What do personal injury solicitors do?
Personal injury law is complex and covers a wide area of the law. It requires good people skills and involves medical issues, sometimes quite complex. Personal injury solicitors in the UK may find themselves working for the claimant or for the defendant. The presentation of the claimant’s case concerns achieving recompense for injury done to person through no fault of their own, by a third party.
During the training phase, personal injury solicitors will sit in on client meetings and hearings and will help draft documents and statements, to gain experience. Working for the claimant requires a very different approach to representing the defendant. Personal injury solicitors have to be able to analyse cases and apply different points of law too them. These are specialist academic skills.
A solicitor would normally take a first degree in law at university and then go on to join a firm of partners as a trainee. The qualified solicitor wishing to join the ranks of injury solicitors should expect a wide and varied case load. Personal injury claims cover a whole variety of circumstances including accidents at work, which vary enormously according to industry or commercial sector, road traffic accidents, accidents in public places and medical negligence cases.
Major changes to the rules on compensation claims come into force in the UK under the Legal Aid, Sentencing And Punishment Of Offenders Act in April 2013 and any professionals working in this field will have to acquaint themselves with the new rules.
Injury Solicitors have their work cut out in the winter, when bad weather adds to the hazards on the roads, causing a jump in road traffic accidents. UK motorways are so busy these days that the conveyor belt traffic conditions make it too easy for a motorist to be stuck in the middle of a concertina shunt, creating tail backs that stretch for miles. The M6 is Britain’s busiest motorway and in one recent bout of heavy snow, hundreds of motorists were stuck in their lanes, unable to move backwards or forwards.