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Old 12-21-2008, 10:07 PM   #1
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Good samaritans to be punished? Something isn't right here...

Yeah, I'm referring to a ruling as of late that may lead to a new law.

A man wanting to help a crash victim out of her car accidentally injured her and made her a paraplegic. She has sued him. Case was ruled in her favor I heard.

Which, needless to say, is WHY they tell you to leave rescue to the professionals. I suppose if the woman was not in any mortal danger that, yes, the man should have just stayed there with her and not forced the issue. Still, he was only trying to help.

I know there are punishments out there for failing to assist in an emergency but do we need a law telling us we can't help out someone in danger? This is a bit of a dilemma. Contradicting laws. I'd hate for there to be two contrary laws and for it to be decided by an arbitrary (and usually very grim) district attorney.
Damned because you helped.
Damned because you didn't.

I can just picture a DA saying to someone
"I can decide that you'll get sued either way--because I said so. I'm the DA and you have nothing to say in the matter."

I'll admit, I have it in for DAs a little bit. Nothing personal though.

What do you think about this unfortunate turn of events and its implications???


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