Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Compensation, Contrary to what most people believe, workers compensation fraud is more than just exaggerating the medical condition. It’s a violation of an insurance program that provides a large number of benefits to employees who were harmed or damaged on the workplace. This program involves following benefits: medical, temporary and total ones; permanent, partial ones and death benefits. It has to be mentioned that the injured employee will receive all the benefits mentioned above, in the exchange for not bringing a civil action against the employer (except the cases of intentional acts).

Returning to the workers’ compensation fraud, it should be noted that the fight against cheaters and malingerers recently forced the insurance industry initiate a workers’ compensation reform that involves a profitable cost-cutting campaign in order to resist the abuse of the system.

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Workplace Health and Safety. Workers’ Compensation

Occupational safety and health also commonly referred to as workplace health and safety is an area concerned with protecting the safety, health and welfare of the people engaged in work environment. The main statute protecting the health and safety of workers is the Occupational and Safety Health Act (OSHA).

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Employers should send their workers home in the same condition they came in. Costs associated with incidents, including lost costs, worker’s compensation claims, insurance costs and legal fees are minimized in a safe work environment. The total economic cost of work-related injures, illnesses or even deaths for 2009 is estimated to be $168.9 billion. The amount of money that is spent for worker’s compensation is very significant. Worker’s compensation laws protect people who are injured on the job. They are designed to ensure that employees who are injured or disabled on the job are provided wiWorkplace-Safety-Signth fixed monetary awards. The estimated total time lost because of the unsafe working conditions is 95 million days. That is why  workplace safety is very important and it’s employers’ primary job to provide their workers with the safe working conditions.

If you’re doing safety effectively in a business world, it’s going to relate to fewer schedule interruptions, which will minimize companies’ costs and will save people’s lives!

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Worker’s Compensation – Wage Replacement And Medical Benefits For Injured Employees

imagesWorker’s Compensation Laws were introduced for the first time in United States in the early 1900‘s and they were modeled after 19th century European laws. By 1920, most states had adopted similar laws and in 1948 Mississippi became the last state to adopt such laws.

4Worker’s Compensation Laws eliminated lengthy and expensive trials were the burden of proof was on the employee and removed a source of financial uncertainty for the employer. Each states has its own requirements concerning the coverage factors such as:

  • minimum number of employees
  • length of employment
  • familial relationship
  • self-employed workers and others.

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Behind The Scenes Of A Personal Injury Case. Personal Injury Terminology

Personal injury is a legal term meaning bodily injury or emotional distress which is caused by a type of tort or by the negligence of another. Negligence is defined as conduct that falls below the standards if behavior established by law for the protection of others against unreasonable risk of harm.

4Torts are determined as civil wrongs that cause a person to suffer harm or loss. Generally torts fall into three categories:

  1. Intentional torts can result from intentional acts such as battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional stress and others.
  2. Negligent torts also called “prudent man rule” result from failure to behave with the level of care to someone whom he or she owes a duty to (i.e. failing to obey traffic rules)
  3. Strict Liability torts are caused by virtue of a wrongful act, without any accompanying intent or mental state.

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How to Place a Bid on Legal Bistro

Bid-for-Placement: what does it mean? Why do we need it?

A bid is a sum of money that a lawyer offers for the opportunity of talking to a client, to receive his contact information and discuss his case (the minimum amount you can bid on is 6 law dollars).

It’s important to remember that a lawyer’s bid on a case determines where in the list of competing, “bidding” lawyers their profile will be displayed to the clients, who posted the case. The profile with the highest bid will be displayed first and the lowest, respectively, the last.

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Writing an Effective Biography on Legal Bistro Helps Attorneys Get New Clients!

Why should a lawyer bother to write an outstanding biography and why is it the most important part of the lawyer profile? It’s so simple!

A bio is a snapshot of a lawyer’s professional experience:

  • who they are,

  • what they do,

  • specialist expertise and

  • examples of client work.

A good biography “sells” their expertise to potential new clients.

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Legal Bistro Elevator Pitch for Lawyers

What is an Elevator Pitch?

An “Elevator Pitch”, also known as an elevator speech or statement, is a short summary used to quickly define a person, product, profession or organization and its Value Proposition.  The name “elevator pitch” conveys that the person who is delivering the message has about the same time that it takes the typical elevator to go from the ground floor the top floor to convince their audience about their proposal.  A well designed elevator pitch should be between 30 and 60 seconds.

How to Write a Good Elevator Pitch

The “Elevator Pitch” on Legal Bistro is five lines (500 words maximum) of text that are displayed to potential clients in what we call the “Short Profile Preview”.  This is the very first thing that a potential client will see about you and your law firm so you should give a lot of thought to what you would like to say.

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Why Consumers Love Legal Bistro

 Do you need a lawyer but are intimidated by the legal process?  Are you concerned that professional legal services may be financially out of reach?  Perhaps English is not your native language and you are having trouble finding a qualified attorney with whom you can effectively communicate.  Don’t worry, if you answered yes to any of these questions you are not alone.

We built Legal Bistro because we were inspired by the contribution that Lending Tree made to the process for finding a mortgage lender.  Lending Tree used the power of the Internet to bring online competition in the mortgage application process. Equally important is that Lending Tree’s website has helped consumers to better understand the process of applying for a home loan. We hope that Legal Bistro can achieve similar results in the legal services market.

When Lawyers Compete, You Win!

The single biggest reason why consumers love our service is because Legal Bistro facilitates lawyers competing online to serve the client.  Our Company motto is that When Lawyers Compete, the Client Wins! Frankly, we believe that both lawyers and consumers win when the competitive playing field has been leveled.

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Why Lawyers Love Legal Bistro

    

Are you happy with the current Return on Investment (“ROI”) for your online legal services marketing dollars?  Are you spending too much of your time qualifying leads? wasting time imagesDo you know anything about the visitors to your law firm’s website besides their IP Address and the date and time of their visit?  More specifically, are you being provided with case specific  facts that will help you evaluate their legal needs?

If you have answered yes to some or all of these questions then perhaps you will appreciate why lawyers love Legal Bistro.

YOU ARE IN CONTROL

You decide what cases you see based on the Practice Groups, Case Types and Tag or Key Words used when defining your Areas of Practice.

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Asbestos Silent Killer: Risk Factor of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma, a rare deadly form of cancer, is caused by exposure to asbestos. Workers dealing with asbestos usually get sick with mesothelioma. Moreover, their wives most likely to become mesothelioma patients because they inhale the tiny deadly fibres that have been brought home on the clothing, skin, and hair. This limited amount of asbestos exposure was enough to lead to a mesothelioma diagnosis decades later.

Paul Danziger writes in his article “The Right Way to Deal With Mesothelioma Lawsuits” that if a mesothelioma has been diagnosed, one should immediately proceed with a mesothelioma lawsuit. He claims that because the disease is caused by asbestos, and because the companies that exposed their employees and consumers to asbestos were aware of the risks that they were exposing people to, the victims have a right to file a lawsuit for damages caused be their negligence. A great number of lawsuits have been filed and the awards have been won by victims either as a result of a decision by a jury or as a result of a settlement agreement have been so large that mesothelioma has become one of the largest mass torts in American history.

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