How large award/high profile personal injury cases benefit big insurance companies, while making it more difficult for average citizens to obtain medical help or compensation. Dr. Joyce Starr & personal injury attorney Jeff Jacobs on the Rights Radio Self Help Hour.
Show Date: August 20, 2009.
Jeff Jacobs, a Plaintiff’s attorney, has practiced in Florida and been a member of the Florida Bar since 1985. He’s also a member of the Federal Bar, the Court of Veterans Appeals, the Trial Lawyers of America and the Dade County Trial Lawyers. Jeff has won numerous high profile cases. If you’re determined to fight for your rights in a personal injury case – and you’re based in Florida – you can reach Jeff at the The Law Offices of Jeffrey A. Jacobs, P.A. Tel (305) 443-3160.
Jeff contends that “Insurance companies and large corporations stand to benefit from big award cases. In the famous McDonald’s coffee case, the plaintiff wanted to settle for a minimal amount. But the insurance company refused to settle and took it to court.
“The court subsequently awarded a great deal of money to the plaintiff, and now McDonald’s is using the decision to argue for tort reform to limit law suits! The majority of cases are too small and will not pay for the attorney’s time, which means that the big players can act with impunity. In the worker’s compensation system, legislatures limit what an attorney can recover such that attorneys can no longer afford to represent individuals. Legislation passed in 2003 leaves the injured worker to the mercy of the insurance companies.”