Five Interesting Cases Involving Compensatory Damages 

 January 18, 2016

By  LMW Attorneys

Personal injury cases can take a variety of forms. Here are just a few of the many interesting and unusual cases of injuries leading to lawsuits and jury verdicts.

#1. Exploding Hoverboard Causes Fire Damage

A father is suing after one of his children’s holiday presents exploded in his home. Michael Brown alleges that the hoverboard spontaneously exploded, necessitating a trip from the fire department to put out the flames and assess the damage done to his property. He’s seeking an unspecified amount of compensation.

#2. Feces Lead to Million-Dollar Lawsuit

Two workers in a grocery distribution center successfully sued their employers for more than $2 million after the company repeatedly found feces in the aisles. The company required all staff members submit to DNA tests to match the samples to the culprit. However, two men realized that this violated the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA) and successfully took their claim to court, citing emotional distress.

#3. $80 Million Return on Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

A defective medical stapler almost cost a retired police officer her life. Florence Kuhlmann went into the hospital for a routine hemorrhoid surgery, but unknown to her, the surgeon was using a defective stapler. The subsequent damage caused her bowels to rupture and her body to go into sepsis and shock, but when she pulled through, she took the stapler manufacturers to court and netted a verdict of $80 million.

#4. Second-Generation Wrongful Death Case Makes History

In 2002, lawyer Michael Piuze won a landmark case against the tobacco industry when he successfully sued on behalf of a lung cancer patient who alleged that smoking gave her the disease. In 2015, he won a variation of the case again, this time with the woman’s daughter. It’s an almost unprecedented move and one that’s sure to echo throughout the legal profession.

#5. Toxic Water Leads to Lawsuit

A woman in Columbus, Ohio successfully sued a Teflon company after her lawyer proved that the company knew about its products contaminating local water. Not only did she receive $1.6 million in damages, but she also opened the floodgates for more than 3,000 other cases by sick individuals who claim that their water was contaminated as well.

Call Laporte, Mulligan & Werner-Watkins Today for Advice on Compensatory Damages

At Laporte, Mulligan & Werner-Watkins, P.A., we understand that personal injury lawsuits can be confusing or frightening. That’s why we treat our clients like family, and why we work so diligently to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (727) 478-4125 so we can get started on your case.