Personal Injury Legal Assistant Job Description and Duties

Updated November 6, 2022
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Position Overview

A personal injury legal assistant works with lawyers in a support role. He or she is responsible for ensuring that a personal injury lawyer receives all the support and assistance that they can get while preparing a trial. The work is complex, which means that not everyone can handle its intricacies.

Education

Typically, a degree in law is sufficient to work as a personal injury legal assistant. Some employers may even hire you if you have a high school diploma, but a degree will ensure that you get a good job.

Skills and Abilities

  • Analytical and organized.
  • Knowledge of gathering information
  • Organization
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of medical procedures.

Personal Injury Legal Assistant Duties and Responsibilities

• Greet clients and inquire into their reasons for paying visits.

• Perform initial interviews in order to determine the nature of the business.

• Create notes regarding personal injury and wrongful death cases.

• Provide personal injury lawyers with information on new cases and clients.

• Assist lawyers by taking notes while they interview new and existing clients.

• Interview witnesses in order to obtain case information.

• Collect evidence for each personal injury claim or case.

• Prepare case briefs and summarize dispositions.

• Conduct investigations into assigned cases by performing both documentary and statistical research.

• Type and file basic legal documents and correspondence.

• Transcribe dictation tapes, ensuring accuracy.

• Sort incoming mail, and ensure it is distributed properly.

• Prepare and update lawyers’ litigation calendars.

• Derive information from past cases in order to assist with present or future ones.

• Enter the right information into databases, and keep it updated.

• Assist clients in filling out the first information forms.

• Explain litigation procedures to clients and respond to their inquiries.

• Collect documentation regarding all sustained damages, such as medical records, and loss of income bills.

• Create and maintain effective relationships with medical companies and professionals in order to obtain information.

• Organize and maintain case files.

• Collect and collate evidence for each case, and assist in trial preparation tasks.




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