Rescuers suing "victim"

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Rescuers suing "victim"

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/08/02/rescuers-who-saved-ohio-woman-from-burning-vehicle-sue-her/

Legitimate since she purposely wrecked the vehicle or terrible no matter the circumstances?

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The therapist told me when I was donating my kidney that I had to be willing to watch her abuse it if I wanted to donate. She bluntly told me that some people don't live the way they should after receiving a kidney and there isn't anything you can do. I had a lot of time to think about it and of course these guys didn't, but I think that you can only do what you think is right and if the circumstances surrounding your act aren't what they were, that you just have to suck it up.

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I don't think that they have a case.

If she had intentionally crashed her car into theirs, absolutely they would have a case that her actions resulted in their damage. However, they made the decision to stop and try to help her. As terrible as it is, they could have made the decision to keep driving, or made the decision to stop and make sure that someone had called 911 but not entered the burning car, or whatever. They did the right and heroic thing by pulling her out of the car, but I don't think that they can now go back and sue her for that decision.

I will say, however, that I do think that it's awful that the woman made a decision that resulted in other people being harmed. But, since they had the ultimate decision to help or not help (as opposed to, again, if she crashed into them directly and they had no choice.) I don't really think that the reason why she crashed is relevent to whether or not they made the decision to help.

ETA: Are they claiming that they wouldn't have helped her (i.e. made a different decision) if they had known that she crashed the car on purpose?

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I'm not sure. It sounds like to me that they would have still helped her, but feel like they shouldn't have been put in the situation to get hurt in the first place.

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I don't think they should be suing. It was their choice to help this lady and even if it was intentional they didn't know that at the time they were trying to rescue her.

If someone was trying to jump off a building should no one help them or put their lives in danger to help them since their actions were intentional? Or if someone is doing something stupid (intentionally) do they not qualify for help either?

I think that there are accidents, but people who help end up helping people who have put themselves in dangers way intentionally in the first place.

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No, they shouldn't sue her. No matter the circumstances, they chose to help her. It is awful that they have to live with the aftermath though.

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My friends parents were almost killed in a rather similar incident. A guy was trying to commit suicide driving down an on ramp (the wrong way) with his head lights off going very fast. He hit my friends parents head on. They spent a collective 10 months in the hospital being put back together and enduring various surgeries. Their post accident quality of life is rather low.

The driver died, in their case.

In this case, I don't believe that they have a case.

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They made a choice, and the right one, to save this woman. I don't see how they have a case as it was their decision to pull her out of a burning vehicle. Now if it were a case like Melissa posted above, absolutely a case could be justified.

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"Potter75" wrote:

My friends parents were almost killed in a rather similar incident. A guy was trying to commit suicide driving down an on ramp (the wrong way) with his head lights off going very fast. He hit my friends parents head on. They spent a collective 10 months in the hospital being put back together and enduring various surgeries. Their post accident quality of life is rather low.

The driver died, in their case.

How awful! In that case, since the driver crashed into them, I would say that they definitely would have had a case. What a terrible thing. Sad

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I can understand where their frustration is coming from. This person purposely endangered herself in a situation where someone brave enough and with the right moral mindset would feel like they had no other choice but to help her. And to suffer such everlasting effects from that must must really mess with your mind. I could see how on a bad day you emotionally feel very bitter towards this woman's choices.

But to sue her? I don't think so. Part of rescuing someone in danger is facing the risks of that rescue. Regardless of if you feel like you had to try, if you really are brave enough to do it...you have to live with the risks that come along with it. I don't think how she got into this predicament in the first place plays into it.

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I agree that they shouldn't be suing. They would still have these issues with their health and such if she hadn't have crashed on purpose, as they still would have obviously rescued her, and now they're just feeling as though they have a right to sue because she caused the crash on purpose.