Who Is Standing Up for the "Little Guy" in Court?

November 15, 2019

For decades, large corporations, big insurance companies and profit-incented pharmaceuticals have had a strong presence in America's court systems. These powerful entities have access to some of the nation's top attorneys, who represent their financial interests by evading accountability when their negligence, misconduct or unreasonable behaviors have injured or damaged someone. Our civil justice system was founded to achieve a fair solution when a victim is injured or harmed due to another's recklessness or malpractice. Intellectualized within the framework of Roman law, the core principles are codified into a system, which serves as the primary source to hold case law secondary and subordinate to statutory law.

A major problem can occur for clients, consumers, patients, workers and other victims when no one is accountable; because no one is safe. A key difference between statute and civil systems lies in the applications of their legal codes. Codification seeks to provide all citizens with a written collection of laws that apply to them and which judges must follow when matters are brought before the appropriate court. Typically, legal presentations for civil law deal more in generalities, which differs significantly from the lengthy and very detailed proceedings common to statutory legal systems. Take Justice Back is the public education and grassroots campaign launched by the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) to restore accountability and ensure all Americans have access to justice.

As an advocate for everyday Americans, the AAJ's commitment to "justice for all" helps ensure a more level playing field in court. Moreover, the civil court system can hold wrongdoers accountable, especially when a victim is injured by the gross negligence or misconduct of someone misguided by their own financial gain. Essentially, it is our nation's civil court systems and consumer advocate groups that have allowed anyone to take on the big bucks backing today's most powerful corporations and business entities. Our nation is safer today because of those who stand up to wrongdoers and hold them financially accountable. Whether in court or through mediation, a fair settlement is possible even when taking on the most powerful players.

If you or a loved one were injured due the negligence, greed, recklessness or misconduct of another person or entity, contact the Schackow & Mercadante to discuss the details of your claim with an experienced personal injury attorney.

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