Over the past 250 years, countless men and women have given up their possessions, their health, and their lives for the freedoms and rights we enjoy today. As a Veteran Army Paratrooper, I know when any person signs on with the military, that person pledges to defend this country with their lives. All over the world, there are wars and conflicts over the same civil rights we already possess here in the United States.
One of the greatest rights that we have is the right to petition a court of justice when we have a grievance. When we have been harmed by the wrongful conduct of others, we have the right to pursue justice against the responsible parties. The right to trial by jury is one of the most important rights we have as United States citizens.
Without the right to civil justice, injury victims would not be guaranteed a fair hearing on their claims or compensated for their losses. Experience has borne out that we can’t rely on the “good will” of wrongdoers to compensate injury victims.
Habitual wrongdoers such as intoxicated and careless drivers and profit-centered corporations care little for others’ safety. Thankfully we live in a country where your legal rights can be protected and the injured and their families can pursue fair compensation from those who caused their injuries.
As you celebrate Memorial Day, please remember those who gave of themselves for the freedoms we enjoy today.