Thank you for your response.
I agree that you cannot put a price on life, but under the law, the courts can only handle cases where there are controversies, which is in the US Constitution
establishing jurisdiction of the courts. What this means is a court cannot hear a case on something that has not yet happened or that might have happened but did not happen. Thus, all you have at this point is a missing washer, that is the sole harm you have suffered, and that is a property claim. On property claims, the law says you can only recover "actual damages," meaning damages you actually suffered. Therefore, if you lost oxygen and had to replace the tank sooner than you would have if the washer was in place, then they owe you a tank of oxygen, but other than that, legally if you were to go to court, the court is forced to follow the laws and US Constitution and can only award you what you actually have lost I am afraid.
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