Part of health insurance reform is tort reform. We hear a lot of people talk about tort reform and how tort reform is necessary. I worked for three years in a very prestigious plaintiff’s litigation firm.
Three big points to make.
1. Everyone is against lawsuits until a battery explodes in their face, a stairway collapses under their feet, a surgeon leaves forceps inside your belly or a radiologist misses a radiolucent lump in your brain. Then as soon as someone perceives that they’ve been hurt they come running to a lawyer to fix their problem. My point is that just like government provided economic benefits, you are against the other guy’s, not your own. You want tort reform for them, not for you. Look at the example of Tom Delay (Scumbag-TX), when his own father was hurt they wasted no time filing a lawsuit. Not to be out done you also have the example of Rick Santorum (Dirtbag-PA),
“Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., says that the No. 1 health care crisis in his state is medical lawsuit abuse and in the past he’s called for a $250,000 cap on non-economic damage awards or awards for pain and suffering. “We need to do something now to fix the medical liability problem in this country,” he declared at a rally in Washington D.C., this past spring. But Santorum’s wife sued a doctor for $500,000 in 1999. She claimed that a botched spinal manipulation by her chiropractor led to back surgery, pain and suffering, and sued for twice the amount of a cap Santorum has supported.”
So just like I said everyone is for reform as long as it only restricts the other guy and not you personally. You should see how people come running to lawyers as soon as they think they have “a case.”
2. The plaintiff’s bar accepts cases on contingency. You know what this means? Contingency means that a lawyer gets paid only if she wins. The lawyer getting paid is contingent on them winning the case. This is a big deal. Expert witnesses in cases can cost $5,000 or even $10,000 for a single day!! Plus they always want to be put up in the most expensive hotel rooms. A big case can go on for two or three years. There has to be depositions, which are expensive. Maybe the lawyer wants some of his own testing done or he ma need to hire a PI to do some footwork. Plus there can be tens, hundreds or even thousands of hours put into a big case.
The whole time that the case is pending the secretary needs to be paid, rent needs to be paid, insurance needs to be paid, utilities need to be paid. You get the idea. All of this money is out of the lawyer’s own pocket. If he loses the case he not only is out all of his out of pocket expenses, but he never gets paid for his time. ZERO.
So lawyers will only accept cases that have a very good chance of being successfully pleaded. A lawyer will not accept a marginal case, because they can work for years and pay tens of thousands of dollars in out of pockets expenses and than never get paid because they lose the case.
Would you work on contingency?
3. It is very difficult to win a case. The jury pool has been pretty well corrupted. The insurance industry, big business and their paid servants in Congress have been sure to inform everyone of run away jury awards, the hot coffee case and every aberrant two standard deviations out of the norm award. It is very tough to win a jury case. Questions of doubt are answered in favor of the defendant. The plaintiff needs to convince everyone. The defense just needs to convince one.
Don’t easily give up your right to seek a redress for your injuries. Those of you opposed to government involvement in the health care system, those who cry socialism, are you prepared tohave the same government set caps on lawsuit damages? It’s a bad idea.
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This is yarrow. It used to be called names like soldier herb or knight’s wort because yarrow can stop bleeding. Yarrow is one of our most useful herbal remedies. It is particularly good for women and the problems they may have related to menopause and menses. It is worth reading up on.
This is a nice shot to show you how you can identify yarrow. Notice the leaves look fernlike. Each leaf is almost feathery. It’s latin name is something like millefoil. The prefix mille means something like thousands, same prefix as millipede, because millipedes got 1,000 legs. Well yarrow has 1,000 leaves, each leaf is like 1,000 sub-leaves.
Here is a pic of it blooming.
Don’t confuse it with wild carrot. The leaves and flowers are different. A yarrow poultice is used to stop bleeding. Yarrow tea is used for colds, fevers and internal bleeding. It’s also known as an anti-inflammatory. So get your own field guides and look up yarrow. Yarrow is a must for your herbal remedy toolbox.