Being a Personal Injury Lawyer can be a rewarding career for you, however there is  much to consider before you embark on a journey towards law school.

You have to ask: is this the right career for you?

If so, what area of personal injury law will you practice? In Canada, there are many personal injury lawyers in Ontario. In the GTA, toronto car accident lawyers do very well. See the list below for other areas of personal injury law to consider.

There is no doubt that a law career within the area of personal injury can be lucrative and rewarding, especially if you are associated with a prestigious law firm, but the work can be demanding. Be prepared to invest many hours preparing for cases, travelling to visit clients and going to court.

What Personal Injury Lawyers do

The major scope of an injury lawyer’s job is to help injured victims obtain compensation for their losses. Injuries result in physical and/or psychological losses and a personal injury lawyer advocates for their clients, seeking compensation on the basis of these injuries. Losses can encompass everything from diminished earning capacity to pain and suffering, unexpected medical expenses, emotional distress and long-term paralysis. In general, injury lawyers help their clients from being taken advantage of by the legal system and by insurance companies.

Types of personal injuries

In general, any injury to the body that has been caused by a negligent party qualifies, however the following are some common areas that personal injury lawyers practice within:

  • Animal Bite Injuries
  • Auto Accidents
  • Aviation Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Boating Accidents
  • Brain Injuries
  • Burn Injuries
  • Construction Accidents
  • Defective Products
  • Insurance/Bad Faith
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Wrongful Death

Is this career right for you?

If you enjoy working with people, advocating for victims and excel at oral arguments and negotiations, a career in personal injury law may be right for you. Communication (oral and written) is a key skill to possess, as is analytical and logical reasoning, and being able to keep up with the ever-changing world of law. Be sure to speak with a few personal injury lawyers and consider shadowing a mentor for a few weeks. It will be well worth it to live a day-in-the-life of a personal injury lawyer before committing yourself to a career path.

Further Reading & Resources

To learn more about a career in personal injury law, visit the following websites to help you decide if this is the right path for you:

Top 10 Tips for Law Students and future Personal Injury Lawyers

Personal Injury Support Service

Law Society of Upper Canada – Becoming a Lawyer

How to become a Lawyer in the United States

How to become a Lawyer (legalflip.com)

The Process of becoming a Lawyer (education-portal.com)

How do I become a Lawyer? (State Bar of California)