Saturday, March 21, 2015

Another Lawyer Accused of Stealing

In response to recent article titled, "$1.8 Million Reported Missing From Estate Left to Town of Oxford"

Another lawyer accused of stealing. Lawyers are trusted with the money of others every minute of everyday. The money can sit under the lawyer's sole control for months or years. There is no shortage of people in any profession, in any job, who are crooks, or who through a series of self told lies and justifications, break the rules. The difference is lawyers have greater unrestricted access to large sums of other people's money. Especially lawyers who practice alone. Being a lawyer is a privilege, most lawyers are honest. Those who breach the trust which comes as part of the privilege should receive stiff and harsh punishment. One simple step which would help the profession police itself is to require all money held in trust to be in accounts where two lawyers have to sign for all withdrawals. It would slow the flow. There would still unfortunately be plenty of business for me helping the victims get there money back. CAN WE HELP? Call us. 860-561-0651.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Tort Reform

Tort reform hurts claimants. Keep in mind when you think of the claims that the court system is not fair to doctors that a major player in pushing for limitations on damages is by the insurance companies.

This is a terrible story from California which brings to mind the tort reform that California enacted years ago. The loss of life’s enjoyment and the pain and suffering experienced in any claim for malpractice was limited in California to $250,000 the last time I checked. We represented a client in a claim for Medical Malpractice in California years ago. I was shocked at how little was offered by the defendants insurance company. Why? They did not have that much to lose because of the damage cap.

Here in Connecticut there is no such cap. There has been a great deal written about how caps and other tort reform does NOT reduce medical malpractice insurance premiums. Let’s hope the insurance companies don’t try similar efforts here.