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In law school, or while reading the law as an extern, the same classes/subjects are studied by all prospective lawyers. And each newly sworn lawyer makes the same oath to maintain ethics and professionalism.
So does it matter which type of attorney is chosen for your particular legal claim? First, you must understand how massive law is now in its various subdivisions. Yes, there are specialists. Lawyers such as those who handle patent law are one class.
But there are also trial lawyers who focus only on a particular area of tort law, like mass torts.
Imagine the law is like a giant skyscraper. Each room of the building represents an area of legal knowledge:
So to answer the original question, yes, as a general rule, it does make sense to hire a personal injury lawyer for a PI case. But only so long as your lawyer is reasonably competent in their particular practice.
After all, you need someone with it would help if youvhaderage skills for your case type.
Lawyers certainly are not all the same. Therefore, it does matter which type of legal expert you select.
The takeaway from this is that a particular type of lawyer may not always have the requisite training for your specific claim or case. So as a seeker of help, you must familiarize yourself with some consumer best practices.
Then you’ll be able to hire the correct type of help sensibly. So, for now, we will drill down into a few of the many types of lawyers. So let’s try to understand the similarities and differences discussed below.
Numerous types of attorneys have specialized knowledge in one particular area of law. And some even practice in a few different measurements that are related. As noted, general practice lawyers do not just specialize in one particular area. GPs usually practice simultaneously in various law areas.
It is not uncommon for a general lawyer to practice in several or all of the areas of law listed as follows:
While there are some GPs that limit the types of law they practice, this is rare. So some accept cases and cash from virtually any kind of client in many legal claims.
A Los Angeles, personal injury attorney like Michael Ehline specializes in cases that involve a personal injury to your mind, body, and soul.
In cases like this, compensation is sought from those legally liable for intentional or negligent damages, including:
In law school, these types of attorneys fall under your “Negligence Courses.”
But this area of law has many subdivisions and experts, from:
The bond between these attorneys is that they know about handling cases of “tort law.”
A tort attorney is a personal injury law specialist.
So one who is guilty of committing a crime may be punished with jail time. But when a crime is determined, the guilty party or their insurance agency may still have to pay monetary compensation.
Compensation is money paid to the party or parties that suffered the injury as reparations for the criminal OR civil act.
Are you getting this so far? Personal injury attorneys often elect to accept only specific kinds of negligence law cases. Most of them avoid hourly billing. So they don’t usually take on criminal clients at all.
A general practitioner can be a tort specialist and arguably a better lawyer. After all, he understands better how all the law interrelates.
For example, elder abuse law cases have elements of crimes and can even involve some probate issues. But in some cases, a GP lacks the specialized knowledge for a complex area of law, such as an asbestos case. So it can be a crap shoot.
Michael is a managing partner at the nationwide Ehline Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC. He’s an inactive Marine and became a lawyer in the California State Bar Law Office Study Program, later receiving his J.D. from UWLA School of Law. Michael has won some of the world’s largest motorcycle accident settlements.