The Strangest Personal Injury Claims on Record

Tell someone that you are thinking of filing a personal injury lawsuit, and you may be scoffed at. News of frivolous lawsuits have put even sensible ones in a bad light. Think back to the woman who sued McDonald’s because she spilled hot coffee in her lap while pulling out of the drive-thru. Though it was a legitimate case, she was the butt of many jokes because her lawsuit seemed frivolous. The fact is, a car accident lawyer in West Palm Beach can really help.

Hearing of strange lawsuits shouldn’t put anyone off from seeking compensation for their own injuries. In fact, a reputable and experienced personal injury attorney typically won’t take a case that they don’t believe has merit or a chance of succeeding.

On that note, we present you with some of the strangest personal injury claims on record. Use these examples not as a deterrent from filing your own claim, but to make your claim seem even more sensible.

1. Death by Whale

Most people understand that killer whales are dangerous, even if they live at Sea World. There are very few people who would consider, even for a moment, jumping into the tank with one. That is exactly what a man from Florida did back in 1999. He was subsequently killed by Sea World’s most popular attraction and his parents sued the company. They alleged that there were no warning signs around the whale’s tank, despite the man having hidden from guards and jumped into the pool after closing.

2. A Knife in the Cold Cuts

A man in New York sued Subway, the sandwich chain, because he found a plastic knife in the bread of his sub. It’s important to note that the man didn’t swallow the knife. He didn’t even bite off a piece of the knife. Instead, he claimed that he was nauseous for hours after he found the knife. He sued Subway for $1 million as a result.

3. Better Get the Forecast Right

Few would think that someone would sue a weatherman because they fell ill, but that is what happened in Israel. A woman sued a local television station because their weather reporter didn’t get the forecast right. As a result, the woman dressed too lightly for inclement weather, which caused her to get the flu. As a result of the flu, she missed a week of work. As a result of…you get the picture. The woman sued for and won $1,000.

4. It Was Too Scary

Thousands of people visit Universal Studios in Florida every day. The popular attraction is an amazing park and provides thrills for people of all ages. Unfortunately for the park, sometimes those thrills are just too much. In 1998, a woman sued the park for personal injury after a trip through the Haunted House of Horrors let her with, she claimed, psychological trauma. The claim was dismissed by a court as not viable.

5. Underpants in Your Eye

Injury by underwear is a bit unusual at best. A traffic officer in Los Angeles claimed that she was injured by a thong at Victoria’s Secret. She sued the company for an undisclosed amount after claiming that a thong she was trying on was too tight, and a metal piece snapped off at a high rate of speed, hitting her directly in the eye. The woman further claimed that the damage to her eye was irreversible.

6. A Surprising Verdict

A woman in New York City wanted to end her own life. To do so, she laid down on the subway tracks and waited to be run over by a train. A train did come along and strike her, but it only injured her. The woman then sued the city for the injuries she suffered. In a surprising turn of events, the state’s Supreme Court awarded the woman $14.1 million, despite the fact that she had made the choice to be hit by a train. Many people still wonder how this could have happened in a court of law.

Personal injuries are nothing to laugh at, to be sure. In most cases that people bring to court, someone has been gravely injured and their lives negatively impacted. It is cases like the above that have given a bad name to “suing someone.” While these stories are certainly the type that make you shake your head, they should also serve as a reminder that your case is a solid one.

Call our team of personal injury attorneys today for assistance in filing your personal injury lawsuit if you were injured in Miami or the surrounding area. We will review the details of your injury at no cost to you and advise you of your best options. Call now or browse our website for more information about our firm and how we can assist you. You deserve to be compensated for your injuries, and we are here to help make that happen.

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Michael Steinger

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MICHAEL S. STEINGER, founding partner of Steinger, Greene & Feiner, believes in representing real people, not big businesses. Since the firm’s creation in 1997, Steinger, Greene & Feiner has never represented an insurance company or large corporation, and he vows to keep this promise. Over the course of his career, Michael has handled thousands of Florida accident cases, recovering millions of dollars for his clients and earning him membership into the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Staying up-to-date on the ever-evolving laws protecting injury victims and their families, Michael is an active member of the American Bar Association, the Palm Beach, and St. Lucie Bar Associations, and sits on the Auto Insurance Committee of the Florida Justice Association.