Here’s a tragic story. A hiker in the Olympic National Forest was
gored by an aggressive mountain goat and died. This happened in fall of
2010. Apparently Bob Boardman of Port Angeles was hiking with his wife,
Susan Chadd, and a friend, when the mountain goat in question started
acting aggressively toward them. The hikers resumed their hike while the
mountain goat followed. The animal then attacked Boardman and stayed with
him for about 30 minutes, making it impossible to approach Boardman to
help him. Reports indicate Boardman probably died within five minutes
of the attack.
Now Boardman’s estate has filed wrongful death and personal injury
claims against the Olympic National Park in an amount totaling more than
$10 million, and the estate’s lawyer warns that he intends to officially
file a wrongful death lawsuit against the park. Boardman’s wife
claims the park was negligent and irresponsible and that the park knew
the mountain goat was aggressive. After the attack on Boardman park rangers
shot and killed the goat. Tests indicated the goat was healthy.
The claims include wrongful death claims of $5 million for Boardman’s
estate, $3 million for Chadd, and $2 million for Chadd’s son. The
personal injury claims include more than $22,000 for expenses covering
medical care as well as funeral expenses, counseling sessions, and so on.
What do you think? Do you agree with these claims?
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