Popular depictions on TV and in the movies of what a personal injury lawyer does are sometimes a bit misleading (and sometimes very much so). For this reason there is confusion on the part of the public about what attorneys in different areas of the law do, and one area that most people are confused with the most is the term “litigation law.” Many people wonder what personal injury law is and what a personal injury lawyer does exactly. For the sake of clarity and to hopefully do a better job than is done in the popular media, here are some definitions that we hope will clear up any confusion:
Personal injury lawyers are trial lawyers. Trial law describes proceedings between two parties to enforce or defend a legal right. Disputes can be decided by a jury or judge in court but can also be settled by agreement. Personal injury litigation can also include pre-suit negotiations, arbitrations, facilitations and appeals.
Personal injury trial lawyers are vastly different than, say, transactional attorneys, who spend more time working with paper and may never see the inside of a courtroom.
Personal injury attorneys, on the other hand, spend most of their time in court or preparing to go to court. Their main work mainly involves research, drafting, negotiating and advising. Ultimately, a personal injury lawyer should be ready to take your case to trial if it can’t be settled.
Don’t confuse civil attorneys such as personal injury lawyers with other types of courtroom advocates, such as criminal, family law or probate attorneys. Personal injury law is its own special field and requires specialized knowledge and experience for good results.
At Daniels Law, we take pride in our advocacy. We are an experienced Sherman Oaks, CA law firm that handles all areas of personal injury, insurance and employment law. We feel that a well informed public is a well protected public. Call us if you have questions or believe you have a case.
Bill Daniels is a trial lawyer and shareholder with the law firm of DANIELS LAW in Sherman Oaks, CA. A graduate of Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, he is a former member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Board of Governors, a founding member of Loyola’s Civil Justice Program and a past president of the Encino Lawyers Association. Since 2007, he has been named a Southern California “Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine. Mr. Daniels focuses his practice on serious personal injury, insurance and employment. For information, visit our website at www.daniels.legal or contact us through e-mail: Info@danielslaw.com.