A personal injury lawyer is the one, whose services are required for acquiring legal representation by those; who are injured, and claim to have received physical or psychological harm. It is the duty or responsibility of a personal injury lawyer to prove that the injuries caused to his or her client was the result of ‘Negligence’ or ‘Wrongdoing’ on the part of another person. At times, it happens that injuries or physical harm is caused by a company, a government-run agency or an entity of any other kind or type. Such personal injury lawyers thus tend to be fully expert and especially knowledgeable in their field. They also have more experience regarding a particular area of law, the general public has only heard of; the Tort law. This term is directly related to the things like civil wrong(s), economic, non-economic damage(s) involving an individual or group, their property, personal rights or reputation etc.
Area of work:
As noted above, personal injury lawyers have special training and they’re licensed to practice virtually every field of law. However, generally they handle only the cases falling under Tort law. Mostly they work injuries, automobile(s), other accidents, medical mistakes, defective products, slip and fall incidents or other types of accidents. Sometimes, ‘Trial Lawyers’ expression can also refer to these personal injury lawyers, though in most situations the cases do not require going into a trial; they’re settled before that. Once a case goes to trial, at this point other lawyers are also involved and they appear in the trial; that may include criminal prosecutors, the lawyers representing the defendant etc.
There are numerous responsibilities that a personal injury lawyer has to perform, while serving his or her client(s). These may encompass both the professional as well as ethical rules, codes of conduct set forth by a particular state, a bar association, whereby the lawyer may be licensed. Lawyers licensed to practice by a state bar association are legally permitted to the filing of legal complaints, and argue cases in state court. He may draft legal documents, prepare and offer legal advice papers to the victim(s) of personal injury.
Another term is also used for these lawyers and that is a ‘Plaintiff’ lawyer, responsible for:
• Conducting interview(s) of the prospective clients.
• Evaluating their case(s) for determining the legal matter.
• Identifying the distinct issue(s) rooted within the plaintiff’s larger problem.
• Extensively researching every issue in building a stronger case.
• The ultimate professional responsibility may be to help plaintiffs obtain the ‘justice’ and ‘compensation’ they may deserve, for the losses and suffering they received.
• He must provide the right advocacy, oral arguments, legal advice and client counseling.
• He may also have to take the client’s case to court for trial; should a settlement not be reached.
• Strict adherence to legal ethics is also anticipated from a personal injury lawyer while dealing with the clients.
• Such lawyers also owe their client(s) loyalty as well as confidentiality as another important duty.
• Moreover, they have to protect the best interests of their clients.
Meanwhile, the guidelines may vary from state-to-state. Therefore, according to the basic codes of conduct; a lawyer must be knowledgeable in evaluating legal matter(s) and exercise competence, no matter what legal matter he/she undertakes. Finding a qualified and right personal injury lawyer in order to win an injury claim(s) can thus be much easier, only if one knows the simple things defined above. “Compensation” is the end goal of both the client and his/her lawyer i.e., the financial protection following an injury and enabling the client the ability to make a full recovery; is the basic role of a lawyer.