What Does A Personal Injury Lawyer Do?
When a plaintiff, a person who brings a case against another in a court of law, sues another person or company or organization on grounds of physical or psychological injury as a result of negligence or careless acts of that person or company or organization, the plaintiff’s lawyer is referred to as the personal injury lawyer. The field of law which a personal injury lawyer specializes in is known as tort law, which covers private or civil wrongdoings or injuries, defamation and actions of bad faith, breach of contract. Legally helping his client receive compensation for the incurred injury to which the compensation covers the following losses: loss of earnings because of an inability to work, physical and emotional pain and suffering, reasonable medical expenses, loss of consortium or companionship, legal costs and attorney fees, as well as, safeguarding his clients from being victimized by insurance companies and the legal system, this is the comprehensive function of a personal injury lawyer.
Different Personal Injury Cases
The following are the types of cases which a personal injury lawyer handles: animal bite injuries, auto accidents, aviation accidents, bicycle accidents, boating accidents, brain injuries, burn injuries, construction accidents, defective products, insurance/bad faith, medical malpractice, motorcycle accidents, nursing home abuse, pedestrian accidents, slip and fall accidents, spinal cord injuries, wrongful death.
As soon as the personal injury lawyer accepts the job of representing his client, he will then assume the following tasks to establish the case in court, and they are: : investigating claims, screening potential clients, evaluating the merits of the case, gathering evidence, formulating legal theories, researching law cases, drafting on pleadings, motions and discovery, interviewing and deposing witnesses, preparing for trial, advocating at trial, and counseling clients.
The educational training of a personal injury lawyer includes earning a law degree and passing the written bar examination. He can also earn a specialty certification program accredited by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, a non-profit organization accredited by the American Bar Association to provide board certification for attorneys, if he desires to be a specialist in civil trial advocacy.
For him to be competent, he has to develop his skills in oral advocacy, negotiation and client development and acquire more knowledge in the field of personal injury law.
The personal injury lawyer’s profession is among the highest paid profession, earning between $30,000 and $300,000, including a percentage from the verdict amount, if he wins the case. His attorney’s fees is computed as 30% -40% of the plaintiff’s eventual compensation and payable when the case is resolved. Because of this kind of arrangement, the plaintiff is free not to pay for the attorney’s fees, unless the attorney has to recover money on his behalf.