3.30.2009

Things I Stop Down For

Alisandra Galvan's family plans to meet with lawmakers this week to talk about proposed amendments to a bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie. The proposals would require anyone who installs or maintains a septic system to have an insurance policy of at least $2 million. And they would require that safety violations, including missing or damaged covers, be reported to the state within 30 days. Let me get this straight. You don't watch your daughter and she drowns. And your regret is that there's not someone else that you can point the finger at who was required to have a big liability policy? Really? Story.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

this was in rhome! its not my fault is it. do they work for AIG?

Anonymous said...

Amen to that Barry. Guess the teat they were gonna suck was dry so now they want REGULATION...

What about watching your kids and knowing where they are and what they are doing. Was not this child 2-3 years old???

Anonymous said...

Better yet... this would not even have protected their child as apparently no one knew the septic lid was defective, Here is really the better question. What is going on here... septic lid covers are small, and made of concrete, I think it would be work for me to try and break one on purpose, but then I would not fall into the tank because I am too big. How is she small enough to fit but large enough to break it.

Anonymous said...

Dumb
So, if there was a two million dollar policy on their septic tank before the accident, would they feel better about the fact that their daughter had drowned because of negligence?
Or if their daughter drowned on the 29th day after the cover had been reported damaged?
Sounds like they are trying to put the blame on someone who "installed or maintained" their septic system.

Anonymous said...

This is idiocy at its finest.

As I understand it, the family were renters, and were not familiar with the details of the property. The little girl was out wandering unsupervised, and fell into the uncovered septic tank.

That this is tragedy is undisputed. What would have prevented it is supervision of the child. Driving backhoe operators out of business or creating a new class of taxes/fees for a cadre of 'inspectors' will only further diminish any vestige of respect for government that might be left out there.

Silicone Alley said...

When its time for a new boob job I am also going to find someone to blame (and pay). It's not my fault I got a boob job and then had to get them replaced in 10 years.

Anonymous said...

2:23 -
According to the story, the tank was covered, but it collapsed as she was standing over it.
I love the comment from the family's attorney: "...Ali's death has highlighted how ineffective Texas law is in protecting children from septic tanks."
What's next? Realtors have to take out insurance in case the lot they sell falls into a sink hole? Maybe God has to take out a policy for that. Oh, and earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes...
A more practical solution would be to require inspection/testing/replacement on a regular basis. Or is that already in place? My potty is hooked up to the city sewer line

Anonymous said...

SA:
Do those thingies get replaced based on years in service or mileage?

Anonymous said...

This society has the collective attitude of blaming someone else for our own shortcomings. Give me a f*&%ing break. Watch your kids and know where they are.

Anonymous said...

I would think that a family (whether they own or rent) has a reasonable expectation that the installer of a septic system provide a cover that won't collapse under the weight of 30 pounds. I love the heartless bastards on here who think that the family is after some sort of money grab. A family lets a 3 year old play in their own yard, their child falls through what amounts to a trap door into a liquid hell, then dies. There is nothing to be gained by this family other than perhaps regulations and financial requirements that might save a child's life.

Mr. Green, there is nothing to suggest that the family had a single "regret" as you suggest--certainly not one for which they will profit from. And, there usually is nothing wrong with letting your 3 year old play in your own yard...that is, unless there is an open hole or cover that collapses.

Your comments are often entertaining, but your trivializing of a child's death by attempting to mock the parents is quite sickening.

Anonymous said...

Amen, 2:51. Well said!

M-M said...

Wow, and it's such a huge problem that all of 2 kids in recent years have died this way in Texas. That will control over-population. Have kid tested septic lids and if the lid fails, one less kid.

Anonymous said...

2:51 Every time someone dies unexpectedly, it is a tragedy. It is stated in the article that perhaps three children in recent years have died in Texas due to septic tank issues. I bet more children have died from snake bite in their own yards.

quote from the DMN from a family member living at the house: "She said her husband had noticed that the drain cover was open Tuesday night and did not think it had been like that a few days ago. She said the top was flimsy and did not have screws to hold it in place.

Grandmother Sandra Byrne said she had stepped on it a few days ago and did not think anything of it. "

The family was NEGLIGENT. No adult was supervising the children, and the other children did not alert the mother until she called them in. A horrible accident that could have happened to anyone, including me. But I wouldn't blame anyone else.

Denney Crane said...

The child died in an accident. I have no problem with tougher regulation on manufacturers and installers, but:

What good is a $2 million insurance policy? Accidents happen, liability is meaningless.

This is about lawyers getting a 40-50% payoff, paid for by the consumer/taxpayer, not the insurance company.

Phillip J Hubbell said...

"only further diminish any vestige of respect for government"

too late

Gorilla said...

That now makes three rules on septic tank installation: 1) Don't bite your fingernails,2) sh*t doesn't run uphill and 3) take out $2 million insurance policy.

Anonymous said...

Better watch out BG your close to sounding a little right of your leftist agenda....

Anonymous said...

ahhhh 6:56, you forget. Barry is not really a leftist. He was an insurance defense lawyer. Those folks get warped and stay that way. Barry's head is in making sure the little guy doesn't do time for a crime and the big company doesn't pay for its negligence. Those might be consistent positions.

Anonymous said...

this is just as brilliant as putting sensors/alarms in cars to remind you to get your kid out.

people, if you are going to have kids take some responsibility, please

Anonymous said...

I'm sure everyone on here who has had a 3-year-old has never, ever, experienced a moment when their toddler got out of their sight long enough to get into trouble. More kids get run over in their own driveways than fall into septic tanks.