Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Motel Personal Responsibility

In these enlightened times, there is always someone else to blame for our actions. Modern society dictates that individuals should be regularly relieved of the burden of personal responsibility.

It is pleasing to note that guests that stay at motels can also expect to absolve themselves of personal responsibility - in most cases.

Last year we asked the question: Does a sex accident that occurs in a motel while on a business trip count as a work accident?" 

While staying at a motel on a work trip, an Australian public servant was injured after a glass light fitting came away from the wall above the bed as she was engaging in vigorous horizontal activities with an acquaintance. The light struck her in the face and she sustained injuries.

It was established that the public servant was entitled to compensation as the court ruled this was a valid work related injury. 

While it was found that an Aussie public servant's extra curricular in-room activity injury was 100 percent someone else's fault, a court in America has taken a slightly differing view in another motel room misadventure.

A jury has recently awarded a Georgia woman $3 million over her husband's heart attack, finding that his doctor should have warned the Atlanta cop against strenuous activity like the three-way sex he was having at the time he died at an Atlanta airport motel.

The jury found that the deceased husband's medical practitioner was 60% to blame for this death as his high blood pressure, chest pains, shortness of breath and irregular heartbeat were not properly diagnosed and he was also not warned to avoid strenuous physical activity.

The court found that the deceased husband by checking-in to an airport motel and engaging in strenuous 3-way activity was 40 percent responsible for his own death.

By the numbers, can we assume that the tide is slowly turning and personal responsibility is making a come back?

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