Shake It Baby...
Only in America....
Many things that originate in the US seem to eventually make their way to UK shores - let's hope some of their more ridiculous law suits don't......

Kathleen Robertson of Austin Texas was awarded $780,000 by a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running amuck inside a furniture store. The owners of the store were understandably surprised at the verdict, considering the misbehaving tyke was Ms. Robertson's son.

Carl Truman of Los Angeles won $74,000 and medical expenses when his neighbour ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Mr. Truman apparently didn't notice someone was at the wheel of the car whose hubcap he was trying to steal.

Terrence Dickson of Bristol Pennsylvania was exiting a house he finished robbing by way of the garage. He was not able to get the garage door to go up, because the automatic door opener was malfunctioning. He couldn't re-enter the house because the door connecting the house and garage locked when he pulled it shut. The family was on vacation. Mr. Dickson found himself locked in the garage for eight days. He subsisted on a case of Pepsi he found, and a large bag of dry dog food. Mr. Dickson sued the homeowner's insurance claiming the situation caused him undue mental anguish. The jury agreed to the tune of half a million dollars and change.

Jerry Williams of Little Rock Arkansas was awarded $14,500 and medical expenses after being bitten on the buttocks by his next door neighbour's beagle. The beagle was on a chain in its owner's fenced-in yard, as was Mr. Williams. The award was less than sought, because the jury felt the dog might have been provoked by Mr. Williams who, at the time, was shooting it repeatedly with a pellet gun.

Kara Walton of Claymont, Delaware successfully sued the owner of a night club in a neighbouring city when she fell from the bathroom window to the floor and knocked out her two front teeth. This occurred while Ms. Walton was trying to sneak through the window in the ladies room to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge. She was awarded $12,000 and dental expenses.

While trying to steal a soft drink from a vending machine in 1998, 19-year-old Kevin Mackle was rocking it dangerously. Suddenly, the weight shift was too much and the contraption fell on him. The man died following the accident. His relatives sued Coca-Cola Co., two other companies, and Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Quebec (for about $660,000 in damages and funeral costs) alleging that the machine was not secured and bore no warning signs.

During his own bachelor party in September 1996, Paul Shimkonis, a physical therapist from Florida, got whiplash while getting a lap dance from a stripper sporting a 69-HH chest. The 38-year-old claimed she assaulted him with her breasts, slamming them on his head and almost knocking him out. He said it felt like cement blocks had hit him, and claimed he suffered bodily injury and mental anguish, among other complaints. Still in pain, he sued the topless club for $15,000.

It was March 1995 and Robert Glaser was pretty excited about attending a Billy Joel and Elton John concert at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego. When his bladder called for him to relieve himself, he was confronted with the stadium's unisex toilet policy. Approaching the urinals, he noticed a woman using one. He visited a number of other toilets in the stadium but discovered women in all of them. He was embarrassed and claims that emotional distress prohibited him from being able to "go", and he therefore had to hold it in for around four hours. He sued the stadium and the city for $5.4 million.

An author was sued for $60 million because of what he had written. Surprisingly, this wasn't a libel suit. The writer was telling the truth. The plaintiff was a convicted killer and he alleged that he was innocent of the 16 murders the author had written about, making it quite thorny for him to find employment in the future.

And my favourite...

A 27-year-old man from Michigan was involved in a rear-end collision. Four years later, he sued the owners of the truck that was responsible for the accident. Having suffered minor injuries, he stated that from then on, his sexual relationship with his wife deteriorated, as he was unable to maintain their sex life. He claimed he had been so affected by the crash that his personality had been changed. In fact, he maintained that the accident turned him into a homosexual. He left his wife, moved in with his parents, began hanging out in gay bars, and became a fervent reader of gay literature. He won his case and was awarded $200,000, while his wife received $25,000.



Only in America....
Not only in the US I'm afraid. At the hospital trust I worked at a patient collapsed in the bathroom and in doing so managed to wrap herself around the toilet. On discovery she was extricated and resuscitated by expert professionals. The lady recovered but later complained to the hospital trust and advised that she was seeking compensation. Unfortunately in the haste to get this lady resuscitated one of her ankles had been dislocated. Whilst acknowledging that this is painful and very disabling for a while surely it's better than the alternative???


Completely Chillaxed
Only in America....
Well, it's going to be interesting to see the outcome if the parents of the young lad who died in a Somerfields store a couple of days ago, pursue a case against them.

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