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This Colorado Man is Suing The People Who Saved His Life

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.

Colorado Man Could Sue Divers Who Saved Him From Submerged Car (ABC News)

Colorado Man Could Sue Divers Who Saved Him From Submerged Car (ABC News)

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.

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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Source: Yahoo! News

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  • Marie Pinion

    when is enough ,enough be thankful you are alive. I bet they regret saving you now. this is what makes most people reluctant to help their fellow man for fear of being sued , regardless of intent ,

  • Mike Pinnegar

    Should have let his dumb ass drown.

  • Mike Polachekster

    It’s idiots like this that make people think twice before saving someones life. What a moron.

  • Toyman

    POS …. its his attempt to drive the road Closed or Not… dam fool will win because some whimp DA will give it to him

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