Friday, November 13, 2009

This one I understand

This country long ago went lawsuit crazy. We live in a litigious society where few accept responsibilities for their own actions. Does the New Mexico woman suing McDonald's because the coffee was too hot when she spilled it on her lap ring a bell?

But a suit filed Thursday in Potter County is not one of these. The Torres family in Bushland has sued El Paso Natural Gas Co., its parent company, El Paso Corp., and its pipeline operator, Atmos Energy, after the pipeline explosion Nov. 5.

The Torres home, according to their Lubbock attorney, was about 100 yards from the explosion. Three family members were injured, and daughter Franczeska, 15, remains in a Lubbock burn unit with serious burns on 30 percent of her body. Their home was also destroyed.

I always thought honest litigation was for the little guy who has been wronged, intentionally or not. This family had its world turned upside down through no fault of their own. Hopefully, fairness will eventually prevail.

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