Personal Injury Attorneys
Personal Injury Attorneys specialize in building successful Personal Injury legal cases to help their clients (injured victim) receive fair and reasonable compensation for client injuries. This includes injury treatment debt reduction negotiations with creditors to achieve fair settlement or verdict disbursement of funds, maximizing client case value.
Atlanta Orthopaedic Imaging (AOI) and our healthcare network of attorneys, physicians, diagnostic imaging centers, personal injury related funding partners, and medical providers can help clients receive the treatment they deserve without delay.
Through our network, AOI can also provide Personal Injury Case related finance solutions for many Treatments and Medical Diagnostic Imaging (scan) services so the clients can start receiving the proper care immediately. By partnering with AOI, the Attorneys can dedicate efforts in obtaining a fair settlement for the client, while AOI works on coordinating the treatment.
Attorney Case Management - A Vital Role In Case Success
Case management of medical treatment documentation to support the client’s personal injury case often involves maintaining or assisting with client scheduling or transportation to ensure treatment compliance. This adds considerable legal administration effort, resources, and costs that can impact case performance and settlement/verdict disbursement distribution allocations.
Medical Diagnostic Imaging (scan) scheduling, coordination with the ordering physician, service completion confirmation, billing, and diagnostic report document management can also take considerable legal administration.
Atlanta Orthopaedic Imaging (AOI) recognizes that the Attorney or Case Manager (Legal Assistant or Paralegal) is a critical resource in managing the client’s legal case. When AOI schedules with its network providers, it keeps the Attorney or Case Manager updated and informed of the client scheduled Diagnostic Imaging scan services “Before” services are performed.
Unfortunately, procedures not scheduled by AOI are often completed without any notification to the Attorney or Case Manager. When this happens without the Case manager knowledge or fault, temporary loss of centralized case management occurs. When the client forgets to notify each physician of their treatment history, another treating physician may unknowingly order the same diagnostic procedure.
However, client forgetfulness is understandable when considering the client’s injuries and associated pain, suffering, or trauma. Regrettably, this can unnecessarily inflate the client’s case medical costs, affect case settlement proceeds, and may even create unfair and unfavorable firm performance reviews of the Case Manager. This is a perfect example on the need and importance of the AOI commitment to keeping the Attorney or Case Manager updated “Before” services are completed.
Attorney Management of Insurance Companies - Protecting Victim Rights
Contacting a Personal Injury Attorney is essential when dealing with Insurance Companies to ensure the Client (injured victim) rights are protected, the case is thoroughly evaluated, and the victim has the best chance of receiving fair compensation for injuries and damages. Legal representation can make a significant difference in the outcome of the Personal Injury Claim.
Reasons For Contacting a Personal Injury Attorney:
Legal Expertise: Personal injury attorneys specialize in the field of personal injury law. They have a deep understanding of the legal principles and regulations that apply to the case. This knowledge allows them to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the claim and provide informed guidance.
Protecting Client (victim) Rights: Insurance companies are primarily concerned with their bottom line, which means they may attempt to minimize or deny the claim in order to save money. An attorney is dedicated to protecting Client (injured victim) rights and ensuring the injured victim receives fair compensation.
Negotiating Fair Settlements: Personal injury attorneys are skilled negotiators. They can engage with insurance adjusters on their Client’s behalf to negotiate a settlement that adequately covers the medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Attorney experience can lead to better outcomes than an injured victim might achieve on their own.
Determining Liability: Establishing liability in personal injury cases can be complex. An attorney can investigate the accident, gather evidence, interview witnesses, and work with experts to determine who is at fault. This is crucial for building a strong case.
Managing Legal Procedures: Personal injury cases often involve legal procedures and deadlines. An attorney can ensure that all paperwork is filed correctly and within the specified time frames. Missing deadlines or making procedural errors can harm the injured victim’s case.
Access to Resources: Attorneys have access to a network of professionals, including medical experts, accident reconstruction specialists, and investigators, who can provide valuable testimony and evidence to strengthen the case.
Advocacy in Court: If a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiations, the attorney can take the case to court and represent the injured victim’s interests in front of a judge and jury. Having legal representation is essential in litigation.
Peace of Mind: Dealing with insurance companies can be stressful, especially while the injured victim is recovering from an injury. An attorney can handle the legal aspects of the case, allowing the injured victim to focus on health and well-being.
Maximizing Compensation: Personal injury attorneys work to maximize the compensation the injured victim receives. Attorneys understand the full scope of damages the injured victim may be entitled to, including future medical expenses and long-term disability, and can fight to ensure the injured victim receives fair compensation.
Contingency Fees: Many personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they only get paid if the injured victim wins the case. This arrangement ensures that the injured victim can afford legal representation without worrying about upfront legal fees.
Experience with Insurance Tactics: Insurance companies employ various tactics to minimize payouts, such as offering lowball settlements or pressuring claimants to make statements that can be used against them. Personal injury attorneys are familiar with these tactics and can protect the injured victim from them.
Key Steps in Attorney Management of the Personal Injury Case
Personal Injury Attorney Key Steps: There are several key steps and tasks, from initial Client Consultation to Case Resolution. Throughout the process, the personal injury attorney provides legal advice, guidance, and representation to their clients, working to secure fair compensation for the damages suffered due to the injury. The specific steps and tasks can vary depending on the complexity of the case and the jurisdiction in which it is filed. Here’s an overview of common key steps in managing the Personal Injury Case.
Client Consultation: The process begins with an initial consultation with the client who has suffered a personal injury. During this meeting, the attorney evaluates the client’s case, gathers information about the injury, and discusses the potential legal options.
Case Evaluation and Acceptance: After the consultation, the attorney assesses the viability of the case. Factors considered include liability, damages, evidence, and legal issues. If the attorney decides to take the case, a formal agreement is signed, outlining the attorney-client relationship, fees, and other terms.
Investigation and Evidence Gathering: The attorney and their team initiate an investigation into the circumstances of the injury. This may involve collecting medical records, accident reports, witness statements, and any other relevant evidence. If necessary, they may work with experts, such as accident reconstruction specialists or medical professionals.
Legal Research: The attorney researches relevant laws, regulations, and precedents related to personal injury claims in the specific jurisdiction. This research is crucial for building a strong legal argument.
Initial Demand Letter: If appropriate, the attorney may draft and send a demand letter to the at-fault party or their insurance company. This letter outlines the client’s claims and seeks compensation for damages.
Negotiation: The attorney engages in negotiations with the opposing party or their insurance adjusters. This can involve back-and-forth communication to reach a settlement that fairly compensates the client.
Filing a Lawsuit: If negotiations do not result in a satisfactory settlement, the attorney may file a lawsuit on behalf of the client. This involves drafting and filing legal documents with the court.
Discovery: During the discovery phase, both parties exchange information and evidence. This may include interrogatories, document requests, depositions, and expert witness testimony.
Mediation or Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR): In some cases, mediation or ADR processes may be pursued to resolve the case without going to trial. The attorney represents the client in these proceedings.
Trial Preparation: If the case does not settle during pre-trial phases, the attorney prepares for trial, which involves gathering evidence, identifying witnesses, and developing a strong legal strategy.
Trial: The attorney represents the client in court, presenting evidence and arguments to support the client’s claim. The case is decided by a judge or jury.
Post-Trial or Settlement Activities: After the trial or settlement, the attorney may assist the client in collecting the awarded compensation and resolving any outstanding legal issues.
Case Closure: The attorney closes the case and ensures all legal and financial matters are resolved. This includes finalizing fees and expenses and providing the client with a closing statement.
Client Follow-Up: The attorney may follow up with the client to ensure their well-being and address any concerns or questions.
ATLANTA ORTHOPAEDIC IMAGING:
Attorneys & Healthcare Providers - Administrative Support
Atlanta Orthopaedic Imaging (AOI) works with the Attorneys and Healthcare Providers for the Patient (injured victim) to help support the injured victim’s legal case and treatment plan. AOI receives the Diagnostic Imaging (scan) service orders directly from the ordering Healthcare Providers, or indirectly from Attorneys, Imaging Centers, and injured victims. AOI keeps all parties updated on order completion status to help reduce scheduling errors and reduce administration costs for both Personal Injury Attorneys and Healthcare Providers.
Diagnostic Imaging scan services not scheduled through AOI are often scheduled by some multiple or competing imaging centers without a centralized scheduling service that does not inform all parties of the scheduled or completed scan, or in some cases, informs the parties only “After” the services are performed. It is important that the Patient support team Attorneys, and Ordering Healthcare Providers are aware of the scheduled scan services “Before” the services are completed. This helps the healthcare provider physician to confirm or update the requirements and to schedule the next appointment. It also helps the Attorney better mange the Personal Injury Case.
An Imaging Center location may provide their own highly branded, advertised, and multiple location order form to a Healthcare Provider medical practice for their convenience. However, the order may need to be directed to another location to better suit the needs of the Patient, Attorney Firm on behalf of the Patient, or Healthcare Provider medical practice on behalf of the Patient. When the highly branded and advertised Imaging Center order form goes to another Imaging Center location it may cause confusion or duplicate scheduling among the competing locations.
The order form advertisements and multiple service locations also cause confusion with the client who may go to the wrong location not scheduled, resulting in a no-show, non-compliance, wasted patient travel, attempted service at a location without the proper equipment for the ordered scan, or duplicate scans for the same order.
The AOI Diagnostic Imaging Order Form and Invoice Billing process uses a consolidated, standard, unbranded, and simple universal format that is accepted by all Medical Practices, Attorney Firms, and Imaging Center locations. This helps reduce multiple Order Form formats and Invoice billing formats across multiple locations. The unbranded AOI Order Form removes commonly used and unnecessary advertisement clutter containing multiple service locations that are not related to the actual orders or billing. The MEDICAL IMAGING scan services, Invoice (Bill), can also consolidate more than one location on the same Bill while providing the service location for each diagnostic imaging scan item.
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Medical Imaging - Scheduling:
Atlanta Orthopaedic Imaging schedules Personal Injury Patients (injured victims) for Diagnostic Imaging (scans) to help ensure that the procedure is scheduled at the proper location, with the proper equipment, and both the representing Attorneys and the ordering Healthcare Providers are updated as follows.
Proper Equipment: The Diagnostic Imaging scans are performed using the necessary equipment as ordered by the Healthcare Provider for the best results.
Proper Location: Not all locations will have the necessary imaging scan equipment for the specific injured victim. In some cases, a location may need to be chosen that is most convenient for the injured victim but the location must also have the proper equipment as ordered by the Healthcare Provider. The first priority is performing scans with sufficient quality to support the Healthcare Provider requirements and injured victim treatment. This also supports the injured victim’s legal case.
Healthcare Provider Updates: It is very important that a Follow-up Appointment with the ordering Healthcare Provider can be scheduled in advance and for a date after completion of the scans. The Healthcare Provider Patient Care Coordinator helps manage care of the injured victim. The coordinator must be updated on the scheduling status of scheduled scans to avoid delays and to ensure the ordering Healthcare Provider or Physician has access and can review the the scans before the next appointment.
Attorney Updates: The Attorney legal Case Manager must be updated on the scheduling status of scheduled scans “Before” service is performed. This is very important as the Case Manager manages all documentation related to the case and may need to confirm the same order was not already placed or completed for another Healthcare Provider. This can happen when a Client (injured victim) forgets to disclose a diagnostic history to a another treating physician. Informing the Case Manager of schedule updates “Before” service completion helps to prevent this.
Contact Atlanta Orthopaedic Imaging from our Contacts page or speak to one of our team members for guidance on scheduling medical imaging scan services as part of the Personal Injury Case medical care and treatment process.
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Personal Injury Finance
Atlanta Orthopaedic Imaging and our network of Personal Injury Finance partners can help if the injury victim is uninsured. We can provide a great alternative for insured injury victims that have insufficient or exhausted medical coverage, low policy limits, high deductibles, and high out‐of‐pocket expenses. In many Personal Injury Cases, we can find support services for the injured victim and defer payment until the legal case is settled or trial verdict funds disbursed. Contact us using our Contact page or speak to one of our team members for any required assistance.
We also offer pre‐settlement attorney finance on some cases where it is a viable option. This may reduce case debt and opposition leverage towards a lower settlement.