You probably see ridiculous claims being made by individuals for injuries or loss caused by some tenuous link to a business or someone with wealth almost every other week.
An example is a tourist who became a paraplegic after diving in Bondi's surf. He sued Waverly Council for more than $3.5M.
Or nurses who are charged for manslaughter due to negligence.
Or KFC being sued for causing brain damage possibly due indirectly by salmonella poisoning.
Insurance required for all organised sporting activities..
I can understand such cases if the defendant willingly, knowingly and intentionally caused the loss to the plaintiff - in which case full compensation and criminal charge be sought, but the cases that I see in the media are simply opportunist.
In my simplistic view:
- Wavely Council should perhaps make use of better signage or somesuch... (maybe pay better attention to sandbars and close the beach.., but then who said the beach was a controlled facility meeting certain conditions of safety, suing for paraplegia for being tossed unfortunately by a wave is tantamount to suing for being bitten by a shark or stung by a bluebottle)
- Nurses culpable of negligence should perhaps be addressed under an OHSE type law..
- KFC be fined for failing to meet health standards.
Remember, accidents sometimes can and do happen. Are people going to sue God, destiny or the laws of physics?
Unless the cause was willful, plaintiffs of such claims should be fined a significant amount for creating a mockery of law and order.
Maybe I've missed something... Your thoughts?