This post is inspired by BeThisWay of Just Shoot Me Now’s post about when and why you should consider an umbrella insurance policy. I’d recommend that post for a serious treatment of the subject. What I’m doing here is more about humor…
After reading the piece, I realized that there’s at least on occasion where I could have sued a major company and won. At least, if juries are screwed up enough that they’ll award money to a woman bitten in the park across from an apartment complex who was suing the complex…these would be a cinch.
The first is a skiing accident I mentioned earlier. My mom reminded me that my linguistic neural processors have never been the same. Before the accident, I was spelling bee material. Afterwards, I was competent but not noteworthy. I suffer from some dyslexia and letter confusion. Right after, I had a really tough time reading and writing, but that got much better.
However I bet I could make a decent case for brain damage. Maybe I could even get compensation for not having won the national spelling bee. I never entered before or after, but why not try for that too?
The other time I could have sued (maybe) was around the same time when I was rehearsing for the Nutcracker with an old parasol the studio provided (Chinese variation in the 2nd act). They didn’t want us hurting the nice newer ones, but the old ones didn’t always want to stay up.
It collapsed and cut me about 1/32nd of an inch from the left tear duct. I still remember it vividly—blood filled my eye and I ran to the lobby (I don’t know why, maybe me dad was there?) and one of the moms was a nurse and helped me. Dad was livid. If it had actually cut the tear duct or the eye, I think he might have sued….or at that moment he would have wanted to. Faulty equipment, potentially permanent damage, crying 13-year-old.
However in the first case we didn’t even think of suing. As I mentioned on BeThisWay’s post, I was skiing after all. Snow, ice, fast speeds, I knew what I was getting into. In the second my dad mentioned something about it, but even then since there was no permanent damage/medical bills/etc, we didn’t consider it.
So now it’s your turn, those of you who are amused/shocked/offended by crazy lawsuits. I’m curious: What could you have sued over? Do you have a story which you think could have made a ridiculous lawsuit? Maybe you could sue your daughter’s classmate for not inviting you to her party? Sue a store for your child falling…because his brother tripped him?
What can you come up with?