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(ABC News Radio)   "Popcorn Lung" couple gets $20 million settlement, files for bankruptcy soon after. Antoine Walker and Vince Young heard calling them novices   ( abcnewsradioonline.com) divider line
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2012-10-16 10:06:52 AM  
2 votes:
This is what happens when you try to avoid butter.
Butter is farkin great.
2012-10-16 11:21:48 AM  
1 vote:

RDixon: Even with popcorn lung, I think 2 chicks at the same time would be doable.

May end up broke but would always have the memory.

By the time you are old enough to afford it, it just seems like too much work.
2012-10-16 10:56:53 AM  
1 vote:

Nabb1: This really isn't that unusual. Plaintiffs in personal injury matters often don't understand financial planning that well and look at the money they've received as limitless. That money has to pay for all those medical bills that accrued in the past and will accrue in the future. All those lost wages you had in the past and loss of future earnings? That's in there, which means if you had 20 years of work ahead of you at $50k/yr, that money is supposed to provide you with $50k/yr for 20 years. Could you have bought a yacht if the accident had never happened? Probably not. Settlements and awards are supposed to make you whole again, not necessarily rich. Sure, there may be a big chunk in there for pain and suffering, but your attorneys are taking 34-40% right off the top, plus expenses, so if you had to hire a lot of experts, that's coming out of the kitty, too. Most attorneys don't have the time or the qualifications to be a financial planner for their clients, but it doesn't take much common sense to figure out why this happens.

So much this. Foolish people see these settlements/judgments as a windfall instead of an awkward shove towards where the victim would've ended up anyway if they hadn't been damaged
2012-10-16 10:47:36 AM  
1 vote:

green4mice: My new retirement plan:
1. Eat nothing but cheeze-in-a-can
2. Hope that my body gets damaged from all the cheeze abuse
3. Profit
4. Invest like Scrooge McDuck
/5. Not Die

If your body is damaged in serious ways that are not expected from the consumption of the product you'll have a case. If you have a heart attack and die because of all the fat and sodium, not so much.

First of all, this isn't the guy who just ate a shiat-load of popcorn and got the condition, this is somebody who was actually harmed from working in and around the chemicals produced during the manufacture of the product.

Secondly, if you eat an unusual amount of microwave popcorn, a normal person would expect to maybe get fat, have coronary issues, etc, not get a debilitating lung disease more akin to people who work in a coal mine all their life. Hell, if you're eating unbuttered popcorn as a snack in place of something like greasy potato chips it's not unreasonable to believe what you're doing might actually be better for your health than a typical alternative.

Just because you do something unusual doesn't mean you should be subject to any and all consequences for your behavior. Just like the hot coffee lawsuit. You should expect to be hurt if you're stupid enough to put your cup between your legs and drop it. Pain, swelling, redness. What normal people don't expect is skin-melting burns that require substantial grafts to repair as if you've been in a damn fire.

Reasonable expectations. Expectations are key. Companies don't and shouldn't get out of paying for injuries they cause that are above and beyond what a normal person would expect from casual misuse of a product. You shouldn't be able to sue people and win because you got fat eating too many buttery snacks because normal people would expect that to happen, but you certainly should be able to sue people and win because you got a massive frickin' lung disease from eating it.
2012-10-16 10:45:06 AM  
1 vote:
The newspaper says it was never clear how much of the verdict money the Peoples ever received, since an unstated portion, according to attorneys, was meant to be given to other workers injured at the same plant.

Some might think that's a pretty important piece of information to have before implying they had blown through $20 million.
2012-10-16 10:32:46 AM  
1 vote:
And this is the reason the 1% are the 1% and most of the 99% will always be 99%.
2012-10-16 10:24:29 AM  
1 vote:

EatHam: Kejlina: All I've learned here is that I won't be eating microwave popcorn again.

You don't have to give up microwave popcorn.  Brown paper lunch bag + normal popcorn + olive oil = microwave popcorn without the chemicals.

One of the reasons microwave popcorn works is because of the metalic pad in the bag that heats up.

Here is a cheap solution that works surprisingly well: Link

The metallic elements are disposable but reusable for a while ... I've made about 10 batches and am still on the first one.

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2012-10-16 10:23:56 AM  
1 vote:

JackieRabbit: Ya just can't cure redneck with cash. That' shiat's permanent.

Do you have any idea how many cars on blocks and broken washing machines you can put in your front yard with that kind of money?
2012-10-16 10:15:24 AM  
1 vote:
Bronchiolitis obliterans sounds like a spell from Harry Potter.
2012-10-16 10:07:15 AM  
1 vote:

Kejlina: All I've learned here is that I won't be eating microwave popcorn again.

You don't have to give up microwave popcorn.  Brown paper lunch bag + normal popcorn + olive oil = microwave popcorn without the chemicals.
2012-10-16 10:05:46 AM  
1 vote:
All I've learned here is that I won't be eating microwave popcorn again.
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-10-16 09:48:30 AM  
1 vote:
Better story: http://www.kansas.com/2012/10/15/2533401/missouri-couple-bankrupt-eig h t.html.

Their lawyers took 35%. They may have had to share some of the rest with other workers. Apparently they were conned into spending $4 million to build a $400,000 house. That's government contractor grade overrun there.
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