So Stupid That It Takes The Government To Think Of It
My gut registered disgust as I read this article – enough that I hesitate to blog about it during the Christmas season. We’ll categorize it and highlight it by noting that one of the worst things a person can do, one of the biggest sins, is to point to a just and good man and say “sucker!” That’s what California has just done.
Being a good Samaritan in California just got a little riskier.
The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a young woman who pulled a co-worker from a crashed vehicle isn’t immune from civil liability because the care she rendered wasn’t medical.
The divided high court appeared to signal that rescue efforts are the responsibility of trained professionals. It was also thought to be the first ruling by the court that someone who intervened in an accident in good faith could be sued.
In brief, two co-workers left a party (in 2004) in separate cars. Lisa Troti, in the second, saw Alexandra Van Horn hit a light pole at 45 mpg, and after seeing liquid pouring from the car, pulled Van Horn from the wreckage in a panic. She feared an explosion.
Van Horn suffered a broken vertebra that damaged her spinal cord. She’s suing Troti for causing her paralysis.
“Sucker!” According to the California supreme court a rescue attempt like that makes you liable. Don’t bother with CPR, either. Better you sit on your hands. And don’t even think about saving a drowning person, George Bailey. Potter will sue you – successfully. Ho-Ho-Ho!
And just how did all this get started? It started, apparently, with “shield laws”, which were put in place with the intent of limiting the liability of professionals, like EMS personnel, from just these kinds of law suits. They were not intended to expose Good Samaritans. That’s just how it worked.
We could have told you. It’s called a slippery slope. For our next trick we’ll demonstrate how cigarette warning labels lead to higher unemployment, by way of McDonald’s being sued for serving junk food. [That’s ridiculous! – ed. Just wait 10 minutes. – j]
Okay – I’ll stop hyperventilating and get more rational by the evening.
Thanks and a hat tip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air for the link.