Personal injury lawsuits are the fastest
growing area of litigation right now. Hundreds of personal injury
lawsuits are filed each day. Personal
injury lawsuits can range from the frivolous to the standard slip
and fall accident to some rather large class action suits.
A few of the main areas for personal injury
lawsuits involve fast food, mesothelioma,
car accidents, medications, products
liability, harassment, medical
malpractice and tobacco.
There have been a recent flurry of asbestos-related personal
injury lawsuits. A serious form of cancer called mesothelioma
is contracted by inhaling asbestos fibers. Many who have worked
in the construction industry in the 1970's and after are now developing
Since Merck & Company voluntarily recalled Vioxx
in September 2004, there have been many class
action lawsuits in the makings since that time. Vioxx has
been linked to both increased risk of heart attack and stroke,
so personal injury attorneys are busily
analyzing claims and medical records for the forthcoming lawsuits.
The tobacco industry over the past 5 years has also seen its
share of personal injury lawsuits as well. Names like R. J. Reynolds,
Phillip Morris and Lorillard Tobacco Company have been involved
with litigation by various states and individuals as well. Activist
Michael Moore in his "The Awful Truth" television series
even had an episode where the "Voice Box Choir" sang
Christmas carols to tobacco executives.
One cannot turn around and blink an eye without a few personal
injury lawsuits being filed against the major fast food restaurants.
Whether it's a finger in the chili, mucous in a burger or hot
coffee in the lap, there's always a personal injury lawsuit just
waiting to happen.
And taking this one step further, frivolous personal injury lawsuits
are also on the rise. Such lawsuits include:
1. A man sues himself for allegedly violating his own civil rights
and expects the state to pay him $5 million
2. A woman dries her wet poodle off in the microwave then sues
the microwave manufacturer for having a defective product
3. One surfer sued the next one for stealing his wave, but the
jury could not determine the monetary value of a wave
4. A single man sued Anheuser-Busch after he had no luck with
the ladies after drinking one of their alcoholic beverages
5. A quadriplegic in Florida sued a strip club because he couldn't
maneuver his wheelchair into the lap dance room in the back.
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Personal injury lawsuits come in all flavors and varieties. From
serious to not so serious to downright frivolous, people are flocking
to the courtrooms in record numbers in order to get what is due
them. Most of these personal injury lawsuits are legitimate and
need to be settled either in the courts or mediated with attorneys
present. While the frivolous lawsuits may be entertaining, they
clog the court systems, drive up product prices for the rest of
the consumers and take the focus off of those who have serious
business in the courtrooms. Personal injury lawsuits need to be
filed for legitimate claims only and those dealing in frivolous
lawsuits need to be dealt with accordingly.