Posted on January 27, 2011 in Personal Injury
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Personal injury cases account for a large percentage of legal cases handled by lawyers in the country yearly. Technically, any lawyer can handle personal injury cases but the often complex nature of these cases has led to specialization and a personal injury attorney can be described as one who is knowledgeable about and specializes in tort law, and also provides legal representation for individuals who have suffered personal injury. The duties of a personal injury attorney range from providing legal advice to negotiating with a defendant’s insurance provider to arrive at a favorable settlement. Knowing what a personal injury attorney can offer goes a long way in helping you make the right decision when hiring one.
Professional and Critical Evaluation
The first thing that a personal injury lawyer will do is evaluate your case to appropriately determine the merits and also, to ascertain the chances of receiving any compensation. Before a personal injury attorney will agree to file a personal injury claim, he or she must have detected an element of negligence which resulted in the injury. In light of this, it is recommended that you should get in touch with a personal injury attorney as soon as you can after the accident. Apart from improving your chances, it also gives room for your personal injury attorney to work within the legal time frame (statute of limitations).
After interviewing a prospective client and it has been established that the case has legal standing under personal injury law, the personal injury attorney will then proceed to identify the client’s legal issues and attempt to build a strong case around these issues. Typically, this involves carrying out extensive research, gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses and obtaining expert opinion in order to establish a strong case of negligence on the defendant’s part. Ultimately, whether the case gets to trial or not, a personal injury attorney ensures that his or her clients receive the justice and compensation they are entitled to as a result of injuries caused by the negligence of the defendant.
Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis. This means that they only get paid if and when the case gets settled. Under this arrangement, the client stands to benefit because there’s no need to worry about the personal injury attorney’s fees plus the fact that it makes the personal injury attorney more determined to ensure that his or her client is compensated.
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Personal injury cases account for a large percentage of legal cases handled by lawyers in the country yearly.