In the movies, justice is a masked man in a cape locking up bad guys. In reality, justice is much different: it’s having money to pay a physical therapist to help you after you fell off a ladder at the job site. Perhaps justice is a wheelchair access ramp. Sometimes justice is having the money to pay for ongoing medical treatment.
Justice isn’t as glamorous in real life as it is in the movies, but it’s much more satisfying.
From time to time there are news stories about a jury making what appears to be an enormous award to a person who suffered an injury. “Why does he need $9 million?” you might ask.
If he’s going to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair, he’s going to need a house that’s wheelchair accessible, with bathrooms and ramps and entries and exits that allow him to move about his house as freely as you do. He’s going to need a vehicle that allows him to drive where he pleases or he’s going to need the services of drivers. Perhaps most important, he’s going to need a lifetime of quality care from specialists and physical therapists.
That’s what $9 million can buy him.
A headline about a large award in a personal injury case is a headline about justice in the form of a check – the kind of justice our law firm has obtained many times for victims of construction accidents, medical malpractice and motor vehicle accidents.
Justice is for the family left behind because a loved one was killed in a wrongful death incident. Money helps the family with unpaid medical bills, the mortgage and other debts, the lost wages of their loved one, and it compensates them for the loss of companionship.
A more perfect form of justice would be putting things back the way they were before the accident, but that’s not possible. We cannot give a paralyzed man the use of his legs, or the victim of serious medical malpractice her ability to enjoy her life as she used to.
What is possible is helping the victim through adequate and fair compensation.
That’s how our court system has worked for over 200 years, helping to protect us from people who are negligent or careless or who deliberately do wrong.
Our goal is to help our clients obtain justice. In this world, the most helpful form of justice comes in the form of an award by a jury of peers who determine that the person or company that did wrong should be held liable for the damages their negligence caused.