Personal injury lawsuits exist for one reason: to protect the people of our country from the negligence of others. If you’ve been injured, harmed, or financially burdened by an individual or corporation, you have the right to seek damages. But what if you didn’t have that right? What if you as an individual had no recourse after an accident? What would that look like?
Well, there might be a lot more fatalities caused by car accidents. Without the risk of being sued, hospitals might refuse service to whoever comes through their doors. Imagine arriving at the hospital on a stretcher with critical injuries and the admitting nurse saying, “Don’t really feel like dealing with this right now.” Our legal system makes this kind of behavior more than an ethical question for the healthcare system; it makes it a financial one.
There would be a lot more bankruptcies as well. Without any recourse for seeking compensation for your injuries, how would you pay the massive medical bills that result from your initial and ongoing treatment? In the United States, medical bills are the leading cause of bankruptcy already.
Moreover, if you couldn’t take someone to civil court for his or her harmful conduct, what would stop someone from damaging your property? Sure the criminal court would prosecute the individual in criminal court, but as far as seeking damages for your personal belongings, you’d be out of luck.
We live in a country where an individual can stand up for himself in a court of law when he’s harmed by someone else’s negligence. Without that fundamental right, our country would be a very different place. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we’re proud to uphold that right for individuals all across Norfolk. We’ve helped thousands of people over the years get the compensation they deserve, and we’re ready to help you too. If you’ve been injured, give us a call for a free consultation.