Governor Greitens Calls Out Trial Lawyers, But Loses Sight of Victims
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
In his first State of the State address, Governor Eric Greitens made it
clear he had a bone to pick with the Missouri judicial system. According
to Greitens, it’s Missouri trial lawyers who file frivolous, “murky”
lawsuits that have broken the system. While his attack on trial lawyers
may make good sound bites for his supporters, it’s largely misguided,
potentially influenced by ulterior motives, and, should his efforts result
in sweeping tort reform, harmful to victims.
Governor Greitens, a Republican, may have been motivated to address judicial
system issues in his address by the ongoing debate over civil justice
reform in Missouri, including long-waging battles over damages caps and
other changes to state laws that favor businesses and shield them from
lawsuits that may require them to pay victims and families what they truly
deserve. This is true of medical malpractice caps and laws passed in 2005
that took away juries’ power to award what they believe is just
compensation – laws that were eventually overturned by the Missouri
Supreme Court because they violated the state’s 7th Amendment right to a trial by jury.
As victims and our firm know full well, the battle is not about money or
lawyers– though it seems to be a favored argument. It’s about
the real people and families who would be affected by tort reform and
caps that prevent them from recovering the compensation they need and
from having recourse when they’re overpowered by Big Business. It’s
about ensuring doctors and companies with legal obligations don’t
shirk their duties to keep the public safe.
When Governor Greitens threatens trial lawyers and looks to diminish 7th Amendment protections in favor of businesses, he loses sight of the many
individuals and the numerous families he could harm. These victims and
their stories are real – you can read a few of them
here – and the work of “nasty lawyers,” as Greitens referred
to them in his address, is critical to ensuring justice, and to protecting
the well-being of these real people.
Why the Civil Justice System is Important
At Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC, our lawyers have dedicated their personal
and professional lives to fighting on behalf of the injured and the wronged,
and to providing the bold and unwavering voice individuals and families
need when they go up against Big Business after being harmed by negligence
and money-motivated shortcuts. Our civil justice system exists as the
forum for the little man to bring their complaints against those who have
caused them harm, which can include insurance companies and corporations
that fuel loss-mitigating legal arsenals with tremendous resources.
Although the civil justice system was intended to and should be blind,
it is all too often tainted by the flood of money and the special interests
of those who lobby against measures that ensure fairness for victims.
As we’ve seen over the many years we’ve been representing
victims and families throughout St. Louis, the state of Missouri, and
the nation, these companies leverage their assets and resources to bat
away valid claims made by those whom their negligence, violations, and
wrongful acts have harmed.
In many civil cases, particularly those involving personal injury and medical
malpractice, insurance companies and corporations do all they can to avoid
paying out claims, or to paying as little as possible. Their motives are
simply centered on protecting their pockets, not preserving the well-being
Because of this, victims rely on experienced lawyers to help them level
the playing field – which is precisely what we do for our clients
at Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC. It’s an age-old battle, and one
we intend to wage so long as Big Business places profits over people.
Our motives are not malicious nor are they shakedowns as Big Business
and their constituents like to falsely claim. Our work is a necessity
to ensure that there are checks and balances, to ensure that victims have
the help needed to protect their rights when they’re outmatched,
and to ensure that lax regulations and unfair laws don’t continue
to harm the public or continue to victimize the wronged when they depend
on full and fair compensation.