Can you believe these people actually won?
There are people in the world who will do just about anything to make a buck, including suing someone for the most frivolous or inappropriate reason. And while you may think that only valid lawsuits make it to the court, you may be very surprised to read about these—and even more surprised that the plaintiffs in these cases took home boatloads of cash. With that in mind, for a giggle or two (and a reminder that liability insurance is essential), here are some of the world’s most ridiculous lawsuits:
It didn’t give me wings!
In 2013, Benjamin Careathers, who had been drinking Red Bull since 2002, filed a suit against the energy drink company claiming that they spent millions of dollars misleading customers about the superiority of the “functional beverage” and its ability to “give you wings.”
According to court records Red Bull’s ad campaign promised that the drink would increase performance, concentration and reaction speed, but in reality, it offers the same benefits of an ordinary cup of coffee.
In addition to Careather’s claim, a class action suit was filed, making similar allegations and adding that the company’s claims allowed them to charge more for their product. A New York Judge ordered Red Bull to pay out more than $13 million in damages.
Stop that toddler!
When Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas tripped over a toddler in a furniture store and broke her ankle, she decided to sue the owners for her pain and suffering. The court awarded her $780,000, which came as shock to the store owners, especially since the guilty toddler was her own son.
Please, I’m trying to steal your hubcaps!
In 1998, a judge awarded then 19-year-old Carl Truman of Los Angeles $74,000 plus medical expenses when he sued his next door neighbor for running over and subsequently breaking his hand. A shocking decision, since Truman was injured as he was trying to steal the hubcaps off his neighbor’s car.
Help, I’m trapped in the house I just robbed!
It was upsetting to Terrence Dickson when after robbing a house, he got trapped inside the garage because the automatic door was malfunctioning and the door to the house locked automatically as he exited. To top it off, the owners of the house were on vacation. After eight days of eating dry dog food and drinking Pepsi (the only sustenance he could get his hands on), he decided to sue the homeowners for his mental anguish and walked away with more than a half a million dollars.
My boyfriend’s a jerk and it’s all your fault!
When Amber Carson slipped and fell on a soft drink cup, she broke her coccyx. She was so upset that she sued the owners of the restaurant and won $113, 500. Funny thing is, the drink cup that caused her to slip was the same one she threw at her boyfriend.
I’ll fight that cover charge tooth and nail!
Kara Walton didn’t want to pay the $3.50 cover charge at a local nightclub so she took matters into her own hands and tried to escape through the ladies restroom window. After falling flat on her face from the window to the ground and knocking out her two front teeth, she sued the nightclub for damages and her dental bills. She walked away with $12,000 plus dental expenses.
Why didn’t you tell me this thing couldn’t drive itself?
In 2000, Mr. Grazinski, while trying out his brand new Winnebago, got onto the highway at 70 mph and then set the RV on autopilot. After, he got up from the wheel and proceeded to go to the back of the vehicle to make himself a cup of coffee.
To his surprise, the Winnebago swerved off the highway, crashed and flipped over. Mr. Grazinski sued Winnebago for neglecting to advise him he shouldn’t leave the wheel after setting it on autopilot. A jury of his peers awarded him $1,750,000 and a brand new Winnebago.
While these lawsuits and the amount of money awarded are certainly ridiculous, they serve as a reminder to all of us, especially small business owners, the importance of having the right insurance. Lawsuits like these could end up causing the close of your company if you’re not adequately covered.
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