John Edwards Now 'Ambulance Chasing' as Personal Injury Lawyer

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Wednesday, 28 May 2014 08:24 AM

By Elliot Jager

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Former North Carolina Democratic senator John Edwards is back to the practice of "ambulance chasing," practicing personal injury law, according to The Washington Examiner

Edwards served in the senate until 2005. He was John Kerry's vice presidential running mate in 2004, and sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. That campaign crashed when the tabloids discovered he had fathered a child with a mistress.

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He and his wife Elizabeth were separated; she died in 2010 of cancer before she could finalize divorce proceedings. In 2012, Edwards was acquitted in a campaign finance case involving monies funneled to the mistress for the care of their child by donors. At no point was he disbarred from the practice of law.

Edwards has established a new law firm with David Kirby with offices in Raleigh and Washington. His eldest daughter, Cate Edwards is part of the practice, the Raleigh News & Observer  reported.

The senator had been a highly successful trial lawyer before becoming a politician. His prowess purportedly drove some physicians from practicing in North Carolina, according to the Examiner.

"Whether your loss occurred on an operating table, a factory floor, at the workplace or on the highway, our wrongful death lawyers will explore every avenue of recovery," the Edwards Kirby  website asserts.

"We have a history of securing record-setting verdicts and settlements in cases involving personal injury, including: Trucking and Auto Accidents; Wrongful Death and Catastrophic Injury; Drowning Accidents; Burn Injuries; Construction and Premise Liability; [as well as] Defective or Unsafe Products."

The website implies clients seeking mega awards would want to have the firm in their corner, according to the Examiner.

"Whether your case involves birth injuries caused in the delivery room, botched surgery or a missed diagnosis, the medical malpractice lawyers at Edwards Kirby can advise and represent you."

The site also lists typical cases and how much money— in the millions of dollars— the firm has won for its clients.

Edwards recently handled a case against an emergency room doctor who treated a 4-year-old Virginia boy in December 2009. As an attorney for the plaintiffs he helped win $13 million from the hospital in connection with the child's brain and other injuries. The jury was at an impasse in deciding the responsibility of the doctor. Trial lawyers sometimes take up to 50 percent in such settlements, the Examiner reported.

"I really loved being back in the courtroom," Edwards told the News-Observer. "It really felt like a gift for me."

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