January 16

What is a Personal Injury Lawyer?

A California personal injury lawyer is a lawyer who provides legal services to those who have been injured, as a result of negligence from another person, company, government agency, or any entity.

What is a personal injury lawyer?


Personal injury cases arise when a person suffers harm or injury, either physical and/or emotional, at the fault of someone else for their acts, or failure to act.

Personal injury law seeks to compensate the injured person for their injuries.  While many personal injury cases are resolved prior to the filing of a lawsuit, many require a complaint to be filed in court against the at-fault party or parties in order to receive adequate compensation. 

Personal injury law is also called Tort law.  The tort is the act or omission that gives rise to the injury.  The goals of tort or personal injury law are to provide relief to the injured party, impose liability on the responsible party, and deter others from committing harmful acts. 


California personal injury lawyers work to pursue claims and cases for their clients, with the goal of obtaining fair and reasonable compensation for their clients.

A personal injury lawyer will explain your rights, provide advice, and if necessary, represent you in court.  A personal injury attorney can also help connect you with medical professionals and assist with property damage.  

Negligence occurs when someone fails to use reasonable care to avoid causing injury or loss to another person. Most clients have experienced or sustained physical or psychological injuries along with financial losses. A personal injury attorney’s job is to help make their clients whole again through financial compensation. 

Personal injury lawyers handle a variety of negligence cases that involve: auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, truck accidents, slip and fall accidents, trip and fall accidents, pedestrian accidents, Uber and Lyft accidents, along with wrongful death.

Personal injury lawyers, also referred to as plaintiff lawyers or trial lawyers deal with cases concerning:

Automobile accidents

Bicycle accidents

Truck accidents

Motorcycle accidents

Pedestrian accidents

Trip and fall

Slip and fall

Wrongful death

Uber and Lyft accidents

Personal injury lawyers offer legal advice, file legal complaints, prepare legal documents, and represent their clients in court. A personal injury lawyer must prove that the responsible party, typically another individual, business, or government entity, is liable and owes money to their client. A personal injury lawyer’s essential role and purpose is to see justice and compensation served to the injured party. At times, a personal injury lawyer may settle a case outside of court on behalf of a client. However, if the injured party and the at-fault party’s insurance company cannot come to an agreement, the case can end up in litigation (in court). 

A strong code of ethics, dedication to justice, and compassion for clients, create top-notch personal injury lawyers. These concentrated lawyers are also compelling advocates for their clients. Further qualities of an effective personal injury lawyer are strong analytical and research skills, along with the ability to examine gathered data, in backing their client’s case.

Click here for our complete guide to hiring a personal injury lawyer.


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