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Personal Injury Lawyer

Definition - What does Personal Injury Lawyer mean?

Personal injury lawyers are civil litigators who offer legal representation to individuals who have been mentally or physically injured due to the negligent, intentional, or unintentional actions of another person, organization, or entity.

Personal injury lawyers generally specialize in certain types of personal injury claims, the most common of which can include animal bites, car accidents, burn injuries, medical malpractice claims, defective product claims, brain injuries, boating accidents, construction accidents, nursing home abuse, pedestrian accidents, wrongful death claims, slip and fall accidents, and spinal cord injuries.

What does a personal injury lawyer do?

Personal injury lawyers can work for a plaintiff or defendant, but generally they work the plaintiff to help them recover compensation for their losses. If the plaintiff wins their personal injury claim they will receive compensation to cover pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, emotional distress, and loss of consortium.

Personal injury lawyers will help win their client's case by investigating the plaintiff's claims, reviewing and gathering evidence, researching the law, drafting motions and pleadings, conducting discovery, interviewing witnesses, negotiating a settlement, counseling their clients, and if necessary, preparing and going to trial.

How are personal injury lawyers paid?

Injury lawyers generally receive a percentage of the compensation awarded to their clients, which could be as high as 30 to 40%. Some personal injury lawyers may earn as little as $30,000 while others may earn millions of dollars, depending on the size and location of the firm and the type of injury cases won.

With the increase in ligitation, injury lawyers may have a bright future. However, changes such as tort reform, which would cap the amount of damages awarded for certain claims, as well as other changes to the civil justice system, could reduce the demand for personal injury lawyers.

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