A personal injury attorney, sometimes referred to as a trial lawyer, handles cases involving injuries, damages, or even death resulting from the negligence of another person or corporation.
Most injury cases arise from car crashes, falls arising from negligent property owners, defective products or medical malpractice.
The injuries sustained can be both physical and mental. The damages that result from the injuries can include past and future medical care and bills, past and future lost wages, loss of the ability to earn money, pain, suffering, inconvenience, aggravation, emotional distress, the loss of the ability to enjoy life, scarring and disfigurement.
The personal injury attorney is the best equipped to make sure the insurances policies are located, claims are filed correctly, the case properly investigated, evidence collected and the damages recovered through the attorney’s advocating on the injured client’s behalf. The attorney has the knowledge, training and experience necessary to determine whether the injured party has a case, the value of the case and how to handle the case from its inception through trial and conclusion.
Sometimes certain issues arise which are disputed such as who was negligent or at fault, which injuries were caused by the at-fault party and how much the damages are worth. The personal injury attorney would be able to proceed to court on behalf of the injured client and prosecute the claim. The personal injury attorney fights to win the disputed points and to get the full damages to which the client is entitled.
By properly preparing case, the injury lawyer can often reach an out of court settlement. However, each case is unique and each case should be prepared for trial starting at the outset of the representation. That is why it is important to hire the injury lawyer soon after the accident or incident so evidence can be preserved and the claims properly filed.
The personal injury attorney will also advise on how to proceed on certain issues throughout the claim. Issues such as whether to seek a second opinion or a specialist, whether to sign a document from an insurance company or whether to give any type of statement are usually addressed by the trial attorney.
Most personal injury attorneys handle cases on a contingency fee basis which means they do not get paid a fee unless they recover money or damages for the client. Also, most will provide a free consultation or case review.
There are several ways to choose a personal injury attorney. Many attorneys advertise for their services and will gladly share their qualifications and results if asked. Currently, the Florida Bar (which governs attorneys) does not allow attorneys to advertise their past results, so the prospective client needs to ask the attorney to share this information with them. Another great source of information to find out about an attorney is by word of mouth or referrals. Talking to past clients or to another professional such as a doctor can also be helpful.
No one can undo the injury suffered in an accident, but compensation can be obtained by having a personal injury trial attorney working for the injured party.