3 of the Most Bizarre Personal Injury Lawsuits of All Time
Contrary to what some people may think, the majority of cases handled by personal injury law firms are legitimate and quite serious. Sadly, many of these cases are deadly serious. Even years after the Great Recession, fewer than one in every four Americans has enough money to cover at least six months’ worth of expenses in the event of an emergency. When these emergencies happen, personal injury settlements can often provide necessary financial compensation that victims may not otherwise have access to.
That being said, there are some truly bizarre and memorable instances of personal injury suits gone wrong. While some of these cases are totally outrageous (with no legal grounds for a claim), others deal with some very strange ways people were injured and then sued for damages. The following three examples may make you laugh, but it’s important to remember that there’s nothing funny about the cases that reputable personal injury law firms handle every day. For now, let’s take a look at some of some of the weirdest and wildest personal injury cases of all time:
- She couldn’t weather the storm
Most of us know that the weather forecast may not always be correct. Unfortunately, in what has become a legendary personal injury case, an Israeli meteorologist made a costly error after forecasting sunny skies one particularly rainy day in 1996. After watching his broadcast, a female viewer dressed for fair weather. To her dismay, it rained, which she claimed caused her to come down with the flu, miss work, and pay for expensive medication. The woman ended up suing the TV station for $1,000, a payout which also included irreparable stress. Shockingly, she ended up winning the case, which serves as a cautionary tale to weathermen and women everywhere. Fortunately for meteorologists everywhere, this case didn’t exactly set a precedent.
- A whale of a bad time
In 1999, a 27-year-old Florida man was determined to swim with a killer whale at Sea World. He hid from security guards after the park was closed and dove into the tank that held one of the park’s killer whales. In fulfilling his lifelong dream, the man was almost immediately killed by the whale. Apparently, he wasn’t fazed by the species’ ominous name. His parents ended up suing Sea World because the park had no public warnings pertaining to the dangers posed by the killer whale. In addition, they claimed that the happy-looking stuffed whale toys in the gift shop served as false advertising. Shortly after the case was filed, his parents dropped the lawsuit. But even though this case never went to trial, it illustrates how important it is for businesses to display seemingly obvious warnings just to cover their bottom lines.
- Do you want fries with that crash?
The McDonald’s hot coffee case might be the most famous of personal injury cases, but it’s by no means the only claim the fast food giant has had to deal with. A man who went through the drive-thru decided to eat a few fries while driving, forgetting that his milkshake was precariously placed between his knees, rather than in the drink holder of his car. When the shake exploded on his lap, he became distracted and collided with another car. Because McDonald’s displayed no warnings on the cup about the hazards of driving and eating, the other driver involved in the crash sued the restaurant. The case was eventually thrown out, but the man worked with a personal injury law firm and managed to take it all the way to the New Jersey Supreme Court before it was dismissed. Ultimately, McDonald’s didn’t have to pay the injured man a cent.
The truth is that most personal injury cases aren’t this strange. When you are involved in a serious accident, it’s important that you have help from an injury law firm.
If someone else is responsible for causing you harm, you need to contact a personal injury attorney right away.