Positive Comments About Living In A Litigious American Society Obsessed With Filing Lawsuits
Published 3/5/08 (Modified 3/8/11)
As one who used to practice law as an attorney, I've only had a smattering of exposure to ambulance chasing - the layman's term for legal work that embodies mostly straight forward and very lucrative personal injury type cases. However based on the exposure I've had, I still retain some pretty strong opinions in counter response to persistent public calls for handicapping the wheels of litigation and placing caps on large damage awards.
Much of this anti-lawyer sentiment is based on mainstream public mistrust of trial attorneys and the work that they do. While I agree that our population has evolved into a society a bit too obsessed and even paranoid about lawyers and lawsuits, I think the passionate furor and lemming-like disdain of litigation beguiles its importance as one of the key cornerstones of what makes our country so democratic and free. Lest we forget, it is because of our pro-litigation society that our businesses and services have been able to consistently deliver such quality and corruption free excellence. Not all of society and the business world will forever remain pure and blameless, but should their actions harm or damage any person or entity, we as Americans can always rest assured that the offending parties will be held accountable. No where else in the world is there such a reliable guarantee in place.