RE: [infoguys-list] Suicide 101: Lessons Before Dying
- It is a combination of denial and plaintiffs attorneys. Parents want to
deny that any part of the problem was their fault and the plaintiff's
attorney knows that whomever he sues will cough up some money just to make
the lawsuit go away.
As long as insurance companies and corporations keep caving in to the
pressure and paying on every lawsuit filed, it does not matter what we
think. It will just keep on happening.
As badly as I hate to say it, we do a lot of insurance defense work and God
Bless plaintiff's attorneys. Without them my family would starve. I have
the feeling I am not isolated on this issue.
With best regards, I remain...
Very truly yours,
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From: spies_online <spiesonline@...>
Sent: Sunday, February 09, 2003 9:39 AM
Subject: [infoguys-list] Suicide 101: Lessons Before Dying
There is a site on the Net that gives detailed instructions on how to
commit suicide, from aspirin to carbon monoxide poisoning. A teen
accessed the site before killing himself, and now the parents are
suing the site owner. Should parents be allowed to sue because their
mentally-unstable teen accessed the site? Aspirin, for example, is
readily available at any drugstore? Is it the site's fault? What do
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- Anyone can sue anyone else over anything. The real question is 'should they
be able to win'? Courts will look at the nature of the claim and whether it
has any chance of being proven valid - if not, well, that's why they made
summary judgments. Including, perhaps, the awarding of attorney's fees. So
it's a self-policing system, as I feel it should be (for whatever *that* is
And what about their responsibility to monitor the activities of their
teen-age son in their home (presuming that the website was accessed via a
home computer)? Or their responsibility to monitor the son, himself? These
are questions, only - I understand full well that it is sometimes
(frequently) impossible to tell that a person, no matter how close the
relationship, intends to commit suicide. With the exception of serious
abuse-situations, it is never the survivor's fault or responsibility.
The obstacle of proof will be high for the parents - there are a myriad ways
for a distraught teen to commit suicide, none of which required the
assistance of the website. The fact that he apparently chose a method from
the website illustrates only that he was intending to kill himself. Had the
website not been available, who is to say that he would not have walked in
front of a train?
> Should parents be allowed to sue because theirI think that the wheel will turn the way it will turn, no matter what we
> mentally-unstable teen accessed the site? Aspirin, for example, is
> readily available at any drugstore? Is it the site's fault? What do
> you think?
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