The Role of a Personal Injury Attorney
Personal injury attorneys are civil litigators who represent clients – commonly referred to as plaintiffs – alleging psychological or physical injury as result of negligence or careless acts by another person, company, entity, government agency or organization. Personal injury attorneys practice in an area known as tort law. This area of law specializes in civic or private wrongs or injuries, monetary or non-monetary damages.
Although personal injury lawyers are armed with licenses to practice in all facets of law, they usually handle cases falling within tort law, such as car accidents, dog bites, accidents caused by slips and falls, truck accidents, and other related accidents. Personal injury lawyers help their clients secure compensation for losses incurred. These losses include the loss of capacity to earn, inability to perform normal duties, suffering, and pain. They also include expenses that may arise, the loss of companionship, legal costs, emotional distress and attorney fees.
Under Negligence Law, the person responsible for causing an accident is legally obligated to compensate anyone injured in the accident for all consequences. Since there is no way to turn back the clock and prevent the accident from happening, the intent of Negligence Law is to provide an injured party with enough compensation to make up for the damage caused by the accident.
Almost always, the person who caused the accident has purchased insurance coverage to make sure that an insurance company has to pay, rather than risking his or her personal assets. Not surprisingly, the insurance company is a big corporation motivated to make a profit by collecting premiums and paying out as little as possible in claims. So, when its customers have accidents, the insurance company will often try to deny responsibility for causing the accident or try to minimize compensation payments.
Here at Dwyer Williams Cherkoss Attorneys, our goal, as your Personal Injury attorney, is to make sure that the insurance company does not take advantage of you and to get you full and fair compensation for your injuries and losses.