A Personal-Injury Lawyer acts on the behalf of parties who have been either physically or mentally injured. The aim of this lawyer is to represent such a party and lodge appropriate compensation for his/her client. The other party may be an individual, a company, a government agency or any other legal entity.
In the United Kingdom as well as the rest of the developed world, a “compensation culture” has now come into existence. According to this culture, individuals believe that they deserve to be compensated for any wrong doing or accident that has caused them harm or has affected them in any way. This culture has lead to an increase of Personal-Injury Lawyers who specialize in various areas. A Personal-Injury Lawyer basically deals with “torts”, which is a legal term for civil wrongs.
Over time, the focus areas of such lawyers have expanded and today there are lawyers who specialize in a variety of areas. One of the largest focus areas is Vehicle Accidents. It is no hidden fact that the number of road accidents is increasing day by day, owing to the traffic conditions. But, personal-injury lawyers can help individuals who have been harmed in such accidents while taking control of the situation, and receive compensation for their losses.
Another popular focus area is Medical Malpractice. If an individual feels he/she has been given unsatisfactory or wrong treatment by the doctor, or is a victim of surgical malpractice, the lawyer can help the individual gain sufficient compensation. Due to increasing consumer awareness in the UK, another common focus area is Product Liability. If any consumer of any kind of product feels that he has not gained his money’s worth or has been the victim of false promises by the seller, he can hire a Personal-Injury Lawyer to investigate the matter and bring it to court. Other areas include workplace accidents, wrongful deaths, psychological damages, aviation accidents, personal-injuries, etc.
There are two main ways Personal-Injury Lawyers use to handle these cases; one is by bringing the matter to the court, and the other is ‘out of the court settlements’. In order to get employment as a Personal-Injury Lawyer in the UK, the candidate has to pass 11 courses approved by the Law Society. There is also an Association of Personal-Injury Lawyers which aims to fight for the rights of injured people.
Owing to the increasing popularity of such lawyers in the UK, Personal Injury Awards are held each year in order to honor those lawyers who have shown outstanding achievements in Personal Injury Cases. These awards have many categories and are sponsored by leading Personal Injury Legal Firms and organizations.
Although the influx of Personal Injury Lawyers may seem to be an advantage for the common man, there should be a limit to their use as the society and the government may have to bear the burden of frivolous lawsuits, fear of litigation and even perjury.