Son sues Dad he loves - why?

Minnesota Supreme Court rules that son can sue dad over deer hunting accident


Man falls out of deer stand. Breaks both legs. Sues his father in a case that goes all the way to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

And now they may wind up trying the case all over again. xxx In a ruling that clarified the state’s law on public access for hunting, the Supreme Court this week held that Corey Ouradnik can sue his father, Robert Ouradnik, for more than $150,000 in medical bills incurred after he fell 16 feet from a deer stand after a board nailed to a tree came loose in his hand.

You might expect a three-year court battle to generate ill will in the family. But father and son get along just great.

“He is my dad. I love him,” Corey Ouradnik of Lindstrom, Minn., testified at the trial in Pine County District Court.

Then why fight dad all the way to the state’s highest court?

“Insurance,” said Matt Barber, a Minneapolis attorney who represented the son.

Minnesota requires people who are injured to sue the person who injured them,” if they hope to recover a payment, Barber said. “In other states, like Wisconsin, you can just sue the insurance company. 

“As the plaintiffs, we wish we had the ability to just sue the insurance company. It looks bad [to a jury] to have a son sue his dad.”

Lawyers also aren’t allowed to mention insurance to the jury at trial, Barber added.
Comments: Many Christians wrongly interpret and apply 1 Corinthians 6:1-2 to forbid lawsuits between Christians! Christians Covered by Insurance: In many cases, the person who caused your harm or damage is covered by insurance. Example: Automobile accident cases. What if that insured person is a Christian? In some states, you can sue the Christian’s secular insurance company directly. Therefore you don’t have to directly sue the Christian who harmed you. In other states, you must sue the individual even though the insurance company (surety) is paying for the damages and controlling the case. Obviously, a secular insurance company will rarely, if ever, agree to a Christian dispute resolution process.

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  1. Well said. I must admit that I'd fallen on the harder side of interpretation of 1 Cor. 6, believing that "trivial" was set against the heavenly penalties (e.g. Hell) for offenses against God.

    Seeing how pervasive the notion of "closing the ranks" appears to be in many circles, suffice it to say that I'm persuaded that there really ought to be some recourse in some cases.

  2. A reasonable position:

    Lawsuits between Believers
    We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander. (1 Corinthians 6:1-8; Ephesians 4:31-32)



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