Dark Bilious Vapors

But how could I deny that I possess these hands and this body, and withal escape being classed with persons in a state of insanity, whose brains are so disordered and clouded by dark bilious vapors....
--Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy: Meditation I

Home » Archives » August 2005 » Powerful Forces...

[« More primo Michelle Malkin snark....] [Collapsible Subjects... »]

08/18/2005: Powerful Forces...

This is an interesting juxtaposition: Tale of two moms offers single response to the worst of times, from our own Burt Constable (Daily Herald) on a recent Illinois wrongful death settlement case:

"...Two men dead too soon, two institutions with two contrasting approaches to the controversy, and two angry and grieving moms with evidence, sympathetic supporters and fervent critics, but no peace.

The death of Wheeler, a pretty good football player who died of an asthma attack while Northwestern officials made a litany of awful decisions during and after his death, can’t compare to the death of Sheehan, an Army mechanic who was killed in April 2004 in Baghdad by rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire.

Both men partook willingly in the activities, were compensated in some way for their participation, and leave loved ones with an all-encompassing grief. But dying for your college football team and dying for your country are not equal.

With government-provided life insurance and a new law raising combat death benefits from $12,420 to $100,000, Sheehan’s death carries a monetary value of $500,000.

Northwestern, attorneys and a judge agreed the life of Wheeler is worth $16 million to his divorced parents and four half- and full siblings.

That could be considered a large settlement for the life of a man with no wife or kids to support. But British tabloids report that Russell Crowe is willing to pay $11 million to compensate a New York hotel concierge who says the actor threw a phone and vase at him.

In a nation where all men are created equal, assigning a dollar value to their lives and untimely demises is delicate.

According to our news stories, the price of debilitating injuries and lasting pain for a police officer critically injured on duty is worth $10 million, minus legal and medical bills. The lifelong care of a baby left severely disabled by a drugstore mistake has a value of $21 million. Another baby injured forever due to mistakes at delivery deserves less than $12 million. The lives of a mother and daughter killed in a plane crash are worth $15 million. Parents of a teen who died of a drug overdose are awarded $200,000 from an insurance policy covering her dealer. And Wednesday’s Washington Post told of a family torn apart fighting over the money paid to relatives of Sept. 11 victims.

In 98 percent of these cases, the participants agree to a settlement before the case goes to a jury, says Tom Demetrio, a prominent attorney in wrongful death and negligence suits, and the lawyer for Wheeler’s father, George Wheeler.

Putting a price tag on a life, a missing limb or a baby’s future is the lawyers’ job.
She could literally take her battle to a public arena.

“I’m not making light of it ...,” Demetrio says, “but she can do what that lady in Texas is doing across from the president’s ranch.”

A mourning mother can be a powerful force."

Karen on 08.18.05 @ 11:47 AM CST

[ | ]

August 2005

Archives of Blogger site
Archives: May '04-Feb '05
Archives: Feb-March '05

Powered by gm-rss

Len's sidebar:
About Len (The uncondensed version)
Memorial to a dear friend
Frederick W. Benteen
The Web of Leonards
The St. Louis Cardinals
The Memphis Redbirds
The St. Louis Browns
The Birdwatch
Hey! Spring of Trivia Blog
BlogMemphis (The Commercial Appeal's listing of Memphis blogs)
The Guide to Life, the Universe, and Everything
George Dubya Bush Blows
asshat.org (be sure to refresh your window for more "wit and wisdom" from Our Beloved Leader)
Taking the Fight to Karl
Kraftwerk: Chicago, 6/4/2005
My Chicago: Part One
My Chicago, Part Two
Millennium Park
Miscellaneous Chicago
Busch Stadium Tour and BoSox/Cards Game: 6/6/2005
St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum
Len's All-Busch Stadium Team
BP's Postseason Odds (Monte Carlo Simulations)

Len's extended blogroll:

Brock's Sidebar:
About Brock
The Agitator
Armchair Capitalists
Boing Boing
Brad DeLong
Crooked Timber
The Decembrist
Dispatches from the Culture Wars
Flypaper Theory
Heretical Ideas
John and Belle Have a Blog
Jon Rowe
Literal Minded
Marginal Revolution
Matthew Yglesias
Oliver Willis
Orin Kerr
Political Animal
Signifying Nothing
Unqualified Offerings

Moonbat Icon

Karen's Sidebar
About Karen
The Ig-Nobel Prizes
The Annals of Improbable Research
The Darwin Awards
EBaums World
Real Clear Politics
U.S. News Wire
Foreign Affairs
The Capitol Steps
Legal Affairs
Nobel Laureates for Change
Program On International Policy
Law of War
Sunday Times
Media Matters
Is That Legal?
Andrew Sullivan
Literal Minded
Jon Rowe
Freespace Blog
Thought Not
Publius Pundit
Blog Maverick
Rosenberg Blog
Crooked Timber

The Rocky Top Brigade:

A New Memphis Mafia

The Old Memphis Mafia

The liberal alternative to Drudge.

Get Firefox!

Take the MIT Weblog Survey

Len supports:
Operation Yellow Elephant:

"Because ranting is safer than enlisting"
Operation Yellow Elephant Blog

The Rebel Alliance of Yankee Haters
Blue Squadron (NL)
Babalu (Marlins)
Leaning Toward the Dark Side (Mets)
Ramblings' Journal (Cubs)
Mediocre Fred (Brewers)
Len Cleavelin (Cardinals)
Red Squadron (AL)
Obscurorama (Red Sox)
Frinklin Speaks (Mariners)
Steve Silver (Twins)
Steve the Llama Butcher (Red Sox)
Rob the Llama Butcher (Rangers)
MoatesArt (Red Sox)
Rammer (Tigers)
JawsBlog (Indians)
Ubi Libertas (Blue Jays)
Oldsmoblogger (Indians)
Mass Backwards (Red Sox)
Industrial Blog
Cry Freedom

How many visitors are here:

Blogrings/Blog indexes/Blog search:
« ? Verbosity # »

Listed on Blogwise
Blogarama - The Blog Directory
Popdex Citations
Blog Search Engine

Greymatter Forums Weblog Commenting and Trackback by HaloScan.com
template by linear