Uh oh. Is suing yoga teachers the new suing fast food chains? Who’s to blame?
Yoga teacher Hilaria Baldwin, who also happens to be the newly pregnant wife of actor Alec, is being sued for ‘negligence’ among other things, the NY Daily News reports. According to the papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, the accusing student Spencer Wolff says he suffered “serious” and “severe” injuries and “emotional upset” during Hilaria Thomas’ Jan. 15 class at Yoga Vida in NYC. Yikes.
There are no further details of the injury or the event, but in the documents Wolff, a 32-year-old Yale Ph.D. candidate and Huffington Post blogger, blames the “overcrowded” class and Thomas’ “negligence” as two causes of his alleged accident.
Now we know Americans have the unalienable right to sue the pants off of everyone for alleged wrongdoing, and we’re glad some people get their rightful justice, but we also know of something called a waiver as well as some serious opportunity to score some cash.
However, giving the man the benefit of the doubt, we’ve been in packed mat to mat classes and while no injury has been sustained to us because of that, we could see a potential hazard: cramped space, less available attention from the teacher, crazy neighbors, etc.
On the other hand, there is that waiver we mentioned, plus might the responsibility of limiting students in a crowded class fall on the studio not the teacher? Probably even worse of an outcome is risk of fire hazard. Shhh. FDNY pretend you didn’t hear that.
Alec Baldwin has already taken to twitter to state his opinion on the matter, like he does.
Litigation is the preferred tool of those who want to harass, obfuscate or extort.
— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) February 16, 2013
Whether or not this is legit, it begs the broader question of, is this setting a precedent for packed mat to mat classes and potential to sue popular/celeb yoga teachers? Or, alternatively, should we reconsider bursting at the seams yoga classes as not really safe for students.
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