What are personal injury solicitor jobs; what do they do?
Personal injury solicitor jobs have become more plentiful in the last ten years, as legal aid was scaled down in relation to personal injury cases and the no win no fee* culture grew to fill the void. A law graduate looking to work in the field of personal injury can expect to deal face to face with clients most of the time and work on high-value cases. Their work will involve pursuing claims relating to the injuries sustained by their clients as a result of accidents, including road traffic accidents, accidents at work, medical negligence and more.
Many of the defendants in personal injury cases are large organisations, including well-known household names such as high street retailers. Defendants in slip, trip or fall cases are often local authorities; medical negligence defendants may be NHS trusts or private hospitals; and accidents at work can often involve large employers as defendants.
What skills do personal injury solicitors jobs involve?
A personal injury solicitor needs a very wide range of skills, as the types of case can be diverse and the types of law involved can cross between contract, criminal, employment and more. Some of the skills a personal injury solicitor should have include:
- A good technical background and law qualification;
- Good people skills and the ability to communicate with different audiences;
- An ability to see beyond the bare facts and understand the bigger picture;
- Excellent negotiation skills; and
- Good old-fashioned common sense.
Where do you find personal injury solicitor jobs?
Most personal injury solicitor jobs are found in the same way as other professional level jobs — either a trainee will choose to work in the field of personal injury, or a suitably qualified solicitor will work in personal injury individually or as part of a practice.
A trainee who chooses to train in the field of personal injury would anticipate a degree of on the job training involving most aspects of personal injury cases. They may be involved with or support senior staff in taking statements from witnesses. In cases involving slip, trips or falls, road traffic accidents, and health and safety, they may seek expert evidence from engineers or reconstruction experts, highways authorities or the Health and Safety Executive. In cases involving accidents at work, they may need to obtain documentation from employers concerning their health and safety policies, training records or maintenance schedules. In some cases, evidence might be needed from doctors or experts. Additionally, a trainee might expect to attend court with counsel.
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