“Woe unto you, lawyers,” Jesus Christ himself once said.
Fast forward 20 centuries and Christ could have had the personal-injury, ambulance-chasing kind of lawyer in mind.
You’ve seen these law-benders’ brand of advertising: targeting doctors doing their best to alleviate patients’ pain through joint replacements or soliciting victims of diseases you’ve never heard of.
It matters not whether the physicians give it their God’s-honest best shot after conferring the risks with their patients. They still tote a bulls-eye in Kentucky’s target-rich, litigious environment – compliments of the ambulance chasers.
Plaintiffs are reassured they won’t pay if they lose. Of course if they win, they usually fork over up to a third of their awards to these legal leeches.
So it’s no surprise that “the lawyers” and their enablers during the current Kentucky General Assembly session are the ones railing against common-sense proposals to bring some sanity to reckless lawsuits designed to take out the caretakers of the elderly.
But some reasonable legislators, including Sen. Julie Denton, R-Louisville, don’t like the fact that Kentucky’s nursing homes are sued more often than those in any other state, according to Aon, a top risk-assessment firm.