A personal injury lawyer, also called a personal accident lawyer, is a lawyer who provides legal representation to victims of non-fault accidents. They work to get their client the compensation and the justice that they deserve. A personal accident lawyer will tend to be especially knowledgeable and have more experience with regard to this specialised area of the law. This type of law is known as tort law, and its boundaries include civil wrongs and economic or non-economic damages to a person’s property, reputation or rights.
Even though personal accident lawyers are trained and licensed to practice virtually any field of law, they generally only handle cases that fall into the arena of tort law. Their cases can include work injuries, motoring accidents, slips, trips and falls, and injuries that are the result of defective products, medical mistakes and more.
A personal accident lawyer will represent their claimant while the case for compensation is being processed. They will act on their behalf in a court of law if needed.
What are the responsibilities of a personal accident lawyer?
There are strict professional ethics and codes of conduct surrounding a personal accident lawyer. They will have numerous responsibilities in serving their clients. A personal accident lawyer will speak to their potential clients and evaluate their cases, with a view to building a strong representation on their behalf. They will work with that client aiming to obtain the best possible result, which will include taking the case to court if necessary.
Where will I find one?
As with other types of lawyers, personal accident lawyers may choose to start a solo practice or join a small, mid-size or large legal firm who specialise in personal accident claims, such as Accident Advice Helpline. Personal accident lawyers may also be partners (owners) of a law firm, or strive to be a partner.
Sole practitioners of personal injury law offer a number of benefits to potential clients, which include more personal attention and a one-on-one working relationship between the lawyer and the client. Sole practitioners are also more willing to take on smaller cases, and often have lower fees and costs. However, they are not as able to handle a large workload, and you may find that they will have waiting lists.
You only have three years in which to make a claim following an accident, so using a bigger firm will enable you to start your claim at the earliest date possible. At Accident Advice Helpline, have a large expert team of solicitors, and we can get started on your claim right away. We can usually handle your case entirely by telephone.
You can speak to us on our helpline number. Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. Our initial advice is free.
Date Published: 10th March 2014
Author: David Brown