Personal injury lawyers -what are they? Even better questions may be, "what do personal injury lawyers do."
Who needs a personal injury lawyer? If you have been injured by the fault of another, possibly in a auto accident, you may go search on the internet with, "I was hurt in a car accident that was not my fault what steps should I take?"
Some sites will talk directly about car accidents , others will discuss personal injury lawyer. Know that in Ohio there is no certified specialty as personal injury lawyer. So a personal injury lawyer is anyone that holds themselves out as handling or representing personal injury victims.
So a personal injury lawyer represents people that have had a bodily injury. It could be physical or emotional. Normally some part of your body has been injured in a mishap, such as a car, truck or motorcycle accident. Maybe you fell in a store on a wet floor, maybe someone's dog bit you. Normally the injury would be caused by someone's fault or negilgence.
This involves civil law. The area of the law that is not criminal. A car accident that caused bodily injury because the driver was drunk can have civil as well s criminal issues. The prosecutor would bring a criminal case for criminal law violation and the accident injury victim would seek the services of a personal injury lawyer to help them get money damages for their injury, either from the wrongdoer's insurance company or the victim's insurance company or both.
Personal Injury falls under Tort Law. Personal Injury involves civil law cases where you are trying to obtain compensation for an injury you sustained to your person. The definition of tort law is a civil wrong other than contract. So a personal injury lawyer must know about the law of recovering damages from others for causing their client bodily injury.By the way, law schools don't have a major in personal injury. They have courses called insurance law, torts, civil procedure, evidence, trial practice.
The most important thing to learn about the attorney you hire for your personal injury is whether they have taken personal injury cases to a jury trial and gotten a verdict and collected money for their client. Ultimately most personal injury cases will settle pre law suit or after law suit with out a trial. But unless you have an attorney that is trial tested you really don't have much of a personal injury lawyer. It's like hiring a body guard that has no weapons.
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