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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Example Why Good Samaritans Are Sparse

You Can't Make This Stuff Up 030109

Hey folks,

You want to know why people hesitate when it comes to helping others in need? Because we have become a nation of "no good deed goes unpunished." Seriously. This is just the latest example.

Here is a guy, who SAVED three people from serious injury and possible death. In the process, he suffered bleeding in the brain, broken bones, a dislocated shoulder and a possible ruptured spleen. He was in serious but stable condition Wednesday.

But that is not all he received. Nope. The State Police arrived and investigated the accident and pickup driver who plowed into him was cited with careless driving that led to injury. So far, so good.

However, the State Police ALSO cited 58 year old Jim Moffett, for Jay Walking. {Sigh} This guy saved THREE people. Two Elderly Ladies and another male that was helping them cross the street. THAT guy was cited also. Currently the two elderly women haven't been cited but the "investigation is ongoing."

Are you kidding? This guy is a Hero. Because of what he did, these women are fine. Him? He's in the Hospital with MAJOR injuries. And a ticket.

We see this type of thing all the time. A women saved her friend after an auto accident and her friend sues her. A man breaks another's rib while saving his life during a heart attack and the guy sues and wins.

Firefighters, Paramedics, Police Officers, ETC, are paid to save lives, and are well insured for those just in case situations. But the common man is not. So why bother? Save someones life so they can sue you? I think not.

So we see a larger and larger decline in Good Samaritans. I myself, am certified in CPR and the use of a defibrillator. That expires THIS month. Am I planning on renewing it? Nope. This is one of the main reasons why. It truly is sad, when you have to worry about the negative effects of saving someone's life. It truly is.
Peter

Sources:
AOL NEWS- Man Saves 3, Gets Jaywalking Ticket

2 comments:

samspade said...

I too was certified for CPR for 16 years and taught how to use a defibrillator for a couple of years but I would have to think hard about saving someone today using this since I see cases of people being sued for saving a life.

I am no longer certified and I ask myself the same question "will I take the chance to save someone or risk being sued?"

Peter said...

Hey Sam,

Yeah it is pretty sad. I know if I had a heart attack, or was involved in an accident, and someone came to my aid, I would be thanking them.

Yeah, a broke rib hurts. But at least I would be around to feel it. My family would still have me.

So I do not understand all the stupidity of these lawsuits, or why they would even be allowed. But they are. Not only is this idiocy allowed to take place, they actually WIN.

Would I take the chance to save someone's life? {Sigh} Truthfully? I do not know. Every part of me would say "Yes, of course I would. Done be stupid." But the truth is? I really do not know. Not because I do not care. Not because I would not WANT to save someone. But I would not want to put my FAMILY'S well being on the line.

People rescue animals all the time. Sometimes, the animals turn around and bite them after. I thought we were better than the animals, but the truth is, there are a lot of snakes out there that walk on two feet.
Peter