2000. Kathleen Robertson of
, was awarded $780,000 by a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle
tripping over a toddler who was running amok inside a furniture store.
The owners of the store were understandably surprised at the verdict,
considering that the misbehaving tyke was Ms. Robertson's son.
1998. Nineteen-year-old Carl Truman of Los Angeles
won $74,000 and medical expenses when his neighbor ran over
with a Honda Accord.
Mr. Truman apparently didn't notice that someone
at the wheel of the car whose hubcap he was trying to steal.
1998. Terrence Dickson of
Pennsylvania, was exiting a house he had finished robbing by way of the garage. He
was not able to get the garage door to go up as the automatic door
opener was malfunctioning. He couldn't reenter the house because the
door between the garage and the house had locked when he pulled it shut.
The family was on vacation, so Mr.Dickson found himself locked in the
garage for eight days. He subsisted on a case of Pepsi he found, and a
large bag of dry dog food. This upset Mr.Dickson, so he sued the
homeowner's insurance company, claiming the situation had caused him
undue mental anguish.
The jury agreed to the tune of half a million
dollars and change.
1999. Jerry Williams of
Arkansas, was awarded $14,500 and medical expenses after being bitten on the
buttocks by his next door neighbor's beagle. The beagle was on a chain
in its owner's fenced-in yard. Mr. Williams was also in the yard. The
award was less than the amount sought because the jury felt that the dog
may have been provoked by Mr. Williams, who, at the time, was shooting
it repeatedly with a pellet gun.
restaurant was ordered to pay Amber Carson of
Pennsylvania, $113,500 after she slipped on a spilled soft drink and broke her
coccyx. The beverage was on the floor because Ms. Carson threw it at her
boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.
December 1997. Kara Walton of
, successfully sued the owner of a night club in a neighboring city when
she fell from the bathroom window to the floor and knocked out two front
teeth. This occurred when Ms. Walton was trying to sneak out through the
window in the ladies room to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge. She
was awarded $12,000 and dental expenses.