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. 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.
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.
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. If the personal injury lawyer wants to be a specialist in civil trail advocacy, he has to enroll in a specialty certification program which is 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.
Further, he needs to develop his skills in oral advocacy, negotiation and client development and acquire more knowledge in the field of personal injury law.
His profession is among the highest paid, earning between $30,000 and $300,000, depending on the size of the practice and location, aside from damages filed against the defendant to which he can get a percentage from the verdict amount, if he wins the case. The computation for the lawyer’s compensation in an injury case represents a 30-40% of the plaintiff’s eventual compensation, payable when the case is resolved. From this settlement, the plaintiff need not pay for the lawyer’s fees, unless the lawyer recovers money on his behalf.