A personal injury lawyer 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.
The law defines this as an injury to the body, mind, or emotions.
This is in contrast to an injury to property. Lawsuits fall
under US civil and tort law. Tort law concerns acts that cause harm but are
not necessarily illegal as with criminal law.
Lawyers (plaintiff lawyers or trial lawyers) deal with cases concerning:
•Resulting in serious injuries or death of a family member
•Medical malpractice and harm
•Cases of assault and battery
•Insurance companies’ refusal to pay for medical expenses of the injured party
•Slander, libel and defamation
•Product fault and liability
•Injuries occurring while on the land or premise of the accused party
The main goal of tort law is to make the injured party whole and to
discourage others from committing the same offense.
Personal injury lawyers help plaintiffs receive compensation for their
losses, including loss of earnings capacity (due to an inability to work),
pain and suffering, reasonable medical expenses (both present and expected),
emotional distress, loss of consortium or companionship, legal costs and
attorney fees. Personal injury attorneys also work to safeguard clients
from being victimized by insurance companies and the legal system.
Any case or claim that involves an injury to the body or mind falls under
the umbrella of personal injury law.
Common types of cases handled:
•Animal Bite Injuries
•Nursing Home Abuse
•Slip and Fall Accidents
•Spinal Cord Injuries
What kinds of tasks does a personal injury lawyer perform?
Personal injury lawyers handle a case from inception through appeal and perform
tasks similar to most litigators. Typical tasks include investigating claims;
screening potential clients and evaluating the merits of their case; gathering
evidence; formulating legal theories; researching case law; drafting pleadings,
motions and discovery; interviewing and deposing witnesses; preparing for trial;
advocating at trial; and counseling clients.
Contact us to discuss your situation and see what remedies might be available.