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What Can A Personal Injury Attorney Do For You?

A personal injury attorney is the person to call if you have suffered any kind of harm that was not your fault, and you want to claim compensation either in court or out of court.

Examples of personal injury cases include:

- if you are hurt in an auto accident

- if you have been injured on somebody's property, for example by falling down slippery stairs (premises liability)

- if you have suffered from malpractice or negligence during medical treatment

- if you have been intentionally hurt by somebody, e.g. if you have suffered physical assault

The injury that you have suffered does not have to be physical. You may have suffered from libel or slander, where somebody has written or said something untruthful about you, and your reputation has suffered as a result of that. You can also be compensated for legal malpractice if you think that a legal professional has not acted well for you.

Personal injury lawyers are also involved in cases of wrongful death, where somebody important in your life has died as a direct result of somebody else's actions.

Your attorney will study the details of your case and advise you on the steps that can be taken. If you are receiving medical treatment for the injury that you suffered, the attorney's first priority will be to win an agreement to have the medical costs covered. After that they will negotiate a settlement for damages.

Out of court settlements are reached in most cases, when the two sides agree on a compensation figure. However, if you are thinking of hiring a personal injury attorney then you need to think about whether you would be prepared to take the matter to court if necessary.

Many personal injury lawyers are qualified specialists in this area of law. This means that they have been certified by the state bar or board of legal specialization. Accident and injury law is not the most common form of law practiced, but it is an area where many attorneys take the time to complete the requirements so that they can advertise their services as a specialist in personal injury law.

This means that it is often simple to find a personal injury attorney because you will see ads for them. Of course, you may prefer to ask around for recommendations. Perhaps you know somebody who has won compensation for something and was happy with the work that their attorney did for them. If not, you could ask a lawyer that you have used for other work to recommend somebody, or call a firm of lawyers that has a good reputation in your area. They will probably have a personal injury law specialist among their staff.

Many lawyers specialize further and only take certain types of personal injury cases. For example a personal injury attorney may specialize in medical malpractice cases, or auto accidents.

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