Thursday, October 4, 2012

What It Takes To Become A Workers Comp Attorney

By Tom Muyer

The responsibilities of a workers comp attorney are many. When representing their clients they must follow a code of conduct that falls under ethical and professional guidelines that is set forth by the South Carolina bar association. If a person is able to pass the South Carolina bar examination, they will be able to file all matters of legal complaints, draft legal documents, argue cases in the state courts, and offer legal advice to victims of South Carolina workers comp claims.

If one wants to become a workers comp attorney and practice in the state of South Carolina, they must pass a written bar examination as well as an ethics examination first. These bar examinations often vary from state to state. Most states, including South Carolina require takers to have a minimum of four years in college and a law degree from an accredited law school. If the candidate passes the state bar, South Carolina lawyers are required to stay up-to-date on all matters of legal and non-legal developments in their preferred field of practice by completing a number of continuing legal education courses aimed at helping the lawyers stay current on all things in their chosen fields. The exact number of classes required yearly varies.

The exact career path of many legal professionals runs the gamut. Once they are certified and licensed, a lawyer may take on any kind of case whether or not they are an expert in that area. However, most states urge the new lawyer to get appropriate help or take the appropriate steps to learn more about the issues to properly represent his or her customer. Most legal professionals prefer to stick to one area of the law to gain the knowledge necessary to provide the quality representation their clients deserve.

Personal damage lawsuits include several specialised practice areas that attorneys may choose to engage in. Personal injury lawsuits can include all manner of incidents such as accidents, wrongful death, car accidents, place of work accidents, faulty products and more. It is the new attorney's choice where he or she will spend most of their time and efforts learning the regulations. If focusing on just one or two specialized areas, they can become very experienced handling cases such as car accidents, truck accidents, flying accidents, wrongful death, etc.

Lawyers who represent victims of work place injuries, like all other attorneys, can either start their own practice, partner up with a small size company, or be a part of a large corporate firm as an associate and hopefully one day make full partner. There are benefits to clients when using the help of a small one-man shop such as the one-on-one attention they will get. Also, many times their charges are lower which is important to many people. In the end, the attorney must choose what's best for them and their career.

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