While case management software is essential for increasing efficiencies in all law firms in various areas like information management, calendaring and scheduling and document management, these functions become extremely crucial in the context of your personal injury law firm.
Specific Case Management Software Features for Personal Injury Lawyers
- Personal Injury Law is Information Intensive
A personal injury law suit is information intensive including information about the client, defendant, the defendant’s insurance, details about the accident and the injury, police reports and related medical reports. All this information may be scattered across different emails and separate documents. To be able to arrive at the best strategy for your client, you need a holistic view of the information. Personal injury case management software can organize and centrally store the information in the relevant client folder under the appropriate headings. In fact some of the leading software based on Outlook can directly update the information from the email into the relevant folder. With universal access to the information, everyone in the firm is on the same page when reviewing the case details.
- Personal Injury Law Demands Significant Cross Referencing
To build a good case for your client, it is often necessary to cross reference with past cases against the defendant that you may have handled. If you are taking on a company for negligence, having past records of negligence can help your case. But merely having the information is not sufficient. One should be able to retrieve the information at the right time. And this is what good personal injury case management software with cross referencing features can achieve. The software also enables you to cross reference with details of the opposing attorney (whom you may have encountered in the past) which can be invaluable in preparing your current strategy.
- Personal Injury Law is Document Intensive
Documents in personal injury law are massive including record requests, court forms, X-ray reports, complaints, questionnaires etc. It is easy for mountains of paper to build and nothing wastes staff’s time more than organizing and storing papers and looking for misplaced papers. Your personal injury case management software should have strong document management features that can help your firm go paperless. Auto scan and save features can convert the documents into paperless formats that are automatically saved in the relevant folder and which can be retrieved easily.
- Other Unique Personal Injury Law Demands
Your personal law case management software should include settlement and negotiation tacking, relevant document and form templates, settlement calculator and settlement reports. These are areas specific to personal injury law practice.
- Calendared Scheduling
Personal injury case management software requires calendared scheduling to ensure collaboration across the organization and enable easy task delegation to support staff.
The different personal injury law software on the market offer varying levels of integration with your existing software and hardware. The best results can be obtained if the software is completely integrated with Outlook, a system which your firm is already familiar with. In that case, the learning curve is shortened and efficiencies are further maximized.