Would the world be better or worse without personal injury lawyers? Take a look at what it might be like.
What do you think the world would be like if lawyers didn’t exist?
Better? Worse? About the same? Simpler?
Some special interest groups blame lawyers for harming society.
Take a look at how your life might be different without lawyers:
- How Were Differences Settled Before Lawyers?
In the Old West, they squared off in gun duels. A small thing like a threatening look could be enough reason to kill another person.
In other countries, when there’s dispute about a change in leadership, tanks roll through the streets. In inner city neighborhoods, people shoot each other or fight in the streets.
The processes we used to solve our differences in the past were much different than they are now.
- Say You Get Involved in a Car Accident…
Now remember, lawyers don’t exist in this scenario. You can’t work for 6 weeks. You have $20,000 in medical bills to pay.
You were hit and injured by a drunk driver. So, you call that person up and ask them to help you pay your bills. Even just part of your bills would be nice.
After all, their recklessness caused your injuries.
“No,” they reply sharply.
You can’t call a lawyer, so now what do you do?
- BP Spills Oil All Over the Gulf…and Makes a Clean Getaway
Beginning in the spring of 2010, oil gushed from BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig. This was a big oil spill. In fact, it was the largest in the history of the petroleum industry.
11 people on the oil rig died. The US Government estimated 4.9 million barrels spilled. Marine and wildlife habitats were destroyed. The tourism and fishing industries of coastal states experienced extensive damage.
The US Department of Justice eventually got BP to plead guilty to 11 counts of manslaughter, 2 misdemeanors, and one felony count of lying to Congress. The EPA banned BP from new contracts. BP agreed to 4 years of close monitoring of its safety practices and ethics by the US government. BP paid $4.525 billion in fines. Criminal and civil payments cost the company $42.2 billion.
A New Orleans federal judge ruled BP’s “gross negligence and willful misconduct” caused the disaster.
Without lawyers, none of that happens. Millions of people get affected. Thousands of miles of the oceanic environment are destroyed. Local economies are ruined for years. 11 people die.
In a world without lawyers, BP makes a half-hearted attempt to clean up the mess. They want to keep a good public reputation to keep share prices high, after all.
Once they’ve done the bare minimum, they move on. No big deal. Just another day at the office.
Lawyers Keep the World a Just and Fair Place for Personal Injury Victims
We don’t live in a perfectly fair or just society.
But when someone tries to trample on your rights, a Dallas personal injury law firm will defend you and hold the negligent parties responsible for their actions.
Shane V. Mullen is an attorney licensed by the State of Texas for the general practice of law, and the Managing Partner at Mullen & Mullen Law Firm in Dallas, TX. His firm focuses exclusively on personal injury law and has been in business for 40 years. Before becoming a lawyer, Shane worked for his father as an accident injury claims investigator.