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PA suit: Man paralyzed by tipped toilet gets $5M
Philly.com ^ | Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 2:47 PM | ASSOCIATED PRES

Posted on 02/05/2014 12:49:40 PM PST by Phillyred

Edited on 02/05/2014 12:52:18 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]


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I will never understand this prank and how people think it's funny. Horrible.
1 posted on 02/05/2014 12:49:40 PM PST by Phillyred
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To: Phillyred

“I will never understand this prank and how people think it’s funny. Horrible. “

People raised by violent abusive parents (who think they’re being funny or “just toughening you up”) have no idea how inappropriate or dangerous their behavior is.


2 posted on 02/05/2014 12:53:02 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: Phillyred

I don’t understand the relatives in this idiot stunt, nor do I understand the sleaze behind suing the toilet manufacturers over idiot relatives. Everyone in the family is stupid, greedy, sleazy, or all of the above, and the manufacturer has to pay? Frivolous lawsuits disgust me.


3 posted on 02/05/2014 12:53:41 PM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Phillyred

“Strict Liability” combined with “Deep Pockets”. Ain’t the legal system in this state grand?


4 posted on 02/05/2014 12:59:39 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Phillyred

Nothing good has ever happened in a Port-a-Potty.


5 posted on 02/05/2014 1:00:57 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

“Adams and his wife sued the relatives along with the toilet manufacturer and installer, alleging the toilet was improperly installed on a slope.

I am not sure how the toilet manufacturer is at fault. The toilet functioned properly. I don’t think they can fault bad design or faulty components.


6 posted on 02/05/2014 1:07:18 PM PST by staytrue
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To: staytrue

Under the two doctrines I mentioned, if none of the other miscreants involved have enough dough to pay off the judgment, than the toilet manufacturer will get stuck with the bill, as they will be judged to have the deepest pockets.

Also under strict liability the manufacturer is liable, no matter how idiots abuse, misuse, or improperly modify their products.


7 posted on 02/05/2014 1:11:15 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Pollster1

” Frivolous lawsuits disgust me.”

I doubt the quadrapligic thinks it is frivolous


8 posted on 02/05/2014 1:15:14 PM PST by TexasGator
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To: staytrue

No seat belt or air bags.


9 posted on 02/05/2014 1:18:36 PM PST by Nonsense Unlimited
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I doubt the quadrapligic thinks it is frivolous

I suspect even he knows that it is frivolous. To take money from the manufacturer of a portable toilet just because your own cousins are morons who used their product to injure you is reprehensible. Had the seat fallen out from under him, paralyzing him, I would side with him, since that would likely be the manufacturer's fault. In this case, I fault the lawyers and their greedy client.

10 posted on 02/05/2014 1:23:20 PM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Strict liability is an excuse for frivolous lawsuits and needs to be eliminated. I understand the legal concept, but despite trying many times, I remain unable to understand those who would steal simply because the law permits that theft.


11 posted on 02/05/2014 1:25:48 PM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Nonsense Unlimited

There was plenty of gas though....


12 posted on 02/05/2014 1:30:03 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Phillyred

Stupidity has no bounds.


13 posted on 02/05/2014 1:32:16 PM PST by ArmyTeach ( Videteco eos prius (See 'em first) Sculpin 191)
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To: Phillyred

That is definitely insane.

Why not sue the manufacturer of the truck, the dealership they bought it from, the gas station where they bought their gas etc?

Why stop at the manufacturer of the outhouse?

Maybe - in a stretch - the company that set it up. But isn’t that like suing the contractor that built your house that was destroyed in an earthquake for shoddy workmanship?

Course I am probably giving the Ambulance Chasers some ideas here while trying to be completely facetious.


14 posted on 02/05/2014 1:37:32 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 --Every wonder why when they refer to People of Color it doesn't include Asians??)
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Another side “benefit” to the dumbing down of society. Juries will give OPM to anyone, no matter WHO has to pay it, someone is gonna pay.

ridiculous


15 posted on 02/05/2014 1:41:25 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: xrmusn

Another side “benefit” to the dumbing down of society. Juries will give OPM to anyone, no matter WHO has to pay it, someone is gonna pay.

ridiculous


16 posted on 02/05/2014 1:41:43 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Pollster1

In the defense of the victim, he is paralyzed for life, and he will need expensive care for however long that is.

It’s not really his fault that the courts will eventually stick the manufacturer with the bill when his idiot relations are found not to have two nickles to rub together.

It’s been how these cases have been decided for a long, long time. At least in this state.

They get stuck or the taxpayer gets stuck. Life is unfair.


17 posted on 02/05/2014 2:22:24 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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In the defense of the victim, he is paralyzed for life, and he will need expensive care for however long that is. It’s not really his fault that the courts will eventually stick the manufacturer with the bill when his idiot relations are found not to have two nickles to rub together.

Considering that he filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, I'm not sure I agree. His idiot relations are perfectly capable of providing the routine 24/7 care that he needs, and it's their moral obligation to do so personally if they can't pay for the consequences of their own actions. Making a blameless third party pay, simply because they can, makes no sense. Life is unfair, but government should not be complicit in exacerbating that unfairness.

18 posted on 02/05/2014 3:17:24 PM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Phillyred

Bad enough; but done by his in-laws? Trouble in paradise forever.


19 posted on 02/05/2014 3:20:42 PM PST by Albion Wilde (The less a man knows, the more certain he is that he knows it all.)
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To: Phillyred
I will never understand this prank and how people think it's funny. Horrible.

I will never understand why the manufacturer was sued and not the idiot relatives. Though, I'm pretty sure their pockets just weren't deep enough. Nonetheless, it's an injustice.

20 posted on 02/05/2014 4:12:54 PM PST by BfloGuy ( Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: Phillyred
I will never understand this prank and how people think it's funny. Horrible.

That is not a prank, that's abuse. I have been in construction a long time and a prank is locking the door for a short time, throwing something against the side making a loud noise to startle someone. You don't need to back a truck against a unit to block the door, and then there are the morons who think it's funny to completely flip over the porta potty with someone inside. Do that to me and won't be me going to the hospital!

21 posted on 02/05/2014 4:29:48 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Phillyred

My dad tells the story of tipping out houses as a teen in the 50s...so it isn’t something new with porta potties... the best one he ever told though was when they couldn’t tip it, the old man came out the door (pants around his knees) while they took like greased lightening.... Dad remembered to duck the clothes line... all he heard from his buddy was gack.. he looked back to two feet straight out in the air (he’d forgotten the clothes line). Dad says he assumed he was dead and kept hauling... the other boy survived... no word if he was caught.

Not saying it’s right...sure does make a good story though.


22 posted on 02/05/2014 5:17:07 PM PST by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothings)
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I doubt the quadrapligic thinks it is frivolous

He knows and doesn't care as long as it pays. Else, he would go exclusively after those who actually caused the damage vs. the far-removed manufacturer who provided a perfectly operational commodity.

It's akin to going after Exon if someone splashed your house with gasoline before setting it on fire.

23 posted on 02/06/2014 4:45:56 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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