Young man paralyzed in crash after un...

Young man paralyzed in crash after underage drinking party wins...

There are 297 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 11, 2009, titled Young man paralyzed in crash after underage drinking party wins.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A Lake Forest woman's homeowners insurance will pay $2.5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by a young man who was paralyzed in a crash that occurred after an underage drinking party in her home.

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boney fingers

Skokie, IL

#1 Feb 12, 2009
you've got to be kidding. no wonder people take no responsibilty for their own actions anymore. let's see, sneak beer into someone's house, get drunk, get hurt, & then hit the lottery ! what a country.
jsd

Oswego, IL

#2 Feb 12, 2009
how come know one has tried suing god yet?
Nancy Mortonthal

Westchester, IL

#3 Feb 12, 2009
Guy gets into a car with a drunk driver and sues someone else for a resulting injury. He and his family seem so irresponsible. You screw up---accept the consequences.
What A Load Of Nonsense

Batavia, IL

#4 Feb 12, 2009
The guy probably feels justified because an insurance company paid it out.
Gordy

Bolingbrook, IL

#5 Feb 12, 2009
This is typical of today's society. Blame someone else for your dumb decission. I feel for the young man but he did make some choices here.

We now live in a world where it always someone else fault.
joe

United States

#6 Feb 12, 2009
a man who could be charged as an adult for a crime, acts like a child and blames others for his poor choices..so sad, that's why my insurance is through the roof, anybody can sue anybody
ralph

Elmhurst, IL

#7 Feb 12, 2009
jsd wrote:
how come know one has tried suing god yet?
Someone has but the judge through it out stating that the papers could not be served
Just an American

Tampa, FL

#8 Feb 12, 2009
And everyone wonders why our insurance rates continue to increase. The yound man should have called his parents for a ride home. I say to the parent's of this child, it could have just as easily been your son driving! What would you have done then?
every day

Elmhurst, IL

#9 Feb 12, 2009
if they opened the books on where people were at and what they were doing before an accident everyone would be broke or in jail. A very stupid decision by the jury and judge.
Just an American

Tampa, FL

#10 Feb 12, 2009
And yes, I meant "young"
flea

Hoffman Estates, IL

#12 Feb 12, 2009
Was he drinking as well? Then why is it not his fault to for getting into the car with his friend?
Alaz

Lincolnshire, IL

#14 Feb 12, 2009
This is really ridiculous. I can understand of the parents provide the liquor but if the kids are drinking and the parents don't know then I don't think it's their fault. The kid is 19 and he made the decision to drink and drive. It's his own fault.
kris

Des Plaines, IL

#15 Feb 12, 2009
He chose to drink, get drunk and get into the car with the other adult that was drunk, and sue him too. Baldwin is completely innocent, alcohol was poured into his mouth, he was forced to swallow it by gun point, and he was dragged and tied into the vehicle, no way is any of this his fault. The guys were hoping to get lucky. Everyone needs to take responsibility for their own actions and pay the consequences. I'm tired of my rising insurance costs because people can't stop suing each other because bad choices were made.
MADD supporter

Chicago, IL

#16 Feb 12, 2009
Inasmuch as ALL were drinking, Mr. Baldwin, being of adult age at the time, should be responsible for his own actions. The hosting parents were inexcusably irresponsible, as evidence by their daughter's frequent past drinking issues. Of course, with a Lake Forest address, they can afford the best legal representation and ultimately pawn their egregious irresponsibility and convenient unawareness onto all who pay insurance premiums.
What

Cary, IL

#17 Feb 12, 2009
jsd wrote:
how come know one has tried suing god yet?
What?
Diane Cantor

Los Angeles, CA

#18 Feb 12, 2009
Stoopid kid got what he deserved.
Taxpayer

Schiller Park, IL

#19 Feb 12, 2009
If we really want to stimulate the economy, let's cap lawyers awards at $500,000.

Not only would this free up the courts, it would cut the cost of health care in half.
JPD

Niles, IL

#20 Feb 12, 2009
Another case of someone NOT taking responsibility for their own actions. The kid was 19, old enough to make his own choices and be judged for them. Was he charged with DUI?
Lawyers are ruining this country.
jason

Glendale Heights, IL

#21 Feb 12, 2009
I think we just found Nadya Suleman a rich husband. Hopefully, he shoots blanks ...
charlie d

Chicago, IL

#22 Feb 12, 2009
That's just not right.

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