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Colorado Man Could Sue Divers Who Saved Him From Submerged Car
By ALYSSA NEWCOMB | Good Morning America – 10 hours ago...



A Colorado man, despite acknowledging that he's lucky to be alive after being trapped in a submerged car, has filed an intent to sue his rescuers for half a million dollars.

Roy Ortiz filed his intent to sue the county of Boulder and his rescuers for a tentative $500,000 as a "preservative" measure, his attorney, Ed Ferszt, told ABCNews.com.

Ferszt said the county should have closed the road during floods in September. He said the first responders were also included because they did not realize Ortiz was trapped in the car until they prepared to lift it out of the water.

"He was not seen or it was assumed no one could have survived it," Ferszt said. "No one discerned he was there."

The incident began Sept. 12 when Ortiz was driving to work. His vehicle hit part of a washed-out road and then plunged into a creek.

"He tried to feel even above his head and all he felt was water everywhere. It was not much of an air pocket," Ferszt said.

Ortiz was able to find a small air bubble in the back of his car where Ferszt said his client spent two hours waiting to be rescued.

READ MORE: How to Escape From a Sinking Car

Since the accident, Ortiz has racked up $40,000 in medical bills and still has shoulder issues and trouble sleeping, including a recurring dream of shivering to death, Ferszt said.

Whether a future lawsuit is filed will depend "on Roy's medical treatment and how that pans out," Ferszt said.

David Hughes, Boulder Deputy County attorney, told ABCNews.com the county is following procedure with Ortiz's claim.

"When we receive a notice of claim, we follow the same process," he said. "Right now the claim is under investigation."

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Re: Colorado man could sue divers who saved him from submerged car
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2014, 06:57:26 AM »
   And the beat goes on..

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Re: Colorado man could sue divers who saved him from submerged car
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2014, 07:04:01 AM »
Give him a heartfelt apology and put him back where they found him.
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Re: Colorado man could sue divers who saved him from submerged car
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2014, 07:17:13 AM »
I have to believe the guy was driving without insurance, otherwise the cost of treatment wouldn't be a huge issue.
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim tribute to patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness -- these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. . . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles."
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Re: Colorado man could sue divers who saved him from submerged car
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2014, 07:20:04 AM »
    I wonder if he's legal. Or if his lawyer is legal?  No pun etc.

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Re: Colorado man could sue divers who saved him from submerged car
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2014, 07:43:48 AM »
Poke a stick in karma's eye.


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