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    I sometimes wonder if we're not better off nuking society, and starting over.


    Swing sets removed at some W.Va. schools

    By JOHN RABY, Associated Press Writer John Raby, Associated Press Writer – Wed Sep 1, 12:28 pm ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Elementary school playgrounds in one West Virginia county are losing their swing sets.

    Swings are being removed from Cabell County schools in southern West Virginia in part because of lawsuits over injuries.

    Cabell County schools safety manager Tim Stewart said Wednesday that a lot of parents are accusing him of being un-American, but he says the cost of maintaining a safe surface is too expensive.

    Stewart says a lawsuit in the past year involved a youngster who broke his arm jumping off a swing like Superman. It was settled for $20,000.

    Other equipment such as monkey bars will remain. Stewart says the schools are able to maintain the proper protection underneath them.
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    I broke my arm on the playground and my family never thought of suing. I don't know why they even bothered settling that case. But I bet that kid's family, this being West Virginia, blew all that money on deep fat friers.
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    Holy cripes. My middle kid broke his forearm and wrist jumping off the top bar of the swing set at morning recess ( about 9:30AM)when he was in 1st grade. The recess-supervisor/mother told him to walk it off....the teacher sent him to the nurse when she noticed him crying at his desk after lunch, the nurse gave him an ice bag and sent him back to class, the bus driver honked in front of the house at 3:45PM and told me "That kid's arm looks funny."

    He was right.

    I didn't SUE anybody. I did complain that they didn't call me when he continued to complain about pain, but SUE THEM???? Fer what? It was my kid that was dumb enough to shimmy up the side pole and try to balance-walk the top support.

    I had insurance, the insurance covered it. However, in defense of the parents, if they DON'T have insurance it's entirely possible that the total bill for ER, X-ray, Bone specialist, cast and follow up care equalled the 20K. And if the kid broke it bad enough to need surgery, they lost money.
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    They probably settle because of the potential costs to litigate all the way to trial.
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    Still, going to trial on the cheap should get you an easy win and set a nice precedent for other crazy lawsuits. Now they remain open to this sort of thing for even the stupidest things going wrong. Removing swingsets isn't going to keep a kid from hurting himself climbing a fence, falling when he's running, or any myriad of other things.
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    An easy win? How so? Have you ever been sued, or have you seen some of the awards given by jury's, for crap like this? I can totally see where some jury would feel that the school was liable for some little bity 10 year old's broken arm. Some sob story about how poor these people are, and how the poor kid now has to eat his extra large ice cream with his left hand, and can't play Xbox for 2 weeks. In court, there is no such thing as an easy win I don't think. That isn't to say that going to court wouldn't have resulted in one, or have been cheaper than the $20k settlement. Each could absolutely be true. I think a settlement probably guaranteed the safest exit, when all the variables were calculated. Removing the swing set, simply means no further cases because of it, will be brought forth. Of course, like you mention, a kid might trip on his shoe lace, and sue, because the teachers watching them didn't tie it for him before he fell.


    Nuke us now, and end our misery! :D
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    Great lesson those parents taught their kid by suing.

    Another generation grows up taking no responsibility and always seeking to blame others.

    F*ck everybody.
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    It's a no win situation, you can't fight, if you do, you pay 20k in lawyer fees...


    Edit; I see this has already been addressed.
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    It's no wonder in a nation where so many people worship money, the opportunity to make a buck, whether by market manipulation, lawsuits, or some other unethnical endeavor, runs rampant. When I lived in Norway, the Scandinavians thought it was bizarre how easily we would sue for things that were normal everyday occurrence. I wonder if the people who sue are the same ones who regard taxes as the government stealing their money. I would not be surprised. Of course, the righties, typically shirking personal responsibility, will probably blame the attorneys rather than the plaintiffs.
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    I blame both equally.

    Where in Norway did you live? I was in the Glomma lagen basin near Oslo in the mid 80's. Norway is so cool and the people there really have it down.
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    Why does everything have to be so partisan with you? So now the people who sue must be anti-tax "righties". I don't call you fra...nevermind.

    You know, when I was in Italy, some Italians I knew thought it was bizarre that Americans showered at least once a day. I wonder if the people who don't shower everyday are similar to socialism loving europeans, who regard body odor as a unique form of flattery. :confused:
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    I lived in Oslo, not far from the Royal Palace, on Oskarsgata. It's a great country. We had a great time. Lived there from 1987-88, and then spent another 6 months in the early 90s. Visiting the fjord country a few times. Did you ever get the chance to do that? Incredible.
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    For the same reason you call me Frauders, but my comment isn't against the rules. It's an attack on a political ideology, not a personal attack.
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    Bad Patters ... :nono: ... breaking forum rules again ...

    Stereotyping the conservative race ... :p:p:p

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    How do you go from Norway to wistah .... :confused3:
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    Who mentioned personal attacks? I certainly didn't. I simply asked why you make everything a partisan issue. If someone posted that it were sunny outside, you'd find a way to make sunshine partisan.
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    Clearly your post was a social commentary, and knowing your perspective I'm guessing you were blaming the trial lawyers, since that's the right-wing economic line to which I believe you generally subscribe. If your post was not intended to have some political relevance, you probably should have put OT or posted it in the Religion and Lighthearted forum. Why not share with us what kind of response to your post you would consider acceptable? How about this, "Yeah, that really sucks."
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    Yeah, that really sucks. I used to love the swings when I was a kid.
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