When someone is injured due to the negligence of another, he or she can get compensation to help with medical bills and other living expenses. However, some people go out of their way to get some extra cash by suing individuals, businesses, and even their own cities. Many make humorous headlines and subjects of water cooler discussions.
1. The Infamous McCoffee Incident. The most famous of ridiculous personal injury cases happened in 1994 when Stella Lieback, an elderly lady, sued McDonald’s because she spilled hot coffee she bought from the restaurant on herself. Lieback originally sued for the amount of $20,000 in damages, but McDonald’s decided to settle it out of court and awarded her $200,000 in damages; however, it was reduced to $160,000. Eventually, Lieback received $2.7 in punitive damages.
8. Why Did the Personal Injury Attorney Sue The Phone Book? A personal injury lawyer in Greensburg, Pennsylvania sued the publishers of the Westmoreland County Yellowbook claiming that the badly reproduced photo of him in his ad was scaring away potential clients. He sued for $500,000 in punitive damages.