Myth #5: Limiting lawsuits will reduce the financial burden on our society. This Goliath Myth goes hand in hand with Myth #2. It suggests that injured victims are just crybabies begging for a handout
The Actual Reality: As any experienced, observant personal injury lawyer will tell you, plaintiffs do not have this mentality. If anything, they worry about “causing a stir” and being too aggressive. Victims do not feel falsely entitled. Rather, they feel shy and Oftentimes, victims “under act” and “under represent” their interests. As a result, they often get unfairly taken advantage of. When injured victims do not receive fair compensation, they often wind up becoming wards of the state. This means that the burden of care (and all those costs!) fall to taxpayers like you. Meanwhile, the liable parties– a negligent or incompetent driver or employer, corporation or insurance company – get off scott free, while taxpayers pay. How is that fair? It’s not. Lawsuits thus make our collective financial burden fairer by providing a crucial mechanism by which irresponsible people and companies can be compelled to pay their share of the damages they helped to create.
Aaron Gartlan is a graduate of Troy University and the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law who focuses his practice exclusively on representing those injured by the wrongdoing of others. He is member of the National Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In addition to his legal practice, Aaron teaches Business Law as an adjunct instructor at Troy University’s Sorrell College of Business and serves as a field artillery sergeant in the Alabama National Guard.