The Role of a Personal Injury Attorney
What do personal injury attorneys do?
It’s probably self-evident that personal injury attorneys represent people who have been injured. However, that doesn’t fully explain what personal injury attorneys do or how they can benefit you if you’ve been hurt.
How Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Help?
When an injured person consults with a personal injury attorney in Houston, TX, the first thing the attorney will do is listen to the injured party’s story and ask questions. This will help the attorney identify any possible responsible parties. Often, the person who has been hurt won’t have enough information to make this determination.
For example, if the injury occurred as the result of a car accident, the victim may not realize that people other than the driver of the other vehicle may share responsibility. Some possibilities include the registered owner of the car that caused the accident, the driver’s employer, or a local bar that served the driver too much alcohol.
Benefits of Retaining a Lawyer
The personal injury lawyer you hire can also:
- Give the injured party an educated estimation as to the likelihood of success and the damages that may be available
- Ensure that all deadlines and technical requirements are met
- Serve as a buffer between the injured party and unscrupulous insurance company representatives
- Issue Letters of Protection to allow the injured victim to get necessary medical care
- Assemble evidence on behalf of the injury victim
- Identify, interview, and prepare witnesses
- Locate, hire, and work with experts, including:
- Medical experts
- Economic experts
- Accident reconstructionists
- Help coordinate functional capacity evaluations
- Help arrange work hardening programs
- Serve discovery motions and assess the strength of the defense case
- attend hearing and argue motions
- Take depositions from defense witnesses and experts
- Represent you at a mediation of your case
- Negotiate for a favorable settlement of the case
- Prepare the case for trial or binding arbitration
- Select the best jury available based on knowledge and experience
- Present your case clearly, compellingly, and in accordance with the rules of civil procedure
- Use motions and objections to limit or exclude evidence presented by the defense where possible
- Make a persuasive closing argument to the jury
If some of the tasks described above are unfamiliar to you—if, for example, you don’t know what it means to serve discovery motions, or how one might use an economic expert in a personal injury trial—that may be the best illustration of the value of a personal injury lawyer.
When you’ve been seriously injured and are recovering and rebuilding, the last thing you need is to take on responsibility for learning not only the substantive issues relating to your personal injury claim, but the many strict procedural requirements associated with any civil lawsuit. Fortunately, with a seasoned personal injury attorney on your side, you won’t have to. Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. are here to help.
Paul Cannon has practiced personal injury trial law since 1995. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law (2005). He has earned recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2017 & 2018, and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2017. He is a Shareholder, trial lawyer and online marketing manager at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. His legal writings have been published by the Texas Bar Journal, Business.com, Lawyer.com HG Legal Resources, Lawfirms.com, and others. He has been asked to give education talks and media interviews on dog bite law.