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Deliciously Different at Wendy’s

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+4 (4 votes)

You just know this is going to be a laughable workers’ compensation claim! From the headlines… A man in Florida has been accused of throwing a live alligator into a Wendy’s restaurant. Apparently after the employee handed the suspect his drink and turned around the customer tossed a living alligator into the drive through window! No one was injured, but you know that there is a workers’ compensation claim or two coming from this incident! The alligator survived. It’s going to be a hard claim to dispute.

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Mosquito Emotional Distress Case

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+3 (5 votes)

Plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against their next door neighbor, claiming emotional distress arising out of the neighbor’s old tires filled with standing water. The complaint alleges Plaintiffs fear disease from mosquitoes being bred in the standing water. The homeowner’s carrier for Plaintiff requested early mediation and since there is no proof of any physical injuries, a settlement was reach with payment of a nominal amount and an agreement by defendant to remove the standing water and have a professional spray for mosquitoes once a month.

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Snake Oil Salesman

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+5 (5 votes)

We handle workers’ compensation claims and received a call from an irate injured worker complaining about treatment she received from her free choice physician. She called as she was leaving her doctors office in tears. She had gone in for a series of injections and after they were completed the physician told her that he had also given her an injection of snake venom! She was crazy upset and ultimately filed a psyche claim to go with her back injury. We have no idea why the physician did this without telling her or having it approved by UR. She now of course has a new treating physician!

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Slip and Fall Scam

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+3 (5 votes)

Plaintiff tripped on a rug in her attorney’s office, causing injury. Plaintiff sued her own attorney for that slip and fall. It just so happened that the attorney who represented her and whose rug she slipped on, was representing her for a slip and fall, which occurred in another attorney’s office. Go figure.

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Mixed To Death

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+5 (5 votes)

From the headlines…

A woman died recently after she was pulled into in a bakery mixer at a Salt Lake City grocery store.
The 45 year old employee was using the mixer when she got caught in the machinery. She was putting ingredients in a mixer that is approximately two feet deep and 2 feet in diameter. The incident was not witnessed but it is believed that she became tangled in the mixer when her some part of her clothing got.

By the time a coworker was able to get to her the woman had been sucked into the mixer.
The sad event happened in the bakery area of the grocery store and was not witnessed by any shoppers.

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Wacky Window Washer Lawsuit

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+6 (6 votes)

A window washing company was sued because a worker allegedly peered into offices at Plaintiff and made inappropriate gestures. The adjuster was getting ready to make an offer to settle the case when a witness came forward and said she witnessed the Plaintiff provoking the window washer. The Plaintiff had been seen lifting up her skirt and making obscene gestures to the window washer, who ignored them. After several other witnesses came forward and the evidence was shown to Plaintiff’s counsel, the case was dismissed.

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JURY AWARDS $27 MILLION TO A CLAIMANT INVOLVED IN BUS ACCIDENT

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A jury in Ohio has awarded $27 million dollars to a 45 year old man who was badly injured in a Greyhound bus accident on a Pennsylvania interstate in October of 2013.

The claimant was trapped and unconscious in the wreck for three hours before the rescue workers could free him. He lost his right leg and needed more than 30 surgeries.  The surgeries were to repair a hole in the claimant’s heart, torn muscles in his shoulder and crushed bones in his foot, pelvis and arm. The Investigation revealed the driver fell asleep and rear-ended a semitrailer.

The claimant’s attorneys successfully argued the Greyhound bus driver ignored a company rule about stopping every 150 miles to take a break and to rest.

Attorneys for the Greyhound Bus Company have advised they plan to file an appeal. This is usually a legal strategy to attempt to get the claimant to settle for a much smaller lump sum settlement.

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An 86-year-old man was Tasered twice by police who mistook him for the ’suicidal’ boyfriend of his granddaughter.

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The family’s health insurance company called a New York Police Precinct to tell police that their 23-year-old insured was suicidal. The information was passed on to the Precinct near where the family lived. Dispatcher tapes reveal the Police Precinct only told their patrol officers that a man was suicidal at that address, without giving an age or name. During this time, the victim’s granddaughter and her 23 year old suicidal boyfriend had left the home to get more medication.

The 86 year old claimant, w ho was chopping onions for his soup at the time, thought the couple had arrived back home when his doorbell rang and buzzed them in.  Detectives came up stairs and found his apartment door slightly open and when they went in they saw the 86-year-old with a knife in his hand and ordered him to drop the knife. The retired pipe fitter moved to place the knife on his kitchen table, before police zapped him on his neck and leg.
The 86 year old claimant was interviewed after the incident and he related that the police entered his apartment, and he was very surprised as he expected his granddaughter and her boyfriend to be entering his apartment. He said: ‘The police came in and say, “You so and so, put down the knife,” and I said, “Why are you coming in my apartment? What do you want?’ ‘They wouldn’t tell me.’ He put the knife down and got tased by the officers.

A spokesman for the NYPD said the officers acted appropriately as the 86 year old male did not respond to their commands to drop the knife and was in close proximity to a child, who was approximately three years old.

The elderly gentleman was subsequently taken to two hospitals and doctors found him mentally stable. He was formally charged for the refusal to drop his knife, he has now decided to file a $5million lawsuit against the city over the incident. His lawyer said: ‘What makes this more outrageous is that members of the Police Department were given information that the situation they were called to involved a 23-year-old male. And they were in possession of that individual’s name.’

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