- Published: Tuesday, 05 March 2013 08:23
Generally, in order to hold someone liable in court for an injury, you have to show that they were careless or irresponsible in some way. If somebody ran a red light and hit you, that might not be hard to prove. But if a complex piece of machinery fails, it might be difficult to say exactly what went wrong, or what should have been done differently.
Fortunately, the court system recognizes this problem, and has made it easier for injured people to be compensated in many cases.
For instance, a man in Maine suffered severe abdominal pain after eating a hot turkey sandwich at a truck stop. Doctors discovered a small perforation of his esophagus, and evidence that it was caused by a turkey bone. The man sued the manufacturer of the turkey product in the sandwich, which was supposed to be “boneless.”