Steven Hasner: Welcome to the Steven Hasner Show. Today, we’re here to delve into the role of a personal injury lawyer. As personal injury lawyers, our primary goal is to assist individuals who have been involved in accidents or their families during challenging times, guiding them through a process aimed at recovering damages for their injuries. When someone sustains an injury and is unsure of their rights, they reach out to our office. We initiate an intake process where our team collects their information. Once a contract is signed, we assign the case to a dedicated team consisting of an attorney and a paralegal. An introductory call is conducted to outline the process, elucidate their rights, and detail how we’ll handle the case. Subsequently, we provide comprehensive support, ensuring they receive necessary treatment. Depending on the circumstances, the case may reach a settlement or proceed to litigation, possibly culminating in a jury verdict.

The Parties Involved:
In any case, particularly in an auto accident scenario, various parties play crucial roles. There’s the client or plaintiff, who has sustained injuries, and the defendant or at-fault driver responsible for the accident. Medical professionals, including doctors and physical therapists, are involved in treating the injuries. Additionally, witnesses may be required to provide testimony, and insurance companies, represented by adjusters, play a pivotal role in the process. Whether the case is litigated or not, the involvement of a judge or attorney is significant, ensuring proper legal proceedings and representation.

How are Personal Injury Lawyers Paid?:
Personal injury lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis. This means that we receive a percentage of the recovery obtained from the case, whether through settlement or a jury verdict. Expenses incurred during the case are also covered from the recovery. However, if no recovery is obtained for the client, they are not required to reimburse these expenses. Our payment structure ensures that clients are not burdened with upfront costs, and consultations are provided free of charge.

How Does One Become a Personal Injury Lawyer?:
Becoming a personal injury lawyer entails a journey through law school, where a focus on litigation-related courses is essential. Many aspiring personal injury lawyers start by gaining experience in law firms, often working on the defense side to understand insurance company practices. Continuous learning through seminars, classes, and mentorship opportunities is crucial. Organizations like the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association offer valuable educational resources and networking opportunities for aspiring lawyers keen on enhancing their skills.

Thank you for joining us on the Steven Hasner Show. We hope this discussion has provided clarity on the role and functions of a personal injury lawyer. If you have further questions or require assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out. Until next time.