6-Year-Old Sandy Hook Survivor Wants $100 Million

Rant 51

This is America, so it wasn't going to be long before some lawyer tried to cash in on the Sandy Hook tragedy. An attorney has filed a notice asking permission to sue the state of Connecticut on behalf of a 6-year-old Sandy victim -- not even one who died, mind you, but a little girl who survived, but who heard the shootings over the loudspeaker. Because of this, lawyer Irving Pinsky says, the girl is emotionally traumatized. He is asking for $100 million. I have no doubt every single person who made it out of Sandy Hook Elementary School alive was traumatized, but it was also by the grace of someone having the wits about them to turn on the loudspeaker that many lives were saved.

The state is immune from most lawsuits unless permission is granted, so there's still a long way to go here. But Pinsky says he'd like to prove that the massacre was "foreseeable" and that the state could have stopped it, but didn't. Apparently the state should be psychic about these things. "Usually a fellow like Adam Lanza would have been known as a potential problem to the police," Pinsky told the Courant. Since Lanza had no criminal record, this is a pretty brazen statement.

From a picture on his Facebook wall, Pinsky is seen in front of a van proclaiming "Big Cases. Fast Settlement." You can be sure he booked to Newtown moments after he heard of the tragedy. The grotesque thing about these lawsuits is that the lawyer usually ends up with the vast majority of the cash. Additionally, this is taking $100 million from people in old folk's homes, hospitals, mental care facilities, you name it. The state pays for a lot of this. At a time when we're all nervous about the mentally ill going untreated, leaving them without state funds because of lawsuits isn't going to help matters.

No doubt this won't be the last lawsuit we hear out of Newtown. I get that everyone is traumatized and looking for someone to blame (as long as that "someone" has loads of cash). But taking money out of the mouths of the poor people of Connecticut will not help matters. And I don't see how millions of dollars will erase the girl's memory of the shootings.

Additionally, it's setting up a precedent where staff members at offices or schools may not want to warn people of danger because they are simultaneously "traumatizing" them. What if they hadn't warned anyone? Then they'd be sued for that!

What do you think of this lawsuit?


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mamaw... mamawidup

Free counseling is one thing, 100 million is another.

Flori... Floridamom96

My husband and I were just discussing last night how detrimental litigation is to our society. Unbelievable. Trial lawyers such as this man are harmful to our nation.

TippyD TippyD

Correction "6 year old Sandy-hook survivor's PARENTS seek 100 million" not the child. The child probably just wants comfort and love from their parents. Not money/

Karma... KarmaGrant

Sorry but money doesn't fix everything and this is one time it wont do any good. Instead of being money hungry, try being thankful your child is alive. I am so tired of every time something happens, someone decides to sue. 

butte... butterflyfreak

As disgusted as I am by this move, I cannot pretend to be even the slightest bit surprised. Sad that when something like this happens, all some people can see is dollar signs.

bills... billsfan1104

To me things like this started when the government gave money to the surviving kids and spouses of 9/11 victims.

Venae Venae

I agree, billsfan1104!

nonmember avatar Zuri

What? The kid isn't demanding 100 million dollars. The parents do. It's beyond me how they could be seeing dollar signs when their kid could have been dead. Some people will do anything for big bucks. the case will probably go down in flames, though, because the case is so weak. How could the state have known the shooting was going to happen? It's so obvious these guys just want money. That little girl probably just wants to be happy again. She's not demanding the $$$.
Also, you should type "Sandy Hook victim", not "Sandy victim". It sounds like you're talking about the storm.

Pinkmani Pinkmani

I'm sure the girl is emotionally traumatized. Something like that takes a lot of time to heal from (And that's is if it is even possible to heal from something like that). However, I know of 20 parents who would love to be holding their emotionally traumatized child right now. 

Wydow... Wydowness

I'm not surprised one bit

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