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by Jamie Nichols

There are many different types of lawyers. Some lawyers may be educated in things like DUIs or criminal defense or family law, while some are trained in things like personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Each type of lawyer is very important and plays an important role in someone's life. 

What Is a Personal Injury Lawyer?

A personal injury lawyer is the type of lawyer that represents someone in a personal injury case. If someone is being sued for a personal injury, this is the best lawyer to contact because they will be educated and experienced with the personal injury procedure and can give them the best results. 

Education of a Personal Injury Lawyer

Becoming a personal injury lawyer will take some time. The aspiring lawyer will need to complete high school and then go on to college to receive a bachelor's degree in a field like political science, social science, history, etc. The next step is to take the LSAT test. The LSAT is a big determination of which schools will accept an incoming lawyer. Next, find a law school and get a law degree. The last step to becoming a lawyer is to pass the bar exam. It is not legal to practice law until the bar exam is passed. 

Duties of a Personal Injury Lawyer

The very first thing a personal injury lawyer will do after looking over someone's case is to explain the process and options as well as offer any advice that may help as the case continues. 

Other duties of a personal injury lawyer can include:

  • Gathering and studying the injured person's medical records
  • Collecting evidence of the injury
  • Negotiating a settlement
  • Representing the person in court
  • Dealing with insurance companies
  • Preparing and filing pleadings

A personal injury lawyer will do a lot of investigating into the injury to better prepare to represent their client. 

Cases a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Take

A personal injury lawyer can take any case that falls under the personal injury umbrella. A personal injury occurs when someone gets injured on another person or business's property usually due to negligence on the owner's part. 

Some cases can include:

  • Slip and falls (e.g., slipping on a wet floor with no caution sign)
  • Snow and ice accidents (e.g., slipping on ice)
  • Car accidents (e.g., hitting a pedestrian)
  • Falling objects (e.g., tree branches falling onto someone)
  • Medical malpractice (e.g., a doctor administering the wrong medication) 

A personal injury lawyer could also represent someone in a wrongful death case if any of the injuries above end up being fatal. 

Contact a local service, such as Willis Spangler Starling, to learn more.