Why are the corporations and their supporters talking so badly about trial lawyers? The answer is simple . . . money. If these corporations succeed in eliminating trial lawyers, who will speak for the people?

This isn’t a very interesting subject. It will get more interesting when and if you have a serious problem and can’t find a lawyer to assert your rights.

Just how do your corporate friends go about eliminating the availability of legal services and your access to the courts . . . by convincing you that we, the lawyers, are preying on the public. That we’re getting filthy rich and it’s costing you, the taxpayer.

Is it true that some lawyers are getting rich? Absolutely. Just as some corporations and their executives and investors are getting rich. But that is not the issue. That is their plan of attack . . . they want to alter and change our laws so that attorneys will not be able to accept your case because the risk of losing their money on your case outweighs the potential gain.

Let me put it more simply by telling you a little about the recent change in our medical malpractice laws in the state of Texas. If a potential client comes to see me about their medical malpractice case I, as a trial lawyer, can’t accept it unless (1) the doctor’s negligence is so egregious that there is no doubt that the bad result was his fault and (2) your injuries are so serious and permanent that a jury would not only find that the doctor was at fault but that your damages are at least $250,000. To accept a medical malpractice case (which requires expenditures of usually $50,000 or more) a lawyer is not willing to risk his money unless he has a good chance of getting it back and making a reasonable fee.

So what happens . . . the legitimate claims fall by the wayside because the damages aren’t severe enough and the deserving people get nothing. They can’t find a capable lawyer.

This is what you’re stuck with. Do you want more. Did they make you hate lawyers so much that you cut your own throat? I hope not.

Well, so much for the pleasant things of the day. I’ll see you at the voting booth, I hope.


Carl Waldman
Waldman Smallwood Law Firm P.C.

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