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GMD: Hubby Hurt Helping with Holidays


Today’s Great Mate Debate is finally not going to ruin a marriage! Maybe just a friendship, a community, and some holiday spirit… Allison and Laura are neighbors that liked to help each other out until Allison’s husband got hurt while helping Laura.  Laura’s husband is away a lot, so Allison’s husband went and helped her put up Christmas lights.  He fell off a ladder and broke his leg.  Laura initially said she would totally help out with medical bills and is now backing out of it.  Allison says that Laura should still help no matter what her financial status is…

Slacker says that he has a little bit of knowledge on the home owners insurance stuff and knows that Laura’s HOI will pay for it.  But it will also “ding” her and her premium will go up.  He also wonders why she should have to pay if he offered to help her in the first place… Steve is turning it in to a math equation that the insurance companies will have to work out later…

Whose side are you on?

I think they should be adults and neighborly with one another and meet in the middle.  It was very nice of the husband to help Laura out but she is not to blame for him falling.  Allison is good to be worried about her husband but might be making this a bigger deal than it is.  I think Laura should help pay some of the medical bills but not be responsible for all of them. After all, her husband is gone a lot, she shouldn’t want to burn her bridges.

Intern Kelly
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12/06/2012 4:30PM
GMD: Hubby Hurt Helping with Holidays
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12/06/2012 5:20PM
I love you guys so my radio is always on and I heard this story and at first I was on lauras side, but my dads a lawyer so I called him up. He said that laura should have to pay because it was her ladder and her property. its the same if he was on the roof and fell to the other neighbors yard or his own it was her property. she should just pay the medical bills and allison would pay the physical therapy bills and they'll be even. bye.
12/10/2012 12:22PM
The comment above is spot on. A verbal contract is still a contract and legally enforceable. It's horrible that it happened to him but she should help with some of the costs, maybe not all of it but definitely some of it, If she would just compromise with half this friendship could be saved. It sounds like she wanted to until the Husband told her she couldn't pay for any of it. Laura's husband needs to be brought into this. Here is the legal definition of a verbal contract "A contract which is implied in fact is one in which the circumstances imply that parties have reached an agreement even though they have not done so expressly. For example, by going to a doctor for a physical, a patient agrees that he will pay a fair price for the service. If he refuses to pay after being examined, he has breached a contract implied in fact. " Laura is responsible here.
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