Video Game Addiction Gets Lawyer Suspended From Practice

lawyer suspended video game addictionThere's no shortage of people addicted to video games, but it's the rare person who becomes so obsessed with them that he loses his job.

In Pennsylvania, however, a 43-year-old lawyer has been banned from practicing law for three years after his addiction to video games resulted in sloppy legal work, The Associated Press reports.

The state's Supreme Court Disciplinary Board ruled that Mathew Eshelman mishandled 17 cases -- mostly involving bankruptcy, divorce and debt collection -- after he "sought refuge from his problems by playing video and computer games" to fight job stress and domestic problems.

The board found that Eshelman missed deadlines, lost track of client money, and once lied in a divorce filing -- all while ignoring calls from increasingly angry clients, according to AP.

Eshelman could have been suspended for as many as five years, but because he once had been a competent lawyer the panel agreed to a three-year ban.

News of Eshelman's suspension comes less than a month after Chris Staniforth, a 20-year-old Xbox addict in Sheffield, England, died during a marathon video-game session.

An autopsy revealed that Staniforth died from a blood clot caused by deep-vein thrombosis, which can be triggered by sitting in one position for a long time.


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Ghetto Cat

A normal home has no social structure.
A normal video game has no social value.
A normal video game player has no life,

August 25 2011 at 5:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
K White

Games are fun, but I couldn't imagine losing my job over John Madden 2011. And this is my first time hearing about the poor X-box addict who died from spending too much time sitting and playing video games. Wow!

August 25 2011 at 3:33 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
slowhanddean

Have a similar problem with cell phones at work.Have talked to the bosses and nothing has been done.You can bet that if I just stopped working when ever I seen someone on thier cell and just waited I would probably get fired.But it is the same thing if they are on the phone and not working,especially if being on the phone is NOT part of thier job.
I remeber years ago when I had a different boss and he would get upset if you stopped working when he would talk to you.And at other times he would get upset if you didn't stop working and pay attention to what he was saying.He did this to me twice within 30 minutes and it ticked me off.So I asked him to put in writing which did he want? Me to stop or keep working or actually wait if it wasn't important,which it usually wasn't,and talk to me a break time.

August 25 2011 at 3:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bmitche

I can see why he was fired. He wasn't concentrating on his practice.

August 25 2011 at 2:27 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
zabranskysusan

Its amazing they can suspend him, but our NJ Medical board can't discipline a doctor for not following regulations on a Regulated Medical Device.

August 25 2011 at 2:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
charleyvldm9

The brain is always 10 years behind man's chronological age ,he is 43 ,brain is 33 what do you expect ? maturity,no way.

August 25 2011 at 1:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Craig

Excess gaiming is a symptom of a void in the life of the Gaimer. There is nothing that combats Video game addiction better than creativity. Video games involve fantasy in which a person can escape from the "Real world." Many "Gamers" will actually try to bring the game fantasy ionto their Real life existance. Costumes, Icons, are common such as Military attire and guns for Combat games and Swords for fantasy can soon appear in cabinets. This is an attempt to make the fantasy physically tangable. A hobby which creates tangible objects is a good replacement. But trying to learn specificly what the issue is in "Reality" and make changes there is another way to help the gamer return to a functioning life.

August 25 2011 at 11:26 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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K White

That sounds a bit creepy. I would definitely take off running if a man told me he was trying to bring the game fantasy into his real life.

August 25 2011 at 3:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wlh1923

Video games didn't get this clown suspended from practice. His incompent bungling and mishandling of a whole bunch of cases got him disbarred. The video games addiction was the excuse he proffered. Typically alcohol or drugs is the excuse.

August 25 2011 at 11:02 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
afiluvr4lyfe718

my boyfriend is addicted to video games i dont know how to get him to come off of it he gets really angry when he doesnt play for a while....not only angry that he hasnt played but angry at little things he just starts flipping out what the hell am i supposed to do?

August 25 2011 at 10:40 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Marty

Get a new one! :o)

August 25 2011 at 11:25 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
sgard206

I would suggest finding a new boyfriend.

August 25 2011 at 11:39 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Robert G

I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT ANYONE 18 OR OLDER SEES IN PLAYING VIDEO GAMES. GROW UP PEOPLE !! GEEZ

August 25 2011 at 10:25 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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