I Get Scraped Up, the Fitting End to a Tough Day

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    Sep 03, 2014 11:32 PM GMT
    I was about to enter the rear door to our condo building, back from grocery shopping (a horrible enough experience as it is), just putting my key up to the lock, when the heavy metal door flung outward with force.

    Struck me in the face, and I started to topple back. That entrance is on a slope, and I lost my balance stumbling backwards. Next my shoulder slammed into the edge of a high fence post near the entrance, and finally I crashed down to the hard pavement.

    Scraped my wrist, cut up my knee, as I laid their stunned from the blow to my face. My husband ran over from the car. I soon got to my feet OK, with his help and that of my cane, and the bleeding wasn't bad. Back in our unit I put peroxide on the cuts, my tetanus shots are current, I'm a big boy, no need for further attention. I may do something tomorrow if the headache continues, or my shoulder is still very sore.

    But I am so mad. Our stupid insurance company made us replace that door, which had a small window so you could see somebody on the other side, with a solid door that's blind. Said it was a hurricane requirement. If so, then what about the SOLID GLASS door in our main lobby entrance, within sight of it? Or the lobby's solid glass outside walls?

    So an email has already gone out to all the condo board members (my husband's the Vice President this year, former President), requesting the board make the insurance company clarify this windowless door requirement. And require the company to explain what kind of insurance coverage we have if the association gets sued by a resident, or a visitor, because of injury caused by these doors?

    Well, that's my rant for today. But after a really tough day, that began at 6:30 AM, I come home to this. icon_mad.gif
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    Sep 03, 2014 11:58 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    Perhaps a door with impact resistant glass could be installed? If not, the association will need to consider the risks of this unfortunate episode happening again, vs paying a little more for insurance. If I had to choose, I'd get an impact resistant glass door even if it meant higher insurance costs.

    That is the essence of the email that has gone out to the 7 board members. ALL the glass in this condo complex has the highest hurricane wind rating available. It was just done last year, my husband initiating the project. As a benefit to the residents against hurricanes, and a reduction in our insurance rates. Replacement windows & patio doors for 150 condo units, public areas and a clubhouse.

    He also chose optional UV protection for all the glass, to reduce fading of interior furnishings, as well as double glazing. To provide excellent insulating properties (more for AC savings than heating), as well as sound reduction. Now our landscapers can be outside with those painfully-loud leaf blowers and we hardly hear a thing.

    But then, the insurance company (Citizens) came to inspect that work. And they made us replace all our secondary doors with windowless. At additional cost that wasn't budgeted.

    So this is the consequence. Now if Citizens wants to underwrite any lawsuits we suffer as a result of those dangerous doors, fine. But my husband is incensed, to have seen me lying there bleeding & disoriented. Naturally I'm not planning to sue, that's not what I do. (Actually I might not mind suing Citizens the company, but that would just make all our rates go up)

    But others might sue, and win big. And then we'd all REALLY have to pay.
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    Sep 06, 2014 2:55 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidI find it distressing that nobody else here has stopped by this topic to check up on you for what was a major scare for you and your husband.

    Too bad you couldn't read my private emails. I feel very supported by my brothers here, and by people elsewhere. icon_biggrin.gif

    And BTW, since you didn't bother to ask, considerate as you are, I'm doing great. The scabs on my right knee are almost gone. I've survived a thousand times worse in the past.

    But more importantly for others, I think some solution to this blind door problem is going to happen. Thanks for your heartfelt concern, for me and the other residents of our complex. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 06, 2014 3:27 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    A shame they didn't share those thoughts publicly, nor did this topic garner many views.

    As for your physical condition - you're made of stouter stuff than I think you give yourself credit for. I had no doubt you would pull through.

    Well thanks to your own snide comments, it has garnered some additional views, and for that I thank you.

    We saw our doctor today, my husband's prior-scheduled appointment. We always see our doctors together. The doctor looked at my scrapes, said they were doing fine, end of issue. We've known him for 7 years, he's so laid back, I don't think he'd get agitated unless my leg was hanging off by a thread.

    My husband, BTW, got a spectacularly good medical report today, every single lab parameter within range. Better than I do! His blood pressure better than mine, too.

    The same doctor that said earlier this year, as I've joked here before, that my husband would live to be 120. Whereupon I said: "Doctor, can I have a second opinion?" Earning me the inevitable smack from my husband.

    We have entirely too much fun, constantly laughing, way more than we should at our "dignified" advanced ages. And yeah, I suppose we're both made of "stout stuff" as you put it. It's what gets you this far in life.

    Why I chronicle some of this silly stuff here. Not to praise us (I don't think you'll ever want to accept that idea) but to tell younger guys what lies ahead, and how to deal with it. Or how to handle family, friends, or maybe an older partner who are already where we are.

    When I think you're sincere (which I haven't seen in 6 years) perhaps we will discuss this in greater depth.
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    Sep 06, 2014 6:17 PM GMT
    So who flung the door outward with force? Wouldn't the threat of a lawsuit alone lead to a change in policy?
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    Sep 08, 2014 11:04 PM GMT
    What about:

    Aicon_smile.gif A glass door for every day that swings in and

    Bicon_smile.gif A heavier door for outside, which is only closed in heavy weather?

    Maybe they'd be satisfied with something like this: