Originally Posted by Levonian
What she’s probably trying to do is intimidate them into settling out of court for about 25 – 30k. This is incredibly common. It’s very often amazingly successful, and I know a bunch of people who have done it. I know a woman who juiced K-Tel Records for 85k after they fired her because she was taking Zoloft. The trick is to go in there huffing and puffing and threatening to sue for megabucks, while all the while negotiating for a much smaller out-of-court settlement.
I agree. Sue high, aim low.
One thing I'd like to disagree on is the amount of the lawsuit. I do not believe that 75k is asking too much. There are a boatload of frivilous lawsuits out there, but I'd classify this one as legit. The kid could have long term effects from it, from organ failure to a variety of other things. Adults bodies handle alcohol much differently than a 5 year olds.
Everyone here at AD was extremely outraged (and rightfully so) with the other story about the uncle who passed out and the toddler got ahold of a drink and was plastered. Why was everyone outraged over that and then say 'Mistakes Happen' when it comes to this story? The story doesn't mention a BAC but the effects were enough that the mother noticed and brought it managements attention (who agreed that it did happen).
I'm 100% against bad lawsuits, but I feel this one is good. I think she will get her 75k, and probably could have sued for a lot more.