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Bizarre Personal Injury Claims

By Katie Clayton

Personal injury claims sometimes differ from the standard slips and trips portrayed by television advertisements, and the USA is undoubtedly the worlds capital of the most bizarre claims.

A memorable lawsuit occurred in America when McDonald’s was targeted by a group of obese adolescents in a lawsuit which claimed they were made fat by the fast-food company. Gregory Rhymes was one of the diabetic teens, who since the age of 6 had devoured McDonald’s meals almost every day. Cheeseburgers and other McDonald’s products were believed by the teens to be healthy and nutritious, after being informed so by the company’s advertising campaigns. High blood pressure, obesity and diabetes are linked to high consumption of the food, so McDonalds were also criticised for their lack of adequate information with regards to the health risks.

One restaurant group branded the lawsuit ridiculous, stating that it is a person’s own responsibility to decide what and what not to eat, and if they chose badly, it is they alone who should face the consequences. In a landmark ruling the Judge confirmed the complaint to be insufficient in proving McDonald’s products were dangerous in any way which was not obvious to the reasonable consumer. The case was thrown out of court.

Another strange personal injury claim occurred when three people claimed their car had been rammed by a llama on a day trip to the safari park and that they experienced whiplash, though their claims for compensation were unsuccessful. Equally bizarre was the case of a goal keeper for Manchester United Football Club who screamed so loudly at his defence that he broke his jaw.

Of course these cases are farfetched and fail to correspond to the majority of compensation claims which involve the genuinely deserving. Accident claims which are regularly and successfully handled by solicitors on the UK are holiday accidents, stress related injuries, clinical negligence, as well as road and bicycle accidents.

If you want to make a personal injury claim, talk to a qualified solicitor at O’Neill Morgan Solicitors in Stockport, or visit their website at

Personal Injury Solicitor Stockport

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