Sometimes the circumstances of an accident require a certain suspension of belief. Here we have compiled a list of some of the more unusual and outrageous compensation claims.
The hot coffee case
Lieback v McDonalds Restaurants is perhaps the ubiquitous example of outrageous compensation claims. Also known as the McDonald’s coffee case, the facts of the case are often subject to something of an urban legend. The plaintiff was injured when a cup of hot coffee from McDonald’s spilled on her lap causing third-degree burns which required skin grafts and two years of medical treatment. Punitive damages of $2.86 million were originally awarded against the defendants for refusing to settle the claim. However the final amount was settled outside of court and has never been disclosed.
Slipping on pigeon droppings
Slipping, tripping or falling can result in serious injuries. In this case a man in London was able to successfully claim for compensation after slipping on pigeon droppings at a railway station. In court it was found that the defendants were aware of the problem and had failed to take steps to rectify the slipping hazard of accumulated pigeon droppings.
One size doesn’t fit all
A primary school teacher was able to successfully claim for compensation after dislocating her hip when she fell from a child-size toilet. The plaintiff’s claim succeeded as it was found that it had not been clearly specified that the toilet was designed to be used by children only.
A stressful promotion
An English office worker successfully sued her employer for the emotional stress that had occurred as the result of a promotion. The office worker was promoted against her will into a role which she did not want. As the result of the undue stress incurred as a result of the promotion, the plaintiff was awarded £50,000
Although some of the claims we have highlighted in this article may cause puzzlement and bewilderment, being injured as the result of an accident that wasn’t your fault is a serious matter and you shouldn’t feel stigmatised because of the circumstances of the accident. Accident Advice Helpline has over 15 years’ experience in all areas of personal injury compensation and we could help you too. Call us on free phone 0800 689 0500 and speak with one of our advisors.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown