lfnetwork.com mark read register faq members calendar

Thread: Good samaritans to be punished? Something isn't right here...
Thread Tools Display Modes
Post a new thread. Add a reply to this thread. Indicate all threads in this forum as read. Subscribe to this forum. RSS feed: this forum RSS feed: all forums
Old 12-21-2008, 09:07 PM   #1
Darth Avlectus
Your point?
 
Darth Avlectus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Attack on Titan
Posts: 4,229
Current Game: Soul Calibur 5
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???


"I cant see S***! --YOU GO TO HELL!" --Tourettes guy
Darth Avlectus is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-21-2008, 09:14 PM   #2
EnderWiggin
Sine Amore Nihil Est Vita
 
EnderWiggin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 3,395
Forum Veteran LF Jester 
Quote:
Originally Posted by GTA:SWcity View Post
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.
Well, if you're not trained and you make a stupid mistake that cost the woman the use of her legs when there was no imminent danger, you deserve to be sued. Oh, and good source, by the way.

Quote:
Originally Posted by you
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.
If there were any imminent danger that resulted in him saving her life, the case would not have been ruled in her favor. Basically, "the road to hell is paved with good intentions."
Quote:
Originally Posted by you
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.
Wow, way to stereotype. If you're trained (such as a Lifeguard or First Aid Certification like I have) and you help someone, then the Good Samaritan Law protects you from liability. And I'd also like to see a source where there's a punishment for failing to assist. AFAIK, there's no penalty for not helping someone, unless you have a special case (such as if you are a fireman, or an EMT).
Quote:
Originally Posted by you
What do you think about this unfortunate turn of events and its implications???
I think you should provide an adequate source because the way you presented it seems to have factual inaccuracies.

_EW_



Hello, Pot? This is Kettle. You're black. ~ Prime

Yes, I hate you.

J7 - thanks for accepting me as part of the 'family.'
EnderWiggin is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-21-2008, 09:23 PM   #3
LordOfTheFish
Senior Member
 
LordOfTheFish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 2,724
Current Game: Tomb Raider
Forum Veteran 
Quote:
Originally Posted by GTA:SWcity
but do we need a law telling us we can't help out someone in danger?
No.

LordOfTheFish is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-21-2008, 09:25 PM   #4
EnderWiggin
Sine Amore Nihil Est Vita
 
EnderWiggin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 3,395
Forum Veteran LF Jester 
Quote:
Originally Posted by LordOfTheFish View Post
No.
If you're a stupid person who causes harm, then I'd wager yes.

_EW_



Hello, Pot? This is Kettle. You're black. ~ Prime

Yes, I hate you.

J7 - thanks for accepting me as part of the 'family.'
EnderWiggin is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-21-2008, 09:59 PM   #5
Darth Avlectus
Your point?
 
Darth Avlectus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Attack on Titan
Posts: 4,229
Current Game: Soul Calibur 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by EnderWiggin View Post
Well, if you're not trained and you make a stupid mistake that cost the woman the use of her legs when there was no imminent danger, you deserve to be sued. Oh, and good source, by the way.
NBC nightly news, and right now (6:30pm pdt 12/21/08) Yahoo news.

I'm not debating that much.

However the implications of this ruling do make me wonder if laws will be enacted and to what degree.


Quote:
Originally Posted by EnderWiggin View Post
If there were any imminent danger that resulted in him saving her life, the case would not have been ruled in her favor. Basically, "the road to hell is paved with good intentions."
Yeah, you're telling me.

EDIT: Hmm. Apparently the failure to assist thing is more a reasoning for a case of neglect--and inspired by your acute responses I have found out the officer who told me that was exaggerating based around ambiguously written regional laws regarding neglect.

I ought to send him to you to tear him a new one, EW.


"I cant see S***! --YOU GO TO HELL!" --Tourettes guy
Darth Avlectus is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-21-2008, 10:01 PM   #6
Chevron 7 locke
Peace and Sanity
 
Chevron 7 locke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 2,302
Current Game: The Old Republic
Roleplayer Forum Veteran 
She has a right to sue in my opinion. the guy wasn't trained and he should have just left her where she was
Chevron 7 locke is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-21-2008, 10:05 PM   #7
jonathan7
Exiled Jedi...
 
jonathan7's Avatar
 
Status: Moderator
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Ivory Tower
Posts: 3,676
Contest winner - Modding LFN Staff Member Veteran Modder Helpful! 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chevron 7 locke View Post
She has a right to sue in my opinion. the guy wasn't trained and he should have just left her where she was
Well your hardly going to be kissing him for leaving you a paraplegic are you.

With regards good Samaritans, just because you are attempting help, doesn't mean you shouldn't get it, if you did something stupid.

Besides first aid is basically common sense, so if you do get it wrong, then you deserve to be sued for being stupid. e.g. if someone has a neck injury and is in pain, and there is no immediate reason to move them, and you can wait for medical staff - why move them?



"Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation." - Rabindranath Tagore

"Many a doctrine is like a window pane. We see truth through it but it divides us from truth." - Kahlil Gibran
jonathan7 is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-21-2008, 10:08 PM   #8
Admiral Buttercrust
Rookie
 
Admiral Buttercrust's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Fighting against the Enclave
Posts: 131
Current Game: Saints Row 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chevron 7 locke View Post
She has a right to sue in my opinion. the guy wasn't trained and he should have just left her where she was
Now Chevron, I like you, and don't mean any offense by saying this,
But thats like saying you shoudn't get married because they didn't train you to do it in school.


I should really try cheesecake someday...
Admiral Buttercrust is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-21-2008, 10:18 PM   #9
Adavardes
Junior Member
 
Adavardes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 476
Lesson learned: Don't play hero when you aren't qualified to do anything you're attempting to do. You aren't going to get a medal for being stupid.



It is all that is left unsaid upon which tragedies are built.
Adavardes is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-21-2008, 10:23 PM   #10
The Doctor
Retired
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 4,403
Current Game: Skyrim
Forum Veteran 
Quote:
Originally Posted by General Shazzle View Post
But thats like saying you shoudn't get married because they didn't train you to do it in school.
... wut?
The Doctor is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-21-2008, 10:24 PM   #11
Det. Bart Lasiter
obama.png
 
Det. Bart Lasiter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: `(•.°)~
Posts: 7,997
Current Game: all
Forum Veteran LF Jester 
Quote:
Originally Posted by General Shazzle View Post
Now Chevron, I like you, and don't mean any offense by saying this,
But thats like saying you shoudn't get married because they didn't train you to do it in school.
excellent idea, i don't need to have a medical degree to be a doctor, not when i can feel the medical knowledge flowing through me



"No, Mama. You can bet your sweet ass and half a titty whoever put that hit on you already got the cops in their back pocket." ~Black Dynamite
Det. Bart Lasiter is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-21-2008, 11:11 PM   #12
Achilles
Dapper Chimp
 
Achilles's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 8,204
Helpful! Veteran Modder Forum Veteran 
Quote:
Originally Posted by EnderWiggin View Post
<snip>

imminent danger

<snip>

imminent danger

<snip>
Seems to be something of a judgment call, no?
Achilles is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-22-2008, 01:14 AM   #13
Q
The one who knocks
 
Q's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: ABQ
Posts: 6,643
Current Game: Mowing down neos with my M60
LF Jester Forum Veteran Helpful! 
Tough call, really. If you have no training in how to deal with that kind of situation then the best way to render assistance would be to contact someone who does.

Now if the car is on fire, that's another matter entirely.


"They should rename the team to the Washington Government Sucks. Put Obama on the helmet. Line the entire walls of the stadium with the actual text of the ACA.
Fix their home team score on the board to the debt clock, they can win every game 17,000,000,000,000 to 24. Losing team gets taxed by the IRS 100%, then droned."
-Toker
Q is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-22-2008, 01:17 AM   #14
Rev7
I'm a Mage
 
Rev7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 3,208
Current Game: CoD 5 WaW; Skate 2
Helpful! 
You should probably know what you are doing if you want to help. If you can't do something right, you probably shouldn't do it.

Really depends on the situation though.

Rev7 is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-22-2008, 01:28 AM   #15
SW01
3 Years in the Lurk
 
SW01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Northern Ireland, UK
Posts: 1,075
Current Game: Real Life
The traditional position in our system has been a reluctance to hold a rescuer to account, even in some circumstance where he has been somewhat careless, above and beyond the original wrongdoer. The rescuer's actions have to amount to something which 'breaks the chain of causation' - in other words, a consequence which would not have naturally occurred as a result of the original action (the crash in this instance). But this apparently simple definition has, typically, been bound up by new restrictions and tests and whatnot.

It does appear though that a rescuer has to something more than slightly foolish to be responsible, such as new or greater injury that wouldn't have happened anyway.

If it was tidied up, I think that this position is good. No liability normally, liability if you cause further injury (that would not have happened in any event, or in the course of the most careful and professional rescue) as a result.

It's another example of the dangerous slope towards 'blame and claim' culture, really. At least most reasonable judges now seem to be taking a dim view of claims like that.

And, just a further note - it is not unknown for an injured party to attempt to sue someone for failing to be a 'Good Samaritan', which English law doesn't recognise .

In my opinion, both situations are unacceptable, unless it involves, as said (often), further, forseeable, unreasonable injury.



Last edited by SW01; 12-22-2008 at 01:39 AM.
SW01 is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-22-2008, 01:29 AM   #16
Darth333
Administraterror
 
Darth333's Avatar
 
Status: Administrator
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: In my secret dungeon...
Posts: 8,292
Quote:
Originally Posted by EW
Well, if you're not trained and you make a stupid mistake that cost the woman the use of her legs when there was no imminent danger, you deserve to be sued. Oh, and good source, by the way.
Easy to say. Mistakes happen and do not always involve negligence. Next time someone needs help, people might think twice...and just do nothing for fear of being sued and loose everything they have in terms of possessions and future possessions (and even potentially ruin their children's and family`s future, monetarily speaking).

Quote:
Originally Posted by Qliveur View Post
Tough call, really.
QFE. Especially since we don't have much details on the above mentioned case (since it refers to the DA, I imagine it is criminal prosecution, not just civil but I don't know much about the US system).

Every situation has its particulars. I am glad that in Quebec, not only we have good samaritan laws protecting people from being sued for any further injury or illness that results from the aid given (save gross negligence or intentional fault - more accurate summary here: http://www.educaloi.qc.ca/en/loi/other_infosheets/127/ ) in such as situation but there is also an an obligation to render aid if it can be accomplished without serious risks to the rescuer or a third person.
Darth333 is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-22-2008, 06:37 AM   #17
EnderWiggin
Sine Amore Nihil Est Vita
 
EnderWiggin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 3,395
Forum Veteran LF Jester 
Quote:
Originally Posted by General Shazzle View Post
Now Chevron, I like you, and don't mean any offense by saying this,
But thats like saying you shoudn't get married because they didn't train you to do it in school.
Excuse me? This sentence makes absolutely no sense at all.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Achilles View Post
Seems to be something of a judgment call, no?
Of course. Isn't everything? Luckily we have a nice little thing called the legal system in order to determine whether or not it was a good enough call to eliminate liability. If you are an idiot and think that a crashed car is imminent peril, even though the person is conscious and complaining of a neck injury with no fire or blood present, then you're wrong. I'm assuming the court took that into consideration.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Darth333 View Post
Easy to say. Mistakes happen and do not always involve negligence. Next time someone needs help, people might think twice...and just do nothing for fear of being sued and loose everything they have in terms of possessions and future possessions (and even potentially ruin their children's and family`s future, monetarily speaking).
I'm assuming the court would not convict a non-negligent rescuer. And if you do more harm then good because of negligence, you should think twice.

_EW_



Hello, Pot? This is Kettle. You're black. ~ Prime

Yes, I hate you.

J7 - thanks for accepting me as part of the 'family.'
EnderWiggin is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-22-2008, 07:41 AM   #18
Darth Avlectus
Your point?
 
Darth Avlectus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Attack on Titan
Posts: 4,229
Current Game: Soul Calibur 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by jonathan7 View Post
Well your hardly going to be kissing him for leaving you a paraplegic are you.

With regards good Samaritans, just because you are attempting help, doesn't mean you shouldn't get it, if you did something stupid.

Besides first aid is basically common sense, so if you do get it wrong, then you deserve to be sued for being stupid. e.g. if someone has a neck injury and is in pain, and there is no immediate reason to move them, and you can wait for medical staff - why move them?
That second comment--I'm not completely sure I follow due to your wording. I might implicitly... Clarification please?



Quote:
Originally Posted by Qliveur View Post
Tough call, really. If you have no training in how to deal with that kind of situation then the best way to render assistance would be to contact someone who does.

Now if the car is on fire, that's another matter entirely.
That's what I was thinking. Call help and watch over the victim. That's what I'd do. In this case anyway.

If the car was on fire or going over a cliff or something like that, action would be necessary. Yes it is another matter entirely. Yet still relevant. We can go here too. I rather suspect people change their minds in this circumstance.

Quote:
Originally Posted by SW01 View Post
The traditional position in our system has been a reluctance to hold a rescuer to account, even in some circumstance where he has been somewhat careless, above and beyond the original wrongdoer. The rescuer's actions have to amount to something which 'breaks the chain of causation' - in other words, a consequence which would not have naturally occurred as a result of the original action (the crash in this instance). But this apparently simple definition has, typically, been bound up by new restrictions and tests and whatnot.
Basically screw things up REALLY bad.

Quote:
Originally Posted by SW01 View Post
It does appear though that a rescuer has to something more than slightly foolish to be responsible, such as new or greater injury that wouldn't have happened anyway.

If it was tidied up, I think that this position is good. No liability normally, liability if you cause further injury (that would not have happened in any event, or in the course of the most careful and professional rescue) as a result.
Tidied up perhaps...What about as-is? Could you enlighten us on the particular snafus?
Quote:
Originally Posted by SW01 View Post
It's another example of the dangerous slope towards 'blame and claim' culture, really. At least most reasonable judges now seem to be taking a dim view of claims like that.
They didn't before?

Quote:
Originally Posted by SW01 View Post
And, just a further note - it is not unknown for an injured party to attempt to sue someone for failing to be a 'Good Samaritan', which English law doesn't recognise .

In my opinion, both situations are unacceptable, unless it involves, as said (often), further, forseeable, unreasonable injury.
Thank you, this is what I was hoping to get into. The ruling has happened. Now it will come up again. Even if things are fine the way they are, it never hurts to attempt to bring it to the forefront.

I find blame and claim culture to be abhorrent, personally. However, I agree in the case of unreasonable handling, negligence, or other such things.
One would hope judges are reasonable.

I would not put it out of the realm of possibility that such laws for failure to assist could be attached to negligence laws preexisting. Perhaps my outrages were at some zealot's decision and it has since been reversed and I wasn't aware.


"I cant see S***! --YOU GO TO HELL!" --Tourettes guy
Darth Avlectus is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-22-2008, 10:09 AM   #19
SW01
3 Years in the Lurk
 
SW01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Northern Ireland, UK
Posts: 1,075
Current Game: Real Life
Quote:
Originally Posted by GTA:SWcity View Post
Basically screw things up REALLY bad.
Yep, just about!

Quote:
Originally Posted by GTA:SWcity View Post
Tidied up perhaps...What about as-is? Could you enlighten us on the particular snafus?
Oh fun...

Now bear in mind that this is English, not US, law. It isn't so much that the law is confused, it is more that it lacks clarity, precision. Liability for rescue centres on proving that the rescuer's actions were not forseeable or 'natural and probable' in the circumstances. Actions of a rescuer are generally treated as foreeable, and courts take into account a 'heat of the moment' mentality on the part of the rescuer. So you can see how a careless action won't always be enough.

The tests that have been offered over the last 60 years are very imprecise, though. They call on the judge's opinion, really. The leading authority over here again uses vague language - forseeability; natural and probable result - which the judge (Lord Justice Stephenson) himself said would be a matter of opinion. That needs to be clarified, perhaps even by the Government by passing a law.

Quote:
Originally Posted by GTA:SWcity View Post
They didn't before?
No. In the 1970s we had one of the highest-ranked judges in the land who was quite keen on extending liability in every direction (Lord Wilberforce). His Lordship didn't seem to get near rescuer's liability, though.

On the blaim and claim/compensation culture front, our courts have recently been getting badly bashed - mainly by the media, it must be said - for letting too many absurd claims through. There are a few very notable cases where ridiculous claims nearly got through, but in the most recent rulings, the Lords of Appeal (highest ranking judges) were clear that things would be tightened up, that things had gone to far for their liking. Which is good.

Quote:
Originally Posted by GTA:SWcity View Post
Thank you, this is what I was hoping to get into. The ruling has happened. Now it will come up again. Even if things are fine the way they are, it never hurts to attempt to bring it to the forefront.
If that is a ruling in support of rescuer's liability, courts will probably have the chance to elaborate upon it soon enough - maybe impose some limits on it before a mass of overzealous claims come in for people suing the person that rescued them. (It really does sound absurd, no?)

Quote:
Originally Posted by GTA:SWcity View Post
I find blame and claim culture to be abhorrent, personally. However, I agree in the case of unreasonable handling, negligence, or other such things.
One would hope judges are reasonable.
I think most judges are reasonable enough - it's when you get a jury in the mix that things can go strange (which, I believe, is how the US civil suit system functions?) Certainly, that's what a government task force here had to say of the US system in comparison to ours. (For anyone interested: BRTF report 2004 - page 16 particularly for US/UK comparison)

Quote:
Originally Posted by GTA:SWcity View Post
I would not put it out of the realm of possibility that such laws for failure to assist could be attached to negligence laws preexisting.
I can't really speak for the US position on that, but from EW's link, it seems possible enough. We have a relatively long standing principle that a person cannot be held liable for failure to discharge a moral duty to rescue. (Lord Macaulay's Works)


SW01 is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-22-2008, 12:37 PM   #20
Jae Onasi
Antiquis temporibus, nati tibi similes in rupibus ventosissimis exponebantur ad necem
 
Jae Onasi's Avatar
 
Status: Super Moderator
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 10,911
Current Game: Guild Wars 2, VtMB, TOR
Alderaan News Holopics contributor Helpful! LucasCast staff Veteran Fan Fic Author 
Anything that would contribute to driving people away from helping for fear of litigation is BAD. I don't know all the facts in this case (i.e. was the Good Samaritan someone licensed in some medical profession, was there fear the car was on fire, would the lady have been paralyzed anyway due to the accident, etc.). The US is an insane patchwork of state Good Sam laws, some very good, some only adequate, some rather poor. Canada has a much better set of laws on Good Samaritan help.


From MST3K's spoof of "Hercules Unchained"--heard as Roman medic soldiers carry off an unconscious Greek Hercules on a 1950's Army green canvas stretcher: "Hi, we're IX-I-I. Did somebody dial IX-I-I?"

Read The Adventures of Jolee Bindo and see the amazing Peep Surgery
Story WIP: The Dragonfighters
My blog: Confessions of a Geeky Mom--Latest post: Security Alerts!
Love Star Trek AND gaming? Check out Lotus Fleet.

Jae Onasi is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-22-2008, 12:40 PM   #21
jonathan7
Exiled Jedi...
 
jonathan7's Avatar
 
Status: Moderator
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Ivory Tower
Posts: 3,676
Contest winner - Modding LFN Staff Member Veteran Modder Helpful! 
Quote:
Originally Posted by GTA:SWcity View Post
That second comment--I'm not completely sure I follow due to your wording. I might implicitly... Clarification please?
That if you are not trained; help and cause someone great harm, you deserve to get sued. i.e. if someone moved me when I didn't need to be moved and left me a paraplegic, I would sue. However if ambulance staff moved me, and I was left so, the assumption would be there was no other option.



"Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation." - Rabindranath Tagore

"Many a doctrine is like a window pane. We see truth through it but it divides us from truth." - Kahlil Gibran
jonathan7 is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-22-2008, 01:01 PM   #22
JediMaster12
Dum Spiramus Tuebimur
 
JediMaster12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Buried in books...literally
Posts: 5,910
Current Game: Assassin's Creed
LFN Staff Member Veteran Fan Fic Author Contest winner - Fan Fiction Forum Veteran 
I know that it has been mentioned before and I thought to offer my thoughts. Since I don't know the facts of the case, I couldn't tell you if it was right or wrong for the guy to move the lady from the car. As Qliveur said, if the car were on fire or something like that then the right thing to do would be to pull the person away otherwise that would open a can of worms that would be unavoidable.

If the person wasn't in any emminent danger, then the best thing to do would be to call emergency services and wait for rescue. I have heard of the phrase "leave it to the professionals" and in the case of emergencies like that , it would be prudent to obey.

I have mixed feelings regarding suing since I think a lot of it is ridiculous nowadays. I will concede that there are legitimate claims like negligence which could lead to criminal charges but suing for emotional distress to me is nothing more than a get rich quick scheme. Yeah a person could get emotional distress, even I could but I don't go sue happy. It's funny how here in the states we have so many privileges like the right to sue yet we prefer to abuse them with ridiculous claims that more often work. Heck it makes the "Twinkie defense" the lesser of two evils.

JediMaster12 is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-22-2008, 02:16 PM   #23
jonathan7
Exiled Jedi...
 
jonathan7's Avatar
 
Status: Moderator
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Ivory Tower
Posts: 3,676
Contest winner - Modding LFN Staff Member Veteran Modder Helpful! 
Edit: Source; http://uk.news.yahoo.com/blog/editor.../article/9758/

Well if there were concerns over the car exploding certainly puts things in a new light.



"Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation." - Rabindranath Tagore

"Many a doctrine is like a window pane. We see truth through it but it divides us from truth." - Kahlil Gibran
jonathan7 is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-22-2008, 03:16 PM   #24
mimartin
TOR ate my KotOR
 
mimartin's Avatar
 
Status: Super Moderator
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Texas
Posts: 6,030
Current Game: TOR/FO:NV
Imperialist Meatbags Guild Officer The Walking Carpets Guild Officer Alderaan News Holopics contributor 
I work for an insurance company and I know you can sue for any reason. Just because the court ruled the suit can go forward does not mean anything beyond the fact that both side will be allowed to present their evidence before the court/jury makes a decision.

In an insurance law situation, I’d say the Good Samaritan only has to prove that a “reasonable person” would have reacted in a similar matter.

I’ve been unlucky enough to have stopped at numerous accidents. So many in fact that I’ve went back and taken first aid and CPR training beyond what I received in Health class and the Boy Scouts. The Texas law only states you have to stop and render only the aid you have the ability to administer. Depending on your training, that can be as little as phoning the police and waiting for the emergency personal to arrive.
Even if you only stop, phone the police and talk to the victim it can still make the difference between life and death. The phone call alerts emergency personal, the staying at the scene makes it easier for the emergency personal to find the location (in cases where the vehicle has left the pavement) and the talking to the victim may keep them from going into shock.

On a personal note, even though they are terrible memories, ones that I hope never to repeat, I’m proud of the fact that I’ve stopped at the scene of accidents. Even in the case where all I could do was hold their hand and watch them die, at least they did not die alone.
mimartin is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-22-2008, 03:23 PM   #25
Jae Onasi
Antiquis temporibus, nati tibi similes in rupibus ventosissimis exponebantur ad necem
 
Jae Onasi's Avatar
 
Status: Super Moderator
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 10,911
Current Game: Guild Wars 2, VtMB, TOR
Alderaan News Holopics contributor Helpful! LucasCast staff Veteran Fan Fic Author 
Paralysis > dead from car explosion. Hitting a light pole at 45 mph might well have been the proximal cause of the paralysis anyway.

I can't believe the court is letting this go forward. Oh, wait--it's California.


From MST3K's spoof of "Hercules Unchained"--heard as Roman medic soldiers carry off an unconscious Greek Hercules on a 1950's Army green canvas stretcher: "Hi, we're IX-I-I. Did somebody dial IX-I-I?"

Read The Adventures of Jolee Bindo and see the amazing Peep Surgery
Story WIP: The Dragonfighters
My blog: Confessions of a Geeky Mom--Latest post: Security Alerts!
Love Star Trek AND gaming? Check out Lotus Fleet.

Jae Onasi is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-22-2008, 03:37 PM   #26
mur'phon
Whale eating vegetarian
 
mur'phon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Southier than thou
Posts: 1,537
Forum Veteran 
Well, it's not like cars usually explode when they crash. That said, if the rescuer believes it's going to blow, they shouldn't be sentenced, as that would be punishing lack of knowledge.
mur'phon is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-22-2008, 04:02 PM   #27
mimartin
TOR ate my KotOR
 
mimartin's Avatar
 
Status: Super Moderator
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Texas
Posts: 6,030
Current Game: TOR/FO:NV
Imperialist Meatbags Guild Officer The Walking Carpets Guild Officer Alderaan News Holopics contributor 
Quote:
Originally Posted by mur'phon View Post
Well, it's not like cars usually explode when they crash.
I've been doing insurance for almost 20 years and I've only had three insurance claims were cars burned up, one was later ruled arson and the other two claims were paid, but the insurance company subrogated against GM and Ford.

IMO car explosions are not a regular occurrence. Never had a claim involving a car fire death, I wish I could say the same thing about car accident involved drowning.
mimartin is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-22-2008, 04:23 PM   #28
Jae Onasi
Antiquis temporibus, nati tibi similes in rupibus ventosissimis exponebantur ad necem
 
Jae Onasi's Avatar
 
Status: Super Moderator
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 10,911
Current Game: Guild Wars 2, VtMB, TOR
Alderaan News Holopics contributor Helpful! LucasCast staff Veteran Fan Fic Author 
The problem is so many TV shows and even regular media show cars that are burning and/or exploding after crashes that people accept that as the norm rather than the exception.

One thing I probably should bring up before we rag on the paralyzed woman too much for suing someone trying to help her in good faith. She may not want to sue her friend, but the insurance company may be suing her friend for her (whether she wants it or not) to recover the medical costs.


From MST3K's spoof of "Hercules Unchained"--heard as Roman medic soldiers carry off an unconscious Greek Hercules on a 1950's Army green canvas stretcher: "Hi, we're IX-I-I. Did somebody dial IX-I-I?"

Read The Adventures of Jolee Bindo and see the amazing Peep Surgery
Story WIP: The Dragonfighters
My blog: Confessions of a Geeky Mom--Latest post: Security Alerts!
Love Star Trek AND gaming? Check out Lotus Fleet.

Jae Onasi is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-22-2008, 05:09 PM   #29
mimartin
TOR ate my KotOR
 
mimartin's Avatar
 
Status: Super Moderator
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Texas
Posts: 6,030
Current Game: TOR/FO:NV
Imperialist Meatbags Guild Officer The Walking Carpets Guild Officer Alderaan News Holopics contributor 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jae Onasi View Post
She may not want to sue her friend, but the insurance company may be suing her friend for her (whether she wants it or not) to recover the medical costs.
QFT

It may also be a case where the friend wants to be sued, but his insurance company is fighting the suit. She may have already gone through the car insurance policy limits and her medical insurance. Now the only option for any type of income is the friend’s homeowners and/or umbrella policy. Dealing with being paralyzed is not cheap. Most people don’t have coverage for disability income and a million dollar major medical policy sounds like a lot of money until you start getting the medical bills.
mimartin is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-22-2008, 06:22 PM   #30
Darth Avlectus
Your point?
 
Darth Avlectus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Attack on Titan
Posts: 4,229
Current Game: Soul Calibur 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by SW01 View Post
Yep, just about!
Oh fun...

Now bear in mind that this is English, not US, law.
Precisely why I asked! Thank you for indulging me.

Quote:
Originally Posted by SW01 View Post
It isn't so much that the law is confused, it is more that it lacks clarity, precision.
Yes, it is rather ambiguous. Frustrating and time consuming...which ought to put grey hairs on your head under normal circumstances forcing your way through boredom...and even more grey hairs under stress, pressed for time and $$$!

Quote:
Originally Posted by SW01 View Post
Liability for rescue centres on proving that the rescuer's actions were not forseeable or 'natural and probable' in the circumstances. Actions of a rescuer are generally treated as foreeable, and courts take into account a 'heat of the moment' mentality on the part of the rescuer. So you can see how a careless action won't always be enough.
Indeed. A subtle, yet vital, factor that ought to be considered *every* time.
It also separates, by large part the reasonable from unreasonable.

Quote:
Originally Posted by SW01 View Post
The tests that have been offered over the last 60 years are very imprecise, though. They call on the judge's opinion, really. The leading authority over here again uses vague language - forseeability; natural and probable result - which the judge (Lord Justice Stephenson) himself said would be a matter of opinion. That needs to be clarified, perhaps even by the Government by passing a law.
While precariousness can be bad, I would say to take just as much (if not greater) CARE when enacting laws. Make absolutely sure it won't be a double edged sword that comes back to haunt you--or at least reduce the possibility of "getting cut" and dull the proverbial edges. Then again, I think you already know that.

Quote:
Originally Posted by SW01 View Post
No. In the 1970s we had one of the highest-ranked judges in the land who was quite keen on extending liability in every direction (Lord Wilberforce). His Lordship didn't seem to get near rescuer's liability, though.
While I'm all about indiscriminantly scathing politicians at every possible point, I see how that sort of mentalitycould be bad--especially here which is why I even brought it up.

Quote:
Originally Posted by SW01 View Post
On the blaim and claim/compensation culture front, our courts have recently been getting badly bashed - mainly by the media, it must be said - for letting too many absurd claims through. There are a few very notable cases where ridiculous claims nearly got through, but in the most recent rulings, the Lords of Appeal (highest ranking judges) were clear that things would be tightened up, that things had gone to far for their liking. Which is good.
Well that's good to hear. Unfortunately, I doubt if the mainstream is really on the people's side. It could be on a more local level, but nationally...that's still up in the air.

Quote:
Originally Posted by SW01 View Post
If that is a ruling in support of rescuer's liability, courts will probably have the chance to elaborate upon it soon enough - maybe impose some limits on it before a mass of overzealous claims come in for people suing the person that rescued them. (It really does sound absurd, no?)
Absurd indeed.
Yeah, since there are so many everywhere--the type of litigious sharks and ambulance chasers everyone dreads even more than Darth Vader--it would be a good idea.

Quote:
Originally Posted by SW01 View Post
I think most judges are reasonable enough - it's when you get a jury in the mix that things can go strange (which, I believe, is how the US civil suit system functions?) Certainly, that's what a government task force here had to say of the US system in comparison to ours. (For anyone interested: BRTF report 2004 - page 16 particularly for US/UK comparison)
We get a mix of judges, so in some cases a jury is actually better.
On another matter entirely, a jury could be a good thing...IE a parent "eliminates" his/her child's "attacker"... Prosecuted. I think any good parent would do it for their child and I do not believe personally that a parent should be found guilty.

Quote:
Originally Posted by SW01 View Post
I can't really speak for the US position on that, but from EW's link, it seems possible enough. We have a relatively long standing principle that a person cannot be held liable for failure to discharge a moral duty to rescue. (Lord Macaulay's Works)
In cases of idiocy and causing damage I think we all agree such should be punished. Though it also seems, too, that we all agree upon how bad it might be to have laws discouraging helping out.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jae Onasi View Post
Anything that would contribute to driving people away from helping for fear of litigation is BAD.
The general consensus. I'm glad to see you say that. How many Agree? I agree.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jae Onasi View Post
I don't know all the facts in this case (i.e. was the Good Samaritan someone licensed in some medical profession, was there fear the car was on fire, would the lady have been paralyzed anyway due to the accident, etc.). The US is an insane patchwork of state Good Sam laws, some very good, some only adequate, some rather poor. Canada has a much better set of laws on Good Samaritan help.
Something needs to change--for better.
Actually, the same news article I referenced spoke also (mainly featured) of a case where a car was in a flood. A (river?) bridge overpass gave only enough clearance for the lower part of the car to go through and wedge in. the pressure of the flowing river continually pushing on the frame of the car against the bridge was crushing the upper part. The man passing by on the bridge pulled the daughter and mother out the car to safety. Just in the nick of time. The upper frame was crushed and would have no doubt killed them had they remained inside. Obviously okay and in fact encouraged good sam. in this case.



Quote:
Originally Posted by jonathan7 View Post
That if you are not trained; help and cause someone great harm, you deserve to get sued. i.e. if someone moved me when I didn't need to be moved and left me a paraplegic, I would sue. However if ambulance staff moved me, and I was left so, the assumption would be there was no other option.
Ah. TY!

Quote:
Originally Posted by JediMaster12 View Post
I know that it has been mentioned before and I thought to offer my thoughts. Since I don't know the facts of the case, I couldn't tell you if it was right or wrong for the guy to move the lady from the car. As Qliveur said, if the car were on fire or something like that then the right thing to do would be to pull the person away otherwise that would open a can of worms that would be unavoidable.

If the person wasn't in any emminent danger, then the best thing to do would be to call emergency services and wait for rescue. I have heard of the phrase "leave it to the professionals" and in the case of emergencies like that , it would be prudent to obey.
Another one for the record.

Quote:
Originally Posted by JediMaster12 View Post
I have mixed feelings regarding suing since I think a lot of it is ridiculous nowadays. I will concede that there are legitimate claims like negligence which could lead to criminal charges but suing for emotional distress to me is nothing more than a get rich quick scheme. Yeah a person could get emotional distress, even I could but I don't go sue happy. It's funny how here in the states we have so many privileges like the right to sue yet we prefer to abuse them with ridiculous claims that more often work. Heck it makes the "Twinkie defense" the lesser of two evils.
Yeah. I hate it too, how we the people are abusing our powers (of court) in an irresponsible manner, and yet I find the most litigious of friends and family are quickest to jump on it when corporations or government abuse their power (in any way minor or major). Ironic how such a double standard exists--like they can do no wrong when they themselves are just as guilty of power abuse.

Oh, I absolutely agree.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jae Onasi View Post
Paralysis > dead from car explosion. Hitting a light pole at 45 mph might well have been the proximal cause of the paralysis anyway.

I can't believe the court is letting this go forward. Oh, wait--it's California.
You know, I completely failed to consider that. Thanks Jae.

(sigh) Yeah, welcome to the jungle I live in. Living in a bi-state town it can approach pure lunacy. Even cops often don't want to have anything to do with out of state DUI--they mostly say the same thing..."Spend my whole night filling out paper work? "Flock" that!"

Quote:
Originally Posted by mur'phon View Post
Well, it's not like cars usually explode when they crash. That said, if the rescuer believes it's going to blow, they shouldn't be sentenced, as that would be punishing lack of knowledge.
That arguement would be pitted against common sense. However, heat of the moment is a consideration too...as well as numerous other factors...
In most cases, a lack of knowledge is not necessarily gross negligence or stupidity or a lack of common sense. Again depends upon a number of factors.


"I cant see S***! --YOU GO TO HELL!" --Tourettes guy

Last edited by Darth Avlectus; 12-22-2008 at 06:23 PM. Reason: forgot the word CARE
Darth Avlectus is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-22-2008, 11:37 PM   #31
EnderWiggin
Sine Amore Nihil Est Vita
 
EnderWiggin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 3,395
Forum Veteran LF Jester 
Quote:
Originally Posted by GTA:SWcity View Post
While precariousness can be bad, I would say to take just as much (if not greater) CARE when enacting laws. Make absolutely sure it won't be a double edged sword that comes back to haunt you--or at least reduce the possibility of "getting cut" and dull the proverbial edges.
.
....since you have no idea how the law would be worded, how can you say that greater care should/could be taken?

Thanks in advance.

_EW_



Hello, Pot? This is Kettle. You're black. ~ Prime

Yes, I hate you.

J7 - thanks for accepting me as part of the 'family.'
EnderWiggin is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-23-2008, 12:01 AM   #32
Tommycat
º¿º>^..^<
 
Tommycat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 2,577
Current Game: Real Life 1.0(BETA)
Forum Veteran 
I'm actually trained in how to respond to an accident involving injury. Even still, unless I saw fire, I would never move a person involved in a car wreck by myself. It is too much of a risk of further injury. Cars in movies explode because of special effects. You know like the ones that make them explode when you fire a few shots into them. The reality is that cars are more likely to burn up than to blow up. Unless there is fire, the car isn't going to magically blow up(though this may change with hybrids and the large battery packs...). You have at least enough time to wait for emergency personnel and the sizable amount of rescue equipment they carry. Very few people carry neck braces and back boards with them in their personal vehicles...

However, if you do see fire, the game changes dramatically. Absolutely pull them from the burning vehicle. Preferrably with the assistance of another person, so you can hopefully prevent further injury. Sometimes it is unavoidable.

Unfortunately I have had similar situations to mimartin. The worst was getting there just a few minutes too late.
Tommycat is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Old 12-23-2008, 03:12 AM   #33
Darth Avlectus
Your point?
 
Darth Avlectus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Attack on Titan
Posts: 4,229
Current Game: Soul Calibur 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by EnderWiggin View Post
....since you have no idea how the law would be worded, how can you say that greater care should/could be taken?
By being well read and not just voting things in blindly.

Quote:
Originally Posted by EnderWiggin View Post
Thanks in advance.
My my, is that a chip on your shoulder?


"I cant see S***! --YOU GO TO HELL!" --Tourettes guy
Darth Avlectus is offline   you may: quote & reply,
Post a new thread. Add a reply to this thread. Indicate all threads in this forum as read. Subscribe to this forum. RSS feed: this forum RSS feed: all forums
Go Back   LucasForums > Network > Knights of the Old Republic > Community > Kavar's Corner > Good samaritans to be punished? Something isn't right here...

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:51 PM.

LFNetwork, LLC ©2002-2011 - All rights reserved.
Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.