I long ago lost count of the number of times I’ve heard that line from potential clients who come into the office to discuss what happened to them or a loved one. My usual response is “That’s okay, I do it all the time.” There is, however, something regrettable about feeling the need to be apologetic for considering a lawsuit to hold a wrong doer accountable.
Perhaps we forget that the Founding Fathers insisted on the right to jury trial in both criminal and civil cases and would not ratify the Constitution without it being included in the Bill of Rights. Perhaps we forget that without lawsuits we wouldn’t have seatbelts in our cars or guards on our power saws or safer places to work and play. Or maybe we’ve bought into the powerful lobbies that have spent countless amounts of time and money to poison the public’s perception of what lawsuits really do and stand for. We’ve all heard of the infamous McDonald’s case where a little old lady made millions simply because she spilled coffee on herself, right? At least we’ve all heard the distorted facts put out by lobbies for tort reform in their attempt to make the poor woman a poster child for a movement designed to curb access to the courts and reduce damage awards. If you knew the real story, the term “frivolous lawsuit” would not come to mind.
So, if you find yourself needing to bring a lawsuit because you’ve been wronged, remember it is your right to do so under the Constitution of the United States and there’s no need to apologize for it. After all, I do it all the time.
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