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The comparisons for worker comp cases are often quite modest, and workers suffer minor injuries that have no long-term impact on their lives. However, some comp cases from workers with serious injuries can result in multi-million dollar settlements. So far, the largest compensation payment in an employee comp case was made in March 2017 with a settlement agreement for USD 10 million.
The case concerned an incident that occurred in California in 2013 when an employee was driving home from work in the early hours of the morning and her vehicle went off the road and hit a tree. The woman suffered a life-changing brain injury as a result of the accident. The case was recognized as an employee case as the employee drove home after a special project at work outside of normal working hours.
Situations like this are more common than you might think. You will often be surprised at who is legally held liable in an accident. In specific cases of work-related injuries, an attorney can advise you if you are entitled to more than one type of compensation.
How technology is changing workers’ comp cases
Laws have existed almost as long as humanity. Despite the long history of law, there is seldom stagnation. Everywhere there are its own laws. Different countries have different laws. Different states have different laws. Neighboring cities also have different laws. In addition to all the different laws in different places, the laws in different communities are constantly changing. Even small townships change their laws fairly regularly.
In addition to the differences in actual laws that can be understood from looking at the way societies develop, there are also changes in the way the law is practiced. It should come as no surprise that the way law firms work has changed dramatically with new technology. Why should the law be left behind while everything else moves forward?
What has changed?
Technology has been slowly changing the way lawyers work for years. In the past, simple routine chores were performed by the lowest ranked attorneys in a law firm. However, because an in-house attorney did the job, customers were billed for premiums. Many law firms are now using alternative legal service providers (ALSPs) for many of these tasks, such as checking documents.
There is a wide range of ALSPs and many are AI driven. Using an ALSP app for document review or any other small task benefits clients and lawyers alike. Customers save money because ALSPs are much cheaper to use than the premium billing costs of a junior attorney. While law firms can give their less experienced attorneys more time to focus on more important tasks and develop their talents faster.
When it comes to employee comp cases, most lawyers calculate contingent liabilities, which means they are only paid when you are paid. In these cases, customers are usually not billed according to line items, but according to an agreed percentage from the final payout. There is still an opportunity to save with an attorney using ALSP in these cases as well, as lower overheads are more likely to charge a lower percentage.
How things are changing during the COVID-19 pandemic
The need to change the way certain legal functions are performed has never been more prevalent. With many people blocked and others trying to limit contact with people as much as possible, there is a great need to move many things in society online, including legal functions.
Many legal documents are now filed online through the court and several employee contract cases are largely processed electronically. Many courts currently conduct mediation through video conferencing apps such as Skype and Zoom. As more and more jobs are moved (either temporarily or permanently) from the office to the home, there are also more and more questions about what is eligible for compensation.
If you are injured at home but the accident occurs during working hours, are you insured? When faced with such questions, your best bet is to seek help from an employee compensation attorney. They can help you figure out what kind of compensation you can get in this rapidly evolving world.