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It is a rare occasion where the injury victim’s side of the story actually gets told in a meaningful and accurate way. In their zeal to promote the agenda of insurance companies and big corporations, the self-proclaimed "tort-reformers" often twist reality in order to serve their own misguided goals.

The danger in closing the courthouse doors to prevent "frivolous" claims is that doing so also reduces the chances that meritorious claims of the individual consumer can more easily fall by the wayside. Our forefathers correctly deemed that it was critical for citizens to have access to the courts and to be judged by their peers, not by an arbitrary elitist group.

A new documentary airing on HBO called “Hot Coffee” explores four civil cases, including the infamous McDonald’s hot coffee spill injury case. The documentary exposes misconceptions about personal injury law and discloses the massive amount of money spent by companies to brainwash people that lawyers are “bad” and caps on damages are essential to “control” health care costs and reduce unnecessary litigation. The documentary shows the devastating impact that these laws have had on real, salt-of-the-earth people.

To see the official trailer about this documentary, you can click the link below and watch a short clip now. The documentary was first released on June 27 and is being re-aired on HBO. Check your local listings for times.

· “Hot Coffee” Preview

· Here is a clip of filmmaker, Susan Saladoff, who talks about our flawed civil justice system and the millions of dollars spent by corporations to turn people against plaintiff’s attorneys.

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