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Why do so many people loathe and despise personal injury attorneys?

June 23rd, 2012 by Vader

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June 23rd, 2012 09:38:33
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Bookslinger
June 23, 2012

There’s likely more to the story. I can see a need for both the Little League and the venue having insurance to cover this kind of accident, though the article reads like they don’t. I would suppose the League and the venue are either named in the same suit, or are subject to separate suits.

Among the questions to be answered, before one dismisses the suit are likely: Did a spectator have a reasonable expectation of not being injured at the location where she was ? Or does a spectator assume a degree of liability for being where she was? Balls in play in a baseball game sometimes go into the stands, and that is, or should be, a reasonable expectation of spectators. Does the same apply to a wild throw from the bullpen?

This suit doesn’t surprise me a bit. One someone is (or claims to be) seriously injured, the lawyers go after everyone with any degree of responsibility and let the court sort out who is responsible to whatever degree.

My mind played out similar scenarious when the youth (both boys and girls) of our ward had an outing to the local trap and skeet club. If one of the kids injured somebody, who would get sued? Answer: everyone; the YM/YW leaders who were there, the scout leader who was there, the person who was brought in to teach them safety, the bishop who was there. And since it was done under the auspices of the church’s/ward’s youth program, the church would have been sued too.


MC
June 23, 2012

The kid’s lawyers will definitely plead assumption of risk as an affirmative defense.

I hope the judge awards fees to the kid when this case gets tossed out.


me
June 25, 2012

This sort of thing is why the rest of the world perceives the US as an uncommonly litigious society. One of the things the stereotypical American says is “I’ll sue you.”

It wasn’t always like this. How did we get here?


Perry Mason
June 25, 2012

Television glorification of lawyers?

I doubt this was ever a phenomenon in most other countries, since few use an adversarial system where courtroom drama would be so photogenic.

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