Against our parents wishes, many of us may have played the game “ding dong ditch” when we were younger. It is a prank game where you go around to houses and ring doorbells and then leave. However, sometimes this game can turn into much more than just a simple prank and some fun, and people wind up getting hurt, which is actually what did happened in Clarksville, Tennessee on Memorial day weekend.
The Clarksville police said that four teenagers ages fifteen to seventeen were playing the game on Saturday May 29th when Joseph Robinson, one of the boys playing the game, got shot in the leg by Carl Jerome Edmonds one of the homeowners whose door they knocked on. Jeff and Sherri Robinson, Joseph’s parents have filed a lawsuit in the amount of 2.5 million against Edmonds.
The attorney for the Robinsons, Mark Olson accuses Edmonds of acting reckless and in a negligent manner, because Edmonds was not threatened and his property was not in danger. The parents of Joseph Robinson are also claiming that the use a gun was excessive and not a legal use for the weapon.
The bullet is still embedded in Joseph’s leg and the lawsuit claims he will have a permanent disability and have more medical bills as a result of being shot. Punitive damages and the costs for civil action are being asked for, for a total of 2.5 million. A court date has been set for July 2, 2010 and no criminal charges have been filed against Edmonds.
Games such as these are played every day, including in other parts of Tennessee. However, it is tragic and unfortunate that some of them end this way. If you or someone you love has been injured and will have to face many medical bills and maybe even a permanent injury or disability because of it, we strongly suggest that you contact one of our experienced and caring Tennessee personal injury attorneys right away. We will hear your case and make sure you get the treatment and care you deserve. Feel free to contact us online or call us at 800.705.2121 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options.