Do we live in a highly litigious society?

Conducting an Internet search on filing a claim for an injury will often bring up dozens of attorneys’ websites. You may also be bombarded with numerous articles, blogs and discussions about how frivolous lawsuits are ruining America and making it impossible to enjoy life without having to worry about getting sued. However, are so many of the claims for personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice and other topics as frivolous as people claim? The answer might surprise you and other Ohio residents.

One example that often comes to mind when people think about frivolous lawsuits is the one in which an elderly woman sued McDonald’s over scalding hot coffee, according to The Guardian. The incident happened decades ago, yet remains as infamous as ever. However, you might not realize that the woman’s case was anything but frivolous – the woman suffered third-degree burns and required extensive medical treatment. She initially asked for a minimal amount, but was awarded much more by a jury after McDonald’s fought back.

Despite accusations that Americans are lawsuit-happy, only about 10 percent of those who suffered an injury file a compensation claim, and 2 percent take the issue to court. Regardless of the statistics, it is important that you realize you have the right to pursue compensation if another party’s negligence led to serious injuries. For example, a property owner would likely be held liable for failing to address a known risk, such as a broken staircase, that led to your injury. The information in this blog is meant to educate you on your personal injury rights, but should not be taken as legal advice.

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