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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished? Oh, really?

Posted Dec 20 2008 11:46pm
ABC News
Woman Sued for Rescue Effort in Car Crash
Legal Experts Say California Ruling Could Make Good Samaritans Hesitate

By SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES


No good deed goes unpunished, or so goes the saying.

I'm not going to reprint the article or upload the video (I can't find the embed code anyways) but here's the information you need to know:

Co-workers traveling home from going out for drinks get into an accident and the car crashes into a telephone pole. One passenger, believing that the car is going to explode, pulls her co-worker from the vehicle, hoping to save her life.

The saved victim? Has cited that the 'Good Samaritan' co-worker treated her body like a rag doll and the California court system has just paved the way for this woman to SUE the GOOD SAMARITAN that saved her life.

Of course, its alittle messy. The victim is now a paraplegic and her whole life has turned upside down from this accident. It goes without saying that everything about the entire accident was unfortunate... but TO SUE HER CO-WORKER for trying to save her life?

I'm sorry but I have a problem with this... I would hope that a passerby, a stranger, a co-worker, a friend wouldn't have to stop and think twice about the possible ramifications of helping to save my life if I needed help. How on earth can we condemn a Good Samaritan?

For crying out loud!

I am heartbroken that the woman is now a paraplegic, its not fair. It really isn't. However, in a fraction of a second, any one's life can change that fast. We all run the risk of getting in an accident, getting hit by a car, getting run over by a train... my God, it is what it is. Its unfortunate surely, but the woman being sued certainly didn't man-handle her co-worker on purpose! She was trying to do good....

Well, sometimes trying to do good backfires... but what was the alternative? In that situation, the Good Samaritan believed that the alternative was to stand by and watch her friend burn. Given the same circumstances, I would have pulled the woman out too!

God help us all if we start condemning those very people trying to do right. What IS this bizarro world we are living in?????

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