What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do?

A personal injury lawyer is a type of lawyer who specializes in personal injury law. These lawyers take on many roles, with the ultimate goal of helping you build a robust case that will hold all responsible parties accountable for their actions.

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When you work with a personal injury lawyer, you can expect to have a highly skilled legal representative who will help you navigate the complexities of your personal injury.

If you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence, the team at Jack Bernstein, Injury Attorneys, is here to help. Our attorneys will fight for your rights to help you recover the compensation you deserve. 

Whether your injury resulted from a workplace accident, a slip-and-fall, a car accident, or any other type of personal injury, our attorneys can help you understand your legal options.

A good personal injury lawyer listens to you

A personal injury lawyer will take the time to assess your claim and determine whether there’s enough evidence and information to pursue a case. At Jack Bernstein, Injury Attorneys, our team offers initial free case consultations to listen and learn about your case. 

As any good lawyer does, our attorneys will take the time to learn about your injury,  how it happened, and how it has impacted your life. In doing so, our attorneys will work with you to explore your available legal options and determine the best course of action moving forward.

During this initial consultation, our lawyers will also take the time to answer all your questions and clarify any concerns you have. If we do take on your case, we’ll continue to provide that open channel of communication so you feel confident in the legal process every step of the way.

We will investigate your claim

When we take on your case, it’s our mission to ensure your rights are represented and protected to the fullest extent of the law. Our attorneys work alongside experienced paralegals and dedicated investigators who will look through every aspect of your case. In doing so, our team will gather and synthesize all evidence collected so that it helps present your claim in a manner that proves the defendants’ actions are what caused your injury.

Additionally, our team will investigate all aspects of your case to determine if there are any additional liable parties that you may not be aware of. For example, personal injury cases involving semi-truck accidents often involve several defendants that may not be immediately clear. Just because the driver of the semi-truck may have been the one who caused the accident, that doesn’t automatically absolve other parties. 

Typically, defendants can include the truck driver’s employer, the training school that provided training to the driver, a third party that serviced the semi-truck, and any other parties that may have played a role in the negligence that led to an injury.

An attorney communicates with the insurance company on your behalf

Depending on the type of personal injury you sustain, you may have to dispute benefits eligibility with the insurance company involved. Unfortunately, insurance companies will try to minimize liability, often resulting in less compensation than you’re entitled to following an accident.

Additionally, insurance companies have strict deadlines for policyholders wanting to file a claim or claim benefits. When you work with an experienced personal injury attorney, you’ll have the benefit of working with a legal representative who knows how to handle communication with the insurance company. They will notify you of any important deadlines, ask the right questions of the insurance companies, and stand up for your rights if the insurance company does not recognize or respect them. 

A personal injury lawyer will bring in expert witnesses when necessary

Depending on the type of personal injury you suffer and the circumstances of your case, you may benefit from the testimony of an expert witness. A personal injury lawyer will often turn to the expertise of a medical professional, law enforcement official, or any other subject matter expert. 

By consulting these experts and documenting their testimony, your case can be bolstered with the support it needs to help prove your claims. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to determine when and which expert witnesses would be best to bring into your case. 

In the event your case goes to trial, these expert witnesses can testify on your behalf in a court of law to help paint a clear image of your injuries, and the negligence liable parties engaged in. 

They negotiate a settlement on your behalf

An overwhelming majority of personal injury lawsuits are resolved through a settlement. Whether it’s a settlement with the insurance company or any other negligent party, anywhere from 90% to 95% of personal injury cases are resolved this way.

If your case enters into settlement negotiations, an experienced personal injury attorney will be well-equipped with expert negotiating skills to handle the insurance company on your behalf. 

Insurance companies are in the business of making money, and often, after an accident, they’re committed to losing as little money as possible through a settlement. Unfortunately, this usually means they offer lowball settlements to victims who may be entitled to more.

At Jack Bernstein, Injury Attorneys, our experienced attorneys know how to push back against lowball settlements and will work tirelessly to recover the compensation you’re entitled to.

A personal injury attorney will take your case to trial 

In the event your case does not end in a settlement, but instead goes to trial, having an experienced personal injury on your side can make or break your case. The team at Jack Bernstein, Injury Attorneys, have detailed knowledge of Tampa, Florida’s judicial system and will help guide you through court proceedings both leading up to and during your trial.

Our team will defend your rights before a judge or jury and ensure you have the best representation available. 

A good personal injury lawyer gets you more money

Overall, the biggest advantage of working with a personal injury attorney is that you will have a legal representative committed to recovering the damages you may be entitled to after a personal injury.

A skilled attorney will know who to go after, what damages you are entitled to, and how to build a robust case to prove your claims. 

Negotiating with insurance companies and other parties on your own may result in you recovering a much lower settlement agreement than you’re entitled to. Insurance companies and other liable parties may also push you to sign a settlement agreement and other documentation that limits their liability and your entitlement to compensation. 

When an experienced personal injury attorney looks over such documentation, you can be sure your rights are being represented, and you are not being taken advantage of. 

Is it ever okay not to hire a personal injury lawyer?

The type of injury you sustain, the circumstances of your case, and the negligent parties involved will all factor into your decision to work with a personal injury attorney. 

Not all personal injury accidents may require the expertise of an attorney. Still, if you have a complex case, suffered severe injuries, or are unsure how to work or communicate with insurance companies and other legal parties, an attorney can be incredibly beneficial. 

If you have experienced any of the following after a personal injury, it might be in your best interest to hire a personal injury attorney

  • Severe injuries including scarring, disfigurement, broken bones, head injury, spinal cord injury
  • Mounting medical bills
  • Difficulty working with insurance companies
  • Loss of income and lost wages because of your injury

How much does a personal injury lawyer cost?

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Many victims of a personal injury might feel intimidated or overwhelmed about seeking legal support because of financial reasons. At Jack Bernstein, Injury Attorneys, we understand this and are committed to offering legal guidance, no matter your financial standing. 

Our initial free case consultations are designed to help you understand whether you have a strong enough claim to pursue. If we do take on your case, our team works on a contingency basis, meaning we won’t collect a fee until we win your case. 

This freedom from the financial stress of taking legal action allows you to focus on protecting your rights and recovering from your injury. 


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