I am an 86-year-old veteran disabled from injuries first in World War II, then, as if that weren’t enough, drafted again in the Korean War, (had) more problems and then (was) discharged.
I’ve had a lot of pain over the years from the above injuries and I surely do not need any more problems, but as my luck goes, I have received a very extreme paintball injury from an X-ray shield thrown upon me. I was told later this shield was defective and thrown out because all the materials had gone to the bottom. This heavy, defective shield was thrown up from me lying flat on an X-ray table and hit me between my legs, causing a large 8-inch bruise on my upper leg plus injuring my testicles, leaving me with constant pain and making it difficult if not impossible to drive a car, sit and try to get a night’s sleep. I am now told I have a cyst due to this injury.
I was told by the board a couple of organizations that would help me. They also mentioned hiring an attorney. I thought I would give this a try. I contacted eight or 10 different attorneys; all turned me down. After I questioned them why, the answers all came down to the same. According to law, I’m told, on this type of suit, the maximum you can sue for is $250,000, no matter what the injury, perhaps even including death. For this amount, (after) the attorneys time and payment of witnesses for expert testimony and other expenses, there is nothing left. Most attorneys I talked to do not handle this type of lawsuits because of this.
I don’t know who put this law into play, but I had tried to hire an attorney over the one-year time but couldn’t. Now, because of this law, the one-year statute of limitation has run out. The question would be, does this amount fit any injury? I would say not and now because of this, I cannot hire an attorney and have lost my case.