Job Description of A Personal Injury Lawyer
A personal injury lawyer, also called a plaintiff lawyer or a trial lawyer, is like a civil litigator who performs as a legal representative to a plaintiff, a person who brings a case against another in a court of law, on allegation of a physical or psychological injury as a result of the negligence or careless acts of another person or company or organization. A personal injury lawyer specializes in tort law, a special subject of law that deals with the following cases: private or civil wrongdoings or injuries, defamation and actions of bad faith, breach of contract. The job of a personal injury lawyer is to represent his client get compensation as a result of injury and which covers – loss of earnings because of an inability to work, physical and emotional pain and suffering, reasonable medical expenses, loss of consortium or companionship, legal costs and attorney fees, as well as, safeguarding his clients from being victimized by insurance companies and the legal system.
Personal Injury Cases
The following are the types of cases which a personal injury lawyer handles: animal bite injuries, auto accidents, aviation accidents, bicycle accidents, boating accidents, brain injuries, burn injuries, construction accidents, defective products, insurance/bad faith, medical malpractice, motorcycle accidents, nursing home abuse, pedestrian accidents, slip and fall accidents, spinal cord injuries, wrongful death.
The Tasks of A Personal Injury Lawyer
To establish a case in court, a personal injury lawyer has to perform the following tasks: investigating claims, screening potential clients, evaluating the merits of the case, gathering evidence, formulating legal theories, researching law cases, drafting on pleadings, motions and discovery, interviewing and deposing witnesses, preparing for trial, advocating at trial, and counseling clients.
To become a personal injury lawyer, he must earn a law degree and pass the written bar examination. If the personal injury lawyer wants to be a specialist in civil trail advocacy, he has to enroll in a specialty certification program which is accredited by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, a non-profit organization accredited by the American Bar Association to provide board certification for attorneys.
Further, he needs to develop his skills in oral advocacy, negotiation and client development and acquire more knowledge in the field of personal injury law.
Salary Earnings and Fees
His profession is among the highest paid, earning between $30,000 and $300,000, depending on the size of the practice and location, aside from damages filed against the defendant to which he can get a percentage from the verdict amount, if he wins the case. His attorney’s fees is computed as 30% -40% of the plaintiff’s eventual compensation and payable when the case is resolved. From this settlement, the plaintiff need not pay for the lawyer’s fees, unless the lawyer recovers money on his behalf.