Hawaii. Photo by Ted Trimmer.
As a legal assistant years ago, I remember how exciting it was to prepare for trial. Despite the stress, it was so exhilarating when we won. On the other hand, it was so depressing when we lost.
I remember one client who was injured when his stool collapsed at a pizza restaurant. On the eve of trial, my boss told me to draw a picture of a stool, since the broken stool had been discarded by the restaurant. I drew a stool, but my boss told me to make it look more flimsy. I did my best, and my boss took the drawing to court the next day. It was never presented to the jury. I guess the drawing was not necessary, because the jury awarded our client $50,000.
Another client sued her ex-lover for mental distress and money he owed her. The jury awarded her $1.1 million. My boss was thrilled. The problem was collecting the money, since the defendant was judgment-proof. All of his assets were in his sister’s name. Very clever of him.
Then, there was the client who slipped and fell on an oily surface at a gas station. To settle the case, he was offered $25,000, but he rejected the offer, because he wanted more money. We went to trial, and the jury ruled against him. He got nothing. He was so pissed off, he left Hawaii for good.
Personally, I have never been sued, nor have I sued anyone. Litigation is mentally, emotionally, and physically exhausting. It is not for the faint of heart.