Many individuals believe that all lawyers are the same. They all go to school for several years, pass the Bar Exam, and then go into law.
While some of that is true one must understand that the world of law is as diverse as anything else. There are many fields in which lawyers specialize in and personal injury is one of them.
So what is a “personal injury lawyer?”
Good question. Lets attempt to answer it. Hopefully you are taking notes because you may need one someday.
These particular lawyers, or attorneys, assist people who claim to have been injured as a result of wrongdoing or negligence of a third party. This 3rd party can be a person, small business, large corporation, association, or government agency. Lawyers who specialize in this field provide help and legal representation for these individuals who, many times, are going up against a team of legal experts themselves. The damage done to a person for them to have a just claim does not have to just be physical in nature. It can be emotional or psychological, quite possibly all three at once.
According to the law the more a person suffers as a result of the mistake or negligence of someone else, the more monetary compensation he or she may be entitled to.
Personal injury lawyers excel in tort law. Do not get these confused with criminal law though this kind of attorney would have somewhat of an understanding of that field as well. But, instead of the criminal aspect of actions people take, they are much more concerned with the civil wrongs and the economic damages they bring to a person’s life.
This can include their health, reputation, property, future, or rights.
Many of their cases will include major and minor automobile accidents, work injuries, medical malpractice (there are personal injury lawyers who just handle these types of cases), defective products, slip & fall accidents, and wrongful death.
Often times the best resolution to this process is by way of settlement and hence most cases never go to court except the really big ones where hundreds of millions, possibly billions, are at stake. It’s far easier and cheaper for all parties to settle an agreement out of court rather than go through a lengthy and usually ugly trial.
Responsibilities of Oregon Personal Injury Lawyers
When these attorneys take on a case, regardless of size, they have a weighty responsibility. It is their jobs to make sure they follow all of the ethical and professional rules, codes of conduct, and procedures as set forth by the bar associations of each respective state.
Make sure that whatever lawyer you go with is licensed by the state you live in. This is not an option but a requirement. Only when an attorney is licensed can they argue civil cases in a state court, draft legal documents, offer legal advice for payment to victims of personal injury, and file legal complaints on someone’s behalf.
Some of the other responsibilities they have are interviewing clients, doing a thorough evaluation on their case to determine if it is worth pursuing and doing their research to build as strong a case as possible for their client.
It is their job to do their utmost to ensure that the people they are legally representing, get justice in the form of money. To accomplish this an Oregon personal injury lawyer may use advocacy, client counseling, and oral arguments in courts or in negotiation. They are expected to be loyal to their client and do their best to protect their personal and public interests.
Here are the general requirements as far as education goes for personal injury attorneys.
Every person wishing to go into this field must have completed a four year degree as well as a law degree from a standard accredited college or university (usually law school).
Pass Bar Exam
Every state has their own bar association and an attorney specializing in this field must pass it to practice law in that state.
Sometimes there can be more than one bar exam a lawyer must take.
In the state of Oregon he or she must also remain current on the latest legal developments in the field of personal injury. They can do this by completing CLE courses.