Thursday, June 16, 2005

Last In A Long Line (I Hope)

Surprise, surprise... Terri Schiavo's parents dispute the autopsy report. While I sympathize with these poor people and what they have had to go through, I feel less sorry for them when things like this are reported:
Bob and Mary Schindler disputed the results, insisting their daughter interacted with them and tried to speak. Their attorney said the family plans to discuss the autopsy with other medical experts and may take some unspecified legal action.
First of all, at what point between the whole media frenzy about Terri and now did Mr. and Mrs. Schindler obtain their medical training that made them capable of disputing the results of a medical autopsy? Second, what legal action can they possibly take regarding the autopsy? Are they planning on suing Michael Schiavo for not abusing Terri (as the autopsy showed no evidence of any abuse before or after she collapsed)? Are they going to sue to get a declaration that the autopsy is wrong? What will that do? It won't bring Terri back. Are they going to continue to sue on the same issues that were already decided before Terri died? Are they just trying to get some money out of this before the well dries up?

I'm fairly certain I've commented on it before, but I am getting really sick of the overemphasis on litigation. There are very few situations where suing someone will solve your problems, and even in those few situations it will problem open up a whole new can of worms. This sure seems to be just such a situation. Boy, if the everyone would just follow my advice a little more often, the world would be such a wonderful place.


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