A personal injury lawyer, also known as a plaintiff lawyer, provides legal representation to clients who have been harmed, physically or emotionally, due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another person, company or government entity. Typical cases handled by personal injury attorneys involve work injuries, automobile accidents, defective products, medical mistakes and slip and fall accidents. These lawyers specialize in tort law, which deals with damage to a person’s property, reputation or rights, as well as civil infractions.
A personal injury lawyer interviews a prospective client and evaluates her case to determine the legal points in question. He then identifies the full spectrum of damages within the plaintiff’s issue and performs extensive research to build a strong case. The professional responsibility of a personal injury lawyer is to help a plaintiff obtain justice and fair compensation for her damage and personal suffering.
Personal injury lawyers are experts in negotiation and can use their experience and knowledge of past cases to maximize a client's recovery of damages. Insurance companies and other defendants may take a claim more seriously once a damaged party hires an attorney.
Personal injury lawyers typically work on a contingency basis, which means the client pays no money or legal fees unless the attorney wins the case or the defendant settles outside of court.