From dramatic falls at work to spectacular public slips, the world of personal injuries is littered with bizarre accidents, magnificent misfortune and titanic turmoil. Of course, there is a serious side to accidents and the victims may well be entitled to compensation, but that doesn’t mean that even the experts at Accident Advice Helpline, with over 10 years of experience, would not do a `double take` upon hearing any of the following five, courtesy of graphs.net.
The perils of a blindfold
Way back in 1878, an unfortunate grocer was compensated to the tune of the equivalent of €734 having injured himself by slipping while playing Blind Man’s Buff. His exact injuries are unknown and, if it was in his shop, workplace accidents would be his own responsibility.
Don’t grab some Buds
Skip forward to 1991 and you’d be forgiven for thinking the human mind hasn`t developed all that much. Over in the United States a man claimed for $!0,000 against Budweiser, claiming that drinking their beer caused him emotional stress. Why he couldn’t switch to another brand is unclear, though if Budweiser employed him as a taster he probably had grounds for a workplace accident claim.
A young lady was taking care of her horse in a shared stable in 2000 when she was bitten on the lip by another horse. She successfully proved that this horse was distressed due to improper care on the part of the owner and was awarded £21,500 for this public accident.
You’ve got the F.E.A.R
Back in the States and in 2005, Austin Aiken made a claim against popular television show Fear Factor, stating that one particular scene of the contestants eating rats made him feel nauseous (you and us both, Austin). His case was dismissed due to incorrect explanation.
Shut up and drive
In 2011, one man was innocently enjoying a drive in his convertible when a passing cement mixer poured its load over the car and its perplexed driver.
Slips, trips and fall claims
So, there you have it. Slips, trips and falls are far from the sole causes of injury. The most important thing following any accident, be it a fall at work or public slip, of course, is getting back on your feet. Austin clearly didn’t seek expert advice before staking his claim whereas those who call Accident Advice Helpline for free can benefit from practical advice and substantial expertise.