A personal injury lawyer is a lawyer
who provides legal representation to those who claim to have
been injured, physically or psychologically, as a result of
the negligence or wrongdoing of another person, company, government
agency, or other entity. Thus, personal injury lawyers tend
to be especially knowledgeable and have more experience with
regard to the area of law known as tort law, which includes
civil wrongs and economic or non-economic damages to a person’s
property, reputation, or rights.
Even though personal injury
lawyers are trained and licensed to practice virtually any
field of law, they generally only handle cases that fall under
tort law including, but not limited to: work injuries, automobile
and other accidents, defective products, medical mistakes, slip
and fall accidents, and more.
The expression "trial lawyers" can refer to personal injury
lawyers, even though most cases handled by personal injury lawyers
settle rather than going to trial and other types of lawyers,
such as defendants' lawyers
and criminal prosecutors, also appear in trials.
A personal injury lawyer has numerous responsibilities in serving
his or her clients. These responsibilities encompass both professional
and ethical rules and codes of conduct set forth by state bar
associations where the lawyers are licensed. Once licensed to
practice law by their state bar association, lawyers are legally
permitted to file legal complaints, argue cases in state court,
draft legal documents, and offer legal advice to victims of
Also referred to as a plaintiff lawyer, a personal injury lawyer
is responsible for interviewing prospective clients and evaluating
their cases to determine the legal matter, identify the distinct
issues rooted within the plaintiff’s larger problem, and
extensively research every issue to build a strong case.
The ultimate professional responsibility of a personal injury
lawyer is to help plaintiffs obtain the justice and compensation
they deserve for their losses and suffering through advocacy,
oral arguments, client counseling, and legal advice.
Personal injury lawyers must also adhere to strict standards
of legal ethics when dealing with clients. While the guidelines
vary according to state, the basic codes of conduct state that
a lawyer must knowledgeably evaluate legal matters and exercise
competence in any legal matter undertaken. Moreover, personal
injury lawyers owe their clients a duty of loyalty and confidentiality
and must work to protect their clients’ best interests.
can occur in a wide range of accidents; however leading causes
of personal injuries can be attributed to: