Good idea Man O' War, why you could probably even sue her (if she didn't die) for stealing your bees!
>laywers can be hired to litigate against common sense.
Too true Keith. In similar fashion, politicians can be hired to legislate against common sense and insurance companies can be hired to insure against common sense. As you say, it happens all the time.
My father used to say that society gets the kind of crime it deserves. I think the same principle is at work in these situations.
>That said, I have in fact been sued.
I figured as much. People whose first thought is "Get Insurance" usually have been sued [img]smile.gif[/img]
Sorry to about it too. Where did the concept of personal responsibility for one's own actions go? Had you not been insured and the case went to court, would the jury have awarded the man your house? Interesting question.
>As to waivers....... most will tell you they aren't worth the paper they are made of.
So true. Not all waivers fit that bill, but many of them do. There have been a number of cases settled by the courts in favor of people who had signed away their rights and ended up damaged. A famous case involved a railroad that printed a waiver on the back side of their tickets stating that if there was a train accident, the bearer of the ticket better get their body off the tracks and outside of the railroad right of way so as not to interfere with railroad business. The waiver was supposedly in-force when someone bought the ticket. The court decided otherwise.
Similar laws were put in place to eliminate practices on the part of employers that had prospective employees sign away their rights as a condition of employment. The courts held that a person was entitled to sign anything to get a job to feed their family.
So I wouldn't put much faith in waivers to absolve you from liability, either real, or perceived.