Does this lawsuit bring you a memory of a “bone crusher” handshake or does it fall in the category that “people will file suit over anything”?
I like to blog about unusual topic lawsuits and this lawsuit from Florida (Sun Sentinel) definitely grabbed my attention.
A Delray Beach lawyer claims a Boca Raton lawyer shook his right hand so hard that he has been in pain for years. “This is a case about an alleged negligent handshake,” reads a statement that Circuit Judge Gregory Keyser will read to jurors after they are sworn in the jury trial of the case of the bone-crushing handshake.
It’s no joke says the plaintiff, George H. Vallario, Jr., 76. He insists Peter Lindley squeezed his hand and caused “severe pain” while the friends were attending a childrens’ birthday party at a Boca Raton private home.
“I screamed, ‘holy cow!’ ” recalled Vallario, who said he might not have sued if the defendant Lindley had just apologized. He believes that Lindley may have just been trying to be funny by squeezing his hand so hard, but that it really caused injury. His lawsuit claims that the handshake was “unexpected, unprovoked, univited, unauthorized, uncalled for, and most certainly negligent”.
As a result of the handshake, Vallario has received orthopedic treatment, therapy and believes that his arthritis has been exaggerated.
Lindley, 60, doesn’t dispute that the men shook hands at the party. But the attorney denies that the handshake caused any injuries to Vallario.
Perhaps this will return us to the days of a Lumberjack handshake. Folks putting their hands together and moving back and forth like a saw. Or… maybe not so much!
And for pic o’ day, more on the handshake with poor Roy: