Kimberly Swygert links to a New York Post story about a 17-year-old boy who’s well on his way to a lucrative career as a litigant. In 1999, Albert Salcedo got $30,000 for facial cuts suffered when he fell through a school fence. As Kimberly points out, the way to suffer facial cuts from a fence is to be climbing it when it falls under your weight. Now Salcedo wants $5 million for the broken foot and ankle he suffered when a Snapple vending machine fell on him in a school cafeteria. Salcedo said he shook the machine “very gently,” when it ate his dollar; school officials say he pulled it over on himself.
Learning to litigate
July 31, 2004 by