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Published on September 24th, 2014 | by Personal Rights


Three Personal Injury Claims Almost Too Weird to Believe

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Typically, personal injury lawyers have to deal with cases involving car accidents, medical malpractice, slip and falls, dog bites, assault and battery, or any of the other common personal injury claims. However, every now and then personal injury attorneys come across some claims that are — shall we say — less than typical, some of which are almost unbelievable.

Here are a few such personal injury claims that are almost too weird to believe.

Don’t Smoke on the Toilet.

In 2011, one coal company worker got a terrible surprise when he decided to take a quick smoke break in the work site’s bathroom. A methane pipe beneath the toilet sprang a leak, and so naturally the whole cubicle exploded when the worker lit his cigarette. The worker survived and got a $10 million workers compensation settlement as a result of her personal injury claim.

Don’t Watch Fear Factor If You Can’t Handle It.

Back in 2005, a man named Austin Aitkin filed a personal injury claim against TV network NBC that said the show Fear Factor caused him to get a concussion. During one episode, contestants had to eat rats. Watching this particular program caused Aitkin to feel nauseous and dizzy. In an attempt to get away from the TV, he ran into a door frame and suffered a concussion. It should also be noted that after reviewing his personal injury claim, the courts asked him why he didn’t just look away or turn the TV off.

Don’t Leave a Puddle of Gravy on the Floor.

One woman who was walking through a restaurant, causally minding her own business, didn’t notice the big puddle of gravy, and wound up slipping in it. She injured her back as soon as she hit the ground, and naturally filed a personal injury claim as a result.

These are just a few of the weirder cases that some attorneys have had to work with. If you know of any others, feel free to share in the comments. To see more, read this.

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