Learning to litigate

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.

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  1. Richard Nieporent says:

    Don’t you really hate it when you are standing around minding you own business and you get attacked by a vending machine?

  2. Thank goodness it was Snapple. Apparently their machines do not have sufficient mass (apparently much ligher than Coke machines that have crushed people to death) to kill him.

    Maybe this kid should have a warning label affixed to his forehead.

  3. Like what,

    “I am a stupid person, avoid me at all costs?”

    Heh heh

  4. Guess what I used to do before teaching. There is another possible explanation to our young friend’s “bad luck.” Many claims are meritorious, many accident lawyers and doctors treating accident cases are honorable and ethical; and then there are all the rest of them.

    Once an ethically challenged client has walked out of the lawyer’s office with a big check, he or she becomes like a man-eating tiger that has once tasted human blood. Some claimants have become de facto employees of the personal injury industry, having one “accident” after another, and sustaining “painful” injuries soon after those from the last “accident” have healed.

    Teaching doesn’t pay anything like personal injury work, but you don’t spend nearly as much time in that little room in the back of the church talking to the nice Men-in-Black.

  5. Cousin Dave says:

    Richard Nieporent: That guy has obviously seen one too many of those 7-Up commercials.