A personal injury lawyer specializes in tort law and provides legal assistance to a person who suffers injuries due to the actions of another person. In this article, we will discuss about the duties of a personal injury attorney.
Various personal injury cases
A personal injury case could include libel and slander, negligence, defamation, dog bites, automobile accidents, premises liability and wrongful death litigation.
Duties of a personal injury attorney
Not all lawyers take personal injury cases. The lawyers who specialize in personal injury cases attend them. However, occasionally a few lawyers whose specialization are in other areas take up these cases when they find the case potentially easy to win. It is important that the personal injury lawyer is up to date with the social, scientific and legal aspects related to personal injury laws.
A personal injury attorney may have a number of clients at a time. Initially, the staff members of the attorney take the details of each new client and later the attorney himself meets his client. The first step involved in any personal injury case is to amass all papers and relevant documents that relate to the case. All the detailed information in connection with the case has to be noted down. The two immediate tasks in front of an attorney during a personal injury case are to make sure that the client gets all medical facilities required and to initiate the proceeding for the claim.
Note that you are required to notify your medical insurer on the presence of an attorney for your case. All the documents and papers related to the case needs to be sent only through the law office. Also, note that, a good percentage of personal injury cases settle out of the court, so it is the duty of the personal injury attorney to negotiate with the insurer and ensure that his client gets sufficient amount of money to meet all costs associated with the injury.
As mentioned earlier, most of the personal injury cases are settled outside courts. However, the personal injury lawyer should still spend his time and resources for the case, so that he could give his best support for his client if the matter moves to court. The lawyer should meet witnesses so that he can prepare affidavits with all proofs and facts. The attorney may also produce an expert testimony, which would help the case in the court.