On Monday, the Minnesota Court of Appeals decided that Michael Sorenson, a disabled resident of a group home, could sue his former group home operator. In 2013, when his caretaker stepped away, a roommate poured boiling water over Mr. Sorenson's head. Mr. Sorenson sued for damages related to the injuries, as he suffered severe burns to 35% of his body. Options Residential, Inc., the group home operator, claimed it was immune from the lawsuit under the Minnesota Commitment and Treatment Act. The Court of Appeals disagreed, concluding that Options Residential, Inc. could be held accountable for the neglect.
We have all been told to look both ways before crossing the street, but with winter weather approaching, it may not be that simple. Snow drifts and parked cars can block views for both drivers and pedestrians. Snowy and slushy roads can make it harder for drivers to stop. Longer periods of darkness reduce visibility for drivers and pedestrians alike.
"When a dog bites a man that is not news, because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that is news," as the famous phrase goes. And it is true: dogs do bite people, and far more often than you might think.