Have you ever gone out to eat somewhere and when you get home you have a stomach ache? Maybe you ate too much, maybe you ate too little, or maybe something is eating you? Take for instance the guy that came into our library the other day. Seems he had taken his significant other out to eat, go out dancing, stopped for some after dancing drinks and by the time he got home, his stomach was screaming.
A trip to the doctor reveals a piece of metal about a quarter inch long sticking in the side of his gut. Guy contacts attorney, attorney says lawsuit, and they're off and running. The problem is: from whence did he get the piece of metal? I mean, most people don't have chunks of metal just sitting in their stomach for the heck of it. So, now he's thinking:
- Does he sue the restaurant where he ate dinner?
- Does he sue the place where he got the after-dinner drinks?
- Did he have the metal in his stomach for a while and only now are his pains being made manifest?
Such are the problems filing a lawsuit against someone for a food related issue. What I, as his local county Law Librarian, suggested was that he take a gander at a few titles that might help him in the development of his case such as How To Win Your Personal Injury Claim (Nolo Press), Personal Injury: Actions, Defenses, Damages (Lexis), California Practice Guide: Personal Injury (West), and Attorney's Textbook of Medicine (Lexis).
Yep, there are a whole lot of crazy stuff going on out there in the world. Good thing your local county Law Librarian has it all together waiting for when it all falls apart.