A personal injury lawyer is a legal representative who helps a client who was injured in an accident or some other action because of the negligence or carelessness of another individual, receive compensations for all the injuries suffered, both physical as well as emotional. The compensations claimed for can include wages lost because of the accident, all medical expenses as well as replacement and repair of all properties damaged.
A personal injury lawyer obtains compensations for the client by negotiating on behalf of the client with the insurance companies and the responsible parties. He should also make sure that the client is not coerced into giving up any rights during the settlement. If the case cannot be settled, then he will present the case before the court during the trial.
Majority of the personal injury lawyers work based on a ‘contingency fee’ system. If the lawyer succeeds in getting a verdict in favor of the client, then a certain percentage of the settlement awarded is paid as the lawyer fees. The percentage paid varies from state to state. Usually it is around 30-40 percent of the total settlement received. On the other hand, the lawyer receives no fees if he/she loses the trial and cannot win a settlement. However, the client will have to pay for expenses such as court fees, photocopying costs and postages irrespective of whether the lawyer wins or loses the case.
Personal injury law is a very broad field and covers numerous areas such as workers’ compensation, medical malpractice, automobile accidents and the like. Most personal injury lawyers specialize in one or two areas of personal injury.
Finding a good personal injury lawyer will take a little research. Start by asking around; ask your relatives, friends and local attorneys to know whom they recommend. Many of the personal injury lawyers will first offer a free consultation. This way you can meet up with them and discuss your case before you decide whether to avail their services or not. You can also check your states or local bar association to get a list of the lawyers. Televisions and printed ads are also another way to get information about personal injury lawyers in your area.
While looking for a personal injury lawyer, look for one who specializes in handling your type of case and make sure you meet up with him at least once before you hire one.Google+