Hot Coffee Follow up

Hot Coffee Follow up

In a recent post, our law office recommended that everyone watch the HBO documentary “Hot Coffee,” in order to gain important insight into the infamous McDonald’s coffee spill case. That blog can be see on our website at

This post is also encouraging you to become educated, and I will outline a few ways in which you can make a difference in order to preserve justice in our legal system.

The easiest thing to do is pass the word along to friends and family to watch the documentary. Discuss it, ask each other questions, and really immerse yourself in the understanding that there is a way for you to make an impact.

The main issue at hand is in the form of “caps” or “tort reform.” These two things limit the amount of damages that you can recover in the case of an accident. It is unfair, unjust, and un-American for you to not have the ability to recover damages that will cover your medical expenses and lost wages. By contacting your elected representatives, you can encourage them to oppose laws that inflict these caps or reforms on personal injury lawsuits.

There is no reason that you should not be able to ensure that you are compensated for your injuries to the full extent. You need to be comfortable and confident with your legal pursuit of recovery in the event of an accident, not scared and concerned that you may have to empty your bank account to pay for medical bills for an accident you are not responsible for.

The best way that we can ensure that these caps and reforms do not vitally impact us into the future is truly by education. Spread the word, comment on blogs, write a letter to a newspaper, or just bringing this issue up in intelligent conversation helps to inform people of the currently volatile state of our civil justice system.

We encourage you to be informed, and we encourage you to STAY informed. Checking out these important organizations can keep you educated on our quest to defend our civil justice system: The Center for Justice and Democracy is the only national consumer organization in the country exclusively dedicated to protecting our civil justice system. It contains numerous fact sheets on caps, mandatory arbitration, and other civil justice issues.

The Alliance for Justice is a national association of more than 100 organizations dedicated to advancing justice and democracy. The Consumer Watchdog is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing an effective voice for taxpayers and consumers in an era when special interests dominate public discourse, government and politics.

These are just a few of the various organizations that exist in order to preserve the interest of our citizens. By being proactive and staying up to date and educated on these vital matters, we may be able to make some headway in raising issues that need to be discussed.

Caps on damages only hurt injured parties, as they are often times left with thousands of dollars in debt because their damages award was capped by law.  Then, we, as taxpayers have to pay for their medical bills through State or Federal assistance programs.  Doesnt it make more sense for the negligent corporation or person who caused the injury to pay for those damages?

If you get hurt, can’t work, and need to do physical therapy every day, how are you going to pay for it? We need to do whatever we can to make sure that you are not put in that situation. With that, we can not allow certain limits or caps in monetary damages that may not even be close to covering your costs in the event of an injury caused by a third party.

If you have any questions or comments please call our office at 561-266-9191 or email us at


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