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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 11:29 AM
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Woman Files Lawsuit After Being Saved From Drowning
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NEW LONDON, Conn. -- A woman is suing the town whose police divers saved her from drowning.

Barbara Connors is suing the town of Old Saybrook, Connecticut, saying she was rescued too late to prevent serious brain damage.

The Massachusetts woman was in her son-in-law's sport utility vehicle when it jumped a curb, went through a chain-link fence and plunged into the Connecticut River.

Connors was unconscious and in cardiac arrest when divers pulled her from the water.

The son-in-law escaped the sinking vehicle and was picked up by the crew of a passing boat. Connors is also suing him.

Among other things, the suit claims the town failed to provide appropriate guardrails and equipment needed by police divers.

It says the 75-year-old woman has brain damage and must be cared for in a nursing home for the rest of her life.

http://www.wftv.com/irresistible/4832756/detail.html
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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 11:32 AM
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1. No good deed goes unpunished...
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WeRQ4U Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 11:33 AM
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2. Interesting
I see absolutely nothing wrong with suing the son-in-law. I see nothing wrong with suing the city for not having appropriate safety measures. HOwever, suing the city for taking too long to save your life is a little sketchy. We obviously don't have the legal complaint, and I would imagine that the legal theory is a little more complicated than that.
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 11:33 AM
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3. I can see suing b/c of the guardrails, but damn, I am sure
Edited on Wed Aug-10-05 11:34 AM by Shell Beau
they saved her as fast as they could. I love great appreciation.
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WeRQ4U Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 11:35 AM
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4. You never know
Her legal theory may be based upon slow response time or negligent hangling of public emergency services or malpractice. I can assure you it isn't just as simple as the article makes it out to be. YOu know what I mean?
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 11:38 AM
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6. Yeah, I know! But the fact is she is alive b/c someone saved her.
I certainly don't know what happened there and maybe they were slow getting there, but she is alive b/c of them. :shrug: Who knows?
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 11:36 AM
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5. Ugh.
:eyes:
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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 11:39 AM
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7. Just some wild guesses on what we Don't Know...
...she's got brain damage and must be cared for in a nursing home for the rest of her life...

So maybe someone else, say her appointed legal guardian, or perhaps the nursing home, or the insurance company, started the suit in her name?

I'd be willing to bet it's something along one of those lines.
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WeRQ4U Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 11:43 AM
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10. I'd bet my house that your'e right.
If she is in a nursing home, someone has to pay for it, whether that be her, her insurance company or the nursing home itself. None of those are going to want to pay for anything they dont' have to, especiall the insurance compnay.
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Hugin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 11:40 AM
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8. "rescued too late to prevent serious brain damage"
How's that an impediment? She *could* go on to be
elected President of the U.S.

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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 11:41 AM
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9. This is bullshit
Insurance companies make up these supposed non-profit lobbying groups to turn people away from the jury system. They twists facts to make it seem like this lady is some sort of an ingrate. Don't beleive this.

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WeRQ4U Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 11:45 AM
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13. Like I said above, there are most certainly facts we haven't read .
Edited on Wed Aug-10-05 11:45 AM by WeRQ4U
The legal theory and the scenario surrounding her rescue are probably much more complicated than this article makes them out to be.
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northzax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 11:43 AM
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11. massholes
although the suing of him isn't neccesarily a bad thing. Say he can't afford her care, and his insurance refuses to pay up, then sue.
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Dr.Phool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 11:44 AM
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12. Has Dr. Frist diagnosed her videotape yet?
If not, how can we tell she's really brain damaged?
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 12:34 PM
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14. Hmph, that one's easy. Throw her back in the river.
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LisaL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 12:41 PM
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15. Well, somebody is suing, but it's probably not the 75 year old
with brain damage. If she can't even function on her own, some leach of a lawyer had gotten to her to sue on her behalf.
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 12:55 PM
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16. Today, it's better to just let them drown
I heard of a case where the person sued because in the process of saving their ass from drowning they broke that person's finger.
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