A British lawyer on the trip of a lifetime claims that he was bitten by a poisonous, flesh-eating spider while traveling on a plane to South Africa. He’s now suing the airline.
This 40 year old male was on a flight to Cape Town when he felt a “small, sharp pain” on his leg. Within hours, his leg became extremely swollen and was turning black. By the time he reached the hospital, his leg was “bursting open.”
Doctors rushed him into surgery and cut away a chunk of his leg where the venom had eaten his flesh. He almost lost his leg and doctors said he could have died from the bite, which they believe was by a flesh-eating brown recluse spider.
Instead of the amazing trip he envisioned, Hogg had to spend a month in the Cape Town hospital undergoing three operations and a skin graft. Three months later, he’s still receiving medical treatment.
He said: “The pain was like nothing I’ve been through in my life. By the time I got to hospital my leg was bursting open, there was pus, it was black. It was a right mess. They told me if I had been any later I would have lost my leg or even died. It was terrifying.”
He had planned to spend the trip diving with sharks in South Africa. However, six hours into the flight, the incident occurred. He said:
“I was struggling to get comfortable during the journey and crossed my legs to get into a better position when I felt a small, sharp pain radiating in my left leg. I turned on the light and clearly saw a spider running across the floor before hearing two stewardesses screaming ‘Spider’, but I wasn’t sure if I had been bitten as it really wasn’t very painful.”
He is suing the airlines for medical treatment, pain and suffering and all monies he lost from his pre-booked vacation.
Submitted By: Burt on October 2, 2015
A man purchased a hot dog in a store, walked down an aisle and placed the hotdog on the ground. His accomplice, walked down the aisle, checked to see if any customers were watching, and then fell to the ground (gently), apparently because of the hot dog. Surveillance cameras caught this scam and the two were charged and convicted of insurance fraud.
Submitted By: Nokaoi on September 26, 2015
In the News: Honolulu (Hawaii News Now) It’s an old scam that may have reached a new generation of crooks thanks to a popular television show: a skateboarder, bicyclist or pedestrian fakes that he’s been hit by your car and demands cash to avoid calling the police.
Hawaii News Now has documented three such incidents on Oahu in recent months and there are probably many more that went unreported. Three men who are co-workers and drive vehicles for work in the wee hours of the morning by themselves all said they were targets of the scam.
The AMC network drama called “Better Call Saul” about an unscrupulous defense lawyer featured kids faking a pedestrian accident and trying to extort money from the driver in its first episode early this year.
“All of a sudden, impact. And I hit the brakes, and I ran outside and there’s this guy lying on the road. So I asked him ‘Are you OK, you need an ambulance?” He says ‘no.’ He says he’s OK,” said Brian of East Honolulu, who told Hawaii News Now the same thing happened to him at the corner of Ward Avenue and Waimanu Street about 4 a.m. in late July.
He’s asked to conceal his identity because he doesn’t want the scammers to retaliate against him.
He still has this small dent on his van where the skateboarder in his twenties claimed he’d been hit. And the skateboarder had a friend with him who didn’t have a skateboard, which Brian said he thought was suspicious.
“And he was going to stand up and his friend told him, ‘No, no, stay on the ground, stay on the ground.’ Then the friend makes the offer, ‘If you give us cash, then we won’t call the cops.’ I knew already something was up so I called the police anyway.”
Brian said the two men asked him three times for cash in exchange for not calling the police.
Police officers told him the skate boarder changed his story twice and his friend changed his story three times.
The Honolulu Police Department said Brian did exactly the right thing by calling 911.
“Suspects will usually leave the scene when the victim calls police because the suspects are looking for quick cash and do not want to be identified,” HPD said in a statement.
Brian’s co-worker confirmed to Hawaii News Now a second scam attempt in recent weeks while he was backing out of a parking stall at Kahala Mall.
“In his rear-view camera, he saw the guy slap his car and drop on the ground. And threatened him and he got hit too,” Brian said.
The scammer ran away when a woman waiting for a parking stall confirmed he was lying.
And a third man told Hawaii News Now that a would-be scammer slid his moped under his moving vehicle in recent months at the corner of Kuhio Avenue and Kapuni Street in Waikiki at about 3:30 or 4 a.m.
Police know that many people don’t report scam attempts like these. But they encourage drivers to call 911 and document these cases, so detectives can get descriptions of the suspects, as well as locations and times the scams occur to develop a pattern and make arrests.
Submitted By: SoftKitty on September 25, 2015
Claimant slipped and fell in a grocery store, an ordinary occurrence. Claimant told the manager and filled out an incident report. The claims adjuster evaluated bills she started receiving and surprisingly they were for breast implants. Claimant was claiming no injury other than damage to her breast implants. Further discovery revealed that Claimant was experiencing symptoms from her breast implants and her health insurer wouldn’t pay to replace them. Next plan: slip and fall at a store. The adjuster denied the claim.
Submitted By: Crazy on September 25, 2015
The insured was sitting in his living room with his contractor, telling the underwriter how expensive his 350-year-old piano was. Joe, insured’s boss, who had inspected the piece, diplomatically asked the contractor to look underneath the piano where the soundboard would have been.
“‘What kind of wood is that?’ the boss asked him. ‘Well, that’s OSB’ (or oriented strand board), the contractor replied. ‘So when did they start producing oriented strand board?’ the boss asked. The contractor replied, ‘Well, it was in the 20th century.’ You can imagine the look on the insured’s face after telling us this thing is 350 years old when, at most, it was a few decades old.
Submitted By: admin on September 23, 2015
A lazy paralegal forged the names of 76 New York state Supreme Court justices on more than 100 court documents — because, he claims, he was overworked and thought faking signatures would make his job easier.
Thomas Rubino, 42, first got the idea to lighten his load by dummying up insurance settlement forms in 2011 as he toiled at the Manhattan personal injury law firm of Paris & Chaikin, according to court records. He said he soon discovered that forgery was a real time saver. “Each year, the workload increased and I had difficulty keeping up,” Rubino told investigators. “I made the forged orders when I felt overwhelmed with work. I was motivated out of fear that the work wouldn’t get done.” He described his forgery as a simple cut-and-paste system, in which he used scissors to snip a judge’s signature from a legitimate document then used tape to put it on a phony settlement form, prosecutors said. “Although it looks like it took a lot of time to make each forged order, to get a legitimate order signed was a lot more work,” he allegedly admitted. “I’m talking phone calls, emails, and I was the only person doing it, so creating the forged orders was quicker.” The scheme finally started falling apart in late 2013 when he got a letter from a judge questioning the validity of a signature. He panicked — and immediately tried to go on the lam.
“I knew I had been caught,” he admitted to investigators. “I told [the firm] my uncle died, that I needed to leave town, and I just never returned.” He told authorities he had planned to kill himself but had a change of heart because “I thought it was going to destroy my girlfriend.”
He was arrested Wednesday at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office after prosecutors asked him to come in for another interview. “I recognize that what I did was wrong,” he said. “I’m not trying to paint myself as a saint.” Rubino faces 234 counts of forgery and possession of a forged instrument for the cut-and-paste job of 117 legal documents from June 2011 to October 2013, authorities said. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday in Manhattan Supreme Court and Justice Thomas Farber set bail at $25,000 bond.
“We are confident that Paris & Chaikin’s cooperation with law enforcement, including the District Attorney’s Office, will result in Rubino being brought to justice,” said the firm’s ethics lawyer, Pery Krinsky.
Written by Rebecca Rosenberg of the New York Post.
Submitted By: loser on September 17, 2015
Plaintiff filed a lawsuit against our insured homeowner, claiming she was injured in a pillow fight that erupted during a sleepover with the homeowner’s pre-teen daughter. The Plaintiff’s claims seemed legitimate as she claimed the fight caused her to step backwards and trip, resulting in a fractured arm and bruises on her face and an eye injury. However, after several depositions were taken, there was little evidence that Plaintiff sustained the injuries from the pillow fight. She didn’t complain of any problems on the night or morning in question. During the Plaintiff’s mother’s deposition, the mystery was solved. After the sleepover, Plaintiff returned home to her irate, drunk step-father who beat her up, causing facial damage and the fractured arm. He then insisted that she file the lawsuit against the homeowner, claiming the injuries occurred during the pillow fight. The Plaintiff’s attorney withdrew as counsel and the case was ultimately dismissed.
Submitted By: Nokaoi on September 11, 2015
Breaking News: Police say the driver of a milk tanker truck was choking on a soft drink when he drove off a Pennsylvania highway and crashed into 23 new cars on a dealership lot.
Police in Hermitage say the driver choked on Dr Pepper on Sunday and drove the truck nearly 600 feet through a grassy area before smashing into a building at Montrose Buick-GMC-Cadillac.
Let’s hope the truck driver’s employer has plenty of property damage insurance. The adjuster is going to be very busy with these claims!
Submitted By: admin on September 9, 2015
Enter to Win Crazy Gift Cards -- Up to $100.00! You would be Crazy not to submit your bizarro claims stories for the chance to win up to $100.00 in gift cards if your story is laugh out loud funniest, cringe-worthiest or craziest. Submit your Crazy claims today -- just make sure not to use any real names of people or companies. You could be a winner!