The cry has been going out from tort reformers far and wide that civil lawsuits are clogging up the system, that loads of juries are giving away money like wall street bonuses, that the system is out of control. The U S Chamber for Legal Reform is emailing around a slanted survey to back their argument. One of the questions has four answers that all say the system is bad. It will be shocking to see their release in a week that a majority of people agree with their drivel.
But the numbers don’t back them up.
In 2008 there were 1,939,512 total court filing
40,580 of those were civil filings.
4,225 were Personal Injury claims
208 were Wrongful Death
129 were Medical Malpractice
Those don’t look like problem numbers. Also of interest, there were 14,143 other civil, but no specific category for business lawsuits. It is always interesting to see how often these companies that are at the heart of the tort reform movement are involved in so many suits themselves.
A founding partner with Bradshaw & Bryant, Mike Bryant has always fought to find justice for his clients—knowing that legal troubles, both personal injury and criminal, can be devastating for a family. Voted a Top 40 Personal Injury "Super Lawyer" multiple years, Mr. Bryant has also been voted one of the Top 100 Minnesota "Super Lawyers" four times.