A personal injury lawyer is a professional who provides legal representation for individuals or a party of individuals who may have been wronged or injured by an entity which may be a person or a company, among others. These attorneys should be well versed and especially knowledgeable in tort law, which has a lot to do with damages to the rights, properties and reputation of a person.
Attorneys who specialize in this field of law are actually educated and trained in pretty much the same way as others. The difference is that they specialize as a personal injury lawyer and they accept cases which are specifically focused here, including those in work injuries, medical malpractice, accidents and many more. In most of these cases, they seldom go to trial and are in fact settled amicably by both parties. In spite of this, these attorneys can also go to trial.
Education and Training
The education and training of a personal injury lawyer starts out the same as any other attorney. The candidates for attorneys attend college and then go on to attend law school for several years and specialize under a firm or a mentor after they graduate and pass the written bar examinations. Passing the bar examination is necessary to be able to practice in the United States of America. In some occasions, a written ethics examination is also given to the lawyers-to-be. Other exams that may be required are multi-state examinations such as the Multi-state Professional Responsibility Examinations, the Multi-state Bar Examinations and the Multi-state Essay Examinations. Their studies do not stop here and they are also required to attend courses, which are called Continuing Legal Education courses that update them regarding the latest laws in and around the country as well as the state they are in.
The responsibilities of a personal injury lawyer include, but are not limited to, file legal complaints in the interest of his or her client, draft legal documentation, offer legal advice to his or her clients for the current case and to argue cases in court. The attorney should also be held responsible for hearing out the client and evaluating the case before making any decisions. He or she should also research the said cases profoundly in the interest of the client as well as do his or her best to obtain compensation or justice for the wrongs done to the client. Client counseling and given legal advice are just some of the things that the attorney should do for the client.
Other responsibilities that the personal injury lawyer should also stick to are the ethics, which bind them to uphold the law when dealing with cases, which may be controversial or confusing. They are expected to protect their clients while the case is active and to do what they believe to be legally correct in pursuing justice for their clients. They should also have some loyalty and responsibility towards the well being and welfare of their clients while the case is ongoing. Confidentiality is another thing that the attorney should practice while on a particular case.