Paralegal, Workers’ Compensation
Assists the team attorney in all aspects of trial preparation and litigation of cases.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned:
- Reviews and prepares client case files for hearings.
- Prepares legal documentation for execution by the parties.
- Schedules mediation conferences and hearings with Judges, counsel and/or insurance carriers
- Prepares resolution documents
- Communicates with clients via in person meetings, phone contact, email, and hardcopy mail.
- Communicates with insurance carriers, counsel, and Judges.
- Calculates average weekly wage, and partial disability for clients
- Obtains reimbursement of litigation costs
- Manages the attorney’s calendar
- Trains team on case development coupled with case and checklist management.
- Vocational meetings
- Manages cases where fees are being received
- Prepares quantum meruit for presentation to court.
- Reviews cases to ensure attorney’s fees are up to date and executes the appropriate follow up.
- Ensures attorney fees are being paid by insurance carrier
- Performs docket searches and obtains lien information from various entities prior to conclusion of litigation
- Uploads and obtains relevant case information from the Bureau of Workers Compensation management system, WCAIS
- Assists all team members with questions and problems.
- Calculates distribution of checks of over $500 for attorney accounts
- Ensures proper filing of original legal documents
- Assigns and supervises the work of other team members
- Takes new client intakes.
- Files petitions with Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
- Scans documents in client’s file
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
- Must possess the ability to multi-task, prioritize, handle a fast-paced environment, and manage workload with a positive attitude and minimal supervision.
- Sound business acumen regarding administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as Microsoft Office.
- Highly organized with the ability to juggle multiple deadlines.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills coupled with attention to detail.
- Possesses sound judgment and is decisive.
- Legal experience (preferred)
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Education and/or Experience
Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year College or university; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Language Skills
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret court documents, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write legal documents. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from clients.
- Mathematical Skills
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate and percent of wages.
- Computer Skills
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of the Internet, Spreadsheets, Word Processing, and Case Management software. Excellent typing skills are required. Dictation transcription experience is a plus.
- Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Paralegal Certification is a plus.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Ability to sit for long periods of time.
- Ability to type quickly and efficiently.
- Ability to work on and look at a computer screen for long periods of time.
- Ability to talk into a phone/headset for long periods of time.