The advancement in technology has created a positive impact across all sectors. Handling and managing any process without technology seems to be a nightmare in today’s world of gizmos and gadgets, where people are more connected through wires and networks rather than in person. This technologically driven realm becomes a trigger point for every individual to keep pace with the advancing technology. While all sectors demonstrate a sound usage of technology, it is commendable to note that the legal sector too, with its ever busy and overloaded schedules, has started gearing up to use technology at its best. Technological adaptation has proven its worth in all legal practice areas including Personal Injury, Mass Torts, Medical Negligence, Product Liability and other types of litigation which have always been challenging because of their complexity.
Technology an Accepted Reality
Today, the best technology-enabled outsourcing processes are available that meet and exceed the client’s needs and expectations. Software tools match the right technology to the right job and offer a mechanism that allows clients to achieve transparency and gain real-time insights into their contracts/jobs. According to our sources, there would be an exponential growth in the LPO industry that would be worth more than a billion, and by 2020, this industry is expected to grow by as much as $8 billion. Many companies will have to adapt to the newest technological advances to cut cost, deliver faster and face competition.
Technology a Versatile Support
Outsourcing is universally accepted in all business processes. It helps in saving time, cost, bringing in more expertise, and multi-tasking. Due to the advancement in technology, outsourcing has become a common norm for firms across all nations. When it comes to legal process outsourcing (LPO), lawyers can pull in matter specific expertise and references from all over the globe, focus and dedicate more time to a case study, they can also reduce the time invested in other support functions by outsourcing certain aspects of the litigation prep work.
Lawyers are time pressed with their cases, and face challenges internally with their day-to-day operations. For that reason, many attorneys rely on outsourcing the daily mundane jobs to their back office legal counterparts who can efficiently complete the legal paperwork. This leads to virtual law firms that can handle both complex and everyday routine work with the same amount of professionalism one expects from his or her own employees. With flexible custom made options available to suit every requirement, bulky, time-consuming, and large volumes of data entry centric jobs can be accomplished within minimal time without compromising on quality either through web-based applications or through VPN.
Technology at Every Step
- Procurement of Potential Clients: Legal proceedings begin with the recruitment of clients. Catchy advertisements, publishing information on individual websites, creating awareness about drugs and devices through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, round the clock ease of communication through emails, messenger services, and teleservices are some of the many other ways to grab the attention of potential clients.
- Records/Documents/Proof Review: It is a well-known fact that there are a number of documents to be prepared and submitted even before the actual proceedings begin. Digital imaging, Data extraction, Bibliographic Coding, In-text Coding, OCR (Optical Character Recognition), Data Management, Data Collaboration, Data Security, Data Updation, Data Integration, Research and Updates, Transcription, Record Retrievals are all the different technological tools available that can make the work convenient and faster. Storage, transfer, and submission of documents are easily achieved today through the e-media tool. Online secured systems are developed which help track and update all the proceedings under one platform that can be accessed by multiple users within no time and without any location or boundaries restrictions.
- Plaintiff Fact Sheet – PFS/Summons and Complaints/Filing: e-Drafting using standard Templates, Online Filing and Updating Plaintiff Fact Sheet, Tracking and Updating PFS/Case progress using centralized websites have become a common trend in mass tort litigations. Addressing deficiencies, contacting clients and meeting deadlines have improved because of these easy-to-access technology tools.
Medical-Legal Outsourcing via Technology
Medical-legal outsourcing is fast becoming another respite for the law firms offering specialized services like Rebuttal Affidavits – Affirmations, Plaintiff Fact Sheets, Demand Letters (For PI and Med Mal claims), Medical Malpractice Review, Medical Tagging and Bookmarks, Medical-Legal Transcription in this field. The thrust provided by the technological advances is making them very popular and reliable form of service. A thorough and detailed medical review is required for every personal injury and mass tort case.
High-end administrative tools are now available to reduce time and waste of work hours. Leading IT service firms worldwide specialize in providing technological tools to cater to this need. Adapting technology and adapting to technology is the need of every field, every firm, every business, and every individual.
This article was submitted by Neural IT. Neural IT provides cost effective and timely medical reviews for screening potential mass tort cases. For more information, please visit www.neuralit.com. You may email them at [email protected] or call +1-844-NIT-TEAM (648-8326).
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