Suing After Tragedy – Does Money Bring Back the Dead?

Most of you have already heard about the deadly that killed 49 people. It seems that tragedy brings out the best in people; unfortunately, tragedy brings out the worst in people as well.

Comair–in no way trying to “buy off” the grieving families–offered each family $25,000 to cover funeral expenses. In my opinion, this was a very kind gesture on behalf of Comair and the money is solely to relieve the additional stress of families having to come up with ways to cover the costs of a funeral. The money was a goodwill attempt by Comair, and a commendable attempt at that.

On September 1, I read a story about a family suing Comair for the conscious pain and suffering of one of the passengers. The lawsuit also claims negligence on the part of the airline. The lawsuit doesn’t list damages, but I would expect that the damages would be in the millions of dollars.

My question is, does money bring back the dead? The family claims that the passenger suffered conscious pain and suffering. Will the money ease the pain and suffering that the passenger allegedly suffered? Will the money help the family with their pain and suffering? In simple terms, will fighting the airline bring the family’s daughter back? Not on this green Earth.

By suing after tragedy for a monetary amount, a person’s life is being equated to a dollar figure. Money isn’t going to bring that person back. The money may help with therapy costs, and perhaps a few possessions will be bought, but suing doesn’t ever bring someone back from the dead.

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Writer and software engineer Ronald Huereca has been a developer at notable agencies like iThemes and 10up. His varied background has him working with WordPress since 2006, eventually creating his own plugin which, of course, lead to more. He spends quite a bit of his time volunteering with the WordPress project as a core and polyglot contributor. With all of his passions, writing has been the way Ronald expresses himself best. He has written both technical books as well as fiction. Some of his works include Project Mayhem, Mindefusement, and WordPress and Ajax. “You can only delay the inevitable” is his favorite quote. Ronald enjoys reading Stephen King and John Grisham. When he’s not writing, Ronald dreams of building websites filled with cats yawning, disclaimers his strong opinions, sings karaoke, and advocates for empathy surrounding mental health.

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