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What Does a Personal Injury Law Firm Do?

Submitted by jrlaw on Jul 28th, 2010

A personal injury law firm probably works in a broader swath of the law than you think. They cover everything from deaths and injuries that happen on the road to the same incidents that happen in doctor’s offices. They represent individuals whose babies have suffered injuries during birth and people who bought a product that they thought was safe, and who were hurt or killed because they’d been led astray in that regard. These law firms sometimes work under special agreements with their clients that allow individuals who don’t have a lot of money to exercise their legal rights.

A contingency agreement is one where the attorney begins working on your case at no charge. It usually comes with a free consultation. During the consultation, the attorney will determine if it seems like you have a case and if they’re interested in taking it up for you. Depending upon what type of case you’re filing, they may consult with experts in that field to see if it seems like your case is one that’s likely to win. If it is, you don’t have to pay to have it move forward.

The contingency is that, if you get paid, the attorney gets paid. This offers both the attorney and the client significant advantages. The client, obviously, doesn’t have to worry about paying for nothing. If an attorney enters into such an agreement, it’s because they believe that the case will win and that their client will receive a settlement or a jury award. This prevents a situation where an attorney takes money for a case they know is going to lose, possibly further impoverishing someone who may well already be facing very large bills. These attorneys tend to have areas of specialization.

For instance, if you hire a vehicle accident lawyer, they will be very familiar with traffic laws, the safety requirements imposed upon trucking companies and bus companies and other laws that relate to there area of practice. This comes with experience and makes it easier for them to determine whether there’s a case that their client can win or not. It also allows them to work fast and to identify where a client’s rights were violated. These lawyers work on behalf of those who have been wronged, injured or killed. Oftentimes, there the single best option for someone who needs help taking on a big company.