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I Don't Believe in Lawsuits

One of the most common things people tell us during a first meeting is this: "I don’t believe in lawsuits, but let me tell you what happened to my wife (son, father, husband, daughter,... etc.)." We always chuckle privately when people say this because it illustrates this reality: No one likes lawyers or lawsuits until they need one or have one. Thus, it is very easy for people to support campaigns by political candidates or large corporations which seek to limit the rights of injury victims because they think that an injury will never happen to them and those laws will only restrict the rights of someone else. When the shoe is on the other foot, however, and it is their loved one who has been injured, then they think it is unfair if there are laws that restrict the amount of compensation they can receive or which deny them access to the courts. So, the next time you hear some politician in Harrisburg or Washington, DC wanting to restrict the rights of innocent victims, pause a moment and understand that they could be talking about the rights of your child or your spouse or your parent. 

The Truth About The McDonald's Coffee Case

There probably has been no more talked about personal injury case in recent years than the so-called "McDonald’s coffee case," the lawsuit filed by 79-year-old Stella Liebeck. Large corporations often cited this as an example of a "frivolous" lawsuit and why we should restrict the rights of consumers who are injured by accidents or defective products. However, if anyone takes the time to learn the truth about the case, they would see that it was anything but frivolous, and that it instead was a clear example of a company intentionally disregarding customer safety. Here is the truth.

I Don't Believe in Lawsuits

One of the most common things people tell us during a first meeting is this: "I don’t believe in lawsuits, but let me tell you what happened to my wife (son, father, husband, daughter,... etc.)." We always chuckle privately when people say this because it illustrates this reality: No one likes lawyers or lawsuits until they need one or have one. Thus, it is very easy for people to support campaigns by political candidates or large corporations which seek to limit the rights of injury victims because they think that an injury will never happen to them and those laws will only restrict the rights of someone else. When the shoe is on the other foot, however, and it is their loved one who has been injured, then they think it is unfair if there are laws that restrict the amount of compensation they can receive or which deny them access to the courts. So, the next time you hear some politician in Harrisburg or Washington, DC wanting to restrict the rights of innocent victims, pause a moment and understand that they could be talking about the rights of your child or your spouse or your parent. 

The Truth About The McDonald's Coffee Case

There probably has been no more talked about personal injury case in recent years than the so-called "McDonald’s coffee case," the lawsuit filed by 79-year-old Stella Liebeck. Large corporations often cited this as an example of a "frivolous" lawsuit and why we should restrict the rights of consumers who are injured by accidents or defective products. However, if anyone takes the time to learn the truth about the case, they would see that it was anything but frivolous, and that it instead was a clear example of a company intentionally disregarding customer safety. Here is the truth.

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