Personal Injury Attorneys

A personal injury attorney,also known as a plaintiff or trial lawyer is a type of civil litigator who provides legal representation to individuals who claim to have been injured or assaulted either physically,emotionally or psychologically as a result of negligence,wrongdoing by another individual or company or government agency or any other entity.Although Personal injury attorneys are trained and licensed to practice virtually any field of law,they are more knowledgeable and have more experience as well as specialization in an area of law known as Tort Law which deals extensively with but not limited to work injuries,automobile and other accidents,defective products,medical mistakes,slip and fall accidents,wrongful death,medical malpractice as well as defamation and actions for bad faith breach of contract.

What are their responsibilities?

Personal injury attorneys have quite a number of duties on aiding their clients.These duties include both ethical and professional codes of conduct and rules provided for by the association that license these lawyers.

They have the overall responsibility is to obtain justice and compensation for their clients which can be achieved by counseling,advocacy,legal advice or oral arguments.This can be established by talking to and interviewing the aforementioned in a bid to assess their cases.During this process,they further identify the pertinent issues within their client’s case and thereafter conduct extensive research in order to build a solid case.Actions taken during the investigation of a personal injury case include photographing the scene,locating and interviewing witnesses who were available at the time of the accident,reviewing insurance policies,communicating with the said insurance companies,gathering medical records and attempting to negotiate a settlement before the case reaches the court system or filing a lawsuit and litigating the case until it reaches a conclusion within the court system.Personal injury lawyers owe their clients a duty of loyalty and confidentiality thus are mandated to ensure that they are safe from being victimized by companies that offer insurance as well as the established legal system and must work to protect their clients’ best interests.

Their career make up

Personal injury attorneys are allowed to start private practices by themselves or join a larger firm as an associate or as a partner.The lawyers who opt for private practice offer more individualized advantages to the clients.These practitioners often take up smaller cases and charge lower fees.

What are the required certifications?

In order to successfully practice personal injury law,passing a written bar exam is mandatory in addition to a written ethics examination.It should be noted that these exams vary from state to state although majority states require that applicants have a college degree and a law degree from an accredited institution.

Professional regulations and associations

Personal injury attorneys are regulated by codes of conduct established by state bar associations which have the power to take disciplinary actions against lawyers that violate professional and ethical regulations.Such organizations include American Bar Association,Association of Personal Injury Attorneys and Association of Trial Lawyers of America to mention a few.

Compensation

Typical lawyer fees are based on a number of factors which may include time and energy spent on the case,the outcome of the aforementioned,challenges faced while tackling the case,experience and prominence of the lawyer and costs associated with the case.Several standard payment options include contingency fees which is an agreed amount of recovery awarded to the plaintiff in a case,hourly rates,flat fees and retainers.In most cases,monetary  recovery is obtained through settlement,mediation,arbitration or trial.

Written by Kellie Bertels, an attorney at Bandre, Hunt and Snider in Jefferson City, MO. Bandre, Hunt and Snider are the best personal injury attorneys Jefferson City MO have to offer.