by John Hawkins | November 19, 2004 12:00 am
Yes, here in America, if you’re so intensely stupid that you can’t even figure out that railroad tracks are built so that “choo-choos” can run on them, there may be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for you…
“Patricia M. Frankhouser filed suit on Nov. 4 seeking damages in excess of $30,000 from Norfolk Southern Corp., according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Last January, Frankhouser was hit by a train as she walked along railroad tracks in her hometown of Jeannette, Pa., a southeastern suburb of Pittsburgh.
Amazingly, she came away from the encounter with only a broken finger, some cuts and, according to the lawsuit, “pain.”
Apparently, however, the incident was traumatic enough for her to hire a lawyer.
“Defendant’s failure to warn plaintiff of the potential dangers negligently provided plaintiff with the belief she was safe in walking near the train tracks,” Frankhouser’s suit asserts.
It goes on to state that Norfolk Southern, based in Norfolk, Va., should have posted signs warning passersby “of the dangers of walking near train tracks and that the tracks were actively in use.”
If you want to file a case this dumb, this silly, so be it. Everybody deserves their day in court, right? But, if you lose a case like this, you should have to pay — at least a portion — of the defendant’s legal fees as some small bit of recompense for wasting their time and money. If that were the case, we wouldn’t have so many of these ridiculous lawsuits tying up the courts and draining the resources of our nation’s businesses…
Hat tip to Ravenwood’s Universe for pointing this one out.
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