How much do Injury Lawyers Earn? (In the USA)

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Injury Lawyers, (often known as slipe and fall lawyers), can make quite a bit of money according to the type of lawyer they are, their experience, and of course what type of deal they make with their clients.

An attorney is a professional that provides legal advice to individuals. In the majority of cases, those that work for nonprofit, law firms, government, or corporations are often on a salary. Some can work on a self-employed situation meaning they work alone while others may have partners which mean their salaries will be different.

Most lawyers that work in an Injury law firm, or have a partner normally make a larger amount of money than an attorney that goes it alone. However, the type of lawyer can change the money they earn, such as a law firm that does not work with corporations will not make as much money. In the majority of cases, lawyers that truly want to make their mark in the law industry, even though they work with a law firm, will also work alone on some cases so they can build up their experience so they will be able to find employment with a larger firm or one become a lawyer that works with the government or another field of the law so their salaries are larger.

The average wages for a brand new lawyer are around $57,000 annually, while the average wages for any attorney are close to $94,000 each year.

What comes into play when it involves how much an attorney will earn each year include such things as experience, education level, if they have chosen a specialized field like corporate or criminal, the firm size, what state they are working in, (as larger cities attorney’s will make more money than a small town), and lastly the type of clients they have. Experience is often one of the most important things, as a new lawyer fresh out of law school is not going to earn as much as one that has been in the five years or more.

Most attorneys prefer to specialize in certain areas as they can then earn more and also find their own niche that they prefer to work with than working in several different areas. A few examples are criminal company laws, civil laws, family law, or environment laws. This is also how lawyers are divided up, by the type of specialization they are working in and how they stay on top ofstay on top of the newest laws and regulations in their specific area. Specialized lawyers do earn a bit more as well, with earnings for people like assault attorney’s averaging around $49,000 annually. Divorce attorneys have to handle such issues as support for the spouse, child custody, the division of property, and alimony. These lawyers normally earn between $48,000 to $80,000. Nursing home attorneys must be up to date on all law regarding nursing homes especially when it comes to abuse. These lawyers normally earn around $97,000 annually. For criminal attorney’s many factors come into play such as the law firm size, the town they are practicing in, their experience and the type of criminal law that are specialized in. The average annual earnings of a criminal lawyer working in a firm are close to 78,593 while those going it alone can make around $95,195 annually.

Attorney’s that work with intellectual property must have an excellent understanding of laws regarding intellectual property. These lawyers usually earn around $89,000 annually.

August 17, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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JudgeLooseCannon

BabyB LPlate improvedMy opponent opened his case today with the following words: “This is an appeal from District Judge…” I won’t mention his name and will only go so far as to say that he is notorious enough in the South East that the name JudgeLoooseCannon is not far off.

Anyway, the circuit judge hearing the appeal interrupted my opponent at that stage and with a completely straight face said: “Yes, yes, and what are the other grounds of appeal.”

Despite the fact that the judge may have taken his response from an apocryphal story and also that it reflected badly on his view of my own case, it did raise a smirk in court, particularly I noticed the court clerk suggesting that it can’t have been the first appeal he’d heard from.

August 17, 2016 · Tim Kevan · 4 Comments
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

August 15, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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JusticeForSale

BabyB LPlate improvedToday I was involved in a tiny case involving a small road traffic accident.  Which made it all the more surprising that I found myself against a barrister who was fifteen years call and according to the costs schedule was being paid £2,000 for the day compared to my £350. The thing is, it’s not that I’m a terrible barrister or anything although I don’t pretend to be particularly good either. But this barrister was a veritable Rolls Royce from the start and there is nothing more to say than that he absolutely wiped the floor with me. Kind of like putting a kid in the ring with Mike Tyson and telling him to make the best of it.

Which does make me wonder exactly what is the price of justice.  Today it was two grand. On another day, maybe less. If the stakes are higher, I’m sure it could be in the millions. But whatever it is, there’s a price. Otherwise, why would people spend big bucks on big lawyer? Certainly not as some sort of kind charitable gesture to lawyers. As I’ve said so many times. It’s all about the money.

Maybe we should be open and transparent about it and just stick justice on eBay and see what it fetches? Sell it down the Swanee river once and for all and be done with it.

August 10, 2016 · Tim Kevan · 3 Comments
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

August 8, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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FifteenthSix

I was against a lady today who was doing her fifteenth six, poor thing. She changed career aged fifty and since having qualified as a barrister has had more than a little trouble finding a set of barristers which will take her on permanently. ‘I’m not going to give up though, BabyB. I haven’t come this far to be defeated by a bunch of ageist, sexist and everything else-ist fools, you know.’

Even the judge seemed to know of her plight. “Any luck with tenancy, yet?” he asked as she entered the room.
“Not just yet, Sir. Maybe this lot’ll keep me.”

Sadly, though, I realised within a few minutes of the case starting that the failure to get taken on so many times had nothing whatsoever to do with her age. Maybe it had something to do with having spent the previous twenty years being an estate agent.  Maybe it was just her temperament. Whatever it was, she came across more like a litigant in person than a lawyer, never mind a barrister. Rather than professional detachment, she first of all started haranguing my client about being a liar and then when the judge hinted that she might perhaps want to tone down her cross-examination, she started having a go at him. “Sometimes I think you’re all the same. Judges, barristers, solicitors, what’s the difference? All part of the same club, all nodding and winking at each other whilst you scratch each others’ backs and stitch up the rest of us.”

Thankfully for her, the judge was a good humoured soul who replied with, “Ms FifteenthSix, I am a patient man and have to put up with a lot in this job. I have to put up with rudeness, I have to put up with intemperance and sometimes I even have to put up with insolence, though I must say, rarely from counsel. These are things which I try to bear as a part of my responsibility in seeing that justice ultimately is done.”

He then suddenly put on a much sterner look. “However, one thing which I do not tolerate in this court and even more so from counsel is the mixing of metaphors.”

He looked at FifteenthSix who by this point was looking well and truly back in her box and said very slowly: “Ms FifteenthSix, am I making myself entirely clear?”

August 3, 2016 · Tim Kevan · 2 Comments
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

August 1, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Judicial rumblings

PennyweatherJ_CircuitThis week there have been an unusual number of cases adjourning at the judges own order with reasons given such as “too little court time”, “cases not settling” and “inaccurate time estimates”. Whatever it is, some judges can be particularly adept at making a little more time to spend with their families as school holidays kick off. Today I got a call from my solicitor in a case I am booked in to do tomorrow. He told me that the judge had rung him personally and made judicial comment on the fact that he couldn’t believe the case had not settled. “If this case comes before me tomorrow morning,” he had told my solicitor, “wasting valuable court time [for which read “time I could spend with my family”], then I will be seriously considering whether to make wasted costs orders against both sets of solicitors for failing in their duties [presumably to assist the judge in spending more time with his family]”.  As always, at the mention of a possible costs order against him personally, the solicitor got straight onto his client and tried to force him to settle.  “Unfortunately BabyB, he wants his day in court.  Determined to see it through, he says.”

It’ll be interesting to see what the judge has to say about that tomorrow.

July 26, 2016 · Tim Kevan · 3 Comments
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

qccartoon
This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

July 25, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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PersonalityMatch app – a free and fascinating personality test

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A big heads up for a new app called PersonalityMatch which allows you to take a free personality test and you can also invite your partner and friends to do the same. It is based on the psychological tests by Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers and the theories of the psychologist Carl Jung.

It also allows you to compare results and can generate a compatibility score, which shows the areas where you’re most compatible (and where you’re not so). This can then help to highlight areas to focus upon when trying to improve a relationship.

I tried the individual personality test for myself on the app via my telephone. Downloading was simple through the iTunes app store and the test itself was indeed free. It was also very easy to complete and didn’t take long at all. As for the results I found them both fascinating and thought-provoking. They also proved to be surprisingly accurate!

PersonalityMatch is free to download and is available on iTunes and Google Play. The personality test itself is free and then I believe there are in app purchases also available. See www.personalityperfect.com for more information, screenshots and a short video. Or click here for links to the apps in the two stores.

July 19, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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