I’m no fan of big tobacco, but I wonder how people who know smoking is bad can sue when they get sick.
In discussing things like this you have to be careful to balance the call for taking responsibility for your own actions, with not blaming the victim.
A newer responsibility case is actually an older responsibility case.
It happened back in 2007 and has just been settled.
It involves a then 17 year young man from Arizona, visiting in Victoria, BC.
A teenager with lots of energy, he hopped up onto a wall and swung around a lamp post.
Only the lamp post was barely bolted to the wall, and it gave way and he fell and injured his brain.
These cases often take a long time to resolve because the court needs to know what the person’s prognosis is – the lost earnings and cost of care.
So, whose fault was it that he got hurt?
The judge said 65% his fault for climbing up there, but the lamp post should have been properly fastened.
Bottom line, the province will pay two million dollars.
Do you agree with this ruling?
Do you think they should also spend money on signs that say “No Climbing”?
Let me know what you think.