THIS was gonna happen. I tole y'all back on December 27, 2007, Sorta. I say, parenthetically, that the families, have my sympathy unless and until, they file a lawsuit against the City. And that is what the first link is all about.
I guess when we reached the saturation point of one MILLION lawyers [in the late '80s] it was going to inevitably lead to the point where NO one takes responsibility for ANY foolhardy action they and/or their family members take ever again.
But, isn't it time we said, WHOA! Let's take another look here, folks. This has gotten out of hand! There is not supposed to be a Free Lunch. Every time you stub your toe on a loose curb you are NOT entitled to free medical care for the rest of your flippin life!
If you spill hot coffee in your lap...you DO NOT DESERVE a six figure settlement from McDonalds for not warning you the coffee was HOT, you MORON!
If you take a drug, and you start itching; your mouth, tongue, or throat swells, or you start wheezing, you should NOT be able to sue the manufacturer because you are ALLERGIC. THEY did not purposely activate your immune system. So they should NOT have to pay you for YOUR body's reaction, NOR should they have to buy time on the TeeVee to warn the folks who are too stoopid to come in out of the rain to STOP TAKING THIS DRUG IF THIS HAPPENS TO YOU.
Our justice system is funded by tax money. MY tax money and your tax money. If you don't think about taxes anytime but April...then you haven't paid sales tax or stayed in a motel/hotel or paid property taxes or car taxes lately have you? Some of these tax monies are allocated for a specific purpose....road building and maintenance; education; city, county, state budgets and the tax offices of those entities will provide you with a budget that will explain how your tax money is spent. Take a look at how much is spent on Courts or Justice administrative costs. It can be deceptive because civil suits can be found in City and County and District courts and there are even some at the Federal level. Judges have to be paid, clerks, court reporters, bailiffs, the entire infrastructure in the Courthouse is funded by TAX money. From the janitor who keeps the restroom floor mopped to the Senior District Judge sitting on the bench deciding a Capital Murder case.
Now, imagine if we could eliminate HALF the Civil lawsuits and allocate those resources to clearing the backlog of CRIMINAL cases. No lawyers, clerks, judges, or LE personnel would be out of a job. The lawyers might be practicing a different KIND of law, and they might have to take some refresher courses, but they would still be employed.
I'm not advocating gettin' rid of ALL malpractice or product liability lawsuits. But things have gotten SOOOOO far out of hand that NO-Body even knows how to pronounce the Words PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY anymore.