That "Auntie Christ" case -- nephew sued for $127k -- is really a consequence of America's failed healthcare system
You may have seen the stories of an aunt who sued her nephew's family for $127 thousand following an "overexuberant" greeting which broke her wrist. The story struck me as more than a bit off, and with thanks again to Steve S at G+, a more plausible version of the story via The Guardian:
However, there may be more to the case than meets the eye. Connell told CNN in an interview on Tuesday that “this was meant to be a simple homeowners insurance case” and said her attorney had advised her how the lawsuit ought to be worded.
This is “perfectly plausible”, said Tom Baker, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania who specialises in insurance law. He told the Guardian this kind of suit is a common occurrence when someone finds themselves with medical bills not covered by medical insurance, who might be able to be covered under homeowners insurance if liability could be proved.
As with other seemingly ridiculous legal cases (the "million dollar coffee" which actually was a case of severe scalding by McDonalds who'd further refused far more reasonable requests to cover medical bills), there's often more to the story than meets the eye. In this case, a healthcare system that actually treated people for their injuries, reasonably and affordably, would avoid this entire scenario.
Or take another case. I've seen portions of several nights' mainstream news coverage of the flooding and dam failures in South Carolina. But the news reportage somehow entirely fails to mention that the state of South Carolina's dam inspection program is one of the worst in the nation, with an annual budget of just $200,000. The budget of neighboring North Carolina for inspections is ten times that, and North Carolina has seen zero dam failures, zero homes destroyed, and zero deaths.
But mainstream news coverage instead focuses on the telegenic 17 year old piloting an outboard boat ferrying people to church on Sunday.
Journalists: want some respect? Start reporting fucking news.