Don’t Drop the Ball: Top Legal Technology Trends in 2020 for Personal Injury Lawyers

The verdict is in on another year. Was your personal injury firm successful? Did you meet the goals you set for your business? Are you still thinking about that thing you said at the office holiday party? Well, good news—it doesn’t matter. It’s a new year, a new decade, and a new chance to make your firm more efficient and more victorious.


That’s right—resolutions aren’t just for your personal life, they’re also for your firm. And the number one resolution for all personal injury lawyers in 2020 should be to modernize your firm…or risk becoming a relic. The good news for you? We’re not only here to help you keep pace with your competition, but we’d also like to help you lap them by staying ahead of the curve. So without further adieu, let’s count down the top legal technology trends of 2020 and let old technology trends be forgot…


But don’t fret; we’re here to help you organize your organization quicker than you can microwave some popcorn. Here are 3 areas where your organization needs improvement and how we can assist:

5) Virtual Law Firms

The law office is no longer a physical location; it’s a state of mind. If you’ve been to a Starbucks in the last decade, then you know that work can occur anywhere, even over a latte…and that applies to personal injury firms as well. Lightning quick internet speeds combined with powerful cloud computing have allowed you to work on personal injury matters with global implications from the comfort of your recliner. And with the rise of the gig economy, you can hire virtual support staff (like virtual assistants and virtual paralegals) that never set foot in your office to help on your matters—so you can save money and promote more efficiency…now if only you could find a virtual investigator to find out who decided to microwave fish in the kitchen.

 

4) Cybersecurity

While this may not be the most exciting legal tech trend of 2020, it’s probably the most necessary.  A single data breach can be fatal to your firm’s reputation, profits, goodwill, and more. And since hackers and cybertheives have become very sophisticated with their hacking techniques, you need to become even more sophisticated with how you combat them. In this digital transformation age, on-premises servers with outdated software are not enough—your firm’s data needs to be in the cloud, where it’s subject to continuous monitoring and privy to the latest cybersecurity protections.

 

3) Increased Mobility

Like it or not, we’re connected to our devices at all times. Long flights and showers used to be a time for reflection and solitude…now they’re just another opportunity for notifications. But this increased connectedness isn’t always bad thing—rather it’s an opportunity to get things done at your convenience, a way to ensure you never forget anything at the office, and proof to your clients that you’re a modern law firm. As a result, you can expect the migration to cloud-based mobile case management software to continue…after all, it’ll save you time, money, and a lot of headaches.

 

2) Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (or “AI”) is intelligence displayed by machines—as opposed to natural intelligence, which is displayed by humans (and, less frequently, opposing counsel). AI already has its digital fingerprints on the legal industry, where personal injury lawyers are using machine learning to parse through the massive amount of data coming their way on a daily basis, assist with decisions, and help with time-consuming (and often dull) routine tasks.

 

1) The Cloud

The cloud is what makes most (if not all) of the above trends possible.  Personal injury lawyers are looking to downsize their equipment and costs while upsizing their technology…and the cloud makes that possible. Moving your firm to the cloud is a surefire way to stay at the forefront of modern legal trends and boost your firm’s efficiency, collaboration, mobility, profits, and more in 2020 and beyond.

 

And now that we’ve reached the end of the countdown, you have ZERO excuses to not lap your competitors by adopting the latest legal technology trends for 2020. You can start with CloudLex®, our next-gen cloud-based legal platform that’s light years ahead of whatever you’re using now—sign up for a free demo so you can zoom past your competition into a future of success.