Occasionally, I meet with a prospective client in my office, and he or she is obviously torn about pursing a claim for their injuries and damages. On one hand, they are obviously injured and suffering from injuries received in an incident that was caused by another person. On the other hand, they don’t want to be seen as one of “those” people who make claims.
Some people feel guilty about the position they are in, partly because lawyers have done such a poor job of explaining that pursuing a righteous claim for injuries and damages has value and importance beyond the immediate client and claim.
By holding people (and their insurance companies) accountable for their negligent conduct, it serves to curb negligent and bad acts by others. Imagine a world where people were not held responsible for the damage they negligently cause.
We are safer, as a society, our streets and highways are safer, our operating rooms are safer, and the products we use are safer thanks, in part, to the tireless efforts of Trial Lawyers who represent the interests of the victims of accidents, malpractice, dangerous and defective products, and the innumerable other acts of carelessness that cause significant harm and suffering.