While many people only file personal injury lawsuits when their injuries are significant, there are some who file frivolous lawsuits as a way to make a quick buck. These frivolous lawsuits range from the overstated to the unbelievable. Even more unbelievable are the cases that were actually won. Here are the most outrageous personal injury cases that have ever gone before a judge.
In 1992, Stella Liebeck was awarded 2.86 million dollars in her case against McDonalds. Her claim was that she didn't know the coffee she ordered at her local drive-thru was hot enough to burn her. While Stella did sustain substantial injuries when her coffee spilled in her lap, the notion that she didn't realize the beverage would be hot seems silly. Regardless of the validity of her allegation, a jury decided in her favor and awarded her a hefty sum of money for her injuries.
Beer Ads Lie?
Have you ever watched a beer commercial and thought that what was depicted in the ad would happen if you drank that beer? Probably not, but one man did. In 1991, Richard Overton attempted to sue Anheuser Busch because bikini clad women didn't appear while he was drinking their beer. He claimed that he began suffering from depression when he realized the ad was not true. Of course, Mr. Overton did not win his ten thousand dollar lawsuit.
Bad Weather Forecast
Have you ever gotten angry at your local meteorologist when they wrongly predict the weather? Ever considered suing them for their wrong prediction? One woman did just that. Her local weatherman forecast the weather as sunny and warm, but instead it rained. Her claim was that because the weather forecast said sunny and warm she dressed for that weather and was caught off-guard when it rained. She subsequently caught the flu and missed work. She attempted to sue the local news station for a thousand dollars to cover her lost wages and the cost of her flu medications.
In 2007, 1-800-FLOWERS was sued for 1.5 million dollars by a man who was having an affair. He sent his mistress flowers and the company sent a traditional thank you card for his purchase. His wife opened the card while the man was away and learned of his affair. While the company was not to blame for the man's indiscretions, he felt that they were at fault for his wife finding out. A jury decided against him in his case.
Cases like these can keep personal injury lawyers, ones like Steven A. Crifase Ltd, busy.
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