Linda Hunt (easy version)

In 1994, in Barrie, in central Canada, Linda Hunt got drunk at an office party. Her boss noticed this and told her if she drank any more, she would have to call her husband and ask him to come and drive her home. The boss had also told all his workers before the party that the company would pay for a taxi if they felt they were too drunk to drive home safely. But Linda didn't listen to her boss's warning. She felt all right. After the party, Linda and some others went to a bar in Barrie and continued drinking .

By the time Linda and her friends left the bar, it was snowing. And Linda had drunk much more than she should have. She had twice the legal limit of alcohol in her blood. Several of her friends offered her a ride, but she said No.

On her way home, Linda lost control of her car and hit a truck. She hurt her head badly and her brain was damaged. She was in hospital for seven months. It was a long time before she could move her body properly and speak properly. Seven years later, she still had pains and she still had problems remembering things.

Linda blamed her boss for the accident because, she said, he had allowed her to drive when she was drunk. She also blamed the bar for allowing her to drive home. She decided to sue and took her case to court. On February 6, 2001 the court said that her boss's company and the bar had to pay Linda Cdn$300,000. The court thought that this was the amount of money Linda had lost because she had not been able to work after her accident. However, by that time, the bar had gone out of business so the company had to pay everything.

- information from: "The Globe and Mail "(Toronto), 01.02.06; "The Toronto Star," 01.02.06

drinks that contain “alcohol” will make you drunk. (“Alcoholic” is the adjective form and is also used as a noun to name a person who has a strong need for alcohol.)

if you “sue” someone, you try to get a court to make them pay you for harm they have done to you. (The noun form of “sue” is “suit,” or “law suit.”