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Personal Injury

Personal Injury Paralegals, Personal Injury Attorneys, Continuing Legal Education

 

Personal Injury professionals can include Attorneys, Investigators, Legal Nurses, Paralegals, Insurance Adjustors and more attorneys.  Many people come out of law school and specialize as Personal Injury Attorneys.  Over ninety percent of all personal injury cases never go to court, but rather are negotiated settlements.  It can be a lucrative law practice that involves filing lots of motion and almost no courtroom time.

 

Legal Nurses are Registered Nurses that have become Consultants to attorneys on the physical aspects of an injury case.  A Legal Nurse collects medical files, investigates the treatment, analyzes the injury and Briefs the Attorney on the medical nuances of the case.  A good Legal Nurse may also help with Jury Selection strategy.

 

Insurance Adjustors try to minimize damages on behalf of their employer.  Paralegals often prepare much of the paperwork that flows to the court, especially since so many cases are settled before they reach trial stage. 

 

Degrees for Careers in the Personal Injury Field

 

  • Juris Doctor
  • Registered Nurse
  • Certification as Legal Nurse
  • Associates/Bachelors in Paralegal Studies
  • Bachelors in Accounting
  • Bachelors in Business
  • Bachelors in Forensics

Median Salaries for Personal Injury Professionals

 

Attorneys

$143,205

Legal Nurses

$100 - $150 per hour

Paralegals

$50,617

Investigators

$37,763

 

Sources: Salary.com and Nursing Magazine

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