What is a Personal Injury Lawyer?
A personal injury lawyer is a civil litigator that specializes in tort law or a civil lawyer who helps pursue “compensation for people who have been injured, or whose property has been damaged by the wrongdoing of others”.
Generally speaking, a personal injury lawyer can help you with the following cases:
- Investigating claims
- Gathering evidence
- Negotiating with Insurance Companies
- Sending demand letters
- Preparing pleadings
- Conducting discovery surveys
- Represent you at trial in court
What does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do?
A personal injury attorney can legally advise and represent an individual in court, in cases where the individual is claiming compensation for accidental physical or psychological injury due to negligence and/or carelessness by another person, entity or organization. This covers both negligent acts as well as intentional acts.
The personal injury lawyer would help pursue compensation to damages suffered by the plaintiff, which includes medical expenses, loss of enjoyment of life, and even mental anguish and pain or suffering.
Tips for Working with a Personal Injury Lawyer
1. Log down all the details of the accident while it’s fresh in your mind
Make notes of the date(s), time(s) and name(s) of all parties involved, as well as proof of any evidence regarding the accident.
A personal injury attorney can help with many types of accidents, such as:
- Animal bite injuries
- Aviation and auto accidents
- Brain or burn injuries
- Construction accidents
- Defective products
- Insurance/bad faith claims
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Spinal cord injuries
- Wrongful death
It would be especially helpful for your attorney to have notes on the accident handy as they work on reaching a dignified compensation for your case.
2. Speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible
When it comes to personal injuries, you will want to work with a lawyer you can trust and depend on to pursue the appropriate compensation for your case. Asking friends, family and coworkers for referrals can be a great place to start. Otherwise, researching online for service ratings, reviews from local lawyer directory listings can be useful as well.
3. Be open and honest about your injuries and damages
Whether it is a case of physical or psychological injury, some individuals can feel anxious, hesitant or even traumatized when it comes to personal injury cases.
Keep in mind that your personal injury lawyer is there to help you, so feel free to be totally transparent in informing them of your thoughts, feelings and physical symptoms following an accident so your attorney can best assist you with your needs.
Hanson & Co Lawyers are Here to Help
Have you been in an accident? Hanson & Co Lawyers are proud to be the largest personal injury law firm of the North Shore, and we highly look forward to helping you get the compensation you deserve. Here is an infographic that Hanson & Co Lawyers have put together for you on the immediate steps you should take after an accident has occurred.