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Want to Know if There's Anyone You Can Sue? Find Out!

Want to Know if There's Anyone You Can Sue? Find Out!

Slipped on a pile of goo and wondering if you have a case? If you have the Internet, starting next month you can log on to WhoCanISue and see for yourself. Started by a Florida lawyer, the website will help prospective litigants figure out whether they have a case as well as find a lawyer in one fell click. (Legal disclaimer: the lawyers will pay an annual fee of $1,000 to appear on the site.)

Though there are similar services out there, this one is the first that offers real-time access to attorneys. After a brief questionnaire, those with promising grievance will instantly be put in touch with an interested attorney. Easier access to the legal system seems like an improvement, but there might be a downside. To see what it is,


One Miami attorney said services like this can create a court backlog:

As if there aren't enough lawyers out there inventing lawsuits, now we're going to invite the public to do so. It encourages, if not creates lawsuits. Our country's courts are clogged with unnecessary and frivolous lawsuits which delay, if not obstruct, the access to courts of people that really need to get there, that have serious legal grievances.

The website's creator disagrees. "With our system they can either find a lawyer or find out by talking to our lawyers that they don't really have an interest in that case. I don't think is going to, by itself, increase the number of lawsuits there are, but it may make people more aware of what their rights are."

How do you judge this kind of service? Is easier access good, or does it just encourage sue-happy crackpots?

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rabidmoon rabidmoon 9 years
Yep, comment number 9 was pure win. I could have sued a city 6 years ago for a torn-up ankle when they failed to keep some paved stones that were breaking from their foundations and exceeding some silly limit on how much stones exceed the height of the stone next to them. Or.. Something. Tore it up pretty bad, it was swollen up like a softball and as black as Trent Reznor's jean collection. Edinburgh is a rich city, after all...and I knew there was council legislation in place regarding pedestrian safety and walking surfaces just for this reason. So did I? No..because I just think people that DO sue over this kind of stuff, and therefore feed this screwy little industry are lame dorks, to be blunt, and in the end, ruin everything from insurance prices to unnecessary and stupid "nanny state" legislation. Ever since that idiot woman spilled coffee on herself and sued McDonalds because it was hot, we have been on the slow, downward spiral to idiotdom. (not that I am any fan of McDonalds either, to be blunt)
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
I totally agree stiletta...:oy:
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I was involved as a witness to a case where a customer was trying to sue the company i worked for (she claimed she was sitting in a papasan chair when it tipped over causing her harm and chronic back pain, the woman was 300 pounds+ and anyone who has been in a papasan chair knows they just dont tip over!) anyway it was thrown out but I know there are many people out there trying to take advantage of companies by frivolous lawsuits.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
I'm going to laugh and laugh and laugh when this company gets sued.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
YY - I second your comments!
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
At first I thought this was a joke....sadly, not. WTF is going on with our country??
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
just what we need - more people having access to file insane lawsuits. honestly, i think that people get a bit heated over things, and just sue for the sake of suing, and to have this kind of resource - that's just not going to help anything get better. oh well.
stiletta stiletta 9 years
It makes me so mad when people use our judicial system as an ATM.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
One day I came home and there was a message from the Judge Judy producers asking if I wanted to be on their show! (I was involved in a small claims case). It was really weird...I thought it was a joke, but it was really them. This site is kind of like that, trolling for lawsuits. If you didn't know you were wronged to being with, you probably don't need to waste everyone's time!
meumitsuki meumitsuki 9 years
People who use the site should just be sent to Judge Judy, that way the tax payers don't have to pay all of the courtroom costs and there is no appeal.
foxie foxie 9 years
That's pathetic. As if people don't ALREADY sit around waiting to cash in on personal tragedy.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
Great, now I have that song stuck in my head, "Only in Americaaa..."
stephley stephley 9 years
A 'Florida' 'lawyer' - all you need to know about the site.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
this is insanity. how about a website called "who can i help?" we are so self-obsessed in this country, it's really obscene.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 9 years
I think this will create yet more frivolous lawsuits. Too many people have the attitude that they're owed something over nothing, and the legitimate lawsuits get pushed back because of the backlog of nonsense.
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