Sometimes, situations escalate quickly. Things get physical when they shouldn’t, and injuries ensue.
In a story out of British Columbia, an encounter between two men back in 2010 has finally come to a close, and it will cost one of them $550,000.
On July 30, 2010, Leelund Turner left an Inveremere, B.C. bar with his brother and friends. It was Turner’s bachelor party. His pals had dressed him up in pink tights, a lace shirt, feather boa, and attached a 32-pound ball-and-chain to him.
They were leaving the bar at 2 a.m. when they encountered Joshua Robinson. They 19-year-old was in town with his buddies, at the same bar, but did not interact with the bachelor party during their stay there.
When Robinson saw Turner, he crossed the street, stepped in front of groom-to-be, and began insulting the man and his choice of outfit.
Robinson remarked that the man’s “life was over, presumably a reference to the fact that he was getting married,” according to Justice Jon S. Sigurdson.
“Leelund Turner responded that he loved his wife and it was good that he was getting married.”
That’s when things escalated. Turner pushed Robinson, causing the latter to fall to the ground, hitting his head and sending him into a coma for a few days. The judge remarked that Turner was “a larger man than the plaintiff, by abruptly and carelessly pushing the plaintiff back resulting in his fall, was negligent.”
The judge decided that while Robinson was responsible for initiating the interaction, Turner was the one who physically assaulted the plaintiff.
Turner must pay $553,000 for general damages, past wage loss, loss of earning capacity, and cost of future care.
Do you think the judge made the right call in this case? If you are a noticeably bigger guy than the average human, is it your responsibility to not unleash your full potential on another person? If somebody inserts themselves right into your personal space, is it acceptable to respond with a shove?
Read the whole story HERE in TheProvince.com