Top 5 Reasons Smokeball’s New Personal Injury Matter Type Wins Every Time

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As Smokeball law practice management software continues to stake our claim as the best law firm software for personal injury attorneys, we continue to innovate in the personal injury space.  This time, that innovation culminated in a brand new matter type specifically for Plaintiff personal injury work.  The new matter at the same time simplifies and builds upon Smokeball’s “Advanced” personal injury matter type released about two years prior.  Here are the Top 5 Reasons that Smokeball clients are already loving the new “Personal Injury – Plaintiff” matter type.  Note to all users, too, Smokeball will shortly release a matching “Personal Injury – Defendant” matter for defense work.

1. All Critical Information Visible on One Screen

 Smokeball carefully studied the work habits and needs of its personal injury clients.  From that experience, it developed a more streamlined matter screen for each personal injury file that shows all of the most important information in one view.  From the matter screen, firms can now see, among other things, (1) the Statute of Limitations date, (2) the claim number, (3) adjuster name, (4) adjuster phone number, and (5) the firm’s out-of-pocket for expenses thus far in the case.  Putting all of this information on one screen without clicking and digging through sub-screens was a main goal of this new matter type, and clients are already thanking us!

2. Medical & Settlement Details Culminate in an Automated Settlement Statement

 Smokeball rules the roost when it comes to personal injury legal software mainly because it lets firms lose the spreadsheets!  Smokeball puts all important case financial tracking into one place and makes spreadsheets a thing of the past.  The new matter type streamlines the tracking of medical providers, document requests, and invoices in one place with those calculations culminating in an automated settlement statement.  Creating the settlement statement still leaves much oversight to the firm, however, with drop-down menus that allow for adjustments based on various factors (see image below).  However, the main goal has been accomplished: take much of the manual work (and thus, room for human error) out of the settlement statement creation.

3. Lien & Balance Tracking (No More Spreadsheets!)

 The name of the game is detail tracking, and Smokeball ensures that all your key case details are in one place.  The third reason that Smokeball’s new personal injury matter type is crucial is that all liens and balances are tracked in one place!  Ditch the spreadsheets once and for all with Smokeball’s transparent liens and balances tracking screen.

4. Advanced Reports to Show Where Cases Stand

 Again, the theme of Smokeball’s latest personal injury innovation is “no more spreadsheets!”  From everything put into a Smokeball matter type, reports are generated to let you know exactly where a case stands.  These most impressive reports cover (1) documents requested (medical records, etc.), (2) medical provider summaries, (3) medical provider outstanding amounts, (4) medical provider invoice line items, (5) lienholder summaries, and even (6) lienholder and balances without liens.  With these pre-built reports, your firm again loses the risk of human error that comes with manual spreadsheet tracking.

5. Memos Easily Track Settlement Negotiations

Finally, Smokeball’s memo feature has been revamped to accommodate extensive settlement negotiations.  Easily open the memos portion of a matter and review previous negotiations and prep for additional ones.  All entries are times and dated and show which staff member had the discussion.  And of course, make sure you know that you can search the memo screen for key words and other pertinent information.  Never miss a beat during negotiations with Smokeball’s memos feature from within the new personal injury matter.

By |May 14th, 2019|

About the Author:

For years, Josh has helped lawyers become more organized, productive, and profitable. A trained litigator, Josh came to Smokeball from a large east-coast law firm where his practice focused on franchise, insurance, marine, and general litigation. His work with Smokeball, and his continued passion for what he does each day, is driven by a desire to help lawyers and their staff do better in every way. Knowing well the stress and strain put on today’s legal professional, he regularly focuses on improving work and life in the law. He has traveled the country working with and learning from lawyers and their staff. Josh speaks regularly to bar associations about successful law firm practices and other legal topics. Recent notable engagements have been with the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar’s Solo and Small Firm Conference. In addition to his work at Smokeball, Josh serves on the Writing Resource Center staff at The John Marshall Law School. Besides legal technology, his research interests include judicial decision-making, jury decision-making and psychology, and legal writing. He has written and overseen research exploring causal effects of sex/gender on federal appellate court decision-making, and assisted with research for a forthcoming textbook on judicial decision-making. Additionally, Josh sits on the Board of Directors of Chicago-based Community Activism Law Alliance and on the Board of Directors of Chicago Fringe Opera Company. Josh holds his J.D., cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as a Senior Editor of the Wash. U. Law Review, held the prestigious Thompson Coburn Research Fellowship, served as Research Assistant to then-Vice-Dean (now Chancellor) Andrew D. Martin, and clerked at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.M. in Music Performance with Honors Scholar distinction from the University of Connecticut, making him a Huskies basketball fan through and through. Follow Josh’s activity on LinkedIn, and keep up with new articles on the Smokeball Blog.