Wisconsin high court tosses lawsuit o...

Wisconsin high court tosses lawsuit over mower that severed boy...

There are 46 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jul 14, 2009, titled Wisconsin high court tosses lawsuit over mower that severed boy.... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

The Wisconsin Supreme Court says a father who accidentally severed the feet of his two-year-old son with a riding lawnmower cannot hold Deere & Company liable for the injury.

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Deere Owner

Denver, CO

#43 Jul 14, 2009
I own a two year old John Deere X724 riding mower.

The PTO that runs the mower deck disengages unless the PTO override is manually engaged. And you have to manually engage it EVERY TIME you back up if you want to keep the mower running.

I also have a John Deere 425 riding mower (13 years old). Once the PTO is on, it stays on.

Maybe Deere learned something in the process?

I agree with the verdict though. It's the operator's responsibility to be aware of the surroundings to avoid injury to themselves and others.

“Who, me?”

Since: Jun 08

Amery

#44 Jul 14, 2009
Instant Millionaire wrote:
Hard Facts:
Most or All posting here would grab at a chance
to sue for MILLIONS if given a chance by ambulance
chasing lawyers.
Why not? if it's free when you lose. And besides, Deere
is a BIG name company worth millions in insurance
backup coverage.
I'm not blaming the family for going after Deere
I would too if I was told by lawyers there is a
chance to win MILLIONS and I have medical bills
to cover.
Idiots are around us all the time, but they sometimes
get compensated for it right or wrong......(HOT COFFEE...Mcdonalds)remember
Not me.
If I'm injured and it's from someone else's negligence, sure, I'll consider a lawsuit.
But if it's my own fault, then no. I'm not suing.
I have something that a lot of idiots out there lack.
Common sense.
If I'm riding a mower, I'm looking in the direction I'm going.
If I'm opening a coffee, I'm not doing it in a moving vehicle, while holding it betwixt my thighs.
I don't look down the barrel of a gun and pull the trigger to see if it's loaded.

Now, if I do something stupid, I am man enough to own up to my mistake, no matter the consequences.
Why?
Because I have a sense of decency, a sense of right/wrong, and, hackneyed as it sounds, I have a sense of honor.

Suing a large manufacturer because you made a stupid mistake, and justifying it by saying, "they have a lot of cash. They can afford it.", shows exactly what kind of person you are.
It shows that they are greedy leeches on society, who refuse to take responsibility for themselves.

People in America wonder why people in other countries look down on us.
It's people like these parents.

Take a good look at yourselves people.
Respect others.
Respect yourself.
Pay attention.
Take responsibility.
And, we will all be happier.
W-T-F-Chuck

Hutchinson, MN

#45 Jul 14, 2009
ottermann wrote:
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Not me.
If I'm injured and it's from someone else's negligence, sure, I'll consider a lawsuit.
But if it's my own fault, then no. I'm not suing.
I have something that a lot of idiots out there lack.
Common sense.
If I'm riding a mower, I'm looking in the direction I'm going.
If I'm opening a coffee, I'm not doing it in a moving vehicle, while holding it betwixt my thighs.
I don't look down the barrel of a gun and pull the trigger to see if it's loaded.
Now, if I do something stupid, I am man enough to own up to my mistake, no matter the consequences.
Why?
Because I have a sense of decency, a sense of right/wrong, and, hackneyed as it sounds, I have a sense of honor.
Suing a large manufacturer because you made a stupid mistake, and justifying it by saying, "they have a lot of cash. They can afford it.", shows exactly what kind of person you are.
It shows that they are greedy leeches on society, who refuse to take responsibility for themselves.
People in America wonder why people in other countries look down on us.
It's people like these parents.
Take a good look at yourselves people.
Respect others.
Respect yourself.
Pay attention.
Take responsibility.
And, we will all be happier.
I agree 100% with you.

However...

Personal Injury lawyers can be RELENTLESS in getting a victim to sue. They will play on the victims emotions and do everything they can to convince the victim to sue. After all, they have much, much more to gain and less to lose. Its a law of averages game that is tilted heavily in their favor.

Maybe the lawyers should reimburse the defendant for the costs. I'm betting that would make them think twice about lawsuits that go against common sense.
Dave Houg

Saint Paul, MN

#46 Jul 15, 2009
I LIKE the idea of losing LAWYERS picking up the cost (or a share) of the winning side in a lawsuit. They are the ones who know the law better than the person injured and they are the ones who know the real chances of a ruling. Now if they can not win, they have just lost time so they sue with poor logic. The companies have to spend a LOT of effort defending because nobody is sure of what 12 people will decide.
Ron Whyte

Titusville, FL

#47 Jul 15, 2009
you can't fix "stupid."

Since: Mar 08

St. Paul, MN

#48 Jul 15, 2009
ottermann wrote:
<quoted text>

Suing a large manufacturer because you made a stupid mistake, and justifying it by saying, "they have a lot of cash. They can afford it.", shows exactly what kind of person you are.
It shows that they are greedy leeches on society, who refuse to take responsibility for themselves.
Too many people are exactly like this. I, myself, find it repulsive.

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