By Alden L. Benton
A number of years ago, a woman purchased hot coffee at a drive-through restaurant, placed the cup between her legs, and drove away over a speed-control bump. She spilled the hot coffee on herself causing burns. She sued the restaurant — and won.
In another case, a woman ordered a hamburger and when she took a bite, the pickle slice wound up on her chin and allegedly burned her. She sued, but cooler heads prevailed and the case was thrown out. In addition, her husband also sued the restaurant for loss of the services of his wife. That suit was also thrown out.
Now, another greedy, vindictive, and vengeful harpy has reared its ugly head; this time at a Little League baseball game in New Jersey.
According to a Fox News report, “A New Jersey woman who was struck in the face with a baseball at a Little League game is suing the young catcher who threw it.” The incident took place two years ago! The kid who threw the errant ball was 11 years old.
The “victim” waited two years to file a suit claiming $150,000 in medical expenses and an “undefined” amount for pain and suffering. The “victim’s” husband is, according to Fox News, “is suing for the loss of ‘services, society and consortium’ of his wife.’”
This is obscene!
When one goes to any public sporting event, you assume a certain degree of risk. If you have a floor-level seat at an NBA game and Lebron James runs out of bounds and falls on you; that is one of the risks of attending the game.
The same is true at a baseball game if Albert Puljos lines a foul ball into the stands — if you don’t duck, don’t sue Puljos, or anyone else.
How hard can an 11-year old throw? Even if the ball hit this “victim” square in the face, I doubt if it caused $150,000 in medical expenses. I have been involved in three accidents where I was seriously injured and my medical expenses for all three did not come anywhere near the amount claimed in this case.
Can you spell fraud? I knew you could. Ambulance chasing shyster also comes to mind.
The real tragedy is this boy’s family will go broke trying to defend this travesty of justice.
I urge anyone who has the expertise to start an internet-based fund-raising drive to defray the legal expenses the family will incur defending themselves, and their son, from this frivolous and vindictive law suit.
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