At what point would you sue?

@AmbiePam (50385)
United States
June 24, 2009 5:01pm CST
I've heard a lot of people who listen to others horror stories, say they would sue if 'that' happened to them. But I wonder if they would. Now if a doctor killed one of my parents because he left them in mid-surgery, of course I'd sue! But I think there are so many frivilous lawsuits going on, and it makes it so hard on people who have legit reasons to take legal actions. Besides someone being killed or hurt because of another's carelessness, for what would you sue? Have you sued someone before? Or has someone brought a lawsuit against you? If one lost, I can't imagine the legal bills they would have to pay.
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• United States
24 Jun 09
I sued a man who hit my daughter with his truck and tried to run. She gets that money in three more years. I would sue if someone broke in my home and harmed me for no good reason.
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@AmbiePam (50385)
• United States
24 Jun 09
I wanted to sue the man who ran me off the road ten years ago. But I was eighteen and had no idea how to go about it, and my parents didn't want me to sue.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
24 Jun 09
I would sue if my family or myself are victim or any malpractice or attack. There are lawyers who are taking cases per winning percentage when they know that client has 90% chance to win...
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
24 Jun 09
Some of the frivolous lawsuits I see make me laugh...except when these people actually get paid! Then I'm speechless. The trouble is, large companies frequently find it cheaper to settle that to litigate. That only fuels more frivolous lawsuits. I'm in a class action suit against a company (national) that I used to work for. Employees were required to work over an hour or two/day OFF the clock in order to keep their jobs. I figure at some point I'll get a $1 check in the mail... My husband is in a malpractice suit from before I met him. Due to mistakes done by a local dentist, my husband coded twice in OR and had to have part of his lung removed. Ultimately, my husband probably won't see anything for his efforts, while some one who carelessly spills coffee on themselves get a tidy sum....
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@AmbiePam (50385)
• United States
24 Jun 09
Oh, I know! That woman who spilled the hot coffee on herself at McDonalds. Gee lady, did ya not know coffee was really hot?!
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@AmbiePam (50385)
• United States
25 Jun 09
Sure thing. And as payment we'll demand free Crazy Bread for a year!
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
26 Jun 09
And a limo to go get it in.... Oh, and of course the limo is driven by a Chippendale, right? Why skimp on a good dream?
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@GardenGerty (105221)
• United States
25 Jun 09
My first husband's step dad was beaten in a nursing home, and it was covered up. My mother in law thought it was not Christian to sue. Until they went back on their promise to pay all medical bills incurred by this happening, broken ankle, broken ribs, etc. Still, she could not do it. She, and the rest of the brothers, appointed the youngest brother as guardian, and he did it.I agree that too many people, even kids, threaten to sue for stupid reasons. I was a bus driver, and some rather rowdy kids were trying to get me to play chicken on some country roads with an oncoming driver. Then they said, "If we get hurt, our parents will sue." and I just calmly said, "If we have an accident and I get hurt I will sue your parents for raising children who are out of control." That was the last I heard of that "joke".
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@AmbiePam (50385)
• United States
25 Jun 09
That is the way my dad feels. He just doesn't think it sets a good example to sue. I don't think he would sue anyone ever.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
25 Jun 09
I got sued, but she didn't have a leg to stand on. Ended up going on Judge Alex (never shown) but since she had all her bills paid by Medicaid she wasn't out a red cent. Since the show was already out all the $$ to bring us down to be filmed, and I didn't want $$, just so that the case was dismissed with prejudgist, they heard it and found for me.
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@AmbiePam (50385)
• United States
25 Jun 09
I was sued several years ago. The guy had no avenue to get to the man he was really angry with, so he found a way to sue me since I knew him. But he was laughed out of court.
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@camomom (7536)
• United States
11 Jul 09
I don't know, I guess it would really depend on the situation. I have not sued anyone before or been sued.
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@AmbiePam (50385)
• United States
12 Jul 09
LOVE the new avatar.
@camomom (7536)
• United States
12 Jul 09
Thanks, I drew it. It was the front of our wedding announcements.
@camomom (7536)
• United States
12 Jul 09
Do you think I'll get sued for using the Batman logo?
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
25 Jun 09
HI AMBIE, I have never sued anyone & have never had anyone sue me, thank heavens. I am like u there is too much of that going on. I just have never believed in doing that. When i had the aneurysm my boys thought i had a good case againist two local hospitals & i guess i did but that's just not my way of doing.
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@AmbiePam (50385)
• United States
25 Jun 09
My dad had a great case. He was rushed into emergency surgery with a blood clot in his neck because of a doctor who performed a procedure incorrectly. Then his blood wouldn't clot when they tried to sew him up because of the wrong medicine injected in his IV. But he wouldn't even entertain the notion of suing. He said people make mistakes, and since he is fine, he wanted to leave it at that.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
25 Jun 09
I don't blame him. He was probably like me just glad to be alive. I'm glad he's doing fine.
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• Australia
8 Jul 09
It does seem to be a sue happy society we live in these days. I had a friend sue her doctor for taking sick leave!!! Why? Because it meant she had to accept an appointment that clashed with her social life, and if she didn't go out partying all night on a Friday, she was really mean! Thankfully, she was laughed out of court! I've also known people to sue for slippery floors, even though there has been a sign up saying CAUTION: THE FLOOR IS WET AND SLIPPERY. The rediculous thing is they were successful, even though the warning was there in front of them. Another friend was screwed over by her fertility specialist, but when she sued him, she lost, even though he caused her to become completely infertile! She was only using ivf because her husbands sperm count was low, and they needed the extra help, and now, she can't have a baby at all.
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@AmbiePam (50385)
• United States
8 Jul 09
It's pathetic. The deserving seem to lose, while the ridiculous often win.
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• United States
25 Jun 09
A lot of times there is more to a story than the news actually reports. Remember when that lady sued McDonalds because her coffee was hot and she spilled it on herself? Turns out, it was during a free coffee refills promotion so the manager instructed employees to keep the temperature several degrees higher than it should be so that people sip slower and don't get as many free refills. She actually had 2nd degree burns from that coffee. It wasn't simply a matter of her spilling hot coffee.
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@AmbiePam (50385)
• United States
27 Jun 09
The sad thing is, after that woman sued because of the coffee, a few more people did the same thing - spilled the coffee (on accident?) and sued McDonalds. And they actually won!
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
25 Jun 09
The only time I have ever sued is when I was involved in a car accident and got hurt But again there was no Court or anything it was done through Solicitors I really do not know I guess it would really have to be drastic before I would sue someone, as you say to many petty Lawsuits are happening today because it is made so easy for People to sue for minor things
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@AmbiePam (50385)
• United States
26 Jun 09
When I got in a car accident I reached a settlement, but I didn't sue. He deserved to be sued. He ran me off the road and left me when my car flipped 5 times and then landed upside down. I'm glad you were compensated for your accident. I hate to see people hurt and not taken care of when they have been so vastly affected.
@SomeCowgirl (32266)
• United States
25 Jun 09
I was watching Dr. Phil one day and saw something that I thought was very silly to sue about. A guy sued his girlfriend because she got pregnant. The whole thing was that she had gotten pregnant but had said she couldn't as she was on birth control pills. Well They had a son, but the father didn't want anything to do with it, saying she had tricked him. In any case, That's my example of a stupid case. I can't think of anything I'd sue for, or why, and no I haven't sued anyone or been sued!
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@AmbiePam (50385)
• United States
25 Jun 09
That child is going to feel awful when he grows up and realizes the lengths of which his father did not want him.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
25 Jun 09
I have never sued anyone......I am not saying that I wouldn't...if someone tried to claim something I had written....I would be mad enough to sue....but for something frivilous like spilling hot coffee on myself.....or being overweight and suing a restraunt? nope.....too many people now days don't take responsibility for themselves and it's only to line their own pockets that they do this....
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@AmbiePam (50385)
• United States
25 Jun 09
I completely agree.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
28 Jun 09
Nope I have never had a lawsuit against anyone for any reason especially to sue them. I have never had a lawsuit against me either. Yeah I can imagine that their insurance bills are mighty steep in case they get sued.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
27 Jun 09
I confess that this suing people left and right - specially for the frivolous lawsuits - is something that really upsets me. Don't know what upsets me the most, if the people that sue, if the lawyers that accept the job, or even the court that allows such cases to continue. As you say, this only makes it more difficult for the people that do have legitimate reasons to sue and makes the fact that one can sue someone for wrongdoing so much like a joke I forget to even laugh. I was never sued nor did I sue anybody, which is fine, because as you also point out, the bills are out of this world if one looses.
• China
25 Jun 09
the only horror thing i see is people are dying at home without enough money to pay the medicine bill.though they hard work in all their life.but i regard it as usual since can do nothing.
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
25 Jun 09
I have never sued anyone before and I would think twice before doing so because for a start if I lost I would have to pay hefty legal bills and also if the reason was not a serious one I could not live with the idea, in other words I would not sue just to make some money. I agree with you and I would only resort to a lawsuit for a very valid and serious reason and someone’s life being endangered is certainly good cause in my opinion. I think suing has become a bit of a trend in some places. There have been ridiculous ones like the overweight person who sued MacDonald's...
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@bdugas (3581)
• United States
25 Jun 09
A lot of the lawsuits any more are class action law suits, there is a site on here called lawsuits and judgments, 99 % of them are class action, which brings big bucks to the attorneys and very little to the person who was injured. Even when you have a legit law suit against someone like we did the company where my husband was hurt on the job because they did not have the equipment to do the job as it should be done and the men were required to life huge amounts of weight, the attorney gets most of the money. Thousands of minutes in phone calls, papers being sent by carrier across town, seems it would be cheaper to fax a paper to them. There are some law suits that come out good for who ever was hurt but you have to find a lawyer that is working for you and not to fill his pocket.
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@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
25 Jun 09
God morning AmbiePam, Let me tell you a little storie from real life. My son had some problem with another boy, he had a brother, and one evening when my son was biking,he came home and was very upset. This brother had hit him in the face for no reason. I said should we cal the polise, and my son said no, it will be wors if we do. But a couple of days later, a poliseman, phoned me and asked me about this event. And said to me why we did not reported it. I said, my son did not wanted to becouse of fear of escelate this problem. This policeman said, we should report it so we did. Later on, there was a day in court and the boy was find guilty and my son got some funds for it. Now, I was not to keen to sue, however, it worked and my son had the experience of the legal system really works.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
24 Jun 09
I had to go to a case. I got sued one time because my job took me to court for getting unemployment. I won it by the time they did this I had another job. A year later the company that took me to court for this ended up closing down. I have worked there for over 2 years. I got fired for being late to work and I missed more then i should have I admit to that but at the same time I had been there for over a year and I needed some help untill I found another job.
@winterose (39917)
• Canada
24 Jun 09
never sued anyone in my life, that practice is not that common here where I live, and to sue is only good if the people have the money to pay, otherwise it is a waste of time
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