Now I am sure almost all of us would be glad to win millions in
a law suit. This isn't an a debate about that, but one of fairness
to the public at large.
Say someone is injured in a way it changes how they live? So a
lawyer tells them that the responsible party is a large corporatioin
and they could expect millions of tax free money if they win.
Now should this person deserve all that money? It doesn't replace
his/her life style or cure the pain that might occur?
Some will likely say yes, the more the better. After all the on responsible
has lots of money, and is insured.
I say no. But before you think I have little care for the individual. I think he/she
should have all their losses paid. All medical bills, and any costs due to the loss of
life style. Including a pension if they can no longer work. Based on the income the
wages they would likely make plus a cost of living increase each year. This could
even be a perscentage if they were partially disabled.
Now we are not going to let the responsible party off with just that. There is punitive
damages. Or what I call punishment for the responsible party. But this money should
not go to the injured party, but for public use. After all fines for doing wrong goes to
the public good.
I am sure lawyers would fight this idea since they can ask for a percentage of the
money received by the plaintive. I tend to think there would be fewer law suits
made due to greedy people expecting riches, following this plan. I am sure some
of the suits should be thrown out and are in some cases.
I am sure in the past there was a time when settlements were more reasonable, but
people change. Then again some have not, because greed has always been with us.
I am not a lawyer, so if someone knows the law better it would be nice to
hear from them on this subject. I am sure this and other such ideas are
debated in law schools. Law being a subject of much debate.