Personal Injury Lawyers (2024)

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Reviewed By Adam Ramirez, J.D.


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Personal injury lawyers make the system work for those who have suffered injuries at the hands of someone else’s negligence.

They can get a bad rap, and some are better than others, but the point remains: A personal injury lawyer can help you pursue compensation for an injury that was someone else’s fault.

ConsumerShield can connect you with the right injury attorney for your case. Contact us to learn more.

What Do Personal Injury Lawyers Do?

A typical engagement with a personal injury lawyer begins with a free consultation. There, the attorney asks about what happened to you and assesses the viability of your case.

After that, the attorney may craft a demand letter. That letter will ask the person responsible for your injuries to compensate you.

They may also begin gathering evidence to support your injury claim. Evidence may include:

  • Police reports detailing the incident
  • Medical records
  • Security camera footage or photos
  • Statements from witnesses

If the defendant is willing to settle — meaning they offer compensation before you file a lawsuit — your personal injury lawyer can handle the negotiations.

Most civil cases never go to trial. The vast majority are settled to avoid the cost and uncertainty for both sides. Should your case proceed to trial,though, your attorney will build your case and argue it in court.

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What Kinds of Cases Do Personal Injury Lawyers Handle?

Personal injury attorneys handle a wide variety of cases. Essentially, if someone else’s negligence led to your injury, there’s a good chance a personal injury lawyer can help with the case.

Most personal injury lawsuits involve a specific set of accident types:

Car Accidents

A personal injury attorney can help you hold a negligent driver accountable. Common car accident types that lead to personal injury lawsuits include rear-end accidents, T-bone collisions, and head-on crashes.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents often leave riders with profound, life-altering injuries. And all too often, another driver is at fault.

If that sounds like your case, an injury lawyer can help.

Truck Accidents

Commercial trucks, 18-wheelers, big rigs — whatever you call them, they’re dangerous on the road. And if a negligent truck driver injured you, an injury accident lawyer can help you pursue compensation.

Pedestrian Accidents

Thanks to distraction, drunkenness, drowsiness, or some combination, drivers often hurt pedestrians. Pedestrians typically seek the help of a personal injury attorney as they pursue compensation for their injuries.

Bicycle Accidents

Cyclists have a right to the road, too. But vehicle drivers ignore that right. The result is often a serious injury for the bicycle rider.

Fortunately, the legal system allows cyclists in this situation to seek compensation. And an experienced personal injury lawyer can help.

Slip and Fall Accidents

A slip-and-fall accident can leave you injured for life. But if a property owner’s negligence caused your accident, you may be able to seek personal injury compensation.

Premises Liability Accidents

Hazardous stairs, faulty electrical systems, broken railings, and many more hazards can lead to accidents on other people’s property. And in many cases, an attorney can help you seek compensation for your resulting injuries.

Dog Bites

Dog bite laws vary from state to state. Dog owners have a responsibility to properly restrain their dogs to prevent them from hurting others.

If a dog owner’s pet left you injured, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation.

Medical Malpractice

When medical professionals are negligent, patients are left with life-altering injuries or illnesses. The good news is that most states have robust medical malpractice laws in place.

A personal injury attorney can help you understand the laws that apply to your case and how you can seek compensation.

Construction Accidents

Not all construction accidents have to go through the workers’ compensation system. There are plenty of exceptions. A personal injury lawyer can help you understand when those exceptions — which can lead to higher compensation — apply.

Reach Out to ConsumerShield

ConsumerShield has a network of experienced personal injury lawyers across the United States. Our mission is to share those connections with the people who need them.

If you’ve been injured and want to explore your legal options, reach out. We’re ready to connect you with an experienced personal injury attorney.

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