Description:Personal Injury Trial Attorneys are types of Litigators who provide legal advice and representation to clients who have sustained physical or psychological injury, as well as financial loss, after falling victim to the carelessness or negligence of an individual or organization.
Personal Injury Trial Attorneys 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 share similarities with those of a Litigator and usually include the following:
- 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.
A successful career in this field of law also requires a particular skillset. Look at any Personal Injury Lawyer job description and you are likely to find some or all the below listed in the role requirements:
- 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 personal injury