First Aid Liability
Greg Stewart (Greg33@AOL.COM)
Tue, 18 Oct 1994 01:48:06 -0400
I have been following this (by now old) thread with a great deal of interest.
I remember the occasion many years ago when I was SM in which a young scout
slipped and fell on a rock. He was in a great deal of pain and could not
walk on his leg. He had BRAND NEW levis on which were very tight around the
ankles. He kept saying he had felt his leg snap and that it was broken.
Another adult leader, who is an ex-SM, cut the levis off his leg to get a
look at what his leg looked like. Upon examination, we determined that it
probably was not broken, but bruised very badly. He was given an aspirin, an
ice pack, and taken home to his parents. We urged them to get him X-rayed
just in case.
They did...and it was just a sprain.
The issue was the levis. The parents were livid that we had cut his new
levis and demanded that the troop reimburse him for them. His father was a
deputy sheriff, as such, I asked him what he would have done in the same
situation. He just kind of shrugged.
Needless to say, the boy was never allowed to attend scouts again.
This whole liability thing gives me the creeps.
......used to be a beaver........
.......now I'm always ready to go first......
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City