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ABC News: Woman Sued for Rescue Effort in Car Crash

Such was the case with Lisa Torti, who is being sued for pulling a now-paralyzed friend from the wreckage of a Los Angeles car accident in 2004.

The victim's lawyers claim the Good Samaritan bumbled the rescue and caused injury by yanking her friend "like a rag doll" to safety.

The good samaritin should have let the "victim" burn in the vehicle. What a despicable, ungrateful bitch.




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#2 10 years ago

If she'd done that she'd have been sued for that, too. You can't win in today's sue-first-think-later society. Everyone wants to make a buck.




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#3 10 years ago

Whats funny is she sued her friend for saving her. For shit like this, we should completely abolish lawsuits and give that bitch the middle finger.




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#4 10 years ago

Isn't there a Good Samaritan Law to protect this lady from being sued??




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#5 10 years ago
Aeroflot;4734277Isn't there a Good Samaritan Law to protect this lady from being sued??

I read a comment in the article that addressed this. I'm not sure if it's true, so take it with a grain of salt:

The Good Samaritans law protects only those trained to respond to medical emergencies. This only pertains to providing medical assistance to thier scope of training nothing more. If a pedestrian stops to help they are required to act only within their training anything out of their training is not covered by the Good Samaritans Law. They are also required to stay on the scene until they are relieved by medics or someone belonging to a police, fire, or medical profession. This is the definition of this law.



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Jeffro;4734280I read a comment in the article that addressed this. I'm not sure if it's true, so take it with a grain of salt:

That's funny, but I thought it was the other way around, that if you are NOT trained you can help a person without consequences and that if you ARE trained then you could suffer because it is you job to help sick people. That's why on two separate occasions when I was having panic attacks and there was a nurse in the room, they didn't want to touch me. Maybe I'm wrong, but that is what I remember learning.

edit: ok well it doesn't matter anyway since the lady was reckless in saving her friend

Good Samaritan law - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia




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WikipediaIn some jurisdictions, Good Samaritan laws only protect those that have completed basic first aid training and are certified by health organizations such as the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, St. John Ambulance, or American Safety and Health Institute, provided that they have acted within the scope of their training.[15] In these jurisdictions, a person that is neither trained in first aid nor certified, and who performs first aid incorrectly, can still be held legally liable for errors made. In other jurisdictions, any rescuer is protected from liability, so long as the responder acted rationally.

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I would suspect this is accurate and that it varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. It seems logical that, in the spirit of the law, most jurisdictions would actually protect good samaritans.




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#8 10 years ago

If you have a car crash, in most incidents, your neck or spine is injured. Therefore, if your neck or back is not kept straight you willl be paralyzed. I would rather burn to death than to lay there motionless for the rest of my life. This is the way most people think. what is the point of living if you can't move. I would be absolutely pissed. think from both sides. pulling her out was a dumbass thing to do...




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#9 10 years ago
eviJoKeR;4734360If you have a car crash, in most incidents, your neck or spine is injured.

Have you ever been in a car accident? Perhaps you meant "most serious car crashes." And no, pulling someone out of a burning vehicle or a vehicle that may catch fire or explode is not a 'dumbass thing to do.' It's all fine and good for you to say you'd rather burn to death than be paralyzed, but you can't really be sure that's how you would feel about it until you can feel your flesh melting. You might just change your mind.




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#10 10 years ago

The question is whether waiting for emergency services to turn up would have endangered her life. From the sound of things the woman wasn't in imediate danger and as far as I see it if her sitting there wasn't going to place her life in immediate danger the friend should have waited for rescue services to turn up rather than risking spinal injury. It probably wasn't something she really thought about that much, she was probably well intentioned; but at the same time we don't let people off of murder and the like just because they weren't thinking about it.