Personal Injury (Pre-Litigation)

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Personal injury work is a great fit for paralegals that enjoy the action of active court cases. They’re not caught up in the tedium that comes with drawing up contracts or revising regulations for some company—they actively work to find, develop, and help try personal injury cases.

Personal injury cases are all considered tort cases and are heard and tried in civil courts. Because the standards of evidence and culpability are different than in criminal court, paralegals working in personal injury have to adjust their approach to gathering evidence and formulating a theory of the case.

There are four key components to any personal injury claim:

There must be a duty to act reasonably in the circumstances

Someone must have breached that duty

That party’s breach must have caused harm

The harm must have a monetary value

Although personal injury cases do not necessarily have to involve a physical injury, many of them do, and paralegals in the field have to be well-versed in reading and evaluating medical records and reports. They may also be responsible for lining up and preparing expert witnesses to testify to medical issues the client has suffered. Having at least a basic knowledge of healthcare will give you a solid leg up as a personal injury paralegal.

Paralegals in this area of law almost all work for law firms that specialize in such cases. Because many of the legal issues are local, personal injury firms tend to be small; the largest may cover a state or region, but there are no large, multinational personal injury law firms like there are in other areas of law. This and other factors can allow paralegals to have a real impact on each case they handle, not to mention a lot more responsibilities than they might find in other roles.

Most personal injury cases do not go to trial at all, however. Settlements are the primary way that cases are resolved. Paralegals can be involved at all levels of negotiations during the settlement process. Let us help you to collect supporting documents, organize and fill out your case.