Personal injury is the legal definition for injury or damage taken to the physical body, mental integrity, emotions and does not cover damage sustained by objects or other kind of physical properties. During personal injury trials the lawyers will try to prove that the sustained injuries are due to the negligence of a third party.
Types of personal injury
There are many different types of personal injury claims involving individuals, companies and even state organizations. The most common personal injury cases are car accidents, home accidents, injuries sustained due to product malfunction, work injuries, personal assault and vacation accidents. Other types of personal injury include medical and dental injuries or diseases and conditions caused by the fault of a third party. These kinds on injuries may refer to medical negligence, diseases inflicted by the working environment like mesothelioma, chronic bronchitis, asthma, deafness, eye problems, mental issues caused by too much stress etc.
If the court will decide in the favor of the person who sustained the personal injury, then the accusing party will benefit by a monetary compensation. Due to this aspect there are many voices that raise questions over the legal system because some people are willing to do what ever it takes in order to win a personal injury claim. Sometimes the lawyers also are tempted to bend the law because in many cases they are entitled to a share of the claim amount if they win the case.
Time limit of personal injury claims
In some countries there is a time limit before which a person can claim compensation following an accident. For example, in England, the personal injury claim must be made at most 3 years after the situation occurred, otherwise the claim will be declared void. This might pose some issues especially to the people who were under the age of 18 when the accident happened and thus could not open a court trial and there are also the cases of diseases caused by working environments which make their presence sensed only after 5, 10 or even 15 years since the exposure to that particular environment.
Main responsibilities of personal injury attorneys
The responsibilities of a personal injury lawyer are also of professional and ethical nature. After they are licensed to practice law, personal injury attorneys are able to file for complaints, write legal papers, argue cases in court and offer support and legal advice to personal injury victims. They are also responsible for interviewing clients in order to establish the exact circumstances of how the personal injury took place and to determine if the case will have a solid ground in front of the legal court.
The main responsibility that and personal injury attorney has is to help victims obtain the justice and compensation they are entitled to after sustaining the personal damage. However, lawyers dealing with personal injury claim cases must also adhere to the strict rules of law ethics in the professional relationships with their clients. They also must pledge loyalty and confidentiality to all clients they represent.