Accident and personal injury solicitors are one a huge part of the UK legal sector. In fact, it is the country’s second largest legal services market and has an estimated value of around £3 billion per year. As one of the biggest legal sectors, personal injury practice is also a major source of employment opportunities for both qualified and trainee solicitors.
About Personal Injury Practice
Personal injury is a part of tort law, as it deals with cases where one party has been wronged by another. When a person has been injured – including a disease or illness – because of another party’s negligence, then they are entitled to make a compensation claim. For example, if somebody has been injured while working because of negligence, for example if they were not given adequate safety equipment or a slip hazard was not properly dealt with, then that person is entitled to make an injury at work claim for compensation against their employer. Similarly, a person injured by a careless driver can make a claim for negligence against that driver. In short, if a person has been physically harmed and it is the fault of another then a personal injury claim can be made, which almost always requires the help of a professional solicitor.
As such, many firms and individual solicitors specialise in this area. Indeed, often solicitors working for personal injury firms will focus on an even narrower specialism, such as workplace accidents, vehicle-related injuries, or medical negligence. As such, there are opportunities within the sector to work either as a generalist, dealing with a variety of accident and injury compensation claims, or as a specialist in a narrower field.
Pursuing a Legal Career with Personal Injury Firms
Personal injury is definitely a career for solicitors who are good with numbers. Proper compensation levels must be calculated, and to do this solicitors must often calculate and forecast the financial needs that are associated with an injury, and this requires a solid grasp of numeracy.
There are many firms, big, medium, and small, practising within the UK’s large personal injury claims market. As such, there are employment opportunities for solicitors of all levels with such firms, including newly-qualified solicitors and those early in their career. Some personal injury firms, especially larger ones, may also offer traineeships for law graduates to take their next steps towards becoming a full-fledged solicitor, as well as internships and work experience opportunities for those simply looking to gain some hands-on experience of working in a legal firm.