A personal injury lawyer is referred to as the legal representative of a plaintiff, a person who brings a case against another in a court of law, on grounds of a physical or psychological injury as a result of the careless act or negligence of another person or entity or organization. A personal injury lawyer specializes in tort law, a special subject of law that deals with the following cases: private or civil wrongdoings or injuries, defamation and actions of bad faith, breach of contract. The legal function of the personal injury lawyer is to represent the plaintiff receive compensation for the incurred injury and losses, which includes the following: 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.
Kinds of Personal Injury Cases
The cases that a personal injury lawyer handle are very extensive and diverse and they are: 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.
The Tasks of A Personal Injury Lawyer
Once the personal injury lawyer accepts the job of representing the plaintiff, he goes through these specific tasks to prepare his assigned case to the court of law, and these tasks include the following: 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. Should a personal injury lawyer wants to further specialize in civil trial advocacy, he has to earn it by applying in a specialty certification program certified by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, a non-profit organization accredited by the American Bar Association to provide board certification for attorneys.
When it comes to skills, he must excel at 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. A personal injury lawyer’s fees are computed as 30% – 40% from the plaintiff’s ultimate compensation and payable when the case is resolved. With this arrangement, the plaintiff does not pay a fee unless the lawyer needs to recover money on his behalf.