Trial Lawyers: the last line of defense

In response to a recent editorial that appeared in the Chicago Tribune, consumers, advocates and those wronged by the conduct of others have spoken out. Last week, the Tribune published an article bashing trial lawyers. It is no surprise that the bashing came from a special interest group that protects insurance companies and big business.

The agenda of this group is not to protect consumers but to limit access to justice by citizens in Illinois who have been wronged by defective products, medical malpractice and catastrophic accidents. In reality, the civil justice system is the only way that injured people and families who have lost loved ones can hold wrongdoers accountable for negligence.

Consider the outraged response from a woman whose sister was killed in a workplace accident, leaving a child without a mother. Or the response of a consumer group dedicated to protecting citizens from the negligence of product manufacturers, big business and greedy insurance companies. Clearly, many of the citizens of Illinois realize that trial lawyers and personal injury lawsuits are often the last line of defense for those wrongfully injured or killed and their families.

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