What Does a Personal Injury Attorney Do?
What Kinds of Cases Do Injury Lawyers Handle?
When someone suffers a traumatic injury, an accident injury attorney is usually one of the first people to call. For a complete list of the types of cases that personal injury lawyers handle, click on our Practice Areas page.
Reasons Why People Become Personal Injury Attorneys
One of the key hallmarks of the best personal injury lawyers is curiosity.
Accident injury lawyers typically have an insatiable curiosity about their clients and the incident they are involved with.
They are also very interested in psychology, medicine, theater, and the laws surrounding each.
Some people can spend their lives studying just one topic and be content.
On the other hand, Injury lawyers find contentment in challenging their intellect.
They do this by having a good understanding of many different areas. This is necessary for injury attorneys to succeed on behalf of their clients.
What Type of Training is Required for a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Like other lawyers, accident injury attorneys need to take and pass the bar in their state of practice. Of course, this comes after completing a J.D. degree from an accredited law school. However, passing the bar is simply the start of an injury lawyer’s training.
These lawyers need to be well-grounded in medicine and anatomy. They often take advanced courses in medicine, physiology, and anatomy.
They need to become experts in biomechanics. Auto accident injury lawyers also need to stay updated with current procedures and practices. This requires continuous training in these fields.
They need to have the drive to acquire knowledge and use it.
They should also be well-grounded in the “hard knocks” school and have a natural feel for their clients. A significant factor is discerning whether or not the clients or experts will be persuasive before a jury.
What Does an Injury Lawyer Do?
Client interaction. An injury attorney often deals with people in pain or who have suffered severe physical and emotional losses. Clients have constantly stressed out, and a cycle of pain, anxiety and depression result in not being at their best. A lawyer and their personal injury law firm must be a steady presence. They are responsible for guiding their client through the legal process caringly and successfully. They should be empathetic and understanding. The injury attorney needs to take the time to know the client and the client’s friends and family. Without knowledge of the client and their personality and long-term losses, there is no way the lawyer can successfully hope to resolve a personal injury lawsuit.
Liability. An injury attorney needs to be familiar with accident reconstruction. They have access to re-constructionist and traffic engineers when legal responsibility is contested. If it is a motor vehicle accident, you will most likely meet with a re-constructionist. An injury lawyer should visit every accident scene, interview witnesses, and see if the police report has the facts correct (they often do not!)