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In a letter to the editor of The Free Lance- Star, John Harris explains why a lawsuit helps limit suffering in a wrongful death case.

Posted by John Harris on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 @ 10:14 AM

In a letter to the editor of The Free Lance- Star, John Harris explains why a lawsuit helps limit suffering in a wrongful death case.

Don't forget insurance in air crash case
The last sentence of Shirley Braden's letter to the editor ["Air crash lawsuit adds more sadness," Feb. 8] is, "These men's deaths alone were enough reason for suffering; it should have gone no further."

It is necessary that it go further because the families lost more than loving fathers and husbands. They lost the financial support and security of loving fathers and husbands.

If harm is caused, who should bear the loss: the one who caused the loss or the victim of the loss?

Certainly Mr. Potter was responsible enough that he had insurance to cover the cost of the crash of his $600,000 airplane and to pay for the tragic consequences of its crash.

Mr. Potter did not give his premiums to the insurance company as a gift. He was buying something. He was buying compensation for the families of those who were killed in the crash.

However, one must remember that insurance companies are in the business of collecting premiums. They are not in the business of paying claims. (They deny and delay as long as they can.)

Perhaps if the insurance company had stepped up to the plate and paid the claims of the surviving families, there would be no lawsuits. The lawsuits will probably be settled, but in the meantime the insurance company will continue to earn interest on the money that rightfully belongs to the families.

In the meantime, the families are not only without their loved ones, they are also without their paychecks. How are they supposed to get by without them without filing suit?

John Harris

Fredericksburg


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