Flipping through the news the other day I came across a piece on the Christian Science Montior’s website about a girl who was injured while bungee jumping in Africa. Its a fascinating story of a girl that was bungee jumping near Victoria Falls when her cord snapped sending her plunging into the crocodile infested waters. They even have video of the incident! But, you might be thinking, what does this have to do with the law?
Well, this quote piqued my interest:
“Tourists who come from litigious societies such as the United States may have an assumption that an activity is safe, because it is allowed to exist. Such an attitude may be reasonable in the US or Australia, but it doesn’t necessarily work in a country such as Zambia, where civil court cases can take decades to resolve.”
This quote raises a few good points about the U.S. Court System, and how it may be protecting you everyday without you even thinking about it. What I take out of this quote is that there are instances where the “sue happy” system in the United States really does lead to a good result.
I think some people take for granted that if they show up to a place of business that it will be safe. We assume that the ride at the amusement park is operated as safely as possible. We assume that the parking lot of a local business will be free of dangers and will have snow removed properly. We assume that a product that we purchase will not be defective or dangerous or that prescription drugs that we take will not cause another disease worse than the one it treats. And yes, we even assume […]