What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do?

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A personal injury lawyer protects your legal rights whether you are hurt in an automobile accident, a slip and fall or by a defective product or dangerous drug in which someone else may be legally responsible (e.g., result of negligence or carelessness of another).

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After an accident, there are many questions to respond to. Hospitals, doctors, and other medical professionals want to know how they will be paid while insurance companies want to know what happened in a recorded statement, and everything in between.

Having a personal injury attorney who can act on your behalf means they will handle the continuous flow of communications and tasks that arise. This means you, the victim or plaintiff, can concentrate on your recovery.

This is a general overview of what a personal injury lawyer may do for you. The specific tasks will vary depending on the type of case, the specialty area and how the case progresses.

Types of Personal Injury Cases

A personal injury is an injury to one’s body, mind, or emotions; it is an injury that is not to one’s property. Personal injury law enables a person to go to civil court and receive compensation after suffering injuries due to someone else’s negligence or carelessness.

Personal injury accidents may include:

  • Soft tissue injury automobile accident accident negligenceAutomobile, motorcycle, and truck accidents
  • Other transportation accidents (boats, pedestrians, bikes)
  • Premises liability (negligent security, slip and falls, animals bites and attacks)
  • Nursing home abuse and neglect
  • Construction accidents
  • Catastrophic injuries (spinal cord injuries, brain injuries)
  • Cases of public harm (Camp Lejeune Water Contamination)
  • Defective medications and dangerous drugs
  • Wrongful death and others

Types of Compensation

Your attorney will seek compensation for the damage you, the plaintiff, have suffered. This might include medical expenses, loss of income, loss of earning capacity, emotional distress, loss of consortium, loss of companionship, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish and pain and suffering.

Personal Injury Lawyer Responsibilities

This will vary depending on the type of case and specialty area; however, activities by your lawyer may include:

Investigating claims. Your lawyer will take care in screening clients and evaluating the merits of your case before s/he takes it on.

Gathering evidence. S/he will obtain relevant documents such as a police and/or incident report, track down and interview witnesses, obtain photos, videos and/or diagrams of the accident scene and/or injuries, document adverse conditions, gather documents such as medical reports / employment reports, and other related tasks.

slip and fall defective product accident protects your legal rightsIf your injuries were caused by a defective product, the product itself is important evidence. If you have it in your possession, give it to the lawyer representing you. If not, you will want to secure the product before the manufacturer or insurance company so that it does not get destroyed (intentionally or by accident). Your lawyer will also search for prior product liability lawsuits that can establish a pattern of negligence.

Obtaining evidence is a critical step because it can help establish liability for who caused the accident and, in reality, sometimes it can disappear or be destroyed.

Negotiating with insurance companies. Your attorney will review insurance policy details. S/he can determine the max level of compensation available based on the circumstances of your case. S/he will handle all communications with the insurance companies (yours and the defendant’s).

Sending demand letters and preparing pleadings. Again, your lawyer will handle sending demand letters to the insurance company (or other relevant parties). A demand letter typically states the facts of the accident and demands a certain amount of damages for the injury caused. Pleadings may be required if the insurance company refuses to settle, which sets out the legal arguments against the defendant.

Discovery. Performing discovery is part of preparing for settlement and the trial. This can include sending interrogatories to the defendant, deposing witnesses and experts, hiring expert witnesses, conducting on-site or in-person investigations and more.

Represent you at trial should you not be able to come to a fair settlement with the defendant.


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Consult an attorney who knows personal injury law.

You want to take the time to concentrate on recovering from your injuries and that may include extensive rehabilitation. In the meantime, your personal injury attorney can focus on the tasks needed to obtain a fair settlement for your damages and/or prepare for trial.

When you need a personal injury lawyer, contact the capable counsel of Nash & Franciskato at (877) 284-6600. One of our experienced staff will speak with you personally and will provide you with a free, no-obligation review of your case. We have a successful track record of helping accident victims collect the compensation they deserve.



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