A personal injury lawyer is someone who represents people who have been injured, either physically or psychologically, as a result of someone else’s negligence. The guilty party can be an individual person, a company, a government department, or some other entity. Such a lawyer is therefore well versed in the law that governs injury to a person, damage to a person’s property, a person’s reputation, and a person’s rights.
Although personal injury attorneys are licensed to practice in most areas of law, they usually concentrate on cases that relate to injury. These include motor vehicle injury, injuries at the workplace, medical negligence, paraplegic and brain injury, as well as slip and fall injury. The lawyer has to follow a code of conduct and ethical rules laid down by a bar association when serving his or her clients.
Once the lawyer has received a license to practice, they are permitted to file complaints, defend cases in a court, draw up legal documents, and give legal advice to people wishing to lodge a personal injury claim. In some countries, a personal injury attorney is also called a plaintiff attorney.
When first consulting with such a lawyer, he or she will first evaluate the client’s case. This involves an in-depth study of the circumstances surrounding the injury and the nature of the negligence that caused the client’s injury. When all information is gathered, a strong case can be made against the defendant.
The ultimate objective is to help the client receive justice and fair compensation for the suffering and loss caused in the incident. As mentioned, the lawyer has to work within legal parameters when building a case. The bar association with which the lawyer is registered insists that he or she protects the client’s interest at all times and guarantees confidentiality and loyalty.
As is the case with most attorneys, personal injury lawyers may start practicing solo or seek employment with a small, medium or large legal company. They can also be owners or partners of a law firm. In many cases, the public can receive a more personalized service from a sole practitioner.
In addition, lawyers who practice individually are often more likely to take on smaller cases. Their fees are also cheaper because they do not have to carry heavy overheads like large law firms. Therefore, they are much more accessible to the average man-in-the-street.
A small law company usually consists of 2 to 10 lawyers who are able to offer a vast amount of expertise in various avenues of personal injury claims. Medium-sized firms usually consist of 10 to 50 lawyers who offer representation in every area of the law. In such a company, there will be several who deal specifically with personal injury claims. Large firms have more than 50 lawyers and are often the most reputable because the company has been in existence for many years.
In the USA, a personal injury lawyer can be a member of several professional associations. Some are on a voluntary basis, while others are mandatory. Associations that US lawyers commonly belong to include the American Bar Association, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
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