November 3, 2017
These days, more information than ever is considered public information. Any type of post, comment, image, or reference found over social media, for example, can be considered public information. Information of this nature should not be neglected during a personal injury case and can make it easier for a law firm to build a strong case. It’s also easy to obtain and leverage.
Here are 4 tips your firm should consider when it comes to handling public information during a personal injury claim:
As football season approaches, we wanted to revisit the wrap up that occured in the the five-year fight between the National Football League (NFL) and former players. The United States Supreme Court denied a request to review the NFL’s settlement with retired players who had accused the league of hiding the facts about the dangers of head trauma. This decision allows for some of these former players with severe debilitating brain conditions to begin receiving payments up to $5 million.
Advancements in technology have prompted drastic changes in the operation and organization of law firms today. Attorneys everywhere are realizing the benefits of trading in their cluttered and crowded offices for online, paperless document storage and case management. Realizing the benefits of technology will improve the functionality of your office and allow you to reach and recruit more clients.
Typically, when a law firm receives a case lead they don’t have the time or expertise to handle yet, but they wish to help the client regardless, they’ll do another lawyer a favor and send that client their way. This is what’s known as a referral. Everyone benefits from a good referral, and in most cases, it’s simple to toss a client’s contact information to a favorite colleague. This makes dolling out referrals fairly low-effort yet high-reward.
If your law firm is like most legal practices, you don’t spend a lot of time in your office. As a busy lawyer, there are always depositions, meetings, and conventions you need to attend. When you’re not at your office, who makes sure potential leads and clients are able to get in touch? If you don’t immediately know the answer to that question, you’re in trouble.
One of the most crucial aspects of completing an MDL (multidistrict litigation) mass tort is communication. Without solid communication between the law firms working on separate cases as well as any outside technology vendors, ADR groups, or PSCs, it’s difficult to build and formulate a central case that’s strong enough to succeed in court. Communication is essential to any type of MDL strategy.
Standard digital case management solutions are great for many reasons, but regarding connectivity, they tend to focus on one thing and one thing only—letting your lawyers and law firm employees work together to manage a case and tackle its various tasks. Most case management programs don’t let law firms virtually connect with other law firms, vendors, ADR groups, PSCs, or clients. In standard personal injury cases, this isn’t an issue, but for mass torts and other MDL cases, added connectivity can be vital.
As legal professionals, this has become a statement we hear almost every day in articles and from professionals in other fields: “Isn’t the legal industry woefully behind other professions regarding technology?” It’s a common stereotype that lawyers surround themselves with heavy document binders along with shelves and shelves of ancient, dusty books containing the latest statutes. It’s also a common stereotype that attorneys aren’t always efficient with technology.
If your law firm is in the process of multidistrict litigation (MDL) for more than one client and is considering using legal funding options to make it easier to support your clients while the MDL is being processed or your clients are considering lawsuit funding options, you should know that both funding options can make the waiting game before an MDL settles infinitely easier.