Friday, November 4, 2011

Strange Lawsuits

People do really odd things when they feel that thay have been wronged.  Some of them take it to extremes... and sometimes they win!

  • In June 1998:  Carl Truman of Los Angeles won $74,000 plus medical expenses when his neighbour ran over Truman's hand while driving his car. Mr. Truman's hand was down low on the ground, near the tires because he was trying to steal his neighbour's hubcaps. 

  • In 1998: Terrence Dickson of Pennsylvania tried to leave a home he had burgled by exiting via the garage.  However, he could not get the garage door to open, because the automatic door opener wasn't working properly. He couldn't re-enter the house because the door from the garage into the house had locked when he  shut it. The family who owned the home he had just burgled was on vacation, so Mr. Dickson ended up being trapped in the the garage for eight days. He survived by drinking a case of Pepsi he found, and a large bag of dry dog food that had been stored in the garage. Mr. Dickson sued the homeowner's insurance claiming the situation caused him undue mental anguish. The jury awarded him half a million dollars.

  • In May of 2000: A restaurant in Philadelphia had to pay Amber Carson $113,500 after she slipped on a soft drink that had been spilled on the floor, and she broke her coccyx when she wiped out on it.  The sodapop was on the floor because Ms. Carson threw it at her boyfriend during an argument.

  • In December of 1997: Kara Walton of Delaware successfully sued the owner of a night club when she fell from the bathroom window to the floor and knocked out two of her front teeth. This happened because Ms.Walton tried to sneak through through the window in the ladies room in order to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge.  She won $12,000 and dental expenses.

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1 comment:

  1. What in the name of God happened to common sense - and not rewarding people for criminal behaviour?