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What does a personal injury lawyer do?

If you're wondering what a personal injury lawyer does, you may be one of the millions of people every year who are thinking about filing personal injury claims.  If you are a person who fits into that category, we're glad you're here, and as personal injury attorneys, we're happy to explain what we do and how we do it. 

When you are injured through someone else's carelessness or negligence, you know how draining that can be. Dealing with your insurance company, filling out medical paperwork and getting the right medical care, coping with the emotional distress that comes along with just about any kind of injury - these are taxing, and can make what you're going through even worse. 

Then, when you get the part about considering a lawsuit, you have to start thinking about the cost of hiring a lawyer, the amount of damages that you may be looking at, 

That's where a great personal injury law firm comes in.  

Your legal representation should start by having a detailed conversation with you about what happened.  Was it an automobile accident or motorcycle accident? A slip and fall accident? Medical malpractice? A defective product case? A personal injury lawyer should be a partner, really listening to clients to get a good picture of what happened to you to help you move forward with your case.

Next, your lawyer will need to gather evidence to support your personal injury claim.  Many injury victims don't want to be in touch with the at-fault party to get the information needed to build a case, and they may. not want to contact witnesses or other parties that can provide expert opinions. Your personal injury attorney can do that for you. In addition to providing legal advice, he or she can also gather police reports, assess medical expenses, get medical opinions (and this is important whether you have severe injuries, permanent injuries or minor injuries) and take a hard look at the facts of your case. 

Your personal injury lawyer should act as a partner in determining fair compensation. Anyone working in a personal injury practice will tell you that this is often a complex part of the process.  How does a lawyer put a value on what you've lost, especially in cases of spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, serious burn injuries, animal bite injuries and other severe injuries? If yours was a workplace injury, how much more should the amount be if you will be unable to return to work and the fulfillment you received from your job?  Personal injury lawsuits are full of things that must be considered - that's why it's so important to have a lawyer who is also a partner to you.  Your story has to matter when you are deciding on compensation and whether a settlement is merited at any point.

Personal injury lawyers may also have to represent you in court, and maybe even in a trial. It's important to find someone trustworthy and communicative. Also, it might be worth contracting someone with affiliation in the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers or another similar credentialing organization.

At Jainchill & Beckert, you are most important factor in how we handle your case. We invite you to come in for a free consultation. Talk to us about what happened, and what you hope for in your next chapter of life. We'll be your voice, and we'll be sure that you're heard.