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    22 Years Later, The Plaintiff Is Still On The Defense

     
    The McDonald's hot coffee case of 1992, where the restaurant chain settled out of court for hundreds of thousands of dollars, still reverberates today. Partly because of the general sense that lawyers have crippled our courts with frivolous lawsuits, but mostly because the media is loathe to dig deep into cases for fear of lawsuits, and limited manpower.

    A poll one year after the settlement found that only one of of ten people know that the woman who was burned, Stella Liebeck of Albuquerque, New Mexico, suffered third degree burns from the coffee, and less than 1% knew that McDonalds had been warned repeatedly to lower the temperature of their coffee to the industry standard. Maybe it's the passing of time, but the recent call in Congress for draconian changes in the amount a jury can award for damages worries many in Washington, and across the country.

    New Orleans personal injury attorney Harold Ehrenberg is not only an attorney, but a chiropractor as well. His unique and valuable skill set helps his clients, not only in court, but in the early hours and days after they've been injured. And he's worried as well about the shift in perception toward large corporations and away from settlements.
    Ehrenberg told us,
    "For my clients, money is justice. And it also sends a message to companies as well. Be responsible or face the consequences."

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