It may not be known among all citizenry, but attorneys don’t all practice the same kind of law. There are many specializations within categories of law. The three main areas or categories of law are: criminal, contract, and tort. The first two are fairly self-explanatory—criminal law: the prosecution of those who have committed a crime, and contract law: the creation and enforcement of written documents serving as binding agreements between various parties. The third category, tort law, is less than self-explanatory.
Tort law deals with injury, or in the legal realm, personal injury. Instead of a breach of contract or criminal actions against another, tort law deals with negligent actions by one person against another. These negligent—or careless—actions may include accidents like: car accidents, recreation accidents, work-related accidents, manufacturing or product malfunction-related accidents, or even malpractice of a medical professional. The principle behind tort law lies within negligence, or unintentional behavior that caused harm to another. The catch here, is that the ‘unintentional’ behavior could have been prevented had the person thought about the future ramifications of their actions. This includes: not texting and driving; not drinking and driving; not eating while driving; cleaning up spills in a work place; controlling your dog; fencing private pools; etc. The moral to this story: think before you act!
The question still remains: how can a personal injury lawyer help me?
If you have been injured by another person’s negligent or careless actions, you may have incurred a long, dirty laundry list of medical bills, lost wages, property damage, loss of a loved one’s life, and pain and suffering. Each item on this list can and should be recompensed for. That is what a personal injury lawyer does.
Personal injury lawyers fight for the victim’s just compensation for losses incurred by another’s negligence. They call in expert witnesses; they file claims with insurance companies; they secure police reports; they fight for financial compensation for current and future medical bills; and they even attempt to rectify pain and suffering with a financial settlement. Now, everyone knows that pain and suffering—most often coming from losing a loved one—is more than likely non-quantifiable. Nevertheless, securing a financial remuneration is the only way society, or the at-fault party, can give back what was taken, at least, in a lesser form.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that was caused by the careless actions of another person, call a personal injury attorney. They often work on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay them for their services until they settle your case. You truly have nothing to lose. Call an attorney today.
The above article is a guest post by the personal injury law firm Christensen & Hymas.