Big accidents mean big money. Why do they mean big money exactly? Well, we’ve got hospital bills. Even with insurance you might not be fully covered.
Next we’ve got loss of earnings. This is a big one. If you cannot work because of injury, you require compensation to fill the gap.
A personal injury can be devastating to your livelihood. Not only for the physical problems you may have to endure, but the changes to your lifestyle and their impact on how you live.
In all cases where personal injury is involved, it’s wise to seek legal counsel from a firm like Zaner Harden or another set of legal professionals.
Let’s take a look at the five biggest personal injury claims that have ever been made.
The Shocking Phone – $250,000
A teenager was using their phone per normal. While charging it however it emitted an electrical shock. The teenager didn’t think anything of it at first.
They began to notice numbing in the arm they were shocked in. It eventually became full paralysis of the arm.
After seeking medical help, the doctors determined the shock had done nerve damage in the arm. Physical therapy and rehabilitation were required to return the use of the arm.
The teenager successfully took both the phone and charger manufacturers to court for over $100,000 each.
Runaway Digger – $750,000
A grandfather of two was waiting for his wife to come out of the store when his car was violently rammed.
The construction site across the road was to blame. A digger had faulty acceleration and steering. When the construction worker went to park it, he found he couldn’t slow down or turn the wheel.
The worker abandoned the digger, but then it careered into the grandfather’s car. He suffered a broken arm and a concussion.
T-Shirt Cannon Whiplash – $6,000,000
At a monster truck rally, fans were eagerly waiting to catch a t-shirt launched from the cannon. There was a misfire and a packed t-shirt hit an audience member in the face from point-blank range.
The resulting whiplash didn’t manifest until a day later but left the monster truck fan in debilitating pain and eventually required surgery on their neck.
Wet Floor – $10,000,000
A woman slipped on an unmarked wet floor at a mall. That doesn’t sound that bad right?
Unfortunately, she slipped right on the edge of a set of very long stairs. It took about a minute before she finally hit the bottom.
Alongside multiple breaks and dislocations, the woman also found herself tipped off the stretcher when a paramedic slipped on a different spot in the mall.
Acid Bath – $100,000,000
A chemical worker on their first day on the job found themselves in a bad situation. They hadn’t yet issued protective gear to them and were being given a tour from their manager.
They were on a gangway above the plant floor. The manager made a joke about throwing the worker over the side and grabbed their shoulders.
The worker jumped back in reaction and toppled over the railing, falling into a vat of acid. The vat got drained immediately.
While they survived, they had severe burns and required multiple skin grafts.