Running too quickly on an icy sidewalk in front of a neighbor’s house, you slip and break your leg. Would you be likely to sue the owner of the house if you were confident you could win the suit because of his negligence in shoveling the snow?
First of all, why am I running on an icy sidewalk? If I’m running when the sidewalks are potentially covered with ice, then I’m either trying to get away from a polar bear or I’m desperate to escape a hoard of zombies. Either way, a broken leg is the least of my worries.
But to answer the question, no… that would be unlikely.
A lawsuit can be hurtful. I think the only situation in which I may be tempted to sue someone that I would likely run into on a regular basis in the future would be if that person was unreasonable regarding his or her homeowners’ insurance covering my medical bills. X-rays aren’t cheap.
In a way, I understand why lawsuits are a thing. I sort of get why people ask for more than what would cover a hospital bill. If the broken leg means I can’t work for a certain amount of time, something’s gonna have to cover me so I can still make ends meet.
I’d be more likely to sue a large corporation if they didn’t clear their sidewalk or parking lot. Like if I was at Walmart and broke my leg. The subject of that suit would be a faceless corporation that has billions of dollars at their disposal.
But a neighbor? Like I said, this is probably someone I have to see on a regular-ish basis for the foreseeable future. So… I’d rather not get tangled up in legal proceedings.
What about you? Are you likely to sue someone if you’re injured on their property? Let me know down in the comments!
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.