In 1984 a California man was tossing his toddler up and down in his living room. The kid loved it, and the father went higher and higher. Until the kid’s head hit the ceiling fan. Which was on. And the man sued the ceiling fan manufacturer for failing to warn him that walking with a child underneath a ceiling fan could be dangerous. This wasn’t even the only man to sue over failure to warn after a ceiling fan injury.
In that vein a Qantas flight attendant is now suing the airline after slipping on air stairs (subscription), saying the Australian carrier should have provided training on how to use stairs.
A statement of claim .. said Qantas should have known that using mobile stairs from aircraft in inclement weather would expose flight attendants to the risk of slipping. It was also claimed Qantas should have provided stairs that were not slippery when wet and should have provided training and instruction in the safe manner of descending the mobile stairs in wet weather.
Injuries aren’t funny (I’m not even much of a fan of slapstick comedy). But not everything unfortunate that happens is someone else’s fault or ought to be legally actionable. Then again, Phil Hartman once said on Saturday Night Live, “Do you want to spend the rest of your life wondering, maybe I should have sued?”
(HT: Donald W.)