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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FEMARA: DOSAGE, SIDE EFFECTS, HISTORY

clomid-letrozoleFemara (letrozole) is an oral, non-steroidal aromatase inhibitor, usually indicated for the treatment of hormonally responsive breast cancer after surgery and radiation. This medication lowers estrogen levels in postmenopausal women, which can slow the growth of certain types of breast tumors. It may be prescribed for women with ovulation problems, or for the ones with unexplained infertility, being used for ovarian stimulation. It also increases pregnancy chances in ovulating women.

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Everything You Need To Know About Yasmin/Yaz

Yasmin/Yaz (Drospirenone)Television commercials over-market birth control pills. They typically use multiple psychology tricks in order to increase the percentage of sales, but it has a damaging effect upon consumers. Young women all over the world are exposed to dangerous consequences after using oral contraceptives (Yaz or Yasmine, for example). Failing to adequately warn patients and physicians about an increased risk of serious side effects is a crime, so if you or a loved one suffered from serious health problems while or after taking this drug, consider hiring a personal injury attorney.

WHAT IS DROSPIRENONE?

Drospirenone is a synthetic hormone in birth control pills and postmenopausal hormone replacement. It is used in order to prevent ovulation (the part of the female menstrual cycle, when a mature ovarian follicle discharges an egg), causing

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Comparative Fault System. Comparative And Contributory Negligence for Personal Injury Lawsuits

neglThe concept of “negligence” is defined asconduct that falls below the standards of behavior” established by law for the protection of others against unreasonable risk of harm. Comparative fault system includes three basic rules:

  • Pure Contributory Negligence Rule
  • Pure Comparative Fault Rule
  • Modified Comparative Fault Rule

indexThe term of Pure Contributory Negligence defines at what degree the plaintiff is negligent for their own injury. If the plaintiff is found even 1% at fault, no damages can be recovered (i.e. being hit by the car while crossing the road in the wrong place). Only 5 states recognize the Pure Contributory Negligence Rule: Alabama, District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia.

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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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When do You Have a Good Personal Injury Case?

Daily a lot of people get in different types of accidents where personal injury takes place. If you are involved in an accident, there are a couple of things that make any personal injury case a good one. How do you know it? Let’s find out!

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If your injury is a result of someone else’s negligence, this is already a big benefit to your case. This means that the other party is more at fault than you. The concept of negligence means any conduct that falls below the standards of behavior established by law for the protection of others against unreasonable risk of harm.

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What Should You Do After Being Involved In An Accident

Car accidents are very stressful for each driver because they are unexpected and unpredictable. Even the best and the most careful driver may be involved in an auto accident.

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According to Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) 2.35 million of people get injured or disabled in road crash accidents in U.S. Road crashes cost $230.6 million per year.

If you got into an auto accident you should first collect evidence as to who caused the accident and what are the damages of it. The best solution for you could be taking pictures of the damages, because that would be an incontestable evidence.

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Amusement Park Injury Factors and How NOT TO Turn Fun into Tragedy

The percentage of personal injury cases that have occurred in amusement parks and theme parks is much lower than most other personal injury related cases. However, amusement or theme park accidents can be extremely harmful and can result in fatality.

IAAPA and the National Safety Council (NSC) have carried out surveys of amusement ride injuries. They established a nationwide amusement ride injury reporting system for all facilities operating fixed-site, or permanently situated amusement rides in the United States. They produce a report each fall and analyze the previous year’s reporting data.

The statistics below are presented by the 2010 Fixed-Site Amusement Ride Injury Survey published in the fall of 2011.

  •  Approximately 290 million guests visit the 400 U.S. amusement parks annually and take 1.7 billion safe rides.
  • The chance of being seriously injured on a ride at a fixed-site park in the U.S. is 1 in 24 million.

  • 59 of the 1,207 ride-related injuries, or less than 5 percent, required some form of overnight treatment at a hospital.

 The 2010 Fixed-Site Amusement Ride Injury Survey presents the proportion of injuries by ride-type, U.S., 2003 – 2010

Figure 1 shows that the percentage of injuries by ride type varies every year. However, Family and Adult Rides compose the highest percent of injuries. 52.1% of the injuries in 2010 occurred on family and adult rides, 54.0% in 2009, 61.6% in 2008 and 58.0% in 2007. The number of injuries in 2010 was down except for 2004.

Roller coasters accounted for 35.9% of the injuries in 2010 which is more than in any other year except for 2004.

After increasing nearly 5% from 2008 to 2009, the proportion of injuries associated with children’s rides declined over 3% from 2009 to 2010.

What are the main factors that contribute in amusement park ride injuries?

Elvie Vinn, the author of the article entitled “Main Factors That Contribute In Amusement Park Ride Injuries”, enumerates the following factors:

  • Mechanical Failures, such as broken or missing components, safety features that do not function correctly, and unexpected detachment of rides and other structures. This factor leads to Product Liability injuries and sometimes to Wrongful Death.

  • Individual Behavior – Operators should never be Negligent and fail to check ride’s proper operation and likewise, visitors should obey rules to make sure that they will not be a threat to safety.

  • Design Errors and Dangerous Premises which include lack of lighting, broken stairs, gaps in pavement and parking lot conditions.

What should be done if an accident occurred?

William D. Kickham, an attorney and the author of the article entitled “Massachusetts Amusement Park Injuries: Top Tips on Staying Safe: Part Two of Two” suggests the same types of cautionary measures that one would employ in the aftermath of a car accident.

  • Take photos of the injured person with your cell phone or camera.

  • On a piece of paper, note the time, the ride, any witnesses, and the name of the operator ride.

  • If the injured person is put in a brace or carried on a stretcher, take pictures of that as well.

  • Speak to an experienced accident attorney who is familiar with all aspects of personal injury.

Who is responsible for the damages or injuries you suffered?

William D. Kickam claims that the owner or operator or management team who manages the amusement park is liable for the damages and injuries. The owners have a legal responsibility to make sure that their park is kept in a safe condition. Almost in all cases a liability insurance companies pay out damages. However, they do not pay out damages easily, so it is better to be represented by an amusement park injury lawyer who has an experience in his field of expertise.

How to avoid injuries at amusement parks?

The attorney William D. Kickham describes some tips on how to stay safe at amusement parks:

  • Ask your state inspections department for the park’s safety record, before you patronize the park.

  • Inspect the park.

  • Read the warning signs. All major rides have restrictions on a person’s age, height and weight. Do not ignore them, especially if you have a specific medical condition that the ride warns you about – for example, back problems, or are subject to seizures.

  • Assess the conduct of the ride operator. The operator should, at all times, be paying attention to the ride and its riders.

  • Assess the ride’s appearance. If the ride is rusty, poorly lit, or cluttered with litter, you should not risk your life on it.

  • Be alert of riders.

  • Don’t force children to go on rides if they are scared.

  • Adhere to the park rules – wear your seat belts, use the lap bars, chains and harnesses.

In conclusion, amusement and theme parks are fun, just be always cautious and do not get injured on the rides.

 

Common Mistakes Attorneys Make When Writing Their Detailed Biography

 

If you or your law firm has a website, you are sure to have a biography or profile page on the site.  When is the last time that you updated your website or more specifically, your detailed biography?  For most attorneys, it’s probably been a few years.  Let’s face it.  You’ve been busy!  Moreover, even if you take the time to update your biography you are not able to make the changes to the web pages all by yourself.  You need to get your webmaster to make the changes and that takes both time and money.

Well, what’s the opportunity cost of not keeping your website and profile current?  Did you know that attorney bios are the most viewed pages on a law firm’s website?  That profile or biography pages generate more than 50% of the page views on your site?

Stop and think for a moment.  Why would a visitor to your website be so interested in reading your biography?  Well, what you do and who you are can make for very interesting reading.  When a consumer is in need of legal services, it’s often a very traumatic time in their life.  Perhaps they had a serious car accident or are getting divorced.  They know that they need help but do not necessarily know where to go.

Legal services has historically been a referral based business. In fact, that’s probably how you or your law firm get most of your business.  Did you know that a study commissioned by the American Bar Association concluded that the market for legal services should be 50% bigger but that many people elect not to retain a lawyer because the process is too confusing or intimidating?  The study is entitled LEGAL NEEDS AND CIVIL JUSTICE – A Survey of Americans – Major Findings From the Comprehensive Legal Needs Study and is well worth reading.

So it certainly seems that your addressable market could be significantly larger if the process of hiring a lawyer were less confusing and intimidating.  Addressing this problem begins with improving your biography.  So what are the things that you can do to acquire new clients?

 #1 – MAKE IT FRESH

If you’ve recently settled a big case, written an article or changed something in your career, take the time to update your biography.  Everyone likes to read fresh and relevant content.  More often than not, an attorney biography has not been updated in quite some time.  Even worse, some biographies read like a legal version of War & Peace.  They simply go on and on and on and on and on.  If you’ve been out of law school for 10 years, is it really important to list some of your accomplishments while in school such as you were the Editor of the School’s Law Journal? Keep your biography fresh and it will be much more interesting for your readers.

#2 – DON’T TRY TO BE “ALL THINGS TO ALL PEOPLE”

Even if you are a General Practitioner, keep in mind that old adage: Jack of all trades, MASTER OF NONE”.  Be honest with yourself.  While you may be capable of doing many different things, identify the things where you feel that you really excel.  How you market yourself does not necessarily have to match how you practice law.  While you may find yourself handling a broad range of legal services, it is always a best marketing practice to concentrate or focus your pitch.  As you are writing your detailed biography, keep in mind the concept of the Elevator Pitch.  Imagine yourself as being in an elevator with a potential client and having only the time that it takes for the elevator to go from the ground floor to the 10th floor to tell this client about who you are; what you do; and why you are the right attorney to handle their case.

#3 – PRESENT YOURSELF AS BOTH A PERSON AND A PROFESSIONAL

One of the most common mistakes that lawyers make is that they try and oversell themselves as a legal professional yet fail to present themselves as an interesting human being. The potential client who has a case that is expected to go on for many months or many years is going to want to retain an attorney with whom they can build a relationship.  While it’s certainly important for you to have all of the necessary legal skills to handle their case, it can be more important for the client to feel comfortable when engaging with you.

According to a study done by LinkedIn who has 187 million members worldwide, “People with photos are seven times more likely to have their profiles viewed”. Getting the potential client to view your page and read your profile is the first step towards acquiring a new client.  Without a photo, it’s very likely that you won’t even be in the game.

You want to find a balance between looking professional and relaxed.  If you are able to present several photos, then you should select at least one photo that shows you in action on your job and one that shows how you are in your personal life.

Highlight those things that make you interesting as a person.  If you speak another language and/or have experience living or working in another country, include these things in your biography.  Perhaps you are an avid skier or tennis player.  Or maybe, you spend some of your spare time in the garden or in the kitchen.  Give your reader something that will help them to get to know you outside of the office.

We are not trying to suggest that a client is going to retain you simply because you are a gourmet chef.  The point is that many potential clients are intimidated by attorneys. They believe that lawyers can be unapproachable.  If you are able to find some common ground with your potential client that will help to break the ice, you have a much better chance of closing the deal.

LEGAL BISTRO OVERVIEW

Legal Bistro is a new online community for legal services where we bring together lawyers seeking new clients with customers who have legal needs.  The client remains anonymous throughout the entire process of reviewing and selecting an attorney.  Lawyers, on the other hand, are provided with many online tools to sell themselves and build online credibility with their potential Clients.

Legal Bistro profile matches your Areas of Practice and any Tag or Key Words that you used to further define your specialized expertise with the specific case needs of the consumer.  We are not a lawyer referral service and do not do anything other than our matching process to encourage a consumer to retain one lawyer over another.  It is up to you to sell yourself.  The first part of your sales process occurs online.

LEGAL BISTRO – ATTORNEY SHORT PROFILE

Your Legal Bistro Short Profile is the first thing that a consumer will see when they search for attorneys matching their specific case needs. The Short Profile includes the following:

  • Your Photo – Without a photo, it’s very likely that your profile will not either be seen or read by your potential client.
  • Title – Partner, Associate, etc.
  • Law Firm Name
  • Area of Practice – Your profile will only be displayed if your Area of Practice matches the case needs of the potential client.
  • Elevator Pitch – This is the most important component of your short profile.  It’s what the client will read about you to decide whether or not they have any further interest.  You have only five (5) lines to convince your potential client why you are the right lawyer or law firm to handle their case so make every word count.  Your primary objective is to get the client to click on your profile and read more about you in your Detailed Biography.
  • Detailed Biography Link – Your potential client Will be able to quickly access and read your Detailed Biography if you have completed this part of your registration process on Legal Bistro.
  • Recommendations Badge – Establishing online trust begins with obtaining Professional Recommendations from other colleague lawyers; business professionals and clients. You may also obtain Personal Recommendations from family members and friends. Keep in mind that according to a 3rd Qtr study by NielsenGlobal Trust in Advertising“70% trust consumer opinions that are posted online”.
  • Publications Badge – Establishing online credibility (i.e. presenting yourself as a subject matter expert) can be achieved by posting articles that you have written to your profile; by also copying the article content and creating a posting on Legal Bistro’s Blog; and/or by writing a new Blog Posting.  Earn your Publications Badge so that potential clients may read further about your specialized areas of knowledge or expertise. Keep in mind that 65.5% of people making purchases online have their purchasing decisions influenced by Bloggers (Media Burst – 2012).

The following screen shot is an example of what your Short Profile would look like on Legal Bistro:

LEGAL BISTRO – ATTORNEY DETAILED BIOGRAPHY

Legal Bistro provides you with all of the tools that you may need to create a professional looking Detailed Biography.  You have the ability to change font sizes, text colors and even insert images and photos.  The editing tools which we provide will enable you to publish a very professional web page with your biographical information.

Keep in mind the importance of first impressions.  Without a well developed and professional looking Detailed Biography, it’s unlikely that you will get the chance to speak with the potential client who learned about you online.  With more than 50,000 law firms and 1.2 million practicing lawyers in the United States, it’s fair to say that you are facing a great deal of competition.

The good news is that the Internet can become the Great Equalizer for you and/or your law firm.  The larger and more established law firms have significant resources and a long standing reputation which they are able to leverage.  As a smaller law firm or a solo practitioner, it’s most important for you to invest the time into creating a professional looking biography.  By doing so, a potential client will want to learn even more about you and hear what you might have to say about their case.

CONCLUSION

Whether you are writing your biography for your own website or when registering on Legal Bistro, we suggest that you consider using some or all of the suggestions that have been presented in this posting.  Put yourself in the role of the person who will be reading your biography and think about what you would find interesting about yourself.  As a highly educated professional, you should have very little difficult convincing your prospective client that you have the legal skills required to handle their case.  The $64,000 question – Are you able to do as good of a job in getting that potential client to trust and confide in you?  If you are able to find some common ground with your potential client, you should be able to succeed at both objectives.

Good luck and try to have some fun when writing your own biography.  It will show in the finished product!