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"I think you broke something."
—Sansweet, after being rescued by Mr. Incredible
Upon the most recent viewing of The Incredibles, I’ve come to the conclusion that the film directed and written by Brad Bird is not about superheroes or equality. It’s about rampant use of frivolous lawsuits. In America, there are over one millions lawyers per capita, more than any other nation. On average, 15 million civil lawsuits are filed each year, and trial lawyers earn an estimated $40billion, cumulatively, per year.
A film like X-Men would have you believe that racism and prejudice impede the exposure of superheroes. According to The Incredibles, it’s people’s greed, or, more appropriately, the fear of being sued. That said, the lives of superheroes are kept underground because their lifeblood could be siphoned through kind acts mistakenly interpreted as violating human rights. Granted, much of the film centers on family values, conflict, and the threat of stagnation, but these three tropes are challenged all because of a callow man and his nasally lawyer.
The impetus itself is merely glazed over in the film after the opening interview when Mr. Incredible saves Mr. Sansweet, a man whose attempt to commit suicide by plummeting from the roof an office building is foiled as Mr. Incredible snatches him out of the air while crashing through a window on his way to subdue super villain Bomb Voyage.
Some states offer immunity to good samaritans, but sometimes negligence could result in a claim of negligent care if the injuries or illness were made worse by the volunteer's negligence. Statutes typically don't exempt a good samaritan who acts in a willful and wanton or reckless manner in providing the care, advice, or assistance. Good samaritan laws often don't apply to a person rendering emergency care, advice, or assistance during the course or regular employment, such as services rendered by a health care provider to a patient in a health care facility.
Under the good samaritan laws which grant immunity, if the good samaritan makes an error while rendering emergency medical care, he or she cannot be held legally liable for damages in court. However, two conditions usually must be met; 1) the aid must be given at the scene of the emergency, and. 2) if the "volunteer" has other motives, such as the hope of being paid a fee or reward, then the law will not apply.
The following is an example of a state good samaritan statute:
When any doctor of medicine or dentistry, nurse, member of any organized rescue squad, member of any police or fire department, member of any organized volunteer fire department, emergency medical technician, intern or resident practicing in a hospital with training programs approved by the American Medical Association, state trooper, medical aidman functioning as a part of the military assistance to safety and traffic program, chiropractor, or public education employee gratuitously and in good faith, renders first aid or emergency care at the scene of an accident, casualty, or disaster to a person injured therein, he or she shall not be liable for any civil damages as a result of his or her acts or omissions in rendering first aid or emergency care, nor shall he or she be liable for any civil damages as a result of any act or failure to act to provide or arrange for further medical treatment or care for the injured person.