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A personal injury attorney provides legal representation to people who claim to have been injured in disputes involving negligence and damages. A personal injury lawyer’s job is to find out who made the mistake that caused the injury and hold them accountable for their actions. The negligence or wrongdoing can be perpetuated by another person, a business, a government agency, or another entity. The injury could be physical or psychological.
Personal injury attorneys have many responsibilities. First they must interview prospective clients and evaluate their cases. Then they need to figure out the challenge of the situation and a build a strong case. This typically requires every issue to be extensively researched. By building the strongest case possible, a personal injury lawyer can help his or her client receive justice and deserved compensation for any losses, including financial losses, physical harm, or emotional distress. Often, the most important factor in a successful personal injury case is the attorney’s ability to prove that the accident resulted from third party negligence.
Personal injury claims and lawsuits include car accidents, train accidents, slip and fall incidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice, product liability and more. The laws for each situation differ, but all personal injury claims and lawsuits have similar elements that must be present in order for the plaintiff to recover on a claim or in a case. Before tackling a case, a personal injury attorney helps determine whether a person has a valid claim or lawsuit.
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Professionally, the primary responsibility of a personal injury lawyer is to help plaintiffs obtain the justice and compensation they deserve for their losses and suffering. The tactics an attorney may use include oral arguments, advocacy, filed legal complaints, client counseling, and legal advice. If a settlement cannot be reached, a personal injury lawyer may have to take a client’s case to trial.
Personal injury lawyers are typically trained and licensed to practice practically any field of law, but they generally only handle cases that fall under tort law. Tort law includes civil wrongs and economic or non-economic damages to a person’s property, reputation, or rights. By limiting the range of cases they handle, personal injury lawyers are able to acquire specialized experience and knowledge.
Attorneys who practice personal injury law are also referred to as plaintiff lawyers.
Personal injury lawyers are required to be loyal to their clients and to protect the confidentiality of any information. They must work to protect their clients’ best interests, according to the New York City Bar.