When someone suffers a brain injury as the resut of the negligence of another, it seems obvious that they should be entitled to redress for their losses. However, the attorneys at our firm know well that, far from common sense solutions in these cases to ensure accountability and compensation, many parties–particularly big busineses–often do everything in their power to avoid being held accountable for their negligence. Sadly, the business community is usually motivated solely by self-interest, even if that means taking away the rights of others and advocating in a hypocritical manner.
Take, for example, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. As the nation’s premier advocacy group for business interests, the organization, unfortuantely, acts in ways that might be good for certain big businesses but terrible for the community as a whole. Recently, the American Association for Justice put together a slideshow that list ten different ways that the conduct of the Chamber harms the nation. Please click here to be taken to the full slideshow on the AAJ website.
Quickly glancing through the list is a helpful way to be reminded of some of the policy debates that continue to rage and that affect all of us. From the outset it is important to note that 55% of the funding for the entire national Chamber comes from just 16 mega-companies. While the entity claims to speak for both big and small businesses, the reality is that the vast majority of its work is geared toward advancing the interests of the largest, most profitable companies. Many of the local Chambers have cut ties with the national organization as a result of this reality.