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Old 11-19-2015, 04:55 AM
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http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/br...122-story.html
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Old 11-19-2015, 04:58 AM
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I can't get past the ads to read the article!
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Old 11-19-2015, 04:59 AM
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Sorry there is a way around it. "google" man sues coast guard after they rescued him.
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I'll take your word for it.
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Old 11-19-2015, 05:02 AM
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http://www.sun-sentinel.com/video/or...miumvideo.html

Here is a work around
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Guy gets an arterial gas embolism and is partially paralyzed. Claims that CG didn't act 'fast enough' to prevent damage. Is also suing the Diver's Network, presumably for not talking to the CG fast enough (rescue took several hours - he was 80 miles from Tampa Bay).

Good luck with that. Should be covered by the Federal Tort Claims act which basically says you can't sue the Federal Government without the Feds saying you can sue them. Now, this is completely different from 'Good Samaritan' behavior since you and I are not part of the active duty Coast Guard. In such cases you would be guided by state law.

Always good to know what your state says about these sorts of things. But basically, somebody can sue you for pretty much anything at any time. Whether or not that suite goes anywhere is another question. Keep up your liability policy - if you have significant net worth, make sure your coverages are reasonable. Then do the right thing.
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Old 11-19-2015, 05:26 AM
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I think the CG should counter sue him for jumping like a girl!
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Old 11-19-2015, 06:25 AM
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Beautiful twin hondas on that CG boat.
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Old 11-19-2015, 09:22 AM
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I hope you are not holding up whatever this is (a lot of us can't view) as an excuse to shirk our moral and to some extent legal responsibility to aid others in peril on the sea when we are able.
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Old 11-19-2015, 09:38 AM
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Originally Posted by TTaxi View Post
I hope you are not holding up whatever this is (a lot of us can't view) as an excuse to shirk our moral and to some extent legal responsibility to aid others in peril on the sea when we are able.
By "work around" I think he means a way to view the video or read the newspaper clip. Not avoid helping someone, if that is what you are thinking.

But then when someone sues a good samaritan, or some government agency, because things did not turn out as they would have wished, it might result in others giving pause as to if and how to help.

"Let's see here, am I at lesser risk providing help to someone in need or not providing any help at all"? Maybe I will just not turn on the VHF radio and put my head in the sand. The penalty for not having the radio on may be the lesser of the alternatives. Sad that it has come to this. But it is always someone else's fault.

http://www.sptimes.com/2006/05/07/Ta...cuba_div.shtml

Truth be known, the diver's life might have been saved by the actions taken. He is looking at his glass half empty instead of half full. Standard way of looking these days.
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Old 11-19-2015, 10:07 AM
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I was just referring to the thread subject line and 1st post that appeared to be advising people to worry more about helping rather than encouraging the help. I prefer to think about what I would appreciate if I were the Other Guy in need.
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Old 11-20-2015, 07:51 AM
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Originally Posted by TTaxi View Post
I was just referring to the thread subject line and 1st post that appeared to be advising people to worry more about helping rather than encouraging the help. I prefer to think about what I would appreciate if I were the Other Guy in need.
Please don't misunderstand me. I was trying to express my disgust as to what a "sue happy" society we live in. By no means should we shirk our moral obligations.
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"Who can I blame?"

Awful.
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Originally Posted by Domer92 View Post
Please don't misunderstand me. I was trying to express my disgust as to what a "sue happy" society we live in. By no means should we shirk our moral obligations.
Good to hear, thanks.
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What's funny is he is also suing DAN (diver's alert network). DAN is one of the if not the foremost expert on this kind of stuff. Was he a member of DAN?
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Old 11-20-2015, 11:13 AM
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Take the sob back out into heavy seas and throw him back into the sea. Let the sharks have him.
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Don't worry about it. This lawsuit won't go anywhere. I'd still help out anyone in trouble if given the opportunity. I'd rather deal with the legal system over doing the right thing than deal with my conscience about doing the wrong thing.
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So the man ignores blurry vision and flashes of light when he closes his eyes while 120 feet underwater and the wants to sue someone who tries to help?
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Old 11-20-2015, 11:47 AM
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90 % of the worlds lawsuits take place here in the US,of those 90 % are bullchit.
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