A personal injury lawyer is an attorney who offers legal representation to those who claim to be injured, psychologically or physically, due to another individual, institution, government entity or any other entity. Personal injury attorneys primarily practice in the field of tort law, which is the area of criminal law that addresses property, accidents and negligence. It is one of the most common causes of injury claims and the most common form of litigation. Personal injury law is often complex, and it can be hard for anyone who is not an attorney to understand. Even lay people can be injured because of another person’s carelessness, misjudgment or even intentional misconduct. View it now The Law Office of Glenn C. McGovern
Personal injury lawyers are usually associated with a law firm that caters to their clients’ needs. These firms are generally located within the county where the client resides, although they may also be found in other localities. Most private practice law firms will assign a private attorney to handle all matters arising from legal proceedings, including personal injury cases.
Attorneys who have private practice are paid a contingency fee by their clients, or a percentage of any settlement that is reached. If the case is successful, the client pays the contingent fee, and the lawyer gets his or her payment for the work that he or she had done. However, should the case be unsuccessful, the client makes no money. This is why most personal injury lawyers do not take the case unless they are confident that the settlement will be large enough to cover their fees. Attorneys who do accept contingency fee agreements usually require that the settlement is of a substantial nature so that they can make a reasonable guarantee of at least a part of their legal fees.