Where I work in Madison County, Illinois, there's been more than a year of constant, negative press coverage and advertising about greedy plaintiffs' lawyers who file frivolous lawsuits, drive the doctors out of town, and supply Democratic judges with "wads of cash." That's the political environment we live in, and it doesn't bother me too much personally. But it's probably taking a toll on potential jurors who must decide the fate of their neighbors who are injured. Many of these potential jurors have been brainwashed into thinking that all claims are phonied-up and that all plaintiffs are liars.
Even if tort reformers don't get their candidates elected in the coming elections, there will be a great deal of work to do in restoring the public's trust in the system. If, on the other hand, the tort-reform-minded candidates do get elected--as has happened in many jurisdictions around the country since big business learned it could influence election outcomes with "wads of cash"--the result will be an immediate erosion of personal rights and liberties. It will be a large step toward the past, when, for example, large companies did nothing about unsafe work conditions--even when employees were certainly dying from occupational diseases--because the companies thought they could get away with it. In those days, if you came from certain walks of life, your life if valued in a court of law might be worth close to nothing.
It's only one of the reasons I think this election is important. For the sake of my clients, I'm hoping that the Democratic candidates are elected in the tight races for president, Missouri governor, and Illinois Supreme Court. If these candidates lose, it will surely affect my practice, but I'll still have my law license and lots of ways to earn a living. Those who are really going to lose are injured people and their families.
Wait until it happens to you, and you'll see what I mean. Although I hope you never have to find out.