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Letter: Give me a break

Dear Editor:

Our litigious society never ceases to amaze and nauseate me.

There are a few things about the Basalt man suing a local mom-and-pop ski shop that get my undershorts wadded up.

First and foremost, a single broken toe does not merit $1,000!

Two: Failure to comply with the workers’ compensation law should negate one’s option to file a suit eight months later.

Why would an injured person not file a claim? Maybe they would not be able to pass a drug test. Maybe they did not think the injury was serious enough. Maybe they were simply not thinking clearly, as injury tends to do to us. State law allows a four-day window to file a workers’ compensation claim, so why was a claim not filed the next day or the next day or the next day as his toe began to swell and ache?

This is where our laws are flawed severely. One should not be able to break laws and then file suit for a ridiculous amount post facto! Mr. Forbeck, a single broken toe is not a “severe physical injury.” Having a limb or two blown off while serving in our country’s military, to defend your rights, Austen, is a severe injury! I bet a month’s mortgage that broken toe did not keep you from skiing a couple of days — if not more — last winter.

Shame on you! I have broken a toe, and it is merely a limp in the park rather than a walk!

John Norman


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