Civil Justice Profiles

Real People Tell Their Stories


In Civil Justice Profiles: Real People Tell Their Stories, the words of victims of negligence and wrongdoing and their families demonstrate how crucial it is to have a strong civil justice system. 

For these people, the courts are the only way to hold wrongdoers accountable for the harm they cause. 

Murry Fiderer, who lost his foot due to a doctor's malpractice, explains that the civil justice system allowed him to "live like a human being, with dignity". 

The story of George Adolfini, a decorated New York City transit police officer who died from an illness caused by his exposure to asbestos, illustrates how changes to the civil justice system would deny justice to injured workers and their families. 

Other profiles show how antiquated laws in New York deny justice to victims of medical malpractice. 

While pregnant with her second child, Kathleen Helgans learned she had terminal cancer. But although doctors who examined her eight years earlier had negligently misdiagnosed Kathleen's disease, turning a once curable illness into a silent killer, she was unable to hold them legally responsible. 

When taking a closer look at how the civil justice system impacts lives of real people, the cruelty behind the attempts of large corporations, the insurance industry and other wrongdoers to limit their liability is exposed.


Please take a moment to learn more about how the civil justice system protects injured victims and keeps us safe by holding wrongdoers accountable.