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Insurance Attorney

What is an Insurance Attorney?

Insurance Attorneys protect their clients’ rights over the course of an insurance claim. They handle several aspects of an insurance claim from accident or damage reconstruction to negotiations. Insurance Attorneys may give legal advice, prepare legal documents, perform legal research, draft crucial case documentation, and deliver coverage opinions.

An Insurance Attorney typically works at a law firm full-time in a corporation’s legal department, a non-profit organization, or government agency. They generally do not take a salary. Instead, they get paid on contingency fees by a percentage if they win your case.

Types of claims that insurance lawyers handle include:

  • Property damage claims
  • Car accident cases
  • Health insurance benefits
  • Disability cases
  • Business liability claims

Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Juris Doctor (JD) from an accredited law school
  • State bar admission

Insurance Attorney Essential Skills

  • Analytical and research abilities
  • Detail oriented
  • Organizational skills
  • Persuasive communication
  • Superior written communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills

Insurance Attorney Roles & Responsibilities

  • Research specific federal, state, and local laws
  • Handle negotiations and communications on behalf of the client
  • Represent the clients’ cases in civil court if necessary
  • Help oversee insurance firm paralegals, litigation associates, administrative staff, legal assistants, and others, as assigned
  • Develop and carry out promising legal defense strategies by performing legal research, auditing for coverage issues, and drafting legal documents
  • Weigh all available options for successful insurance case first-party action and advise clients accordingly

Day-to-Day Duties

  • Collect and review the facts of the case
  • Identify at-fault parties and hold them accountable
  • Determine the fair value of an insurance claim
  • Provide ongoing legal advice to clients
  • Prepare all necessary legal documents for policyholders and cases, including briefs, motions, pleadings, and correspondence

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