Fat Bastard blames everyone else, gets stupid court to agree with him, $350,000 compo awarded

A fat bastard who is dying as a result of stuffing his gob with tonnes of food has managed to convince a gullible court that everyone else is to blame.

A morbidly obese man dying of liver cancer has been awarded more than $350,000 from his doctor because the GP failed to refer him to a weight-loss clinic or send him for lap-band surgery.

Medical experts say the case of Luis Almario is a legal landmark in NSW and will force suburban doctors to ensure overweight patients shed kilos or risk being sued.

What are they going to do, forcibly strap these fat bastards to a bench and starve them into thinness? 

In his verdict, Justice Joseph Campbell said when Dr Varipatis first saw his patient in 1997, Mr Almario was “morbidly obese and suffered from a constellation of other inter-related conditions, all affected by his obesity, including the liver disease”.

He upheld that the doctor was legally responsible for the disease progressing to cirrhosis, liver failure and eventually liver cancer.

“I am satisfied that but for the negligence of the defendant, the liver disease would not have progressed to cirrhosis and one could have expected a great improvement in his health generally, had bariatric surgery been successful, and a healthful weight been achieved by Mr Almario following surgery,” Justice Campbell noted.

He found Dr Varipatis negligent on three counts but the GP has appealed the decision, backed by his insurer Avant. Allan Tattersall, acting general manager of claims at Avant, told industry publication the Medical Observer that it was in the interest of all GPs to refer the case back to the courts.

At what point did this fat bastard start to think that maybe he should stop stuffing his gob with food?

Personal responsibility – will it ever come back in style?


Do you want:

  • Ad-free access?
  • Access to our very popular daily crossword?
  • Access to daily sudoku?
  • Access to Incite Politics magazine articles?
  • Access to podcasts?
  • Access to political polls?

Our subscribers’ financial support is the reason why we have been able to offer our latest service; Audio blogs. 

Click Here  to support us and watch the number of services grow.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

48%