When Farmer Van was hurt in a terrible accident that also took the life of his beloved cow, he went after the trucking company that caused the wreck. The company’s expensive lawyer thought there was no way a simple farmer could defeat the resources of a massive corporation.
Farmer Van decided his injuries were serious enough to sue the trucking company responsible for the wreck. In the courtroom, the company’s fancy lawyer interrogated Farmer Van, asking him: “Didn’t you say at the scene of the accident, ‘I’m fine’?”
Farmer Van said, “Well, I’ll tell you what happened. I had just loaded my favourite cow Suzie into the…”
“I didn’t ask for any details,” the lawyer interrupted. “Just answer the question: did you not say at the scene of the accident, ‘I’m fine?’”
Farmer Van replied, “As I was saying, I had just gotten Suzie into the trailer and I was driving down the road…”
The lawyer cut him off again and said, “Judge, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident, this man told the highway patrolman on the scene that he was fine. Now, several weeks after the accident, he is trying to sue my client. I believe he is a fraud. Please tell him to simply answer the question.”
By this time, though, the judge was fairly interested in Farmer Van’s answer, and he said to the lawyer: “I’d like to hear what he has to say.” Farmer Van thanked the judge and proceeded.
“Well, as I was saying, I had just loaded Suzie into the trailer and was driving her down the highway when this huge semi-truck and trailer ran the stop sign and smacked my truck right in the side. I was thrown into one ditch and Suzie was thrown into the other. I was hurting really bad and didn’t want to move.”
He continued: “However, I could hear Suzie moaning and groaning. I knew she was in terrible shape just by her groans. Shortly after the accident a highway patrolman came on the scene. He could hear Suzie, too, so he went over to her, took out his gun and shot her between the eyes.”
“Then the Patrolman came across the road with his gun in his hand and looked at me. He said, ‘Your cow was in such bad shape I had to shoot her. How are you feeling?’”
Farmer Van looked right at the judge and said: “Now what would you have said?”