Know the Difference Between Types of Attorneys

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In law school, or while reading for the law as an extern, the same classes/subjects are studied by general law attorneys and personal injury attorneys, and each of them also make the identical oath to maintain ethics and professionalism. So does it really matter which type of attorney is chosen for your particular legal claim? Yes, as a general rule, it does. They are not all the same, therefore, it does matter which type is selected. Not only that, someone who holds them-self out to be a particular type of lawyer, still may not have the requisite training for your particular claim or case. That is discusses in another article on our site.  For now, we will drill down into types of lawyers.

General Practice Lawyer

There are numerous types of attorneys that have specialized knowledge in one particular area of law, and some even practice in a few different areas that are related. General practice lawyers do not just specialize in one specific area, as they usually practice simultaneously in a number of different areas of law.

It is not uncommon for a general lawyer to practice in several or all of the areas of law listed as follows:

  • Security law
  • Administrative law
  • International law
  • Criminal law
  • Real Estate law
  • Corporate and Commercial law
  • Civil Litigation law
  • Tax law
  • Family law
  • Labor and Employment law
  • Constitutional law
  • Immigration law
  • Environmental law
  • Intellectual Property law

While there are some general lawyers that limit the types of law they practice, there are others that accept cases from virtually any type of law.

Personal Injury Attorneys

A personal injury attorney [Click Here] specializes in cases that involve personal injury. In cases like this compensation is sought for liable, intentional, or negligent damages that can include the following:

  • Psychological injury
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage such as with automobile accidents
  • Physical injury such as with a surgery that is botched
  • Medical expenses

Negligence attorneys also have knowledge in handling cases that involve tort law. A tort is a civil “crime” that has been made against a specific group of people or person that justifies filing a money damages suit, inter alia, according to the Cornell University Law School. A crime that is not considered to be a tort crime is a wrongdoing against the public in general (Learn more.)

A person that is guilty of committing a crime may be punished with jail time, and when a tort crime is committed, the guilty party or their insurance agency, etc. may be held responsible for compensation paid to the party or parties that suffered injury. Personal injury attorneys often also elect to only accept specific kinds of personal injury cases. Some areas of law a personal injury attorney may choose to specialize in includes the following:

  • Medical accidents
  • Automobile accidents
  • Work related accidents
  • Dental accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Assault/Battery/Rape

Differences between General Lawyers and Personal Injury Attorneys

A general lawyer doesn’t just apply their skills to one particular area of law, which means they have knowledge in a variety of different case types. A personal injury attorney has specialized knowledge and skill in cases that involve personal injury and tort laws, which means the knowledge they have in laws pertaining to cases of personal injury is more in-depth. A general practitioner can really be a tort practitoner, and perhaps a better lawyer since he understands how all the law interrelates. For example, elder abuse law cases have elements of crimes and even involve some probate issues. But in some cases, a GP lacks the specialized knowledge for a complex area of law, that only a more targeted practice delves in on a day in, day out basis. To learn more about these issues, contact us at: 213.596.9642.