Now that we’ve covered the different types of personal injury claims, you might be wondering: what exactly does a personal injury lawyer do? What can a personal injury lawyer do for you and your specific situation?
Simply put, a personal injury lawyer (also known as a plaintiff lawyer or trial lawyer) is a lawyer who provides legal representation to those who claim to have been injured—physically or psychologically—as a result of negligence or wrongdoing by another entity. This includes, but isn’t limited to, people, companies, and government agencies.
Have you ever heard of tort law? This is the legal term for the area of law personal injury lawyers specialize in.
In common law jurisdictions, a tort is a civil wrong that causes someone else to suffer loss or harm in an unfair manner. This results in legal liability for the person who commits the tortious act. The main goal of tort law is to make the injured party “whole” and discourage others from committing the same offense in the future.
The role of personal injury lawyer
Personal injury lawyers help plaintiffs receive compensation for their losses, including loss of earnings (due to an inability to work), pain and suffering, medical expenses, emotional distress, and more. They also work to safeguard clients from being victimized by insurance companies and the legal system. Personal injury attorneys generally work on a contingency fee basis; this means a personal injury lawyer typically only gets paid if there’s a recovery to you.
Typical tasks of a personal injury lawyer include investigating claims, gathering and preserving evidence, documenting the accident scene, researching law related to the case, drafting pleadings, locating and interviewing witnesses, counseling clients, preparing for and advocating at trial, and other various steps that may be valuable to your case.
That being said, hiring a personal injury lawyer doesn’t always mean you’ll be going to court over your personal injury claim. In certain cases, clients are able to settle cases out of court, foregoing the stress, expense, and complications a trial might bring about. If your case cannot be resolved in a manner that’s acceptable to you, your attorney will file a lawsuit; it’s your choice whether or not to accept a settlement.
Once an accident occurs, it’s extremely important to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible—as time passes, critical evidence could be lost and cause complications with your claim. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, the Coleman Law Group is here to help. We can lead you step by step, from day one of injury, giving you dependable, knowledgeable, and affordable advice and legal representation you can count on.
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