Personal Injury Lawyers
Personal injury lawyers are able to represent those who are claiming to have been injured, either physically or psychologically, as a direct result of carelessness, negligence or wrongdoing of any other person, company, government agency or private individual. They are also commonly referred to as plaintiff lawyers or trial lawyers, and they are responsible for all of the proceedings from the initial case claim, to the final appeal.
Personal injury lawyers are around to fight for you, on your behalf, in order to settle and disputes or claims of unfairness over settlements regarding personal injury. Although reaching a settlement may be slower than accepting the terms of the claims adjuster, personal injury lawyers specialize in an area of law known as ‘tort law’ making them the perfect lawyers to consult when you are handling a private or civil wrongdoing, including injuries. You should be aware as well that courts in largely populated areas might take much longer to review your case, so be sure you select a personal injury lawyer who is clear about your deadlines and is ready to take on your case, as if you were their very first client.
Personal injury lawyers are able to investigate claims, gather evidence about your case and formulate the legal theories necessary to hold your case up in court. In addition, personal injury lawyers are able to research case law, draft pleadings, interview or depose witnesses and prepare their clients for trials. Personal injury lawyers very often have demanding schedules and handle multiple, large cases at once, making these services high in demand.
However, more often than not, personal injury lawyers find that the most rewarding part of their work is to help victims and their families find justice against those who would see to cause them personal injury, through negligence or carelessness. Since there are many different and complex issues that can surround a single personal injury case, many lawyers will choose to place themselves into a niche category. For example, a lawyer who handles medical malpractice may only specialize in certain types of medical services, like birth or surgery.
Personal injury lawyers take many types of cases including automobile accidents, aviation accidents, construction accidents, insurance/bad faith, medical malpractice cases slip and fall accidents, wrongful deaths and many more. See below for a full list.
You should consider hiring a personal injury lawyer if you have long-term issues that are stemming from a serious injury. If you have recently been involved in a car accident and the opposing party was either uninsured or underinsured, you may want to consider contacting a personal injury lawyer as well. This is especially true if there is a dispute about who is at fault or if you are, being pressured to take a settlement deal from a claims adjuster over the incident. Since there is limited time to act on an accident settlement, many adjustors will use confusing jargon and largely incomprehensible deadlines to create a sense of urgency and disorient you into taking a settlement.
Other reasons to hire a personal injury lawyer include feeling as if you have not been properly compensated for your current, and/or any future medical bills that stem from your injury, or if the statute of limitations will be in effect before you have a chance to challenge the settlement yourself.
You should not, however, hire a personal injury lawyer if your injuries are superficial, minor and do not affect your long-term health. The legal costs to obtain such representation will far outweigh any restitution you may receive.
Each claim is unique so seeking free advice is highly recommended. However, at Shanks Law Firm, we are dedicated to represent your interests and the interests of your family, when you have been hurt because of the negligent actions of other parties. You have the right to proper litigation and a personal injury lawyer from Shanks Law Firm has all of the knowledge you need to be protected from the insurance companies.