I read a news article online today, and it's seriously one of the most ridiculous things I've come across lately.
A woman who works as a police officer in Florida saved a drowning child from a pool. This was a 911 one call that she had responded to while she was on duty. In the process, she slipped in a puddle of water and broke her knee. She missed two months of work and risks having arthritis in her injured knee.
The one-year-old boy that she rescued suffered brain damage and cannot walk, talk or swallow. She is now filing a lawsuit against the family, claiming that her injury happened on their property (true) due to their negligence (well, I wasn't there, but my guess is that if she was saving a drowning child, puddles of water may have been inevitable.)
Here's why I think this is ridiculous, and you are welcome to disagree: Police officers decide to become police officers with FULL knowledge that they will put their lives in danger as part of their job for the sake of protecting the citizens. They are paid to do that. In fact, taxpayers pay for their protection. And after receiving worker's compensation for her injury (which is legit, as she was indeed injured on the job), she now wants for these citizens to pay her more money because she got hurt doing her job?
I just think it's one of the most absurd things I've heard lately. I'm sorry she got hurt, but that's a risk she takes every day when she goes to work. Her medical bills were paid and she also received compensation from the police department while she was off work healing. Why is it that she doesn't think that's sufficient? I just don't understand why she thinks she's entitled to gobs of money from these people. You all know I'm forever an optimist, but it saddens me to see so much greed in our nation. I think this is one small example of it.