Personal Injury Lawyer job description
Personal Injury Lawyers are types of Litigators who provide legal advice and representation to clients who have sustained physical or psychological injury after falling victim to the carelessness or negligence of an individual or organisation.
Closely related to clinical and medical negligence, personal injury falls under the broad umbrella of tort law – a legal specialism regarding civil wrongs, as opposed to criminal ones that includes other niches such as product liability and libel.
Personal injury law concerns the physical, psychological or emotional injury caused to a claimant and the lawsuit they bring to court against the individual, business or organisation whose negligence resulted in the injury.
The goal of a personal injury lawsuit is for the claimant to receive monetary compensation for medical expenses, physical suffering, emotional distress, legal fees and income lost through the inability to work.
Personal Injury Lawyers are responsible for providing injured claimants with the legal advice, guidance and representation required to successfully win compensation. The general responsibilities of a Personal Injury Lawyer are often very similar to those of a Litigator and will likely include:
• Screening potential clients
• Investigating claims and gathering evidence
• Documenting injuries and expenses
• Calculating damages
• Interviewing witnesses
• Reviewing medical documents
• Drafting pleadings and motions
• Representing clients through trial
• Counselling clients throughout the entire claims process
• Protecting clients from insurance companies and the legal system
Defendant Personal Injury Lawyers, on the other hand, will attempt to limit or nullify liability and damages due from their client by demonstrating the culpability of the claimant during the accident or trying to reach a settlement out of court.
Due to the complexity of Personal Injury law, professionals practising in this area tend to specialise in niche areas of interest or expertise such as spinal injuries or motorcycle accident claims.
Becoming a Personal Injury Lawyer is a broadly similar process to qualifying as a Lawyer in any other practice area.
Firstly, you must either complete a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree or an undergraduate degree in another subject followed by the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).
Following completion of your LLB or GDL, you must study the Legal Practice Course before undertaking a Personal Injury focused training contract with a law firm.
Key Personal Injury Lawyer skills include:
• Outstanding negotiation, communication and presentation skills
• Exceptional attention to detail
• Highly organised and analytical
• Strong relationship building and client facing skills
• High levels of empathy and patience
• The genuine desire to help people and solve problems
• Up to date understanding of legislation and regulation within your niche
The findings of our Audience Insight Report indicated that the average Personal Injury Lawyer salary in the UK is £43,461 per year. Earning potential for Lawyers in this practice area can vary depending on factors such as location, employer and experience level.
Would you like to take part in an interview about your experience as a Personal Injury Lawyer? If so, we would love to hear from you. Get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.