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March 6th, 2015 :
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Lack of Accountability In the last two days, I have heard two things which caused me to pause and think. The first was “to err is human.” The second was “he didn’t mean to do it; so, it is ok.” Let’s take these one at a time. The first is a quote from a Alexander Pope’s poem An Essay on Criticism. The poem goes on to have these two other well-known quotes “a little learning is a dangerous thing” and “fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” The poem, though it speaks on many important topics, advises its readers to learn as much as possible and make careful choices. The second quote, “he didn’t mean to do it; so, it is ok” was from a mother advising her daughter that her older brother did not mean to knock her down and scrap her knee and that because he didn’t mean to do it he should not be punished for the act. The daughter was not happy with her mom’s comments. The son on the other hand was very happy to hear that though he was running and rough-housing where he shouldn’t have been, he was not going to be punished. These two quotes or statements very close to them are very common in our everyday lives. Consider these terms and phrases “it was an accident,” “he didn’t mean it,” “it wasn’t on purpose,” and “everyone makes mistakes.” While each one of these statements may be true or appropriate in the right set of circumstances, they are not always true. We as a society have created rules to protect us from others. When these rules are broken, people often get hurt. For example, consider speeding through a neighborhood. If someone speeds through a neighborhood, children could get hurt. Or, for another example consider, a doctor who does not follow safety protocols/rules/guidelines could hurt a patient. Breaking these guidelines, could cause serious harm or death. Above, the poem said “a little learning is a dangerous thing.” Doctors who choose not to read or follow safety protocols and guidelines, hurt and kill patients. As a result, medical malpractice is the third leading cause of deaths in America (it is estimated that over 440,000 patients die every year because of medical malpractice). Additionally, above the poem says “fools rush in…” and make poor choices. These poor choices, result in the person speeding, not yielding the right of way, or running a stop sign all of which cause motor vehicle collisions. Each year, thousands of people are killed in motor vehicle collisions (recent report stated over 33,000 people were killed, and over 77,000 people were involved in fatal collisions). Some events are true accidents, other things people call accidents are not accidents. Rather, they are the result of choices made (the doctor made the choice to not read the warnings, guidelines, or protocols prior to administering the drug or the driver chose to drive too fast and not stop at the stop sign). We, as a society, have rules to protect us from harms. If you violate these rules, you must be held accountable. Insurance companies often try to argue that their insured made a simple mistake or that the event was simply an accident. We, at Chad Jones Law, strive to hold those who made choices that hurt people accountable for the harms their choices caused. If you or a loved one were hurt by someone’s bad choices, you need a trial lawyer that is willing to stand up to the insurance companies and tell them this was no accident rather it was the result of a bad choice. Additionally, if you find yourself in need of other legal services from a good criminal defense attorney or trial lawyer, contact the Chad Jones Law to find out what we can do to help you at 800-645-6637 or email us to discuss your case. Written by: Kevin Kornegay

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