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    Default wow... Woman Paralyzed While Sledding Gets $8M

    Woman Paralyzed While Sledding Gets $8M
    Woman Crashed Into Bench, Suffered Spinal Injury


    POSTED: 9:15 am EDT September 1, 2010

    WATERBURY, Conn. -- A Connecticut woman paralyzed in a sledding accident in Waterbury in 2007 has received an $8 million settlement from the city.

    Rose Marie Deschesnes, now 24, crashed into a metal bench at the bottom of a hill near a ball field while snow tubing at Fulton Park. She suffered a spinal cord injury that left her a quadriplegic.

    She filed a lawsuit last year alleging the city should never have put a bench at the base of such a popular sledding spot and failed to take safety precautions.

    Deschesnes' lawyer said the settlement money will be put into a trust to pay for her medical and living expenses for the rest of her life.

    An aide to the mayor said he believes the bench has been removed.
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    $8 mil. I don't know if the bench was visible or if it was buried in the snow where she couldn't see it, and I realise that as a quadraplegic, she's going to have special medical expenses and needs, but $8 mil.? I was looking at my earnings the other day, and I've been working since 1980, full time since the fall of 1984, and I have yet to earn a million dollars in my lifetime. And at my current pace, I would get there in 2013 (which, since the world is going to end in 2012 and I have no intentions to fight it, means I won't get there). I will be on the verge of turning 50. She's 24, and with $8 million dollars, she can probably live off the interest. Or build her own bench-free sledding park...

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    I don't know, it's not like the bench was put there with malice and I think sledders are kind of responsible for themselves seeing as how it was probably not a city sponsored sled area.
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    It's just the way it goes in our society. We feel sorry for her and the lawyers see deep pockets in certian orginizations, businesses, or cities. It's always someone else's fault in our current culture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pal1800 View Post
    It's just the way it goes in our society. We feel sorry for her and the lawyers see deep pockets in certian orginizations, businesses, or cities. It's always someone else's fault in our current culture.
    Deep pockets? More like taxpayer pockets. I do wonder if the bench was buried but at the same time, when people do things that are not being promoted by anyone, can we really hold someone accountable??
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    i find it hard to be too critical of a decision that takes care of a person who was paralyzed in an accident. I'm sure she'd gladly give the money back if we could give her life back to her. If the bench was hidden and this was a popular spot for sledding then I can see her case. I'd like to know more about the case before criticizing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by It's Mike View Post
    i find it hard to be too critical of a decision that takes care of a person who was paralyzed in an accident. I'm sure she'd gladly give the money back if we could give her life back to her. If the bench was hidden and this was a popular spot for sledding then I can see her case. I'd like to know more about the case before criticizing it.
    yeah this is kinda where I'm at. Of all the stories to bitch about abusive lawsuits/lack of accountability/blah blah blah this doesn't seem to be one of them.
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    On a similar note...

    The girl(22 yrs old) who cut my hair the other day was telling me that she was in a car accident where she had to go to the chiropracter for 3 months but..."the money was well worth it...actually I wouldn't mind that happening 2 or 3 times a year."

    I asked her, 'what if you get hurt?' and her response was "Not a bad accident...just a little one."

    I quit talking after that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Filthy 150 View Post
    On a similar note...

    The girl(22 yrs old) who cut my hair the other day was telling me that she was in a car accident where she had to go to the chiropracter for 3 months but..."the money was well worth it...actually I wouldn't mind that happening 2 or 3 times a year."

    I asked her, 'what if you get hurt?' and her response was "Not a bad accident...just a little one."

    I quit talking after that.

    The thought process of some people today terrifies me.


    i was actually just joking about how I could use a good accident to lay me up for a couple months, pay to have my back fixed and take a little hospital vacation...not a terrible accident, no paralysis or anything...just a little hospital time, maybe minor surgery and a six figure settlement. I'm not greedy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post


    i was actually just joking about how I could use a good accident to lay me up for a couple months, pay to have my back fixed and take a little hospital vacation...not a terrible accident, no paralysis or anything...just a little hospital time, maybe minor surgery and a six figure settlement. I'm not greedy.
    The sad/scary thing is that she was serious. Her response was matter-of-fact.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Filthy 150 View Post
    The sad/scary thing is that she was serious. Her response was matter-of-fact.
    the good thing is, you thought I was kidding around.
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