A person can be a victim of personal injury anywhere and at any point of time and it’s times like these that they need the services of a personal injury lawyer.
What is personal injury?
In legal circles, personal injury refers to the injury caused to a person physically or mentally, his property, reputation and personal rights. There is a catch though – claims for personal injury can only be made when the injury is caused due to negligence of the person providing the care e.g. doctor, manufacturer, employer etc. Some of the common types of this type of claim include slip and fall, road accidents, wrongful death, animal bite, aviation accidents, boating accidents, nursing-home abuse, spinal cord injury, product liability and medical malpractice.
A personal injury lawyer is charged with the responsibility of making sure that the injured party of family (in the case of wrongful death or road accidents) obtain compensation or ‘damages’ for their losses. Damages in this context refer to medical expenses, loss of companionship or consortium, emotional distress, monetary damages, legal fees, loss of income or earning capacity and punitive damages.
The lawyer first investigates the claim, screens potential clients and evaluates the merits of your case. They also gather evidence to support your claim, formulate legal theories then draft pleadings and motions for the same,. Other roles include interviewing and deposing of witnesses and a bit of counselling. It can be argued that personal injury attorneys help injured victims and/or their families seek justice by cleaning up the legal mess left behind after an accident.
Lawyers practicing personal injury get paid on a contingency-fee basis. In this sort of arrangement, you (the injured party) pay the lawyer if they obtain a favorable settlement. This is only about 30 – 40% of a client’s total compensation after all costs are deducted. If you or a family member falls victim to personal injury, contact an attorney as soon as possible and get the wheels of justice grinding.