Personal Injury Law and ‘Compensation Culture’

In recent times, personal injury law has been criticised from both within and outside the law industry. But like it or not, this law is a niche area that has cemented its importance and prominence in Australian courts and the legal world. This law deals with injury to the body, mind or emotions and is most commonly used to refer to a type of lawsuit that claims a plaintiff’s injury was caused by the negligence of another.

Personal injury law has been the subject of much criticism for a few main reasons, most notably for the so-called ‘compensation culture’ it is believed to have created. Compensation culture refers to a growing belief that one who has experienced or suffered personal injury is able to seek compensation through legal action from someone connected with the injury.  As such, personal injury law and compensation culture has made it legally possible and often lucrative to shift the blame or accountability of an injury to someone else.

The lawyers in this area of law have also got swept up in the criticism of this area of the law, often being referred to as ‘ambulance chasers’ who plant the seed of litigation in injured persons.

There is, however, another side to personal-injury law, and those interested in jobs in this area should not be deterred. Defending those who have been injured at the expense of another person or corporation is also an important piece of the law puzzle.

  • What kind of injury law jobs are available? As with other types of law, there are a number of options facing those looking to get involved with this law, including solo practices or small, mid or large sized law firms.
  • Different areas of personal injury law.  This law can be broken down into a number of smaller areas of specialisation. Some personal lawyers, for example, choose to specialise in accidents, medical malpractice, product liability or wrongful death among others.  Some will deal with work place injury or areas of employment law. Jobs as non-specialised personal injury lawyers will allow you to work on a variety of cases if you don’t want to commit to a particular area.

For those looking to get involved in personal injury law, there are a number of different law jobs and career avenues and areas of exploration for a rewarding career in a niche area of law that plays an important and prominent role in the law industry. Legal candidates can also take advantage of Australian resources like to become more familiar with the local legal precedents.

State Labor Laws to Safeguard the Rights of Office Employees

West Virginia is one of the famous states that is situated in the Mid-Atlantic and Appalachian region in the United States. This beautiful state is enclosed by Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland. This state has a favorable working condition.

Following are some of the state labor laws that are applicable in West Virginia.

1. Labor law poster
The employment laws of the West Virginia states that each and every owner has to post a compulsory West Virginia labor poster in their organization. It id done to let the workers know their rights. They must circulate precise posters which should have entire information about the minimum wages, unemployment insurance, health and safety protection and notices of worker right.

2. Laws Related To Hiring
Federal Law states that an employer may not hire his employees in accordance to the color, age, creed, arrest record, nationality, sex, race, disability, ancestry etc. Each and everyone should be treated as equal. There should not be any partial treatment.

3. Laws Related To Employment At Will
According to this law at-will employee can be terminated due to any cause. But for the termination it is necessary that the reason should be legal. The law is in accordance to the contract so one has to follow the contract. In case one abides the law then that person will have to face the law.

4. Laws Related Work Place Injury
According to this law, the owner is completely responsible for any type of injury on the work place. In case of death of the worker his dependents will be given compensation.

5. Laws Related To Work Place Safety
The Federal and State law states that it is the responsibility of the owner to provide a decent working condition to his employees. There should be no compromise with the regulations, occupational health and safety, rules and standards. In case the employer does not provide a good working condition then he should be answerable towards the questions of the employees.

6. Laws Related to Harassment
If the employer is found to be a guilty of harassment of any kind then he will have to face the legal proceedings. This law ensures the safety of women in company.

7. Laws Related To Minimum Wages
According to this law the employer shall not pay less than $7.25 per hour to his employees. But in case of special conditions of training of 90 days, the employer can pay at the rate of $5.15 per hour to his employee.

Above are some of the State Labor Laws that are followed in West Virginia. Hope that this article would have helped you to get information about these laws.

Mid Size Law Firm Marketing – Why Online Video Will Convert Visitors

Lawyers who work in a law firm with 5-20 lawyers may think video should not be part of their marketing plan to gain new clients. They’d be 100% wrong. Lawyers fail to look at marketing from a potential client’s eyes.

Think about why you even have a website: To provide information to online viewers.

How do you distinguish yourself from other mid-size lawfirms? With pictures? With flash animation? With your credentials? With your results? With the articles you and other lawyers in your firm have written?

Most mid-sized law firms have pictures of their office building; a photo of generic, well-dressed people in a waiting room; photos of their law library; a photo of a senior partner standing lawyerly and formal while looking at a law book. Here’s my question: “So what?” What good does any of that do to help you distinguish yourself to your online viewer? The answer is likely nothing.

Here’s why: Your viewer doesn’t care about your office building. They don’t care about your law library. They also don’t care about those people in your waiting room or your custom cherry wood cabinets lining your office. Most viewers searching for an attorney online assume that you are qualified to practice; that you’ve passed the bar; that you have (some) experience. Static pictures simply don’t cut it. Static websites are not helpful. Lawyer directories are useless. Flashing your credentials and whether you were on moot court or law review doesn’t really help a viewer distinguish you from a hundred other lawyers in your field of law.

Know what works best? Video.

Video shows you’re human; you’re approachable; you’re confident; and you interact with your viewer- regardless of whether that viewer is a consumer or another attorney looking to hire you. Remember, a viewer is sitting (usually) in the comfort of their home or office or maybe Starbucks. They want to know more about your firm. They want to see you; hear you; and learn information about you. Video is the key to converting visitors. Currently, it’s the best way to get a viewer to pick up the phone and ask for more information.

Do You Feel That You Don’t Have Time to Apply the Law of Attraction in Your Life?

I only get to see my uncle about once a year because he lives a pretty long distance away.

I wish I could have spent a lot more time with him, especially when I was younger, because my uncle is a master attractor!

I was probably about 10 years old when he came to Thanksgiving dinner one year all excited about this person called Jane Roberts who was able to channel this person named Seth.

I remember thinking: 1. I was terrified and 2. He was out of his head! A lively debate happened over the table that night as he attempted to explain to the adults how Seth worked and the message he was trying to bring.

My uncle had brought a copy of one of the books (I think it was Seth Speaks) and I remember it had a very unflattering picture of Jane Roberts on the cover while she was in mid trance.

At 10 years old, that really frightened me. Not just the picture of coarse, but the idea that this woman’s body was “taken over” by some spirit. Up until that point in my life my parents had taught me that “there was no such things as ghosts” but here was my adult uncle, stating differently.

Year after year my uncle got more into the material (he was REALLY ahead of his time) This was in the mid-70’s. I wasn’t influenced very much seeing as that I didn’t get to see him very often, but would overhear my mother every once in awhile talk about what new thing my “crazy” uncle was up to. We all affectionately called him our “crazy” uncle – something he always laughed at good naturedly. If I only knew then, what I know now. (I’ve since apologized to him by the way, for thinking he was looney tunes. He of coarse, accepted graciously)

I was around the age of 20 myself when the Law of Attraction “bug” hit me. I went from a total non-believer to becoming obsessed with the subject. Trying to get my hands on everything I could to find out more. Yes, I even read every Seth book in print.

Anyway I was probably about 22 or 23 when my uncle met me in Manhattan for lunch one day and we were discussing how my spiritual growth was going.

I remember complaining that I loved the concept, the only problem was I didn’t “have time” to apply it. My job was crazy, I had been in the middle of a tough relationship, there were money problems, etc. My entire focus was on the craziness of my existence, that I didn’t have time to be peaceful, calm, to meditate and to get centered.

My uncle looked at me like I was crazy for a moment, then said very emphatically “It sounds to me like you don’t have time not to. Don’t you realize that once you do master it, all of those other problems will go away?”

That statement made a big impact on me. Well…duh! It made total sense! I just never had anyone state it so bluntly like that before.

So if you have been feeling as if you don’t have “time” to apply the Law in your life because things are so hectic right now…I am going to give you the same advice he gave me.

You don’t have time not to.

So get started today! Find the time to meditate, take the time to read more inspirational books, find a way to do some LOA exercises. Once you master it, all of those other “problems” will fade away.

Oh! And in case you were wondering, my uncle is a professional healer and intuit now. He combines physical healing with correct mental thought and even famous actors and professional athletes have a problem getting an appointment with him! He has finally found his “true calling”.

Happy Creating!