What Are the Responsibilities of Personal Injury Lawyers?

Personal injury lawyers specialize in representing clients who have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional wrongdoing. They are responsible for a variety of tasks and have several key responsibilities, which are essential to ensuring that their clients receive fair compensation for their injuries.

Protect Client’s Legal Rights 

One of the most important responsibilities a personal injury lawyer has is to ensure that their client’s legal rights are protected. This includes making sure that their client is not taken advantage of by insurance companies or other parties involved in the case. The lawyer will work to negotiate a fair settlement for their client, and if necessary, take the case to court to fight for their client’s rights.

Thoroughly Investigate Their Client’s Case

Another responsibility a personal injury lawyer has is to thoroughly investigate the case. This involves gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and consulting with experts to determine the extent of the injuries and the amount of compensation for damages that should be sought. The lawyer will also review medical records, police reports, and other documents related to the case to build a strong case for their client.

Provide Clients with Regular Updates

Personal injury lawyers must also provide their clients with regular updates on the progress of the case. They must keep their clients informed about any developments in the case, such as settlement offers or court dates, and help their clients understand their legal rights and options.

Be Honest and Transparent with Their Clients 

In addition, personal injury lawyers have a duty to act in their client’s best interests at all times. They must be honest and transparent with their clients, provide accurate and truthful information, and ensure that their clients fully understand the legal process and the potential outcomes of their cases.


Work Diligently For Their Clients

Personal injury lawyers also have a responsibility to work diligently on their client’s behalf. This includes meeting deadlines, conducting research, and filing paperwork in a timely and efficient manner. They must also be prepared to go to trial if necessary, and have the knowledge and experience to effectively represent their clients in court.

Protect Client’s Privacy

Finally, personal injury lawyers must maintain the highest standards of professional ethics and conduct. They must uphold the integrity of the legal profession and follow all relevant laws and regulations. They must also maintain confidentiality and protect their client’s privacy at all times.

Overall, the responsibilities of a personal injury lawyer are extensive and require a high degree of knowledge, skill, and dedication. By providing their clients with top-quality legal representation, personal injury lawyers help ensure their clients receive fair compensation for their injuries and losses.

What kind of cases do personal injury attorneys handle?

Our experienced Georgia personal injury attorneys are equipped to handle a wide range of personal injury cases. Some of the types of personal injury cases that we handle include:


  • Car Accidents: Car accidents are one of the most common causes of personal injury. Our attorneys have extensive experience in handling car accident cases, including accidents involving multiple cars, motorcycles, and trucks.
  • Slip and Fall Accidents: Slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere, from private residences to commercial properties. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident due to the negligence of a property owner, our attorneys can help you seek compensation for your injuries.
  • Medical Malpractice: Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider fails to provide a standard level of care, resulting in injury or harm to the patient. Our attorneys have the knowledge and expertise to handle complex medical malpractice cases.
  • Dog Bites: Dog bites can result in serious injuries, including scarring, disfigurement, and emotional trauma. Our attorneys can help you seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering resulting from a dog bite.
  • Product Liability: When a defective product causes injury or harm, the manufacturer or distributor can be held liable. Our attorneys have experience handling product liability cases, including defective medical devices and dangerous drugs.
  • Wrongful Death: Losing a loved one due to the negligence of another party can be devastating. Our attorneys can help you seek compensation for funeral expenses, medical bills, and other damages resulting from a wrongful death.

Regardless of the type of personal injury case you are facing, our attorneys will work tirelessly to protect your rights and seek the compensation you deserve. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that personal injury can take on you and your family, and we are committed to helping you move forward with your life.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced Georgia personal injury attorneys at Castan & Lecca.


After being injured–whether it’s a slip and fall, a car accident, a workplace accident or medical malpractice–you should get the compensation that’s owed to you so that you can recover and reclaim your life. Injury can happen at any time–at work or while out on the road–or even during a medical event. It’s important to know that if this occurs, you can have the right team on your side, fighting for your rights.

This time following an accident can be difficult, make no mistake about it. This is why we at Castan & Lecca do what we do. We take pride in using our knowledge and experience to get the compensation you need and deserve after an accident.

Call us today for a free consultation of your case. We’d love to hear your story.

At Castan & Lecca, we represent a broad range of personal injury cases. But what does personal injury mean? According to Cornell University, personal injury is any type of injury to a person’s body, emotion or reputation.

Personal injury lawyers can help you understand certain circumstances of your situation after an injury, including establishing common grounds upon which a personal injury case is determined, including negligence, liability and intentional wrongs.

Negligence, or the failure to take proper care, is connected to the circumstance in which an injury occurs. Injuries can happen as a result of third-party negligence, the most common of which include:

  • Automobile accidents 
  • Industrial accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Premises liability
  • Product liability 

Determining negligence is a large part of a personal injury case, and, if your case goes to trial, your lawyer will have to prove the liable party’s negligence in court.

But what types of injuries occur due to negligence? The list is long, but here are a few that the team at Castan & Lecca represent frequently:

  • Car accidents 
  • Workplace injuries
  • Medical malpractice injuries
  • Slip and Fall

These injuries are the injuries that warrant personal injury cases. A trusted, experienced legal team should represent you in these serious matters so that you can recover your health, your happiness and your overall well being. 

Car Accidents

If you are in a car accident, injuries may be as minor as a few scrapes or cuts or as life-changing as a disability like paralysis. Moreover, some injuries may not produce symptoms right away or may need additional medical care in the future. It’s important to undergo a thorough medical examination immediately following a car accident if you believe you may have been injured.

Medical expenses you receive during this time can be paid for by seeking damages. According to FindLaw.com, medical expenses that stem from a car accident may include:

  • Physical therapy 
  • Cognitive therapy (to treat brain injuries)
  • Hospital transport fees (ambulance) 
  • Consultations with healthcare providers
  • Various medical accessories (wheelchairs or neck braces) 
  • Treatment for permanent disability (paralysis or TBI/traumatic brain injury) 
  • In-home services like nursing

Following an injury from a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, you should seek legal representation so that you can be able to afford all of the costs of recovery.  At Castan & Lecca, we’re here to help.


Workplace Injuries

An injury that occurs in the workplace can change the course of your daily life. It’s crucial you get the care you need as quickly as possible. Firstly, you must know that you may have a worker’s compensation case when you experience some type of accident or complication at work due to the negligence of the employer.

In general, workers’ compensation cases work to ensure that the injured employee obtains physical, mental, and monetary compensation after facing any type of workplace accident. Workers’ compensation benefits include: 

  • Medical Care
  • Rehabilitation 
  • Financial compensation
  • Funeral benefits

All of these workers’ compensation benefits are mandated by state law and in no case can insurers stop paying these benefits, nor can your employer stop insuring you as an employee. If you have questions or concerns about an injury you’ve experienced because of your job or in a workplace environment, reach out to us.


Medical Malpractice

What exactly is medical malpractice? According to Medical News Today, medical malpractice is when a healthcare provider does not give appropriate treatment or action, or gives a treatment that causes harm, injury, or death to their patient. This neglect or failure is a serious matter; any mistake that occurs in a healthcare context requires immediate attention.

For a case to be considered medical malpractice, there are three factors to consider:

  • Failure to provide a proper standard of care
  • An injury results from negligence
  • The injury must have damaging consequences

A medical malpractice lawsuit may involve a number of circumstances having to do with medical care and certain treatments. Some of the situations include the following:

  • Failure to comply with treatment protocols
  • Neglect of standards
  • Error in diagnosis 
  • Lack of treatment
  • Neglect of treatment
  • Surgical errors

Medical malpractice cases are extremely serious matters of life, death and quality of life. It is therefore crucial that you receive the compensation you deserve after you’ve sustained an injury due to the negligence of a healthcare provider.


Slip and Fall

Slip and fall cases tend to be complex by nature. These cases are based on who exactly was negligent and in what ways that party is liable. The state of Georgia determines negligence and liability by a concept known as modified comparative negligence. This is a way to determine what percentage of negligence falls on a particular party. For example, if a jury finds you 15% at fault, you are entitled to 85% of the damages. This will be reflected in a 15% reduction in your initial settlement.


What’s Next?

We at Castan & Lecca know that the time following an injury is stressful, life-changing and complicated. So, what can you expect? Here is what your legal process can look like if you choose to pursue a personal injury claim:

  1. Hiring a lawyer. Consult an attorney immediately when you are injured. Your attorney will help you decide whether to opt for a settlement or if your case warrants a lawsuit. Consulting with a lawyer immediately after your injury is one of the most important things you can do to secure your well being.
  2. Starting the claim. This is the prep stage where you’ll be filling out paperwork and notifying the other party that you’re going to be filing a suit. Your personal injury attorney will walk you through each part of this process and will officially file the suit in court. Once a suit is filed and the defendant is served, the process moves into the discovery stage.
  3. Engaging in discovery and research. The discovery phase can last several months to a year. If you’re injured seriously, it may involve regular doctor’s appointments, keeping track of expenses as well as pain and suffering from the injury–and a lot of time on the phone with your insurance company and your attorney. For your legal team, this phase involves gathering information, interviewing witnesses, compiling documentation, and consolidating all the evidence that will be used in the court trial.
  4. Attempting settlement. Throughout the process, your legal team will make efforts to come to a settlement through mediation or arbitration. That’s usually in the best interests of all parties if it’s possible. If no settlement can be reached during this time, then the case will go to trial.
  5. Going to trial. At the trial, both sides will have the opportunity to present their evidence to the judge or jury. The verdict will be handed down and compensation will be decided. If either side wants to appeal, they may do so. A successful appeal could result in going through another trial or a change in the settlement.
  6. Collecting the compensation. If you win the case, you begin to collect the compensation owed to you once the proceedings or trial is complete. The settlement may be due in a lump sum or in smaller payments, depending on the case.

At Castan & Lecca, we are experts in personal injury claims. Our years of experience allow us to become your greatest support when seeking the right compensation for you and your loved ones. If you are looking for legal representation, call us. We will fight for your rights.




Michael Boeschen (Mike) was born in Wichita, KS and raised in Chattanooga, TN. Mike graduated from The McCallie School and went on to study history, Spanish, and Latin American Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. After graduation, he went on to pursue a law degree from the University Of Georgia School Of Law. During law school, Mike participated in the Legal Aid Clinic, assisting in the defense of indigent criminal defendants. Mike has been licensed to practice law in Georgia since 2002 and his main practice area consists of representing injured workers as they navigate through the Georgia workers’ compensation system. Mike is also fluent in Spanish. In his spare time Mike enjoys following soccer, cooking, and spending time with his wife and two young daughters. Mike and his family are parishioners of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Sandy Springs, GA





Edward Denker was born in Philadelphia, PA but has made Georgia his home since 1999. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. He then earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia. Edward spent his first years in practice representing clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims. He then spent more than a decade honing his litigation skills representing employers and insurers in workers’ compensation claims, where he gained immense experience and knowledge of how insurers defend those claims. In 2017, Edward returned to his passion of representing people who have been injured at work or through the negligence of others. When he isn’t working, Edward enjoys spending time with his wife and their two children. He is also an avid sports fan, and enjoys cooking and travel



Iliana Dobrev was born in Bulgaria. After high school, she immigrated to the United States to study law. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s in political science concentrating on pre-law and minoring in Spanish. In 2015, she graduated from Georgia State University College of Law. While in law school, Iliana completed a Graduate Research Assistantship in Labor and Employment Law and Employment Discrimination and two externships in Immigration Law. As an immigrant herself, Iliana is passionate about advocating for and defending immigrants. She is delighted to help families stay together and pursue the American dream. Iliana is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and worked in both a fellowship and a firm specializing in immigration law. Iliana is fluent in Bulgarian and Spanish



Ken Thaxton was born and raised in Roberta, GA. When Ken was a child, his father started a trucking business, which Ken ultimately spent over ten years working with through his late teens and twenties. Ken graduated from Houston County High School in Warner Robins, GA in 2001 with a 4.0 GPA. He then studied Business and Information Technology at Macon State College, ultimately graduating with a 4.0 GPA in 2004. After graduation, Ken continued to work with his father’s trucking company, and in late 2005, Ken and his father started an aircraft charter company, Southern Jet, Inc., under Part 135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. Ken served as President of Southern Jet from 2006 until 2010, when he and his father sold the company. Ken is a Commercially Licensed Instrument, Multi-Engine Pilot. While serving as President of Southern Jet, Ken started Law School at the University of Georgia School of Law in 2009. Ken focused primarily on business and civil law, including Workers’ Compensation, while at UGA. He graduated Cum Laude and in the top 25% of his class from UGA Law in 2012. Ken is a licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia, and he is also a licensed neutral (mediator) in the State of Georgia. Ken represents small businesses in transactional matters and business conflicts, and he also represents injured workers and Plaintiffs injured in cases of negligence. During his spare time, Ken enjoys swimming, cycling, sporting clays, and fishing. He also does charity work with a national scholarship fund



Alexander Lecca (Alex) was born in Miami, Florida to immigrant parents from Cuba and Peru. Alex graduated from Coral Gables High School, where he was a recipient of the Elsa Glazer Award (given to students who graduate with a 3.5 GPA and above). He went on to study marketing at the University of Miami School of Business Administration. At the University of Miami he was also a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. After graduation, he went on to pursue a law degree from St. Thomas University School of Law. In law school, Alex received several book awards and graduated Cum Laude. During law school Alex clerked for the Honorable Beth Bloom, had an internship with the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s office, and clerked for a prestigious litigation law firm. Alex is licensed to practice law in both Georgia and Florida and handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. He is also a registered mediator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. Alex is also fluent in Spanish. During his spare time, Alex enjoys outdoor activities with his wife and four children. He also helps coach his children’s baseball, football, basketball, and soccer teams. Alex and his family are parishioners of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church



Dan Castan is a senior partner at Castan and Lecca, PC in Buckhead and represents injured workers before the State Board of Workers’ Compensation and plaintiffs in State and Superior Courts of Georgia for injuries suffered in accidents. Dan litigated one of the seminal claims securing the rights of undocumented workers to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits in the state of Georgia when injured in the case of Wet Walls, Inc. vs. Ledesma. Dan has successfully fought and settled multi million dollar cases. He was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey to immigrant parents from Cuba. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College and received his Juris Doctor from The Washington College of Law at The American University in Washington D.C.  Dan was admitted to the Georgia Bar in November, 1993.  He is an active member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Atlanta Bar Association and the Workers’ Compensation Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Dan is a founding member and Director of the Latino Victory Fund Georgia and serves on the Board of The Latin American Association. Dan has been dedicated to getting Latinos elected to local, state and Federal offices in Georgia. He has been a Big Brother through Big Brothers and Sisters of Metro Atlanta and a mentor through The Latin American Association’s mentor/mentee program. Dan is married with two children.