[nabs-l] Blind man sues Wienerschnitzel over run-in with tree

Sean Whalen smwhalenpsp at gmail.com
Sat Aug 14 21:22:17 UTC 2010

Thank you Dennis!

You said everything I wanted to say, and then some.

If the man was injured and incurred costs from the injury, he has a case. A
sighted person could sue in the circumstances described where the branch is
not illuminated at night. The limb causing injury is foreseeable, and
somebody was negligent.

A few other thoughts brought up by the discussion so far:

The idea that I should always have my hand in front of my face is
ridiculous. If it works for you, I'm not knocking it, but it certainly isn't
a requirement of safe travel.

Walking at a somewhat reduced pace in unfamiliar areas seems reasonable. I
do it, and I don't think that exercising some caution indicates that I have
subpar travel skills. Once you are familiar with an area, it is certainly
easier to navigate it more quickly.

Kirt is right in that this maybe shouldn't be news, but neither should a
blind person graduating from a university, and I see that kind of thing
written up frequently. Blindness is different, and makes a story more
interesting to the general public. Not saying I like it, just saying it's

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