Legal Career Profile: Personal Injury Lawyer
Unfortunately, people might sustain injuries precipitated by numerous different causes. In some instances, these events may be the result of others’ negligence. When such circumstances arise, the injured party may attempt to recover damages. This process of often most easily accomplished with the assistance of a personal injury lawyer.
An Overview Of Personal Injury Law
Personal injuries fall under the purview of torts law, which covers countless potential circumstances in which one individual might seek compensation for the physical or emotional injuries they opine another party caused them to sustain through negligent, deliberate or malfeasant actions. Personal injury lawyers are also referred to as civil litigators because such cases do not typically involve criminal offenses.
Types Of Tort Cases
Civil litigation cases can cover a broad range of categories including but not limited to automobile or vehicular accidents, defamation of character, medical malpractice, traumatic brain injuries, premises liability, defective products, and wrongful death events.
A Civil Litigator’s Job
Just about every personal injury case requires the plaintiff’s attorney to prove that several legal principles occurred. Such legal tenets include that the accused party committed an irresponsible or malfeasant act, the act in question caused the accident in which the plaintiff was injured, the plaintiff’s injuries are directly related to the incident in question and that the damages sought correlate to the accident. Civil litigators will attempt to demonstrate these principles by executing actions such as interviewing witnesses, investigating accident scenes, obtaining expert testimony and obtaining safety or personal records of individuals or companies.
Becoming A Civil Litigator
An individual must successfully complete the following steps to becoming a personal injury attorney:
- Obtaining An Undergraduate Degree
- Civil litigators will need to gain admittance into law school. However, the first educational requirement that must be met is to demonstrate academic proficiency in completing an undergraduate degree program from an accredited college or university.
- Taking The LSAT Examination
- Law schools also typically require applicants to have taken and received a minimum score on the Law School Admissions Test, or LSAT exam.
- Completing Law School
- Every lawyer must earn a legal certificate, or Juris Doctor degree, from an accredited college or university. Law school typically takes three years to complete.
- Passing The Bar Exam
- Prospective personal injury lawyers will not be permitted to practice their craft without first passing the Bar exam in the state in which they hope to work.
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