Paralyzed in his sleep. Who's to blame?Nov 15 06:04
It can be a scary world…the world of sleep. Sleep can be full of monsters, long falls off tall buildings, and if you have really bad luck, an actual fall off your bed. That’s what happened to Fordham University sophomore Kei Usami, 20, last February, when he fell off his dorm’s loft-style bed as he slept, falling four feet and breaking his neck. He is now suing the school for negligence, saying they should’ve installed guardrails to prevent such a thing. But can he blame anyone but himself?
You can read the full context of the story here, but the jist of it is that Usami, who was on the Jesuit college’s tennis team, was drinking the night before, went to sleep, and then fell off the bed, waking up paralyzed. Wow…talk about some crappy luck, but then again, all SCI-inducing incidents are. The school meanwhile is suing the two companies that made the loft beds, smartly taking the blame off them for not thinking to installing guard rails, and transferring it to the genus. But will it work?
What really gets me are the comments people have been making regarding this story on the article on the New York Post. Surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly these days), not many people are feeling bad for him. Most people are actually blaming him for drinking (he was drinking underage), and say that everyone should recognize the extra care required when sleeping on a loft. Usami clearly wasn‘t careful enough, and as a result, its his own fault. I bet they’d feel different if they were in Usami’s situation.
Who do you think is to blame for Usami’s accident?
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Tiffiny Carlson is freelance writer and writes the “SCI Life” column for New Mobility. She's also a C6 quad from a diving accident that occurred when she was 14 years old. A lifelong resident of Minneapolis, Tiffiny has been a writer in the disability community for over 10 years and writes for several publications and blogs, as well as her personal blog BeautyAbility. Her work has also appeared in mainstream publications such as Nerve.com and Playgirl.