For example: Let's consider old fashioned WATER.
Let's presume we lived on a planet where water (good 'ol H2O) didn't exist and someone invented it.
It is very useful for many things like cleaning, eating, swimming, making things go (as in steam power), etc.
But also think of the problems and issues with water:
- Just a slight coating of water can make main surfaces as slick as glass.
- Water dissolves and erodes just about everything given enough time.
- Water is an excellent breeding medium for many kinds of diseases and parasites.
- A human can drown in as little as 6 inches of water.
- When water freezes it expands and cracks things.
- When water heats to steam it can scald.
- Poisons and toxins can be solve in water and undetectable without chemical analysis.
- A vehicle can become out of control driving on just a few inches of water.
With all this going against it who in their right mind would have brought water to market?!
And that's the point.
You can easily measure people who have been hurt by a product (their own fault or not). But you can not measure all the people who could have been helped had a product been brought to market but wasn't for fear of liability suit.
Think about that before the next time you think to yourself "I should sue them."
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