If you believe there are too many civil lawsuits in America, you are not alone. In fact. A recent poll found that 87% of Americans believe there are too many civil lawsuits, going so far as to call several of them “frivolous.” But here’s the problem: over the past 20 years, civil lawsuits have declined by 80%. And in this time, personal injury lawsuits have also helped save countless lives by holding negligent corporations accountable for their actions.
The Value of Civil Lawsuits to Our Society
Civil lawsuits set precedent, force dangerous products off of the shelf, and cause the removal of deadly medications from drug stores and pharmacies. Think about the negligence of large auto companies like GM that only take steps to protect lives after they are sued by those they have injured. In fact, many car manufacturers weigh the cost of civil lawsuits against the cost of recalling and repairing a vehicle, often setting aside lump-sums to pay off those who have been injured or lost a loved one instead of fixing the problem to prevent its recurrence.
This behavior, brought to light during civil personal injury cases, comes with real consequences for those who find it preferable for people to die if the alternative means having to spend a bit more money. And auto companies are not alone in this.
Oil and gas companies, drug manufacturers, car companies, and many others with profit motives have pushed the lie of the frivolous lawsuit in an attempt to turn public opinion against victims. Not only is this cynically self-interested, but it is also cruel, immoral, and absolutely unacceptable.
The civil court system exists to protect the victims of greedy and negligent corporations against further mistreatment and abuse. Those corporations are the only entities who are opposed to these lawsuits. Knowing they cannot change consumer protection laws, they have opted to engage in dishonest and manipulative tactics, such as planting “news” stories or disseminating misleading statistic in an attempt to garner public sympathy. Civil lawsuits protect the public these companies would readily exploit and discard for profit, and remain one of the most effective tools citizens have against powerful and uncaring corporations.
Civil Lawsuits Don’t Hurt Our Country. They Make it Safer
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in an accident, you may be entitled to significant compensation. What’s more, depending on the nature of your case, it may help set precedent, get a dangerous product removed from shelves, or see company executives who have placed profit over human life held accountable for their crimes. But do not expect these powerful entities to go down without a fight. This is why you need an agressive, experienced, and dedicated personal injury lawyer on your side.
The Atlanta injury attorneys at Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance have decades of experience helping victims of injury get justice. We are not afraid of powerful corporations, their insurance providers or their attorneys. We have a long and proven track record of holding these interests to account and securing large settlements for our clients.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed, you have already been victimized. Do not allow these companies to victimize you further by silencing your voice and stealing the compensation you will need to recover and move on.
Please call 404-760-7400 to schedule your complimentary consultation today. Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance represents families in Atlanta, Savannah, Decatur, Columbus, and all surrounding areas of Georgia.