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 job of a personal injury lawyer is to represent his client get compensation as a result of injury and which covers – 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.
To establish a case in court, a personal injury lawyer has to perform the following tasks: 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.
Basically, a personal injury lawyer must earn a law degree and pass 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.
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.
Salary Earnings and Fees
Personal injury lawyers are among the highest paid professionals, receiving between $30,000 and $300,000, as well as a percentage cut from the verdict amount, should 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.