I find it interesting how some look down on personal injury lawyers. "Greedy."
"Ambulance chasers." "Frivolous lawsuits." These are
some of the terms I’ve heard directed at this group of attorneys.
I wonder why this is so? Most “PI” lawyers that I know care
about their clients, don’t charge a fee unless they get money for
them and take risks to help them. These PI lawyers cooperate with one
another, fighting not only for their clients’ cases but also to
slow down the creeping, creepy, changes in the laws which can so severely
affect the injured (Ever hear about “caps” in medical malpractice
cases? If a patient is injured by the negligence of a doctor in the operating
room, there is a limit on what the patient can recover, no matter how
badly she’s injured.).
Consider this in light of those lawyers who oppose the injured people.
How much do they really care about those corporations and insurance companies
they represent? These attorneys charge by the hour. What kinds of risks
do they take for their clients? I think that, often, they don’t
even know their clients. Who are they? Members of the Board of Directors?
The stockholders? Often nameless, faceless beings? We need these type
of lawyers, but can we stop the blaming of the PI lawyers?
Have the corporate or insurance lawyers ever visited their clients at home?
Have they cried with them? Have they ever suggested prayer as a form of
encouragement to them? I don’t know. I’ve never been one of
What I do know is that helping injured people to push through the hard
times is a part of what PI lawyers do. As a result of them putting all
their efforts into helping people they care about, not only do the clients
benefit, so do their families. And friends. And their lawyers. Society
is better for it too.
That’s why I enjoy my job so much. There’s much more than just
going through the motions. I’m a PI lawyer. I have learned that
living is more than just not dying.
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