Most of the clients who walk through the offices of workers compensation attorneys have either been involved in slip and fall accidents, suffered a repetitive motion injury, or fallen victim to one of the many other common types of injuries, but not all the time. Sometimes, they see cases that can only be described as “head scratchers.”

For your enjoyment, here are a few of the strangest workers compensation claims you’ll ever hear about.

Rattlesnake Bites.

Back in 2012, one logging truck driver from Alabama applied for workers compensation after spending 30 days comatose in an ICU unit as the result of a snake bite. The man was riding in a company-owned vehicle to a remote work site when he and his fellow coworkers in the truck spotted a rattlesnake on the highway. Instead of driving past it, the man decided it’d be fun to try to pick it up. Unfortunately, because the hijink wasn’t related to his job, the man’s workers compensation claim was turned down.

Choking on a Quesadilla.

A Virginian waiter injured his esophagus one day when he was swallowing a bite of a quesadilla. The worker was tasting the delectable Mexican dish so as to be able to recommend it to patrons later on in the shift. Though the injury did result from the job, the appellate court found that it didn’t result from an actual risk of employment according to the actual risk doctrine, and consequently turned down the poor waiter’s workers compensation claim.

Escalator Rides Gone Awry.

One office manager successfully earned workers compensation benefits after trying to ride an escalator’s railing and falling some 30 feet on to a hard surface. This was, of course, following a “festive” gathering that included both dinner and drinks.

Getting hurt at work is a pretty big deal. Regardless of how you uncommon your circumstances may be, you should always consult with a workers compensation attorney about what sort of settlement you can receive to cover you medical expenses, which have become 48% more expensive in the past 10 years. It can even act like a form of life insurance if the death of a loved one was the result of a job.

If you have any questions about workers compensation, feel free to ask in the comments.


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