From THE TIMES-TRIBUNE:
Josephine M. Coccetti and Earl J. Coccetti, an Archbald couple, are suing the bishop of the Diocese of Scranton for failing to monitor the parking lot and remove snow and ice that caused Mrs. Coccetti to fall on Jan. 8, 2011, at Holy Cross Parish at St. Patrick's Church in Olyphant. Mrs. Coccetti was walking from the parking lot to the church around 3:45 p.m. when she fell, "due to an accumulation of hills and ridges of ice and/or snow," according to the suit. She suffered "serious permanent personal injuries" as a result of the fall, including a crushing fracture of a portion of her left arm and loss of motion, the suit alleges. Her injuries have prevented Mrs. Coccetti from completing daily activities, work and have caused medical bills. She is seeking in excess of $50,000.
Though he did not fall, Mr. Coccetti is also seeking in excess of $50,000 after Mrs. Coccetti's injuries deprived him of "love, society, companionship, aid, assistance, comfort, contribution, services and/or consortium" from his wife.
What a chancer! They should have to prove this conclusively and if it is subsequently discovered that Mr Coccetti didn't suffer from $500000 dollars worth of "love, society, companionship, aid, assistance, comfort, contribution, services and/or consortium" from his wife, they should be incarcerated in the State Penitentiary for perjury.
The worrying thing is that the ancient concepts of "accident" and "taking care when walking on ice" are now disappearing from the English consciousness as well and is being replaced by the concept of blaming everybody else except yourself if you are stupid enough to go out in winter without wearing the right type of footwear.