A personal injury lawyer is an attorney who offers legal representation to those who claim to be injured, mentally or physically, due to the negligence of another individual, business, government agency, or some entity deemed to be liable for that injury. Personal injury lawyers mainly practice in the field of personal law referred to as tort law. Tort law governs how pecuniary damages and/or civil wrongs are recovered. The pecuniary damages are the actual monetary damages claimed by one party against another party who has caused injuries such as, but not limited to, car accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice, workplace accidents, and assault/ homicide. Civil wrongs include but are not limited to, invasion of privacy, defamation/libel, false arrest, deprivation of wages, and various other actions.
There are several types of personal injury lawyers. These lawyers can be categorized as personal injury litigators, private detectives, trial lawyers, and criminal lawyers. Personal injury litigators are employed by the defense or the prosecuting authority to argue a case in a court of law. Private detectives are employed by the police department in many instances.
A personal injury lawyer represents the interests of his/her client in a court of law. A lawyer may also act on behalf of an injured party’s family members or a victim’s dependents. In cases where an individual has been severely injured or emotionally injured as a result of negligence on the part of another individual or company, these lawyers provide counseling and guidance to the individuals and families who have suffered from the injury. They attempt to establish or maintain the position of the victim in the eyes of the jury or judge.
A typical procedure follows when a case comes before the judge or jury. If there is sufficient evidence that a guilty person or company is responsible for the victim’s injuries, the attorney will present this evidence before the judge or jury. The attorney will attempt to prove or disprove the liability on the part of the guilty party. This is known as the “case against the defendant.” Private detectives or investigators often interview witnesses and analyze the facts of a case. Some personal injury lawyers also use technology to further their investigation and present all findings in court.
In many instances, personal injury lawyers represent a client who has been harmed because of negligence on the part of another individual or business entity. Examples of this might include car accidents, slip and falls, defamation of character, medical malpractice, wrongful death, etc. A personal injury law firm represents clients who have been injured due to these types of incidents. This is why it is important to find a competent personal injury lawyer to handle your case.
When selecting a personal injury lawyer, you must be sure that he or she specializes in personal injury laws. You also want to make sure that the lawyer has handled cases similar to yours that are related to your situation. The best way to select a lawyer is to ask for references and/or recommendations from friends and family members. It is also wise to ask about the success rate of the lawyer’s past cases. If a personal injury law firm has a high success rate, it is likely that it can successfully represent you in your case.
Most personal injury lawyers will not consider retaining a case when it is likely that no win will be forthcoming. Most personal injury cases end with a settlement or trial. The terms of these settlements can be quite favorable to the defendant if they are able to successfully sue the innocent party. Therefore, a good personal injury lawyer will often take on cases that have a reasonable chance of winning but are unlikely to recover a significant amount of money.
If you have been harmed in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, as well as punitive damages. A competent injury lawyer will work diligently to ensure that you receive the most comprehensive benefits possible. Most of us are familiar with the concept of limited liability. This means that we are only responsible for our own medical expenses and losses resulting from an accident, regardless of who was at fault. However, many people do not understand that the injured person may also be entitled to compensation for other types of injuries or damages that resulted from the accident.