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Sue, sue, sue so it's off to court we go.

Posted Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at 8:58 AM

I just read in the Sioux City Journal about a family whose child was injured in an accident that occurred during a parade. A team of horses pulling a wagon got spooked and the owner's wife was thrown from the wagon. She was killed. Spectators were injured and some of them are suing the horse owners and the city for negligence. I do not agree with this mentality at all.

Don't we take risks in everything we do everyday? Every choice we make from the products we use, the food we eat, the cars we drive, the routes we take, and the events we attend. It all involves risks to some degree or another and we take personal responsiblity in making decisions that affect ourselves. We have become a sue happy society. Lawyers and judges and insurance companies have gotten rich on the mentality and good people suffer and pay through the nose for it. Life is about making choices, taking risks and the subsequent consequences of those. Placing blame and monetary value on injuries helps no one. Stay home, lock your doors and don't leave if you can't accept responsibility for your own choices.


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how refreshing to read from someone with what we used to know as common sense. it's pretty much a rarity these days- in fact, I would have sworn it extinct. I applaud your opinion on "sue happy society", as it closely resembles mine.

I'd be interested to hear your opinion on the lieing piece of crap that currently sits in the white house, also your stance on the one way open border policy we seem to have with Mexico- don't worry, you won't offend my senses.

-- Posted by hungry4funn on Tue, Apr 5, 2011, at 6:17 PM

First off, how is going to a parage taking a huge risk on your life... It is a parade!!!

I feel the city is being negligence for allowing the disaster to take place. The city allowed the horses to be in the parade, therefore they should be held responsible. The horse owner allowed it happen also.

Here is an example... I walk my dog down the street and she gets loose and attacks some kids playing in the middle of the road. Don't you think I would be responible for keeping my on a leash. What you are saying, is that the kids are taking a chance on even going outside, and that they should have stayed indoors.

I have to agree that people have become "sue happy" but come on people, some people should be held responsible for negligence.

-- Posted by Mike Lewis on Wed, Apr 6, 2011, at 7:56 PM

Mike, please note in her original post, nothing was stated calling the parade a "huge risk". Ms. Cauthron simply outlined the fact that we all live with risk - in varying degrees from small to large.

Horses can get spooked - it is not something which anyone can control. To sue the owner of the animal is adding insult to injury. His own wife was killed in the incident. How exactly do you expect the owner of an horse to prevent it from ever spooking?

Risk is something we live with, day in and day out. Negligence is when one fails to execute *reasonably prudent* care.

If you haven't taken the time to make sure your dog's leash/collar combination is tight enough to prevent the animal from slipping free - you should be held negligent and responsible. Your scenario is an apples to oranges comparison.

A horse being spooked is natural, an instictive survival response - a very different thing from a dog slipping a leash and attacking children.

I'm tired of people playing the legal system like a lottery, hoping to "hit it big" and get a big payoff.

-- Posted by Chunky_Monkey on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 12:26 PM

A couple of years ago I fell when my foot went into a 4"-deep pothole just outside the doors of a Spencer business. My knees and shins were scraped and I hurt my shoulder when I landed hard.

I took pictures of my injuries and the pothole, and sent them, with a letter, to the company headquarters. My only reason for doing that was in case, sometime down the road, I were to have additional problems possibly related to the fall. I merely wanted the incident documented. I didn't threatened to sue, and that wasn't my intent.

I received a letter back from the company's attorney stating that they had determined the pothole was clearly visible and the company therefore held no liability in the incident.

(Interestingly, they did fill in the pothole within a week after I sent the letter. If it was clearly visible, why fill it in?)

What I found most telling, however, was that when I told people about the fall they most often asked, "Are you going to sue?" and "How much are you going to sue for?" A year or so later when I told someone else about my fall his immediate question for me was, "How much did you get?"

Sure, I was banged up a bit, but I wasn't seriously injured and I didn't lose any time at work because of it. The biggest injury was to my dignity. Who would I sue for that?

-- Posted by JTennant on Fri, Apr 15, 2011, at 9:13 AM

Amen, Leah!! Our society has become so litigious that anything fun has become illegal or is just too daring to engage in. Just wait -- soon parades will become extinct when community lawyers advise against them, and probably already have.

Last fall, my husband and I decided to host a hay ride. After checking with local law enforcement officials to ensure we were doing things above-board, we learned that hayrides are basically ILLEGAL now unless you have restraints for all minor riders. REALLY??? RESTRAINTS and CAR SEATS on a hayride???

We were bummed out, and the kids were disappointed, too, so we finally threw caution to the wind and hosted the ride. My farm boy husband offered zip ties as restraints, but seriously -- I don't know if we'll do it again. One minor mishap could have landed us in the poorhouse after litigation!

What's become of our society when we're looking for ways to milk every mishap and turn it into a personal financial boon?

Leah's onto something.... Stay home! Lock your doors! Bubblewrap your kids before school each day!

In our home, we're going to live on the wild side - attending parades and hay rides. We choose to remain alert to our surroundings and trust God for our safety!

-- Posted by ruralgirl on Mon, Apr 18, 2011, at 9:56 PM


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My name is Leah Cauthron. I was born and raised on a farm near Cushing, Iowa. My parents still live there. I am a conservative Catholic. I have been married to Randy for 22 years and we have six children. I received my degree in Criminal Justice from Eastern Wyoming College and as a mother of six and a daycare mom, I have used probable cause, reasonable doubt, search and seizure, Miranda rights, submission, arrest and interrogation technique as a part of my daily life. I can also shoot a .357 magnum with deadly accuracy. I have lots of opinions on lots of things. I am not an expert on anything but I read a lot and will gladly share that information if I find it accurate. I have a sarcastic nature and for the most part I have pretty thick skin and most things don't bother me for long. I don't like mudslinging or name calling so keep negativity of the personal nature to yourself. Enjoy and welcome to my opinion.
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