Take for example the Spring Lake man who’s suing a brewing company after he opened a beer and the cap allegedly exploded off the bottle and hit him in the face. He claims he suffered physical and emotional damage. To the tune of $25,000 or more.
So, for something that can happen in life, he wants to waste time and resources with his attorney due to the “pain and suffering” and “fright and shock” he says he endured. The idea that he’s going after the brewing company for something so frivolous is what’s frightening and shocking.
Another example of a local lawsuit is of a more serious nature. An 11-year-old local boy, Chance Nash, died after hitting an obstruction while sledding in Duncan Woods more than two years ago. His family is suing for more than $25,000 in damages, claiming the park and the park trustees are responsible for the boy’s death. While the loss of life is tragic, the continuation of the negative energy poured into this lawsuit is a shame.
Turn that negativity into a positive, lasting legacy. Acknowledge the loss and hurt, and invest those emotions into something that will benefit and educate the community for years to come.
Imagine what a difference the family could make by spending their time and money not on a lawsuit that costs everyone, but on a lasting gift. They could educate parents and children on sledding safety; they could construct a playground in Chance’s name; they could do so much to turn this awful misfortune into something that would properly honor their son.
You can’t put a price on someone’s life, but you can choose to make a difference. Life involves risk. We need to hold ourselves accountable for the decisions we make everyday.