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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ambulance chaser in search of heart attack victims

The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) says Palm Beach, Florida-based personal injury lawyer Craig Goldenfarb has taken to trolling for new clients to an arresting new low - - cardiac arrest. His advertisement, appearing on some taxi cabs, suggests that people who have heart attacks in public places should sue others for liability.

ATRA says neither Goldenfarb's ad nor website offers any information about the personal choices that can lead to heart attacks, such as eating or drinking or smoking too much and not getting enough exercise. "Apparently he'd rather we blame someone else for our problems," and that mindset helps make Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties the collective judicial hellhole they are (see ATRA's Judicial HellholesĀ® 2006 report which cited South Florida among the nation's worst, most unfair jurisdictions in which to be sued).

In a news release, ATRA director of communications Darren McKinney said he found the ad's "opportunistic, ambulance-chasing mentality" to be "truly sickening" and rhetorically asked: "So who can I sue?" He added that "ATRA intends to keep reminding consumers, taxpayers and voters in judicial hellholes that they ultimately bear the costs for the lawsuit abuse that the Craig Goldenfarbs of the world foment."