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Werribee Gorge Accident 11-May-2006 At 3:14:39 PM kerroxapithecus
On 10/05/2006 beefy wrote:
>good debate. Nice essays ronny. It's good to know how the legal system
>and lawyers supposed to act. Ronny's a lawyer so is understandably standing
>up for the legal system and lawyers - someone has to I guess, because I
>for one have lost complete faith in lawyers and the legal system (I never
>had much to begin with).-

I think the legal system has good foundations but there are lots of people working in it that shouldn't be and they have way too much power and little understanding of the reality of some people's lives. Many of them come from privileged backgrounds. The law of negligence is one area that was ok and now is stuffed and the big winners are the insurance companies. Now they get the increased premiums and don't pay out much. I don't think lawyer's are sticking up for lawyers but for injured people. I'm not a negligence lawyer (bloody should be seeing I'm so passionate about it) but I can see that the public has been misinformed about the issues.

>------Take some responsibility or stay at home and get fat then sue McDonalds.
>One less junk food outlet in the world couldn't do any harm.----------

Why is it right/moral/heroic? to take responsibility for the negligence of a wealthy corporation or authority that has the money to provide safety measures and didn't? I'm not talking about unfortunate mistakes or accidents but outright negligence.

Get fat and sue McDonalds - Very interesting. Obesity is all about economics isn't it? Con the punters into eating more and make more money. They get fatter and then they keep thinking they need so much food. It's a vicious cycle. People could get by eating about a tenth of what they eat. But that wouldn't keep the food outlets going would it? Yes people should take responsibility but people are also vulnerable in the face of constant advertising and the pace of society. But eating McDonalds and then suing is an extreme example of what we're talking about here and I can't see a person winning such a case. Definitely contributory negligence there.

Cool debate.

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