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Toddler Seeks Lost Wages After Playground Mishap
NBC30.com ^ | Dec. 26, 2003 | Unattributed

Posted on 12/27/2003 7:35:39 AM PST by JakeINJoisey

Stamford Boy Cuts Head On Railing

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A 2-year-old model and actor is seeking unspecified lost wages and other compensation from Stamford after cutting his head at a playground.

Konrad Mader of Greenwich was running toward a treehouse at a playground Nov. 4 when he crashed into a railing, according to a claim filed last week by his mother and reported Friday by The Advocate newspaper of Stamford.

The blond-haired toddler received several stitches.

Deena Mader, the youngster's mother, does not specify how much she is seeking from the city. In a letter to officials, she demands compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering and a "lost wage amount due to his inability to audition or take modeling or commercial jobs while his head heals."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: abuse; corruption; greed; itisnotmyfault; lawyers; litigateoftheyear; playground; suesomebody; tortreform
Yet another candidate for the "Most Outrageous Litigate Of The Year"...
1 posted on 12/27/2003 7:35:40 AM PST by JakeINJoisey
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To: JakeINJoisey
Ohfercryinoutloud.
2 posted on 12/27/2003 7:37:05 AM PST by Lil'freeper (By all that we hold dear on this Earth I bid you stand, men of the West!)
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To: JakeINJoisey
Thanks for the indigestion.
3 posted on 12/27/2003 7:39:19 AM PST by Calpernia (Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does.)
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To: JakeINJoisey
If the kid has to be blemish-free, Mom should wrap him up like a mummy, and not forget the helmet and pads.

Oh heck, maybe she should just keep him home in a playpen.
4 posted on 12/27/2003 7:41:46 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: JakeINJoisey
Stupid is as stupid does.
5 posted on 12/27/2003 7:42:45 AM PST by xrp
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To: JakeINJoisey
Can't the city sue or arrest her for abusing Child Labor Laws or maybe just for being a really awful Stage Mom?
6 posted on 12/27/2003 7:42:51 AM PST by LibertyAndJusticeForAll
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To: Calpernia
Is traumatic indigestion actionable?
7 posted on 12/27/2003 7:42:54 AM PST by JakeINJoisey
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To: JakeINJoisey
hmmm, this news has made me unable to finish my coffee. Maybe a counter suit is in order?????
8 posted on 12/27/2003 7:44:00 AM PST by Calpernia (Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does.)
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To: JakeINJoisey
How about "Another living example of what's sick in our society"?
2-year-old model? Gheeeeez.

Nothing like defining clearly to our children that you can have the IQ of a carrot and still make it big by being a model, a cheerleader, or a sports star. Beats learning and thinking and working and all the other silly things people do who would pony up the cash this career bimbo is seeking.

9 posted on 12/27/2003 7:44:25 AM PST by Publius6961 (40% of Californians are as dumb as a sack of rocks.)
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To: JakeINJoisey
Was there any damage to the rail? Sounds like the city may have a suit there.
10 posted on 12/27/2003 7:44:34 AM PST by whereasandsoforth (tagged for migratory purposes only)
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To: Calpernia
does the little tyke pay taxes?
11 posted on 12/27/2003 7:44:40 AM PST by petercooper (DEAN = Democrats Experiencing Another Nightmare)
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To: petercooper
I would assume no (total guess). I assume his earnings go into a Trust. When he becomes of age and gets the money, then he is suppose to pay the taxes.

I am only guessing here though.
13 posted on 12/27/2003 7:46:46 AM PST by Calpernia (Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does.)
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To: Publius6961
Lucky for him he's a model, running into a pole won't do any real damage.
14 posted on 12/27/2003 7:47:33 AM PST by fml ( You can twist perception, reality won't budge. -RUSH)
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To: JakeINJoisey
Mader blamed a "design flaw or oversight" at the playground. She said she was supervising the child and that the railing support beam Konrad collided with is green and blends in with the landscaping. She said it should be painted a brighter color.

By Golly, Momma is right. A two-year old would instinctively know not to run right into the hot pink rail.

(eye roll)

15 posted on 12/27/2003 7:48:19 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: JakeINJoisey
"Konrad was using this equipment and space as it was intended and was hurt," Mader wrote. "He was properly supervised. This accident was preventable had the railings and safety measures been correct at this park."

Maybe the mom ought not to let her child play at an improperly constructed playground?

Or maybe she ought to realize that 2 year old boys, if they are acting like 2 year old boys, will get cuts, scrapes, bruises, etc.....When they get older, often they'll get sprains and broken bones. The nature of the beast.

16 posted on 12/27/2003 7:50:57 AM PST by Amelia (A good tagline requires lots of imagination. Darn it.)
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To: JakeINJoisey
This is why playgrounds today are nothing but a few rope swings and a slide or two. No more monkey bars. No more teeter-totters. All of them gone because of the threat of frivilous lawsuits from morons like these.

Playgrounds today have been sanitized to the point that most kids don't want to play in them anymore.

What a sad commentary on our society.
17 posted on 12/27/2003 7:52:30 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Ain't Skeered...)
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To: JakeINJoisey
See, perfect example of what I've been saying this morning it's the parents' fault on the two threads about increase in children with problems. One would think there must be a role or two out there for a kid with a few real stitches that would pay mom big $$$.
18 posted on 12/27/2003 7:53:42 AM PST by mtbopfuyn
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To: JakeINJoisey
Bump
19 posted on 12/27/2003 7:55:26 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (French: old Europe word meaning surrender)
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To: mtbopfuyn
I've just done a psych profile on this woman; She is definately the type of mother who'd leave her child with Michael Jackson for a sleepover.
20 posted on 12/27/2003 7:57:05 AM PST by umgud (gov't has more money than it needs, but never as much as it wants)
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To: mtbopfuyn
how about a band aid commercial?? or commercial for the company that made the rail??? "see, our stuff is so strong, it will knock a kid right on his ass and cause him to have to get stitches" lol
21 posted on 12/27/2003 8:00:05 AM PST by cajun-jack
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To: JakeINJoisey
If this was Michael Jackson's kid he'd be suing for loss of consortium.
22 posted on 12/27/2003 8:02:16 AM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: JakeINJoisey
Anyone for loser pays yet?
23 posted on 12/27/2003 8:20:17 AM PST by manic4organic (An organic conservative)
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To: Calpernia
I assume his earnings go into a Trust. When he becomes of age and gets the money, then he is suppose to pay the taxes.

Earnings are taxable in the year they are earned. Assuming the kid actually made money, then, yes, he should be paying taxes.

A percentage of his income goes into trust; I do not remember the percentage. I don't know about who is allowed to manage the trust, who oversees it, and how much they can charge for those duties, either.

24 posted on 12/27/2003 8:22:37 AM PST by SCalGal
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To: JakeINJoisey
The mother is listed under her own name in the Greenwich phone book, no male Mader in Greenwich at all. Looks like a single mom (divorcee?) whose full time job is stage mother and is trying to game the system.

I'm sorry the kid barked his forehead at the playground, like most kids do at some time or another, but this is ridiculous. I wonder who she got to take the case? I'll ask around next week and see who'll admit to it.

25 posted on 12/27/2003 8:32:27 AM PST by CatoRenasci (Ceterum Censeo [Gallia][Germania][Arabia] Esse Delendam --- Select One or More as needed)
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To: JakeINJoisey
It's suits like these that help bring about the nanny-state that we hate. Momma is saying she has no control or responsibility over the health and welfare of her kid and that the state should pay.

I wonder how much longer it will be before all people are sent to to dormitories for the first 21 years of their life for their own good?
26 posted on 12/27/2003 8:58:13 AM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: JakeINJoisey
Checking the name and surname I can give only my opinion that this is a sterotypical example here in Fairfield County.

I'd also put Vegas odds up that mommy and daddy are not American born citizens.

Working the system, just like a welfare queen.
27 posted on 12/27/2003 9:04:38 AM PST by autoresponder (SLICK http://0access.tripod.com/legacy.html OLDIES BG MUSIC: http://0access.tripod.com/slick.html)
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To: BradyLS
It seems to me that, if this suit is dismissed on the merits, the state should be able to sue both the plaintiff and the lawyer for frivolous litigation and recover costs to the taxpayer. When, OH WHEN, will our politicians save this Republic from judicial extortion...
28 posted on 12/27/2003 9:56:48 AM PST by JakeINJoisey
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To: JakeINJoisey
Oh, good freakin' grief.

GREAT parenting, Mom. Hillary salutes you.

29 posted on 12/27/2003 10:04:01 AM PST by Allegra
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To: JakeINJoisey
Now, see, I was lucky. Mom and Dad and I figured out I was nearsighted when we were driving cross-country on vacation, they pointed out a billboard to me and I could barely see it, much less read it. I didn't run into a playground railing and get clobbered upside the head. Maybe Deena needs to see about getting Konrad to an optometrist before she starts pointing fingers at the city of Greenwich. And if his eyes are okay, he should have noticed that a green-painted metal railing looks a little bit different from grass and shrubbery...and grass and shrubbery doesn't go "clang" when you run into it. Why is it the city's fault that Konrad's a clumsy little turd?
30 posted on 12/27/2003 10:05:49 AM PST by RichInOC (...somebody had to say it...why not me?)
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To: hellinahandcart
Konrad Mader of Greenwich

Mom couldn't spell, or media typo? I suspect she really named him Komrad.

31 posted on 12/27/2003 10:09:17 AM PST by Thinkin' Gal
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To: JakeINJoisey
My folks let a fortune slip through thier fingers. I can't think of a time that me or one of my two brothers didn't have stitches when groing up.
32 posted on 12/27/2003 10:12:32 AM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: JakeINJoisey
Hmmmm....upon re-reading this story, it only mentions a "letter" she sent to town administrators seeking compensation. Perhaps it has not yet reached the level of a court petition. They should politely show her the door and instruct her to not allow Konrad to try to open it with his head.
33 posted on 12/27/2003 10:20:37 AM PST by JakeINJoisey
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To: JakeINJoisey
You know you're not supposed to post articles from the Onion, right? This must be a story from the Onion, and a darn funny one at that.

What? It's not from the Onion? This is a real story? You're kidding me! You're not kidding? It's real?

Oh brother! This "mother" is a real piece of work, isn't she?
34 posted on 12/27/2003 10:24:29 AM PST by Elliott Jackalope (We send our kids to Iraq to fight for them, and they send our jobs to India. Now THAT'S gratitude!)
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To: JakeINJoisey
Speechless bump...
35 posted on 12/27/2003 10:27:09 AM PST by Hildy
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To: LibertyAndJusticeForAll
maybe they should sue her for neglect, since she was letting the child run at an unsafe speed.
36 posted on 12/27/2003 10:28:25 AM PST by drhogan
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To: Publius6961
not just a model--a model slash actor!
37 posted on 12/27/2003 10:29:27 AM PST by drhogan
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To: SCalGal
>>>>A percentage of his income goes into trust; I do not remember the percentage. I don't know about who is allowed to manage the trust, who oversees it, and how much they can charge for those duties, either.

Thanks. I do get confused by how these Trusts work.
38 posted on 12/27/2003 10:34:48 AM PST by Calpernia (Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does.)
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To: CatoRenasci
>>>>The mother is listed under her own name in the Greenwich phone book, no male Mader in Greenwich at all.

I am not disputing your assumption that she is single. I think that too. But I did want to point out that I'm the one listed in the phone book, not my husband. So I don't think the listing is an indication.
39 posted on 12/27/2003 10:39:12 AM PST by Calpernia (Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does.)
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To: JakeINJoisey
Hmmmm....upon re-reading this story, it only mentions a "letter" she sent to town administrators seeking compensation. Perhaps it has not yet reached the level of a court petition. They should politely show her the door and instruct her to not allow Konrad to try to open it with his head.

IANAL but I believe it's very common that a claim against (all/most?) government entities must first be filed as a request for compensation. The rejection of that request is the basis for a court case on the matter.

40 posted on 12/27/2003 10:39:48 AM PST by Bob
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To: JakeINJoisey
I dunno. My five year old broke her arm in two places last month after falling off some pipes in the basement of her private school.

I have no intention of suing the school. I can't imagine it. And I would arguably have a much better case than she did.

I can't believe this woman would bring this suit. The railing should have bene a different color? Puh-leez. What a country.
41 posted on 12/27/2003 2:37:25 PM PST by Maceman (Too nuanced for a bumper sticker)
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To: Calpernia
I'm guessing mom spends the dough.
42 posted on 12/27/2003 4:04:45 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (black dogs are my life)
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To: hellinahandcart
If the kid has to be blemish-free, Mom should wrap him up like a mummy, and not forget the helmet and pads.

Pop him in a Baggie and vacumn-seal it.

43 posted on 12/27/2003 4:21:35 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (Merry Yuletide Festival to All!)
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To: SCalGal
A percentage of his income goes into trust; I do not remember the percentage

Liza (skeptical) "what percent?"
PR flunky "Zero. Zero's a percent" < /Simpsons>

44 posted on 12/27/2003 4:26:45 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (Merry Yuletide Festival to All!)
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