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Whose Fault is it?

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First of all I send my heartfelt condolences to the Weiner family for the loss of their husband and father. I have lost both of my parents to disease and I believe that recovery from the loss of a parent spouse or child is the most challenging trial of life.

Today,  the New York Times ( )  reported that the Weiner family intends to sue New York City for Wrongful death citing that Mr Weiner was not adequately warned or protected.  The family  seeks  40 million dollars in damages.

What has happened to personal accountability? What has happened to the simple fact that people live, get sick and die? If Mr. Weiner had worked at Mount Sinai Hospital, would his family be suing that institution? I realize this may be an unpopular position but I think it is unpatriotic of the Weiner’s and their attorney to use this moment of grief as a weapon against the people of New York City.

H1N1 Virus

H1N1 Virus

Mayor Michael Bloomberg did not blend the H1N1 virus in his subterranean lair. City workers were not handing out flu samples. Mr Weiner died because he caught the flu.  I am sorry. We as a planet will face a terrific economic trial when Swine flu picks up speed this coming flu season. It will likely be stronger.  The number of estimated fatalities associated with the pandemic of 1918 ranges from 20-40 million people. This was at a time when air travel was not common and there were far fewer people on the planet.  If we lose 100,000 people in the US or maybe even in NYC who will they sue? Whose fault will it be?

People die and sometimes it is simply a virus that causes it. We as a people need to understand that we are responsible for creating a civil and responsible society. We are not entitled to become millionaires in the event that our employer failed to sit us down and explain every single danger associated with our job including the fact


Written by Jim McNiel

August 12, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I wonder how much of this was the families idea and how much of it came from some money grubbing lawyer


    August 12, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    • I would not be suprised if an attorney played some role in this decision.

      Jim McNiel

      August 12, 2009 at 8:54 pm

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