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Litigation gone mad

I have just seen this report on the BBC website about a New York court allowing a pensioner to sue a 4-year-old for compensation.

The court held that the 4-year-old's lawyer had failed to show any evidence that the child was too immature or unintelligent to face trial for negligence.

That really is a compensation culture and I hope we never reach such pitiful depths in this jurisdiction.


  1. I have been commenting on blogs for years but never before have words failed me as they do now.

  2. I couldn't agree more. What kind of system takes action against a child for doing childish things?

    And, since when did justice equate with vengeance?

  3. I think that what a lot of people forget is that sometimes bad things happen and there really isn't anybody to blame.

    It seems that in the modern world if something goes wrong there must always be somebody to blame. I don't know what, if anything, can be done about it.

  4. What can be done about is holding the parents responsible for things their children do whilst supposedly under their supervision.

    My mother would not have allowed me to ride a bike on the pavement way ahead of her, much less to race towards other people on it. If I'd hurt someone she would have been mortified and gone out of her way to make things as right as is humanly possible.

    I have raised mine the same.

    In this case the parents were responsible for failing utterly to teach their children a basic respect for those around them. If it takes a court case and possible financial penalty to make other parents prevent their offspring from being a danger to themselves and others then so be it.

    That said, may the gods help us all if the day ever comes when the way we treat others is governed ONLY by the Law.

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