A personal injury lawyer is an expert in tort attorney. This means that they specialize in cases that pertain to injuries whether they harm an individual physically or emotionally. Tort attorney is laws that apply to people who are seeking compensation for actions that caused them harm. In most cases, personal injury attorneys have the training to practice in all fields about the law but will only accept cases that are covered under the Tort law.
The main focus a personal injury lawyer has is to determine whether or not a person claim falls under the tort attorney. Was the action on the part of the accused person, company or agency tortuous? A tortuous act does not have to be and act that was done on purpose. It could also be an act that was done accidentally. This could be due to the negligence of an individual, company or agency. Medical mistakes very well fall into this group of mishaps. In most cases, medical mistakes do happen accidentally such as prescription errors and misdiagnosis of illness.
There are many personal injury attorneys that only specialize in specific types of injuries. An example of a specific type of injury would include injuries resulting from a car accident. Attorneys that specialize in certain types of injuries have extensive training beyond the general training they receive. A car injury lawyer will have the knowledge to determine whether the accident was due to the driver of the car or the car manufacturer. They know what questions to ask specifically of the car manufacturer where as a general personal injury lawyer may not. The general injury lawyer may have to take more time to make a case because there may be more research involved on their part. A car injury lawyer should be up to date on most issues about his field of expertise.
The American Bar Association requires that tort attorney is studied in the first year of law school. Attorneys in the United States usually obtain their law degree which is a doctorate after receiving an undergraduate degree in another field. Legal education as a field of an undergraduate is offered by a few law schools which mean most lawyers hold bachelor's degrees or undergraduate degrees in fields such as social sciences.