Frivolous Lawsuits

2390 WordsApr 18, 200510 Pages
Justice, Tranquility and The Greed for Money Lynn Hubbard is handicapped. She happens to also have her own law firm. In the past year, she sued more than 600 nearly irreproachable institutions for over two million dollars. Hubbard and her entourage of scheming lawyers have not done anything illegal. Some may argue that she has simply exercised her right to the legal system. In any case, Hubbard is part of the growing American society that has discovered large money in mass litigation. This rise in greedy and manipulative lawyers has provided Americans with a skewed financial interest in the American courtroom and has hindered the justice system as a whole. Congress must reexamine tort reform to provide Americans with a…show more content…
While I applaud the Bush administration for taking viable steps towards stopping the practice of frivolous lawsuits, I do not feel that it is in my position to place a price tag on a human life. While tragic cases such as these place insurance companies, doctors, legislators and families in an ethical and legal dilemma, it is the lawyers who pursue a common practice known as "ambulance chasing," that causes the root of all of these problems. Having originally acquired its name from personal injury lawyers, this immoral method is applied when a law firm contacts a recent accident victim and pries them into taking their cases to court. In many states, laws have been instilled that ban ambulance chasing - specifically accident victims - however money-hungry lawyers have found ways to outthink the system. Hubbard is a perfect example of such a lawyer. Hubbard and her hired associates have visited hundreds of businesses, which offer services to the public. Prying their way into restaurants, malls, and medical offices, to name a few, they search for deficiencies that do not comply with the 1990 American Disability Act. By law in the state of California, one is able to prosecute for up to $250,000 for "pain and suffering" in addition to the $100,000 in penalty fees. In a sense, many of these cases end up being more like insurance fraud. Since many of these large corporations have insurance that cover potential cases like these, most of
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