Most personal injury lawsuits involve injuries sustained in a car accident, fall, or similar situation. Occasionally, though, a personal injury claim captures national attention due to its rather unusual circumstances.
The following are a few of these unusual cases:
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
In Colorado, two teens decided to do a good deed and bake cookies for their neighbors. They knocked on doors, leaving the boxes of cookies with heart-shaped notes and a message telling the recipient to have a great night.
One neighbor, who had apparently been burglarized in the past, was frightened by the knock on her door at 10:30 p.m. She says she suffered an anxiety attack as a result and sued the teens. She prevailed in court, winning a $900 judgment, but the teens received public support from people who heard about the story and wanted to help them pay their fine.
Was Fear a Factor?
The television show “Fear Factor” is known for subjecting contestants to disgusting challenges. Apparently, they’re also disgusting to some viewers. A Cleveland man, who says he watched the show regularly without incident, sued the network that aired the show for $2.5 million after an episode in which contestants ate rats mixed in a blender.
The plaintiff said the episode caused him to throw up and made his blood pressure rise. He then felt dizzy and ran into a doorway, suffering an injury. The judge threw out the handwritten lawsuit, calling it frivolous and warning the plaintiff not to appeal.
In a Pickle
McDonald’s was famously sued over hot coffee in 1994, but that’s not the only lawsuit of its type involving the fast-food chain. A Tennessee woman sued MAR Inc., which does business as McDonald’s in Knoxville, after she says she was scarred by a hot pickle. She sued for $110,000, and her husband sued for $15,000 for losing the services and companionship of his wife.
She said the pickle fell from her hamburger onto her chin, causing second-degree burns. The company admitted no wrongdoing but settled the lawsuit for an undisclosed amount.
Adding Insult to Injury
A Northern California man was sued after he shot a burglar who broke into his house. The man, who was 90 years old at the time, was shot in the face before he returned fire, injuring his assailant, police say.
Police took the burglar to the hospital, and he later sued the homeowner for shooting him. His lawsuit was dismissed, and he was sentenced to 86 years and four months to life.
Most personal injury cases aren’t as newsworthy as the ones above. However, they are still very serious and can be an important way for victims to be compensated for the harm they’ve suffered. If you’d like to discuss your personal injury case, contact the law firm of Greenman, Goldberg, Raby, Martinez at 702-388-4476 for a free consultation. We specialize in injury cases and have a proven track record of success. You can also download our printable checklist on what to do if you’re in a car accident.