RIP Philo

First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers

Another stupid lawsuit:

Sorry, shit happens.  Cars and the road system are unsafe.  If you have an accident, events may transpire that prevent you from getting the best possible care.  You may have forgotten to wear a seat belt, the air ambulance may think it's not safe to carry you (low fuel and/or you weigh a lot, hey, it's a call a pilot has to make), the ambulance might break down, have it's own accident, whatever.  Whatever the situation, if you need urgent medical care, things might happen to prevent you from getting it and you might die.  Tough luck, there are some aspects of life (and death) that are random.
Permalink Send private email Ward 
March 20th, 2007 8:00pm
dont be so bloody defeatist ward.  there is _always_ someone to blame if you look hard enough.  the trick is not to give up!
Permalink worldsSmallestViolin 
March 20th, 2007 8:04pm
>> Lopez, who owned a trucking company to haul construction material, weighed 394 pounds at the time of her death. <<

Yeah, there's no way the helicopter could have carried her, the pilot, the medic, and all the life-saving gear.  Plus, I've got some doubt as to whether they could have gotten the doors closed with her in it.

WRT to the other ambulance, same issue applies.  A heavier patient is going to cause more wear and tear.  Plus, have you seen how much the (ground) ambulance EMTs typically weigh?  They sho-nuff like dem biscuits & gravy.
Permalink Send private email xampl 
March 20th, 2007 8:37pm
> “With the amount of fuel and the patient’s weight, we would have exceeded the weight limit for that aircraft,” Henderson said.

That seems reasonable to me. I am sure that if they decided to take her on the helicopter and it crashed because of the excess weight, the family would be filing a lawsuit for that instead.

I know it's discriminatory, but I get the idea that any family that features 500 lb members (her weight the month before) is one that likes to file lawsuits for anything they can think of.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 20th, 2007 8:45pm
I think the real killer is the fact that she wasn't wearing a seatbelt.  seriously, the very first question that should be asked before anyone is allowed to make this kind of suit is "had the victim performed the most basic necessities to protect her own life?"

..of course, its very likely the reason she wasn't wearing a seatbelt is because of her size, which adds a touch of pathos  to the whole thing..
Permalink Send private email zestyZuchini 
March 20th, 2007 9:50pm
Couldn't they have given her emergency on-spot liposuction?

Ambulances can be better equipped. Epi pens, defibs, lipo vacuums. It's all good.
Permalink Send private email sour grape snowflake 
March 20th, 2007 11:32pm
Bell-Textron is obviously at fault for not offering a bariatric helicopter.
Permalink Send private email xampl 
March 21st, 2007 8:43am
re: liposuction. She had had a 100 lb liposuction removal only one month before the accident.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 21st, 2007 10:08am
"We will serve you...and in return...grant us the power of the dark gods!"
Permalink Kepala Kelapa 
March 21st, 2007 10:28am
The weight in the chopper thing is interesting, because it was cited as a weight limit "per patient" - if they can carry more than one patient, then I would think they could carry one 300lb patient.

Doesn't matter, tho - I have to agree that not wearing a seatbelt pretty much obviates the rest of the lawsuit. I wouldn't even mind a state law that says "if your injuries are incurred while you aren't wearing a seatbelt, then nobody has a duty of care to help you."

I object to seatbelt laws, but if you choose not to wear one, then society gets to choose not to help you out.
Permalink Send private email Philo 
March 21st, 2007 5:02pm

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