This is an interesting article in the New York Times about morphine, but it relates to the civil justice system. The point of the article is that the world needs to make more of an effort to make morphine available to third world countries. The article points out that since morphine is very cheep to make there should be barrier to providing morphine to all people in severe pain. Being pain free is a basic human right.
This premise--that being pain free is a basis human right-- is recognized in our laws that allow for fair compensation for pain caused by the carelessness (negligence) of someone. In Connecticut you have a right to sue and receive compensation for pain and suffering. Our law recognizes that you can't enjoy life in pain. You have the right to be pain free, and if someone else's carelessness caused that pain then you have a right to seek fair compensation to balance the scales.
In our system of justine you have the right to have your claim argued in a Court in front of your peers to decide your case. This right is an old as the American colonies. Must of our law in personal injury cases stems from basic human rights that we all recognize are self evident. The right to be pain free, and the right to have your case heard by your peers (the jury).
If you believe your rights have been violated and suffered an injury from someone elses carelessness, and have questions we can help. Contact The Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., 100 Fort Hill Road, Groton, Connecticutc at 860-445-8521 or toll free at 888-717-4211.