An injury can severely affect a person‟s life. These injuries can be both physical
and mental and can affect the victim‟s ability to live their life in the way that they are
used to. An injury can prevent a person from working, from living at home, from
performing the activities that they enjoy and in some cases, even walking, talking and
thinking normally. A personal injury can affect both the victim and their families.
Sometimes these effects can be so bad that they are devastating. Treating injuries can
be both time consuming and expensive as well. Many victims of personal injury have
difficulties paying for their treatments.
Sometimes a personal injury occurs due to the negligence or reckless actions of
other people. This means that another person is directly responsible for the hurt and
financial woes suffered by the victim and their family. This usually means the person
responsible for the injury should help compensate the victim for their troubles. This
compensation can be provided by either the person responsible for the injury or by the
responsible party‟s insurance company. Too often these responsible parties will attempt
to avoid their financial responsibilities to the victim. Other times the responsible parties
will do the right thing, but the court system and the legal system can be very confusing
and tricky to people who are not well-educated in it.
For all of these reasons a victim of a personal injury may consider hiring a
personal injury lawyer. If you have been injured as the result of the negligence or
reckless actions of another person, you may be entitled to financial compensation. A
personal injury lawyer can help you get this financial compensation. You may be able to
negotiate with the responsible party or the insurance company yourself, but the
complexities of the law may make it extremely difficult for you to do so. A personal injury
lawyer will be familiar with the expected compensation for different types of injuries.
They will also be familiar with the legalities of filing a personal injury claim in a court of
law. They will also understand what limitations you may have to file a suit and the local
laws regarding your ability to file a claim. This makes a personal injury lawyer a very
valuable asset to someone who has suffered from a personal injury due to the actions of
Personal injury lawyers are regulated by codes of conduct established by state bar associations, which have the power to take disciplinary action against lawyers who violate professional or ethical regulations. The American Bar Association (ABA) Joint Committee on Lawyer Regulation offers assistance to state bars, helping them to draft, implement, and/or promote regulatory policies regarding personal injury lawyers.
As per Wikipedia: Personal injury lawyers may belong to any number of professional associations, some of which are mandatory and others voluntary. For instance, personal injury lawyers are licensed by their state bar associations, of which they must be members. Among the more common professional associations that personal injury lawyers may voluntarily join are the following:
- American Bar Association – a professional association dedicated to improving the legal system and providing accreditation for law schools and continuing legal education programs (
- Association of Personal Injury Lawyers – an association based in Nottingham, England; founded in 1990 by personal injury lawyers on behalf of accident victims
- Association of Trial Lawyers of America – also known as ATLA, an association of trial lawyers that was founded in 1946 by a group of plaintiff’s attorneys committed to safeguarding victims’ rights. In 2007, ATLA changed its name to the American Association for Justice, also known as the AAJ.
The Mission of the American Association for Justice is to promote a fair and effective justice system—and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.