With over 13 years’ experience in all areas of personal injury compensation including accidents at work, road traffic accidents, and accidents on holiday, Accident Advice Helpline are no strangers when it comes to dealing with some bizarre accident claims. Here is our guide to seven of the strangest accident claims from around the world.
Examples of a strange accident claim
- The exploding portaloo. In 2011, an American coal worker got the shock of his life when he lit a cigarette inside a portaloo. A pipe which was leaking Methane under the portaloo ignited and caused it to explode. The worker won 10 million dollars in compensation.
- Blind man’s bluff. In 1878, a grocer from Lancashire slipped whilst playing blind man’s bluff. He was awarded £15 compensation, the equivalent of £724 in today’s money.
- Haunted house trauma. In 1998 a woman attempted to sue Disney for psychological trauma after experiencing one of Disneyland’s most famous attractions, the haunted house. The case was dismissed and no compensation was awarded to the woman.
- A snail in ginger ale. Donohue v. Stevenson is perhaps the most famous legal case of all time. The case set the ground work for the modern law of tort and most law students will be familiar with the case before the end of their first lecture. In 1932, Ms Donohue drank a ginger ale produced by the defendants and found, to her horror, a snail at the bottom and subsequently fell ill.
- The beer goggles that never were. In 1991, an American man tried to sue the beverage brewer Budweiser, claiming trauma after he witnessed an advert that stated bikini clad women would be attracted to him if he drank Budweiser. The case was dismissed and no compensation was awarded.
- Liebeck v McDonalds. A cornerstone of personal injury law, the facts of the case are often exaggerated such as the amount of compensation awarded. Ms Liebeck was enjoying a McDonald’s coffee in her car when she sat the cup between her knees to hold it for a moment when the boiling hot contents spilled out of the cup and caused serious burns to the claimant.
- Fear factor. In 1995, Mr Austin Aitken tried to sue American television company NBC for alleged trauma. Mr Aitken was watching an episode of the popular TV programme “Fear Factor,” when he felt nauseous from watching contestants consuming rats. Mr Aitken allegedly stood up and ran into a door frame. The case was dismissed and again no compensation was awarded.