Overreaction Has Arrived; Common Sense, Out the Door

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal entitled Boozy Babies and Other Overhyped Panics, highlights how in today’s highly litigious culture, simple accidents are often the basis for filing a lawsuit. From crazy recalls to the elimination of balls from a school playground, we see and read about it every day;  the fear of litigation often forces people to make decisions that defy common sense.

“This collective decision not to distinguish between rare screw-ups and systemic dangers is turning us into neurotic Nellies who worry about, warn against and, finally, outlaw very safe things.” states the articles author Lenore Skenazy.

We are constantly bombarded by 1-800-LAWYER commercials howling, ”you deserve compensation!”  Many will remember now disgraced attorney Jim “The Hammer” Schapiro’s tagline, “I’ll squeeze them for every dime I can!” [See Video] And while many who are injured do deserve compensation, filing a lawsuit should not be the solution for every accident or mistake. Frivolous lawsuits cost every taxpayer in New York, drive up the cost of goods and services, and hamper economic growth. Worse yet, it turns our justice system into a lottery and perpetuates a culture of “sue first, ask questions later.”

It’s time for common sense to make a comeback. Reforming our civil justice system and reducing frivolous lawsuits could save millions and put money back into the pockets of every New Yorker.

1 reply
  1. Alison Stonbely
    Alison Stonbely says:

    I totally agree with this article, because it makes perfect sense! Litigation is important when people are injured because of negligence; but unfortunately is used all too often by lazy or irresponsible people as a way to make a quick buck!

    That hurts us all,from the childcare worker who is paranoid of being sued for caring for young children as best they can, to the rest of us that are footing the bill for this craziness!

    As a European who has lived in this country for more than 26 years, the ammount of litigation that occurs in the USA still blows my mind!

    Sometimes an accident is just an accident!


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