Personal injury lawyer provide legal representation to people who have been injured in accidents due to another’s negligence. They help injured victims recover financial compensation from at-fault parties.
Personal injury lawyers generally do the following things:
- Help clients understand what their legal rights are and advise them on how to proceed with their personal injury claim.
- Gather evidence to support the plaintiff’s claim, including police or incident reports, medical reports and witness statements.
- Handle all communications with the insurance companies and prevent victims from doing anything that may jeopardize their claim, such as giving recorded statements.
- Negotiate settlements with insurance companies on behalf of plaintiffs.
- Review policy details and determine the maximum compensation available to plaintiffs based on the specific circumstances of each case.
- If cases go to trial, they represent clients in court.
- Prepare opening and closing statements, examine and cross-examine witnesses, and convince juries that plaintiffs are entitled to damages.
A personal injury situation may be caused by a car or truck, a motorcycle or a bicycle accident, or you may need an accident lawyer if a person or workplace has injured someone. A wrongful death case is when the negligence or carelessness of another has caused someone to die. A medical malpractice case is when someone is injured or dies because of the carelessness of a doctor or hospital.
Many personal injury lawyers, including myself, do not handle a property damage claim unless the person has also suffered injuries. This means, if you are in an accident and only your car was damaged and not your body, you may be wise to settle the claim on your own. People, corporations, and governmental groups can all be held responsible for their actions or negligence. This is called “proving liability” or “responsibility”. This is what personal injury lawyers do.
A personal injury victim may have legal rights to financial compensation or recovery of damages (money) for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Lawyers who have experience representing injured victims are called personal injury lawyers.
They know how to: gather evidence to support your claim, how to talk with the insurance adjusters, how to help you avoid the mistakes that can ruin your case, and when to bring in the experts necessary to prove the true magnitude of your injuries. A skilled personal injury lawyer may also help you prove your injury case even if the other party claims you were at fault. By using investigators, accident reconstruction experts, and witness interviews, your lawyer can often prove who caused the accident and convince the insurance company or jury of what really happened.
Personal injury lawyers must also be very skilled at negotiating with insurance companies and have excellent trial skills in the courtroom for you to be treated fairly by the insurance industry.