There is no doubt that our US cousins are way ahead of us when it comes to personal injury claim cases. Here are 7 of the most bizarre personal injury claims ever made across the pond, although we doubt that any one of them would get the time of day in the British courts.
1. Budweiser Bikini Bust
A man in the US took Budweiser to court a few years ago following an ad campaign by the beer company, which suggested drinking their product caused beautiful women in bikinis to appear. The man claimed that the ad was misleading and had caused him psychological trauma and emotional stress and requested the company pay him $10,000 as part of his personal injury claim.
2. Fear Factor
A Mr. Austin Aitken tried to sue American TV company NBC for a whopping $2.5 million following the airing of the hit show “Fear Factor”. The show was famed for getting participants to complete disgusting stunts and on this particular occasion Mr. Aitken claimed that after he watched contestants eating rats, he felt so sick and dizzy that he ran into a door and suffered concussion.
3. Up in Smoke
A man working for a coal company in the US used his loo break to go for more than a quick call of nature. The sneaky worker decided to light up a crafty cigarette in the portaloo when a methane leak in the pipe underneath the toilet caused the whole cubicle to explode. He successfully sued his employers for a hefty $10 million as part of his personal injury claim.
4. A Gander at Palm Beach
A lady by the name of Darlene Griffin, who was from the Palm Beach area of Florida, successfully submitted a personal injury claim for compensation against the West Palm Beach County for injuries suffered at the hands of an overly aggressive goose. The territorial, angry goose apparently lunged at her child and as she stepped in to protect him the bird bit her on the toe, causing her to fall and break her tailbone.Open Claim Calculator
5. Beauty and the Beast
A woman in Missouri who was partial to the odd trip to her hair salon ended up claiming compensation against them after clumps of her hair started to fall out. She was having a chemical straightening treatment done regularly and started to notice she was going thin on top and after a few weeks her hair was literally dropping out of her head. She claimed she suffered emotional and mental injury as well as loss of income as she had to quit her job as a tour guide due to her appearance.
6. Horror Story
Finally, the story of Cleanthi Peters who visited Universal Studios in Florida whilst on vacation and decided to take her chances in the Haunted House of Horrors. She claims it was far too scary and that she has had to undergo counselling for psychological trauma following the visit and tried to make a personal injury claim for compensation. Of course the case was thrown out, what did she expect from film studios version of a haunted house?!