Rick Clements (rickcl@POGO.WV.TEK.COM)
Sat, 19 Feb 1994 23:05:36 PST
There was a thread about liability suits awhile ago. This article was
in the Oregonian today. I won't quote the entire article. But it does
cover who the courts will hold responsible in an accidient.
A six-woman, six man jury has awarded Powell more than $7 million
in damages in a civil lawsuit against two adult Sea Explorer
volunteers who were supervising Powell's ill-fated outing.
The 1992 lawsuit also was filed agains the Boy Scouts of America
and the Scouts' Portland-based Columbia Pacific Council. Howerver,
Judge Ancer L. Haggerty released the Scouts from the suit just
before the case went to jury.
When the Viking reached Sauvie Island that afternoon, the group put
ashore at Hadley's Landing and the boys began playing touch football.
However, the game soon evlolved into tackle football. When Powell
ran back the kickoff, he collided hard with an opposing player and
broke his neck.
In closing argument, Powell's attorney, Charles P.A. Paulson, said
that the adult volunteer leaders were negligent because they did
not closley suppervise the artivities of the boys in their care.
Part of the article I didn't quote said the accident left William Powell
a quadriplegic. Also, the Viking is a power boat that belongs to the
Sea Explorer Ship.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City