Is it Ethical to Pursue a Personal Injury Case?
Some people hesitate to call a personal injury lawyer because a lot of very powerful interests have spent an awful lot of time disparaging people who do it. After all, everyone’s heard the sneer about the hot cup of coffee.
Most people don’t realize McDonalds was keeping that coffee at 180 to 190 degrees Fahrenheit, excessive temperatures leading to dangerous third-degree burns for any spill. Most people also don’t realize the plaintiff had been willing to settle for a much smaller amount than the jury awarded her, but that McDonald’s, a major, million dollar corporation, wouldn’t offer more than $800.
Personal injury lawsuits aren’t frivolous.
People pursue personal injury cases because they’ve been badly hurt. Sometimes those injuries are life-altering, stealing a person’s ability to work. In some cases, they steal a person’s ability to think, speak, or walk like they used to. In the most severe cases, the injury steals someone’s life.
You know how healthcare works in America, so you know any major injury is going to result in massive hospital bills. You know how quickly most people’s lives fall apart when they can’t bring in a regular paycheck.
Often, these cases are the only thing standing between a little guy, a big corporation, and financial ruin.
“Tort reformers” want you to believe anyone who pursues these cases is a liar and a whiner. But it’s probably wiser to be skeptical about the major corporations who don’t like paying even a single cent to anyone if they don’t have to.
Personal injury lawsuits are unlikely to make you rich.
Huge payouts make headlines, but keep in mind the plaintiff isn’t the only person getting that money.
Most is going to the medical professionals who helped them. If the insurance company went ahead and paid those professionals they might be entitled to portions of the payout too. Lawyers take a small percentage. What’s left may have to help you stay alive and keep your bills paid for the rest of your life.
Punitive damages can provide you with a nice windfall, but most people would rather have their health than the money.
Most personal injury cases settle for much smaller amounts than people think. When they’re enough to get plaintiffs back on their feet and get them what they need to live the lifestyles they enjoyed prior to the injury, it’s a win.
Personal injury lawsuits don’t happen without some form of negligence.
That’s the whole thrust behind personal injury law.
If you are a pedestrian who has gotten hit by a car, it is because the driver neglected to obey certain traffic laws.
If you are injured in a construction accident it’s because someone failed to purchase safe materials, or because someone did not observe proper safety procedures.
The list goes on. You aren’t just getting a payout because you’ve been hurt. You are being made whole because someone has wronged you, even though they did not do it in a criminal or malicious way.
Don’t let the rhetoric of tort reformers stop you from exercising your legal rights. Schedule your free consultation today to find out how we can help you after someone’s negligence has gotten you hurt.
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