PKSD Newsletter: What Tort Reform is Doing to Our Constitutional Liberties

Posted on behalf of Jeff Pitman on September 21, 2021 in Personal Injury
Updated on April 24, 2024

image of legal scales with light backgroundMillions of dollars are currently being poured into new tort reform laws across the country. The financing for these proposed legal changes is being provided by wealthy industry giants. If they succeed, how do these proposed changes affect the American public? Do you know what tort reform is doing to your constitutional liberties?

In this month’s PKSD newsletter, learn more about the rights you stand to lose under tort reform and what you can do.

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What Tort Reform Means for Americans

Tort reform, however advertised, affects your rights and legal protections under the Seventh Amendment. These protections give you legal options, such as the right to seek compensation if you have been harmed by the negligence of a corporate giant due to:

  • Defective products
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Other forms of negligence

What these legal offenders hope is that by wrapping up the truth in slick advertising, many people will not notice the real purpose of these changes. Industry giants are counting on Americans to willingly support them and remain unaware of the rights they are giving up. Unfortunately, as always, those who stand to lose the most are the very people who can least afford it.

Fact Versus Fiction

Understanding the real reason industry leaders are backing tort reform and what it means for you is important. However, it gets harder and harder to sort fact from fiction today. There is so much information readily available, and not all of it is trustworthy.

To help, here are a couple of the myths and hype being tossed around today:

America’s Court System is Overflowing With Frivolous Lawsuits

That statement is false. On the contrary, the Court Statistics Project Contract reveals that the number of personal injury cases has decreased. In fact, tort case filings have been dropping for years and now account for fewer than five percent of all civil caseloads today. Most of the civil lawsuits today are business disputes.

To further clarify, state trial courts report that all caseloads are down, dropping by 21 percent since 2018. That translates to going from 106 million cases down to 83.8 million.

Personal Injury Lawyers Overcharge and Are Not Affordable for Most People

This statement is another myth. Most civil justice lawyers do not charge their clients by the hour. Instead, they level the legal playing field by taking cases on a contingency basis. What this means is that potential clients with a valid case do not pay anything for:

  • An initial case consultation
  • Upfront costs to hire the law firm
  • Fees for the legal services until the case is over – and only if the attorney wins the case

In short, if you have been harmed by another party’s negligence, you can afford to seek justice to hold that at-fault party accountable.

What Can You Do to Help Protect Your Rights?

There are steps you can take to stand up for your rights. At the top of the list, it is important to stay as informed as possible to help you understand how tort reform will affect you if it succeeds. Read our newsletter in its entirety to learn more, including why you should stand up for your constitutional rights.

Read This Month’s PKSD Newsletter For More Myth Busters

At PKSD, we fight hard to protect American rights. Our trusted Milwaukee personal injury lawyers work tirelessly to advocate for injured clients who seek justice. We have a long and successful track record, recovering millions on behalf of our clients.

If you have ever been injured by another’s negligence, we are here to help. Check out our monthly newsletter to find out more about tort reform and how it could impact your legal rights.

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