For the Public
Members of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) work every day to increase public safety and protect the right to trial by jury. As trial attorneys, CTLA members make sure any person who is injured by the misconduct and negligence of others can get justice in the courtroom, even when taking on the most powerful interests. When corporations and others act irresponsibly by delaying or refusing to pay fair and just claims, producing unsafe products, polluting the environment or cheating employees and shareholders — the last resort for Coloradans to hold them accountable is our courts.
7th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
The Founding Fathers guaranteed the right to trial by jury in the 7th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. This helps keep government both small and manageable. The dispute process between two parties are more efficiently handled in a local court rather than through an overbearing and expensive regulatory state.
The tort system allows the average person to influence powerful businesses and institutions to change dangerous practices. It allows victims of unsafe products to seek justice and ensure negligent manufacturers are held accountable.
The current challenges facing Colorado families are only compounded when their insurance companies play hardball in their greatest time of need. The U.S. insurance industry has trillions of dollars in assets, enjoys average profits of over $30 billion a year,* and pays its CEOs more than any other industry. Insurance companies are making record profits while raising premiums, denying claims and refusing insurance.
Nationally more individuals die as a result of preventable medical errors (98,000)** than auto accidents (32,885)***. In Colorado, medical negligence lawsuits are less than a half of one percent of all lawsuits filed in 2011.**** As many as 650-1,500 people die because of medical errors and 2,500 to 5,800 people are injured in Colorado each year due to no fault of their own.
Case of the Year Award (Award Criteria)
The Case of the Year Award acknowledges the positive impact that a single case can have on correcting injustices, advancing fairness under the law, changing attitudes or providing economic incentives to protect public safety. In 2018, CTLA presented this prestigious award to Paul Maxon of The Law Office of Paul Maxon P.C., Sarah Parady of Lowrey Parady, LLC, and Amy Trenary from Appeal to Justice LLC for their work on Hayes v. SkyWest Airlines. This case involved disability discrimination. John Hayes not only won but sent a powerful deterrent signal to other would-be violators of a disabled persons’ civil rights. Learn more by watching the video below.
“Industry Financials and Outlook,” Insurance Information Institute. **To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System, Institute of Medicine, 1999. ***“Traffic Safety Fact,” National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2012. ****Colorado Judicial Branch. *****Incidence and Types of Adverse Events and Negligent Care in Utah and Colorado, Med Care, Spring 2000.