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Diabetic Injured in Parking Lot…

Submitted By: Anonymous (New York)

On Tuesday October 4th I was walking to my car in the community college parking lot and was injured. I’m a diabetic and my sugar was a little on the low side so I was looking for a public safety officer to ask for help, but no one was there.

All of a sudden I felt an impact on the left side of my body and I slammed into a parked car leaning on my right. That’s when my low blood sugar symptoms started to kick in at the highest. I was not able to move from the hit and had very deep cuts on the left side of my body. I passed out in the parking lot and still don’t know who or what hit me on the left side.

I woke up in a near hospital and was treated for hypoglecemia and the road injuries from the hit. I’m wondering what I should do about my injuries? Who would I pursue compensation from? Is the college liable for not having a safety officer available? Thanks for any information you can give.

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Dear Anonymous,

The issue of liability is a bit murky. One issue is your duty to monitor your blood sugar and to have maintained the proper insulin levels at all times. To have an effective lawsuit you have to show that the school had a duty to watch you, and every other person who might be walking in their parking lot at every hour of the day.

The question becomes whether the school had a duty to make sure you remained healthy and kept your blood sugar at an appropriate level? It obviously doesn’t have that duty, nor does it have any control over your body.

The next issue becomes how many security officers the school should employ, and at what hours of the day they should be on duty.

You say you were unable to locate a security guard, but in your weakened state it is unlikely you could have traveled very far searching for one.

If you knew you were in danger and unable to locate a security guard the next question which will certainly arise is why you didn’t simply dial 911 on your cell phone, or call out to any other person in the parking lot for assistance?

Although there are many sides to each story, the facts you present make your claim tenuous at best.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: October 6, 2011

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