Originally Published: April 4, 2018 5:59 a.m.
The Daily Courier’s recent article on the front page March 16 reported on a legal action by Jerrid Allen to recover $350,000 in medical expenses he incurred as a result of injuries received in a recreational softball game. He claims, and I have no reason to doubt him, that some of the lights were not functioning making it impossible for him to see the fly ball that caused his injuries. He alleges that the umpire should have stopped the game due to unsafe conditions.
I have two questions:
1 - Wasn’t Mr. Allen also capable of judging the conditions to be unsafe? So why didn’t he simply refuse to play? Where is his self-responsibility? So if the umpire was grossly negligent, it seems that Mr. Allen was, too.
2 - Why didn’t Mr. Allen’s health insurance cover his medical care? After all, we have Obamacare now. Or did he simply not obtain the new affordable health insurance?
Considering these points, I don’t appreciate why the good citizens of Prescott Valley should be made to bear this cost.