Personal injury lawsuits are no laughing matter…most of the time.
Every now and then, an injury lawsuit comes around that’s so ridiculous, it becomes a part of our national consciousness (the infamous “hot coffee lawsuit” comes to mind). However, sometimes ridiculous lawsuits fly completely under the radar; that’s why we’re excited to bring you the following five lawsuits that’ll leave you scratching your head and wondering, “Who told them that was a good idea?” (We can assure you, it wasn’t the team at Ahlander Injury Law!)
5. Well, What Did You Expect?
A woman named Cleanthi Peters once sued Universal Studios in Florida because their haunted house attraction was “too frightening” and caused her mental distress. Frankly, we admire the judge’s ability to keep a straight face and not make any sarcastic remarks.
4. Where There’s Smoke…
If you’re going to sue your employer for upwards of $10 million, you’d better have a good case. However, if you’re a coal miner sneaking a cigarette in a port-a-potty (and then that port-a-potty happens to EXPLODE because of your cigarette), you might want to rethink your definition of a “good case”. Needless to say, he didn’t get his money (or his job back).
3. He Really Loved Those Pants
Many of us have a favorite article of clothing; however, if most of us lost that piece of clothing, we wouldn’t engage in a years-long legal battle with a dry-cleaner. But it takes all kinds to make the world go round, as they say. To one Roy L. Pearson, a lost pair of pants was the impetus for a $40 million lawsuit on the grounds of “inconvenience” and “false advertising” (because the dry-cleaning business made the mistake of having a ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed’ sign in the window). After four years of trying, Pearson finally let go of the case.
2. Do You Want Fries with That?
We’ve probably all been guilty of eating and driving at one time or another, but one New Jersey man clearly couldn’t handle it. One afternoon, after visiting a McDonald’s drive-thru, this man was driving with a milkshake in between his knees; he then reached for a handful of delicious french fries when–BOOM! He caused a collision. Someone clearly had to pay and this man figured it should be McDonald’s. He sued them for his personal injuries and lost (although the case would eventually make its way up to the NJ Supreme Court). What is it with McDonald’s and strange lawsuits?
1. “Flagrant” False Advertising
Most people know that advertisements are not real. Mostpeople, but not Richard Overton who “wins” this list of ridiculous personal injury lawsuits. In 1991, Overton sued Anheuser-Busch (makers of Budweiser beer) because, unlike the “promise” of Budweiser’s television ads, beautiful, scantily-clad women didn’t appear out of thin air when Overton cracked open his malty beverage. Claiming emotional distress, he was only seeking $10,000, but he didn’t receive it.
What Have We Learned?
If we’ve learned anything today, hopefully it’s that we should leave injury lawsuits to the people who have actually been injuredin some way. Or maybe we’ve just learned that we should check our idea with a couple of family members or trusted friends before going forth with a frivolous and potentially image-damaging lawsuit.
When you or someone you love has been injured, you need an attorney who understands the “person” in personal injury lawsuit. That’s why Ahlander Injury Law has been serving the greater Las Vegas area for years. Recovering from an injury is hard enough without thinking about the ins and outs of a legal battle–at Ahlander, we fight the insurance companies so you don’t have to.
Call or visit Ahlander with your personal injury case; we’ll help you get the compensation you need for your suffering and pain.