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Could Trump Make Things Easier for Personal Injury Lawyers?

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Trump was inaugurated into the American Presidency on January 20, 2017. While there are many different opinions on this occurrence, and endless avenues of influence that Trump will enter into in the coming months, certain professions and industries are sure to receive interesting influence from the new President. One of these unexpected professions is that of the Personal Injury Lawyer. While there may seem like no immediate connection between Donald John Trump and the PI profession, you may change your mind when you think about the new President’s history with lawsuits.

Though he may never have hired I Accident lawyers in Anaheim, Trump seems to have created a lawsuit everywhere else you look.

  • In 1988, Trump sued Merv Griffin (creator of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune) for $250 million.

  • In 1992, Trump sued his ex-wife Ivana, after she spoke publicly about details of their private life - and Trump’s finances - after signing a NDA. This suit was for $25 million.

  • Trump sued the publicist of the wife he had at the time, Marla Maples, for $35 million. Extortion, fraud, harassment, and theft were alleged.

The list goes on and on, including many dozens of lawsuits the new American President has initiated over the years. Many of these were settled out of court, dismissed, or otherwise stopped before they started. But in some cases, Donald Trump actually won and collected damages. So what does this have to do with personal injury lawyers? Well, it all has to do about public sentiment, and no one affects public sentiment more than Donald Trump.

Donald Trump’s supporters are a diverse bunch. Often characterized as representing a specific ethnic and economic group, there is more diversity in this group than might be popularly appreciated. But some stereotypes do emerge when examining this demographic. One popular sentiment identified among Trump supporters is a disdain for lawyers and lawsuits. This sentiment is mirrored in the views of many unaffiliated persons in the United States. It is sometimes difficult for PI lawyers, and the people they represent, to get justice, simply because juries are not sympathetic.

It may work in these people’s favor to have a President who is as litigious as Donald Trump. Even though a Trump supporter may be less likely than the average person to support common lawsuits like personal injury claims, it is possible that Trump may be normalizing lawsuits to such an extent that public sentiment could be changing.

For years, Liberals and Conservatives have been associated with different attitudes regarding poor and working people. Though these associations definitely do not apply to every person in these camps, American republicans are not generally thought of as being overly supportive of the kinds of people who make personal injury claims, whatever the individual truth of the matter may be. But Trump is changing what it means to be a conservative. As time goes on, it will be interesting to see if his influence correlates with growing sympathy for people who sue other people for injury claims. Only time will tell.