Boatbound and the Bionic Man

When TV’s “Six Million Dollar Man” was popular in the 1970’s, it was not ridiculous for this seven- or eight-year-old boy to think that the fictional Colonel Steve Austin could be totally rebuilt for such an amount of money. Six million bucks for a new eye, arm and two legs – all better than they were before – seemed like both a lot of money and completely reasonable at the time for the outcome.

Fast forward 40 years to the present, and unfortunately the bionic technology envisioned in that show is still just a fantasy. Health care and prosthetics have come a long, long way, but not to the level of what we would consider “bionic.” And between the outgoing ObamaCare and incoming TrumpCare, or whatever they’re going to call it, and inflation, you would be hard pressed to get a replacement of so many body parts – all better than their original counterparts – for such a low price.

So it’s not unreasonable to me that a person would be suing for more than $11 million dollars for the loss of a leg in a tragic boating accident, as a Long Island woman is suing Boatbound after an accident occurred on a boat she was renting through the company.

Is it a lot of money? Of course it is. Will her leg ever be close to what it was before? Not likely. Was it a tragic accident? Clearly.

Reading the woman’s story in Newsday made me sad, mad, and for some reason got my adolescent mind thinking about the Bionic Man.

Do you think she violated her insurance agreement with Boatbound?

Should the company, or the boat operator, or the actual boat owner, be responsible for her medical bills and pain and suffering?

This story is a complicated mess, and I just hope she continues to mend.