Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote his famous letter from a Birmingham jail. In that letter he proclaimed: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
As an Oakland personal injury lawyer, I have tried many cases in front of many juries and I have often reminded juries of these important words written by Dr. King in 1963. The words are as true today as they were when originally written. While Dr. King was writing primarily about racial discrimination, he realized that these words that applied to all kinds of injustices. It applies to those stemming from political abuses of power, and corporate greed as well.
In my law practice I fight against corporate greed when I see insurance companies try to take advantage of my clients by denying and delaying payment of legitimate claims for personal injuries suffered in car accidents, and work place injuries, among others. I see corporate greed when insurance companies deny my client’s claims for health insurance benefits after having paid premiums for years only to be told that the claims are for excessive or experimental treatment. I see abuse of political power when the government limits the claims of medical malpractice victims as it bows to the powers of the medical malpractice insurance lobbies and passes laws that severely restrict the rights of those injured by medical negligence.
As we commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. today, let’s remember the courage he had in fighting the great injustices of his time, which continue today. Let those words be an inspiration for lawyers such as myself who fight for justice for our clients. Let these words be a call to all American to never be complacent about any injustice in any form.
Letter from a Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963