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3 Famous Personal Injury Cases Everyone Should Know

Sometimes getting injured is completely unavoidable and other times it's due to negligence. If you believe you have sustained an injury directly caused by a business or another person's negligence, you should contact personal injury lawyers as soon as possible. When it comes to understanding what constitutes negligence, however, you can learn a lot from the following famous premise liability and personal injury cases.

Liebeck v. McDonald's
This is perhaps the most famous personal injury lawsuit, and also the most misunderstood legal case the public knows about. A 79-year-old lady named Stella Liebeck sued McDonald's Restaurants over a spilled coffee, right?

It wasn't that simple. When trying to put milk and sugar into her coffee while in a stationary vehicle, the coffee spilled, scalding her thighs, butt, and groin. The coffee was so hot that it caused third-degree burns, resulting in the need for skin grafts, in turn causing a mountain of medical bills. Originally Liebeck only sued for medical costs and lost wages. McDonald's snubbed her, offering a fraction of the cost. The case went to court and she was awarded a cool $2.7 million.

Walters v. Kroger Grocery Stores
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 17,000 slip and fall cases every year, but most aren't as interesting as this.

Craig Walters, a 49-year-old Kroger shopper slipped on a piece of smashed fruit, resulting in serious spinal injuries and $135,000 in medical expenses. Kroger claimed they had no video evidence on their security footage, but after some digging, Walters' lawyers learned that Kroger had intentionally destroyed the video evidence. This resulted in a $2.3 million verdict for Walters in this odd premise liability case.

Escola v. Coca-Cola
Back in 1944 a waitress named Gladys Escola was carrying a Coca-Cola bottle that exploded out of nowhere. This caused severe injuries to her hand. When she took Coca-Cola to court, she won, setting a new standard for product liability.

Whether it's slippery floors, a hot cup of coffee, or a product defect, being injured by a company's negligence should never result in the injured individual having to pay for their own medical bills. The above famous examples should serve as a cautionary tale to businesses everywhere to take better care of their patrons.

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