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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    The most outrageous claims made for public injuries


    Accidents can happen under all sorts of different circumstances, but some claims made for public injuries are more strange and outrageous than others. Here are some of the most outrageous claims made for public injuries over recent years.

    Claims made for public injuries caused by animals

    One man claimed for a broken arm after having a cycling accident that he claimed was caused by a whole herd of guinea pigs.

    The story was confirmed by the farmer whose property the accident occurred on. It appears that the man’s daughter’s pet guinea pigs had escaped and subsequently multiplied into a herd of plague proportions.

    Whether this claim was successful is unknown.

    Another gentleman claimed against a railway station in London after being injured by slipping on accumulated pigeon droppings.

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    His claim was successful, as it was ruled that the defendants were aware of and failed to deal with the slip and fall hazard represented by the pigeon droppings.

    Claims made for public injuries caused by hot beverages

    Then, of course, there is the infamous Lieback v McDonalds claim. In this case, a woman sustained third-degree burns requiring two years of treatment, including skin grafts, after a hot cup of coffee was spilled onto her lap.

    After McDonalds refused to settle this claim, an initial award of $2.86 million in punitive damages was made. Eventually, the claim was settled out of court at an undisclosed amount.

    Standard claims made for public injuries

    As it is, the vast majority of claims do not involve guinea pigs, pigeon droppings or even hot coffee necessitating skin grafts.

    Personal injury claims made after slips, trips and falls, for example, typically involve far less outrageous circumstances, such as a slip injury caused by a spilled drink or a trip and fall on cluttered, inadequately lit or damaged stairs, for example.

    Making a claim

    Whatever the circumstances surrounding your personal injury, whether they may seem unbelievable or are of a more common in nature, being hurt by a slip, trip or fall or any other kind of no-fault accident is never funny and may entitle you to make a claim for compensation.

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    We can help you get compensation for your pain and suffering, as well as any financial losses or expenses your accidental injury may have caused you, no matter what the circumstances.

    Just give us a ring on our 24/7 helpline on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, or on 0800 689 0500 from a landline to discuss how we can assist you. Calls are obligation-free and completely confidential.

    Date Published: August 1, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice

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