15 Apr What Do Personal Injury Lawyers Do?
If you’ve ever been involved in an accident that you believe was not your fault, you may have a number of legal questions that come up, such as how can I rightfully determine that I wasn’t at fault? Other questions may involve insurance companies, workers’ compensation, medical expenses, lost wages, compensation for your injuries and losses, and what will what happen next.
A personal injury lawyer’s main role is to find the right answers to these questions. This type of civil litigator, also known as a trial lawyer or plaintiff lawyer, legally represents plaintiffs who have been either physically or psychologically injured due to negligence or carelessness—whether it comes from a person, an entity, or an organization. These issues come under the umbrella of tort law, which, generally speaking, helps to make things right for those who are harmed and to dissuade those who have harmed to repeat those offenses.
On a day-to-day basis, personal injury lawyers juggle a number of tasks including: gathering evidence, trial preparation, filing motions and discovery, trial appearances, case law research, drafting pleadings, meeting and counseling potential and current clients.
The types of cases that personal injury lawyers can potentially take on include the following:
- Slip and Fall
- Spinal cord
- Defective Products
- Bad Faith
- Wrongful Death
There can be overlap or multiple areas of personal injury that have occurred in one incident, e.g., an automobile accident that ends up with a pedestrian being injured and the pedestrian suffering a brain injury.
Personal injury lawsuits can be quite intricate and complicated, so you’ll find that many personal injury lawyers will specialize in a specific area, such as mainly car and motorcycle accidents, which can even become more specific with the type of accident (e.g., brake failures, SUV rollovers, defective airbags).
If you end up in an accident or have been injured, a personal injury lawyer may be your best bet in obtaining compensation for your pain and suffering.