medical records play a highly crucial role in personal injury lawsuits and workers compensation claims. They establish your client’s health condition before, during, and after an incident. They also detail the cause, severity, and prognosis of your client's injury.
With more and more people getting vaccinated in the United States, a lot of COVID-19 restrictions have already been lifted. Everywhere, there are signs that things are starting to return to normal — baseball stadiums are now packed with fans, trade shows and live music events are resuming, and airlines are filling middle seats again.
In today’s extremely competitive business environment, US companies must constantly find ways to “cut the fat” so they can focus on core operations that drive growth and profitability. For insurers like you, that core activity is selling policies.
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.
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.