Very few of my clients ever fully realize how the world views their harms. Let's say someone is injured in a car wreck and losses their eyesight. When we sit down to discuss how the community will react, people are amazed to hear all of the different opinions I suggest they are fighting against. Even if the wreck was 100% not the fault of my client, people will try to find a way to place the blame on someone seeking compensation for their injuries – why? I don't understand human nature enough to know.
If you want to know how people think once a child is injured or killed, this is a good place to start. This is truly a sad story and one that we as parents can all relate to. A child is run over in a parking lot at a Florida high school during a softball game and dies. Here is the story from US News. http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/28/11443067-toddler-run-over-killed-by-suv-in-fla-high-school-parking-lot#comments
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the child's family and the family of the woman driving the SUV that was involved in driving over the child. A precious 22 month old has died. Families are crushed.
What can we learn from this tragedy so it does not happen to anyone else? Well, if you look at the 200+ comments that have been written on the story at the US News site, I'm afraid we can't learn much. A sad banter back and forth where the mother of the child is blamed for allowing the child to wander off. Some blame the SUV. Should the driver be charged with a crime? Should the mother?
Here's what I think. Everyday in this Country all over the nation, children and families gather at ball parks to play baseball, soccer, you name it. We know children are everywhere. We also know that everyone is on a minute by minute schedule. Even with back up cameras, we should all just take 5 to 10 seconds to make a walk around the car. If you stop and have a conversation with someone, take another walk around.
This is a horrible tragedy but it is certainly preventable if we all consider that safety is the responsibility of all of us. We're all in this together to provide a safe environment for our children and our families.
What do you think about the posted comments to the story?
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Jeff Weinstein, Dallas injury lawyer