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  • Sep 14, 2019
    Violence against doctors at their workplace is not a new phenomenon to hear. However, in recent times, reports of doctors getting harassed by patients and their relatives are making headlines around the world and are shared extensively on social media. This violence may comprise telephonic threats, intimidation, verbal abuse, physical but non-injurious assault, physical assault causing simple or grievous injury, murder, vandalism, and arson. Medical professionals who suffered through violence have been known to develop psychological issues such as depression,post-traumatic stress, insomnia, fear, and anxiety, leading to absenteeism. Many have lost their clinics, injured themselves, lost lives, and also tarnished their reputation as a professional due to these incidents Causes of violence could be because of several reasons, we’ve jotted down some common problems:    Policy factors: If we look at a policy level, India's health-care spending is close to 2% of the total budget, which is dismal when compared to other countries. The Indian government's share in the health-care delivery is around 20%. The most dominant role in the health-care delivery is provided by small hospitals having up to thirty beds, but here, due to poor insurance penetration, the patient has to spend money from his/her pocket to the point of catastrophic poverty. As a result of this, small medical establishments are particularly susceptible to violence and aggression at the time of billing which translates to long working hours and poor work environment for government doctors, which makes them susceptible to making mistakes and prone to violence.   Social factors: Traditionally in India, medical professionals have been treated with respect by society. However, the present impression of the profit-making of few in the profession has crippled the image of the doctors. With the advent of modern medicine, the cost of health care has increased globally, but due to low literacy rates in India, there is an unrealistic expectation that paying more money should save one's life. Professional factors: As part of the medical curriculum, all doctors are taught clinical behavior but not all are taught empathy. Whereas in clinical practice, effective patient-doctor communication involving receiving an explanation for the occurrence of the symptom/sign, likely duration of treatment, the lack of unmet expectations, and empathy are associated with overall patient satisfaction with the services. Many a time, the patient does not comprehend the gravity of the situation and expects a better chance of complete recovery due to improper explanation by the treating doctor. In a country like India, due to the scarcity of doctors and health-care facilities, these issues are seldom given importance, which makes this one of the important causes of rising violence against health-care practitioners in the country.   Prevention of this violence is the sheer responsibility of the Government, Media, and Medical institutions. The one who is considered as a god is being treated as a culprit. Who stands where decides the justice but where is our stand decides humanity!
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  • Aug 01, 2019
    Virtual Reality has changed the gaming zone for everyone but what exactly does the tech and gaming movement mean for you and your practice? Can VR actually help the legal system with the growing technology? Considering that the legal sector is one of the most resistant sectors to get changed, due to its conservative nature, we can see just how different the future will be if the Virtual Reality are put in use. Some ways in which VR can be used legally are mentioned below: For investigating crime scenes: Instead of using the traditional PowerPoint or whiteboard, you can now have people put on virtual reality sets and become immersed in the crime scene, accident, etc. For depositions, lawyers can have juniors put on virtual reality headsets and almost be in the same room as the testimony. High-profile public trials: This could be held in the jurisdiction where the alleged crime occurred but the lawyers can be in other jurisdictions wearing virtual reality goggles could be deciding the trial. Meeting with clients in long distance locations could become more engaging than traditional video meetings as the VR will make them shake hand in and feel as if you are in the same room as them.   Lawyers can explain cases better: Lawyers will be able to take the audience by the virtual to hand and walk them through a crime scene, in real time or recorded, so they understand and appreciate a situation or experience better than just case papers.  
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  • Jul 29, 2019
    Virtual Law Firm A virtual law firm is a legal practice that does not have a brick-built office but operates from the homes/satellite offices of its lawyers, usually delivering services to clients from a distance using technological means of communication. Virtual law firms work in the same way as traditional law firms, but the lawyers are self-employed consultants and not partners. A Virtual Law Office (VLO) is an online law practice which is a secure log-in portal and is accessible by both client and attorney anywhere they want. In contrast to traditional law practice, a VLO allows attorneys and clients to communicate securely over the internet, download or upload documents, and conduct other business normally conducted face-to-face over the internet. The features offered by a virtual law office depend on a particular vendor, but basic features centre on a web-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) application that stores documents as part of a cloud computing system.  There are a lot of other pros to moving into a virtual space. Some of them is mentioned as: Ability to serve a wider client base because you aren’t tied down to a single office location. Lower monthly overhead. Eco-friendly and possibly paper-free. Flexibility with the hours you work and more control over your work/life balance. It’s equally important that the cons too are to be considered while we choose the method of setting up the firm. Some of the cons are: Blurred lines between work and personal life—may negatively impact work/life balance. Extra steps to ensure your state bar approves your software and tools. You’ll want to take extra security measures when working out of shared spaces. If you work out of your home, another home address or another meeting space should be set up for clients. Lack of traditional office feel. You may need to take extra steps to ensure smooth client communications. One needs to be careful while choosing the way of setting up the law firm. Either, a mid way can be achieved by creating a brick-virtual space wherein both the ways are adapted and the causalities are minimal.
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