Walter Olson runs a great, nay, mindblowing blog called overlawyered.com. The name says it all. He’s got great posts on everything from a suit against dolphin trainers (for teaching their dolphins to deliberately splash during a water show, making the area slippery) to a family suing Honda for $10 million because their car window blew out (in a tornado). And here’s one of his latest:
12-year-old’s slide injury to cost Little League $125Kby Walter Olson on August 6, 2009
Staten Island, N.Y.: Little League Baseball Inc. and the New Springville Little League have agreed to pay $125,000 to settle Jean Gonzalez’s suit charging that negligent coaching and the use of a stationary base were responsible for her son Martin’s knee injury, incurred while sliding into second base. Two coaches were named personally in the lawsuit. “The defendants countered that Martin had been taught the proper sliding technique, and the bases used, detachable ‘Soft-Touch’ ‘pop-up’ bags, were compliant with all safety standards” and considered safer than the alternative design. The family’s lawyer was Alan C. Glassman of Brooklyn. [Staten Island Advance; our earlier coverage]
When will we remember that bruising and even the occasional broken bone are not evidence of negligence, they are evidence of childhood — of kids doing something other than sitting in the minvan on their way to their (indoor, supervised) playdate? And now what happens to Little League? Are they going to outlaw sliding? Running? Speed-walking — because a kid COULD get hurt and they don’t want to get sued again?
Maybe from now on kids can crawl from base to base. Yes! The new American pastime: Basecrawl. — Lenore