Injured Connecticut Gymnast Gets $625K

October 27, 2010

  • October 27, 2010 at 12:34 pm
    Mikey says:
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    This actually seems like a fair settlement based on the injury from the limited information we have. I imagine there were probably municipal caps to keep the awards out of hand.

  • October 27, 2010 at 2:08 am
    Hank says:
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    Fair settlement my a$$! “her injuries curtailed what had been a promising athletic career in soccer, softball and gymnastics.” To excel in sports at a level that pays you, a person has to have more that just a promising career. Even that doesn’t guaranty you will make a career of it. And then you have to consider how much a professional female soccer or softball player (is there a professional softball league?) makes, which I bet is not that much. And to be a premier gymnast, you don’t screw up you chances by playing other sports. Add it all up, and you have a lawyer who fed the system a line of BS that paid out quite well for this young girl… I mean lawyer.

  • October 27, 2010 at 2:11 am
    Mikey says:
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    Who cares about the so called professional career. She’s a kid who got her feet smashed doing something her coach told her to do against policy. Pain and suffering. Reasonable settlement in my opinion.

  • October 27, 2010 at 2:40 am
    Hank says:
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    When speaking about sports, since this lawyer says “promising career”, I interpret that as meaning a professional career. Her chances of professional career are slim to none, so should she be compensated for something that was most likely not going to happen? I don’t think so. As for pain and suffering, the article didn’t get into that and I didn’t feel like doing the research. But there was no mention of broken bones, compound fractures, time spent in traction, all of which would have led me to believe it was a serious injury. Without any of that, $625,000 seems excessive. That is not to say, though, that she didn’t deserve some sort of compensation.

  • October 27, 2010 at 3:32 am
    insurance geek says:
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    Hank, the article says there were 10-12 boards weighing 10 to 20 lbs each – worst case scenario, thats a total of 240 lbs smashing a 14 year old girl’s feet. Knowing that she is a gymnast, you can fairly conclude that she was probably petite.

    Ummm, I think it would be fair to assume there were multiple fractures of her foot bones (plural), and if you have ever had a fracture, you feel that for the rest of your life, next time the storm is comin’ in, you know it…

    And, there are professional womens soccer teams out there, not to mention the potential she may have had for a college scholarship (full boat), etc.

    You also dont know how much of that award was punitive, so given all those things, I think the $625K was probably a fair number considering it went to trial.

    And know that I hate those BS injury claims as much as the next insurance person…

  • October 27, 2010 at 3:57 am
    Stephen Tallinghasternathy says:
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    Oh Christ, there’s not a victorious plaintiff that person’s on this site, like Hank, would deem justified.

    And there’s more than just “professional” athletes that are compensated for their talent. There’s also college scholarships.

    Hank’s just a grumpy *** that likes to complain.

    This scenario sounds like justice.

  • October 28, 2010 at 8:03 am
    wudchuck says:
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    it is a fair settlement, at least she did not ask for millions, but i hope that the settlement is for her and not her parents to use for other items… let’s hope that it does pay for medical bills and her future schooling… my only question is, what if she does become an excellent sports figure – will the state come back and state, now you owe me money back because the promising career became successful?

  • October 28, 2010 at 11:25 am
    Hank says:
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    Ah, yes, Stephen Tallinghasternathy. How can I take your comments seriously? With a name like that, I had to Google it and see what came up. Two of the hits were as follows. And I quote:

    Subject: RE: Throw the Book at Him!
    Posted On: December 14, 2009, 12:40 pm CST
    Posted By: Stephen Tallinghasternathy
    Comment:
    Everyone calm down. Only he who hasn’t taped a nude woman through a reversed peephole can throw the first stone.

    And on the same topic…

    Subject: Wudchuck – Don’t get naked
    Posted On: December 14, 2009, 2:56 pm CST
    Posted By: Stephen Tallinghasternathy
    Comment:
    Just shower in a bathing suit, and never get naked in your hotel room.

    When I sleep in a hotel bed, I wear a full scuba outfit. Have you ever seen one of those comforters under a black light? It’s like a porno was filmed there.

    The consummate professional that you are, your words truly sting!

  • October 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm
    Stephen Tallinghasternathy says:
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    Hank, your still the only heartless ******* on this site that is against a harmed teenage girl being compensated for her injuries. Her injuries incurred after a school employee ordered her to break protocol and set up the floor herself, rather than let custodial staff.

    I bet your the kind of guy who likes to kick puppies for sport and step on flowers when no one is looking.

    I may post with levity from time to time, but you’re a callous jerk.

  • October 28, 2010 at 1:16 am
    Hank says:
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    You hurl insults at me through the anonymity of cyberspace and I am the jerk? Takes a real man to do that. Not only are you unprofessional, you are also a coward.

    And just to clarify, when did I say I was against compensation for this girl? Can you please point that out to me?

  • October 28, 2010 at 1:17 am
    SWFL Agent says:
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    The story didn’t provide enough details on her injuries to pass any type of judgement on the size of the settlement. Doesn’t really matter if her potential career as a gymnast is over. She is obviously atheletic so there is a possibility that injured feet could impair her ability to jog, exercise, snow ski, etc when she is older. That’s worth some money. Hank, most of the articles we read in this publication regarding lawsuits/settlements are outrageous and ridiculous so I’ll just assume your lack of compassion on this one is due to the numerous absurdities we’ve all read about too many times.

  • October 28, 2010 at 1:23 am
    Jeff says:
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    Unfortunately, Hank’s opinion is shared by many on this site. This is why many times, insurance professionals do not get to serve on juries. It is attitudes exactly like this. I have been been reading stories on this site for over 5 years and have never one time, never heard a story about a lawsuit where comments weren’t made about how money grubbing the defendants are. It doesn’t matter if they were killed, maimed, etc by gross negligence or not.

    Hank’s opinions are an unfortunate characteristic of an industry that freely accepts premiums and then will do anything not to pay claims.

  • October 28, 2010 at 1:25 am
    Jeff says:
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    plaintifs that is.

  • October 28, 2010 at 1:28 am
    wudchuck says:
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    yet, how many times have we read where the plaintiff is totally respsonsible and yet fails to realize and goes on a rampage to find anyone with pockets to get filled with $$$$? in today’s society of economic recession, folks will try to find someone else responsible no matter what. then there are few, like this where it was proper since they were not supposed to do it anyways… by the way, where is the word NO in our vocabulary? afterall the gymnist should have known better… how many times have they laid the floor down before? sometimes, we are dealing with a 14 yr old, yet we do require them to read, write and do homework for school.

  • October 28, 2010 at 1:38 am
    Hank says:
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    SWFL,
    I agree that the article doesn’t provide much information on the severity of the injury. You choose to look at it as if the accident might have “impaired her ability to jog.” Possibly. Could we also look at it as if the injury were merely a sprained ankle? Could a good lawyer could turn that into $650,000? Possibly. There are always two sides to every story.

  • October 28, 2010 at 1:42 am
    Mikey says:
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    From another article….

    “Ritchie suffered a Lisfranc fracture-dislocation of the right foot requiring surgery”

  • October 28, 2010 at 1:51 am
    wudchuck says:
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    surgery does not necessarily mean the end of one’s career in sports whether amateur or professional…. that would be my only concern… we can just speculate the you child might have a promising career, but then can we not state, he might be a new young einstein or astronaut? you’d have to prove to me that the kid’s money is for the surgery… if you want further money that his ability is better than the average player… i think that since they ask for only less than $1 mil, it’s reasonable to assume it’s not going to be a professional career we stubbed.

  • October 28, 2010 at 2:22 am
    SWFL Agent says:
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    The title of the first Blog by Mikey was “Fair Settlement” and I assumed that’s what we’ve tried to comment on. There is no way to know what is or isn’t fair in this case. Could this person have foot issues later in life? Was the settlement for potential long term health issues? If by the age of 30 this person has an inordinate amount of pain when they ski or play tennis then $650k is not enough money. I don’t expect a 14 year old to exercise better judgement and expect them to refuse to follow the direction of their coach. They were asked to help, probably thought they could do it, and got hurt.

  • October 28, 2010 at 2:42 am
    Stephen Tallinghasternathy says:
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    Hank, your first statement started, “Fair settlement my A$$!” when talking about a teenage girl whose feet were crushed. You don’t think that sounds like a jerk?

    You really should be ashamed of yourself.

  • October 28, 2010 at 3:08 am
    Hank says:
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    That comment was in reference to the settlement, and was in no way to reflect upon my opinion of the girl. I am going to repeat a statement from my second post. Please, take your time and read it slowly.

    “$625,000 seems excessive. That is not to say, though, that she didn’t deserve some sort of compensation.”

    To take more time to explain myself would be a waste of time. Especially to someone who, once again, chooses to attempt to insult me in such a cowardly fashion.

  • October 28, 2010 at 3:10 am
    Mikey says:
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    As interesting as it is having Stephen and Hank go back and forth I think enough is enough.



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