Guest Blog by Brenda Barringer
One of my favourite quotes, commonly attributed to Sir Edmund Burke says, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
This I believe and this is why I attempt to shed a bit of light on the justice system as regards personal injury lawsuits.
Having been through litigation twice now, I am convinced there is no justice in the justice system.
In some places in the world a life is taken and the perpetrator will die; a life for a life. In other places they are put in prison for a lifetime sentence, usually 25 years, so not really a lifetime. Sometimes they receive a lifetime sentence with no parole.
Whatever the sentence handed down, is justice really served?
Can a life be brought back from the dead?
Can catastrophic injuries be undone?
Can families of victims ever believe that justice will be served by the decision of a jury?
I believe not and this is backed up by lawyers, one of whom heard it from one of our own judges.
It seems I am in good company.
One definition of Compensation, which is what happens in litigation, is the act or state of compensating, by making up for someone’s loss, damage, or injury by giving the injured party an appropriate benefit. Some of those benefits are compensation for lost wages, money for ongoing therapies, for pain and suffering for injuries which may last the rest of your life.
However, I want to share one example of how our justice system fails us and is in fact an injustice.
Should your legal matter go the distance and you find yourself sitting in court in a trial, this one little detail could completely derail the process.
If anyone hints at or outright tells the jury that the person being sued is protected by insurance that the monies settled on does not come out of the defendants pocket, a mistrial can result. It is a cardinal sin to mention it’s their insurance that pays the settlement. more…