Saturday, November 21, 2009

Dodgeball and Evolution

Barry Petchesky cracks me up.

A kid got nailed in the face during a dodgeball game at his school, and now he might sue the city. Maybe he needs to sue evolution for not giving him the reflexes to survive in middle school gym class.

I think I understand what happened here. Kid gets hit in the face, incurs about 15 grand in dental work, and someone has to pay for it. Parents probably don't have 15 grand to pay a dentist or dental insurance, so they need to get the money from somewhere...and they sue. The city, which runs the school, offers to give the lawyer 5 grand and the kid 15 grand to avoid lawyers' fees and a sympathetic jury.

Who's ultimately on the hook? NYC taxpayers. And you know what? I'm okay with that.

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