Sunday, July 11, 2010
Man's Leg Set On Fire By "Friends."
NM Man Set on Fire After Losing Drinking Bet
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
| July 10, 2010
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- A 47-year-old man's friends set his prosthetic leg on fire after he lost a drinking bet, causing him to suffer severe burns to his buttocks and lower back. Dona Ana County sheriff's deputies found the man naked on the side of U.S. Route 70 with his prosthetic leg in flames. Deputies learned that the man and his friends were drinking Monday and bet that whoever drank the least would be set on fire.
When asked, a local attorney pointed out the naked man probably had a products liability case against the prosthetic device manufacturer for not taking sufficient precautions to guard against a reasonably foreseeable risk of injury.
It also was not clear if the man had insurance on the fake leg. Depending on his injuries a good fake leg can range form $7000 to as much as $35,000, with the average going for about $12 to 15,000.
The injured wagerer was mainly upset because his friends were driving him to a hospital, got cold feet, and decided to dump him alongside a highway instead.
Police were investigating to determine what charges might be filed against the "friends" but so far only illegal dumping along a state highway has come up.