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sad day at the sledding party

February 23rd, 2007 at 07:38 pm

I was looking forward to today for weeks and it went very badly. DH's cousin brought his girlfriend, who was injured on the first slide down the hill. The snow was packed very tightly, and the sled went much faster than any of us anticipated. Anyway, she came to a very sudden stop after her sled hit a fence post (knocking it over) and broke two vertebrae in her back. She was up and walking, but in a lot of pain. She ended up going to the ER, where the x-rays showed the breaks. She is on her way now to a bigger, more specialized hospital for further testing. What rotten luck. Just a very important reminder that even the fun events can be dangerous.
Obviously her health and comfort is the #1 priority, but I also can't help fear that in this litigious society, her parents (she's young) might decide to come after my parents, who own the land. I hate to be even thinking about this at a time like this, but still, the idea haunts me. I hate that I now feel I have put my parents into a vulnerable position. If this causes lasting damage, then who knows what they will want to do. Are we at risk? Who knows. Let's hope cool heads prevail and see this for what it is - an accident. A terrible accident.

4 Responses to “sad day at the sledding party”

  1. monkeymama Says:

    That's too bad. hopefully cool heads will prevail, we'll hope for you...

  2. mjrube94 Says:

    Do your parents have homeowners' insurance and/or an umbrella policy? If so, that would probably cover any lawsuits...

  3. jodi Says:

    Yes, they already checked. They have coverage both on the home and farm policy. The person who was injured has health insurance, though, so hopefully they won't have to pay much out of pocket.
    The news today is a 8-12 week recovery in a brace, but no permanent damage, thank goodness. We are sending flowers...we just feel so terrible that it happened.

  4. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Oh dear! I have a 12 year old back injury which makes me really sympathetic to the young woman. But I must say, I also would be feeling anxiety over the possibility of a lawsuit or future jacked up insurance rates!

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