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A Personal Injury Lawyer’s Day-To-Day Job

June 3, 2012

I sometimes wonder what laypersons, including our clients, think a Personal Injury lawyer’s day-to-day job is like. It definitely is not accurately depicted on television or in the movies, although the media and entertainment worlds do sometimes depict bits and pieces of the truth. But much of a case’s activity does not take place in a courthouse. In fact, much of the case’s most important work is done prior to trial; and yes, I mention the trial, even though most cases do not require a trial. A meritorious case should always be prepared as if it is proceeding to trial, so that a maximum award can be achieved.

Fast forward to your attorney’s law office, and that is where the legal and support staffs are diligently preparing your case. This would include the all-important depositions, which could take place in a lawyer’s office, a deposition suite or even in the courthouse.

Lawyers often differ in the ways they approach and handle cases, and thus there is certainly no cookie-cutter way to handle a case. Importantly and interestingly (and this is why I love what I do for a living), every case and every client is different. I particularly enjoy strategizing – Case Planning and Strategy – for the many types of cases handled by my firm (examples: Auto, Medical Negligence, Wrongful Death, Catastrophic Injury, False Arrest, Police Misconduct, Smoke Inhalation, Burn Injuries, Infant Lead Poisoning and all types of accident negligence claims).

Trial attorneys litigate cases in so many ways. Here is a random observation – no matter how many law firms strive for a paperless office, it is my experience and observation that voluminous documentation and paperwork are still an essential part of a significant case’s file. In fact, the documents usually include essential case exhibits; and those exhibits can define a given case’s trial and settlement negotiation strategy. They can help to map out the litigation plan.

Here are some examples of a Accident, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice attorney’s case strategy considerations:
– Anticipate potential case land mines and defense arguments
– Develop a solid pre-trial discovery plan, including lay and expert witnesses
– Develop case themes, so your case has a trial story
– Deliver that trial story in opening and closing
– Ready whatever demonstrative exhibits that will help drive your trial story.

These examples, coupled with so much more work that quality attorneys must do, will result in your case getting the care and attention it deserves.

I hope you are blessed with a lifetime of health and good fortune. If you ever do need me, however, I stand ready to help you with your case.

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  1. Even as you are looking for a lawyer, take into consideration that not all lawyers are able to manage a claim. Therefore, you should find a specialist personal injury lawyer, in addition the lawyer must as well know how to handle particular injuries like brain and spinal cord injuries to strengthen your case. Throughout the trial, the insurance companies appoint lawyers who are expert in personal injury law and therefore you require a lawyer who is just as capable.

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