They are at it again. It seems like every day comes news of some small front-group for big interests trying to make hay about some evil that has been caused by community members exercising their right to the civil justice system. Sometimes medical malpractice lawsuits are the target, while at other times it is anyone who dares to seek accountability from a corporation whose rights are at stake.
No matter what, however, it is important for all of us to stand up and push back. None of us know for sure what tomorrow will hold. Hopefully, we will all get up, head to work or begin the day’s activity, and arrive at the end having made a difference, made memories, and committed to continuing ahead. Sadly, for some of us, the next day will bring tragedy, pain, heartbreak, and perhaps even death. Whether it be a car accident, medical error, accidental fall, or any number of other possibilities, every day things happen which could have been prevented, are not, and cause severe damage.
While it might be convenient to ignore that reality, in the real world we must address these issues. One of the ways our society does so is by ensuring legal accountability following harm caused by preventable conduct. For example, if you drive irresponsibly and cause an auto accident that leads another to suffer a traumatic brain injury, then you may be held legally responsible for repaying the damage of that accident as fully as possible. The rules are no different for individual community members as they are for large corporations. When a big business (or an employee) makes a mistake and causes harm, they need to be held fully accountable for that harm.