Thursday, April 12, 2007

What I Would Do!

If I had ever in my life did something illegal and it caused someone more harm than I could afford to pay, I would not even think twice about liquidating everything that I had and handing it over without a fight. I would say “I was an idiot, I ruined your life and I will be your slave for the rest of mine.”
It would certainly be worth the equity built up in a house. Money from an investment. If I had not technically earned it, then I would consider it a small price to pay for disrupting someone’s life so severely. If I had injured someone because of my careless drunk driving and had caused them to be in the hospital for 4 weeks because I broke both of their legs, hip, pelvis, foot, and skull then I would be in the hospital room with them everyday to attend to their every need if they would allow it. I would be sending them cards and apology letters. I would be sending cash and gift baskets. I would spend everyday reminding myself how horrible I was and repenting to the person that I injured.
If I had injured someone so severely that even after they went home they were still in a wheel chair I would come to their house and carry their bed downstairs so that they could sleep in it. If their only shower was upstairs then I would sell my house and install an elevator so that they didn’t have to wheel their wheel chair into the back yard and hose themselves down instead of taking a shower in their bathroom. I would run out to get all of their pain meds for them and I would pay for their expensive in house nurse that was required to help mend their multiple broken bones and bedsores.
I would buy them a T.V. and some video games so they could keep their minds occupied while they lay in a bed for 3 months hoping that they will one day be strong enough to walk again. I would bring them dinner nightly. I would constantly apologize. I would clean up after their pets so that the pets do not go unattended to. I would help build a ramp so that the wheel chair did not have to be lifted into the house. I would do the grocery shopping for them so that they would not have to endure the embarrassment and stares from the public.
If I had injured someone so badly that they couldn’t even stand into a walker until 3 months after the accident I would hire the best Physical therapist for them to accompany them through every stage of the healing process. I would consider how difficult it must be to transition into a walker after being in a wheel chair for months. I would not go to court and accuse the person of trying to bleed me for every penny that I had and I would realize that the person is in a very horrible situation because of me.
If that person told me that all that I had to do to appease their pain and suffering was to sell my house and give them the money, I would certainly accept that very generous offer. I would not be so selfish as to fight a lawsuit because I have nothing to lose. I would not be so selfish as to fight a lawsuit to protect my house simply because my insurance was paying for my defense and it would cost me nothing to “give it a try.”
I would certainly not even entertain the thought of fighting to keep my home when I had already caused a person to lose theirs. I would certainly not be thinking about myself at this moment. I would be thinking about how I had impacted their lives forever, taken away everything that they ever worked for, stressed their marriage to a point where it is potentially beyond repair and utterly tear their lives apart. I would take responsibility and make things as right as I could. I would not just say that I am going to make things right when I am in front of a judge. I would really make them right, to the best of my ability.
I suppose that is just me though. Some people must get off on watching people suffer. When all is said and done I believe that we will be made whole in the end. I just do not understand why Mark Nigon is so intent on making us suffer in the meantime!


tina said...

This must have affected you and your wife in so many ways that we cannot begin to understand. I would have to help that person I injured,not only to help them but to make myself whole again. It's a bad situation to say the least.I hope everything turns out the way you want it to. Keep us posted!

julie.kuraitis said...

you are everything to me and i have your back no matter what we face. you are my life and i love you.

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