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The Past Year Has Shown Now, More Than Ever, A Strong Civil Justice System Is Needed

While the question and problems encountered have changed somewhat, one thing has not changed – the powerful make decisions that effect those with less power.

Whether it’s petty political retribution as in the New Jersey bridge scandal that has placed the public in danger, or a federal agency that has placed unfair scrutiny on a political party, attorneys in the civil justice system will be the ones called on to protect the rights of those harmed.

In the bridge scandal, the direct thoughtless, and arrogant actions placed thousands at risk by causing a potentially deadly delay for emergency service responders. Not to mention all of the chaos, lost wages and lost sales because the population of a small city was stuck in traffic for hours each day for several days.

While the bridge scandal is a straight forward matter of gross negligence, the questions raised last year by Edward Snowden is far from a simple matter. Whether you feel Snowden was a traitor, patriot or simply naive, the aggressive collection of communications data, by the NSA and the heavy handed approach that they have had with tech and communication companies in the name of defending our safety raises a debate that certainly will have far reaching effects on what abilities the civil justice system will have to defend the rights of citizens when the national security card has been drawn.

In some ways the most disturbing test of our resolve to be governed by a fair and impartial federal government was the IRS scandal.

For the IRS, one of the most powerful agencies in the land, to even appear as if it has been singling out a particular political group should send chills down your spine no matter what political party you are a member of. Things like that are simple not supposed to be happening in America, and once again it will fall on a strong civil justice system to bring the actions of the powerful to the light and answer for their actions.

Often the actions of the powerful that have the most affect on daily lives are at the state level, and Florida is no exception.

The insurance industry is constantly lobbying to make changes to state insurance laws that favor profits over coverage. Particulary personal injury protection. Such a technical and dry topic rarely gets the attention from the media but with thousands of accidents in Florida with injuries and even deaths each year, even small changes to PIP laws can have a life changing impact on someone injured during an accident. Again, attorneys from the civil justice system are staying involved and acting as a counter weight against the interests of the powerful to protect the rights of the public.

As January comes to a close we look back at 2013 at tumultuous year filled with sweeping national policy questions as well as smaller issues that will effect the lives of many. And attorneys and law firms in the civil justice system will be there at every step to represent the public interests.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

The Past Year Has Shown Now, More Than Ever, A Strong Civil Justice System Is Needed

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
Murphy & Walsh

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