Disability or Chronic Pain
In any given scenario how would a person with a disability or chronic pain prepare or defend themselves in court (if it goes that far). Since we just had a thread on chronic pain Iíve realized that Iím not the only one in this situation. Iím wondering if others have the same apprehensions and concerns as I do.
A person with a disability/chronic pain is going to be much less prepared that we want to be. I canít speak for everyone but exercise for me is sporadic at best. Due to the pain and recovery period I donít get much exercise at all. Iíve wanted to attend some training, but donít want to spend money on a class and then have to drop out. The same goes for force on force training. One lesson and I may be out of commission for a long time even if the instructor is gentle with me.
Iíve followed several threads bring up concerns about using a ďmore deadlyĒ caliber or cartridge for defense. Someone who may have done more than deemed necessary to stop the attack. I despise what our legal system has grown into and fear that I could very well be that person depending on how the evidence was presented.
In that same vein if I ever have to defend my family or myself itís not going to be something easily defended in court. If I decide that there is an active threat that requires me to intervene, I need to act fast and do as much damage as I can in as little time as possible. Not because Iím tough or mean, actually just the opposite. Iím weak, lack training, physical ability, endurance and most likely will not get a second chance.
Running away may not be an option for us because of our condition. Many times Iíll find myself with a client or friend that uses a wheelchair. Running away with a couple of scared grand kids may prove a little difficult as well. Here again, I can not speak for everyone but in a defensive situation I will most likely be able to act on adrenalin for a period of time, but once I stop the pain and disability will overtake me. I may not really be able to run away or fend off another attack so I have to make sure my attacker stays down.
In this kind of scenario I will most likely come out looking pretty bad. It will appear that I have been aggressive and excessive, maybe even downright mean and vengeful. Although that is not the truth it will look that way to a bystander. Iíve had it happen before when dealing with combative clients. All a bystander sees is that Iím beating up a disabled person. They do not see that Iím using approved techniques, they do not see that I am going out of my way not to hurt the person. Because I come out on top and eventually safely restrain the individual, all a bystander will see is that I have beaten them into submission.
Is there a way to get disability/chronic pain entered into evidence? I know I can bring x-rays and medical history, but itís been my experience that people who do not deal with disability/chronic pain do not understand it much at all. Depending on who evaluates the evidence they may not think there is a valid disparity of force.
So far situational awareness has served me well. Although I canít train like I want to physically I read a lot and am aware of many methods I think I could do at least once. Iíd like some input on how others in similar situations prepare.