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Personal Injury Law

Personal injury law is an area of law that deals with injuries of individuals or groups of individuals that are caused by the negligence or wrongful actions of another person, persons, or entity. The law provides provisions to compensate those who have accumulated damages as a result of these wrongful actions. Injuries sustained may be physical or psychological, and damages incurred may be economical or non-economical.

Under the umbrella category of personal injury law are several legal categories that deal with more specified circumstances or case types. These include, but are not limited to premises liability, medical malpractice, and product liability. Personal injury cases may arise from a range of circumstances including, abuse or neglect, vehicle accidents, slips and falls, construction accidents, pharmaceutical negligence, manufacturing defects, work injuries, toxic or chemical contamination, and other events that lead to damage or injury.

A personal injury lawyer provides legal representation for individuals with valid personal injury claims, or claims of injury caused by the negligence or wrongful actions of another party. Many attorneys who specialize in this area of law are paid on a contingency basis, or take cases, and recover their fees, only in the event that a person is awarded legal compensation for damages. Personal injury lawyers are often selective with the cases they take on because many specialize in a particular area or types of civil cases as opposed to representing all clients with cases that may fall under the broad spectrum of personal injury law.

Personal injury lawyers are expected to follow professional and ethical codes of conduct, which are standards typically set forth by legal associations that outline expectations of these professionals. When one is injured and in need of legal representation for their personal injury case, researching a qualified attorney or law firm in their jurisdiction can help one find a suitable match for their needs. Most qualified personal injury attorneys will provide prospective clients with a free case evaluation to determine whether a case is a match for their firm’s experience and expertise.