workerWorkers compensation lawyers see a lot of injuries from trips, slips, and falls. Per the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers suffered 229,190 injuries from tripping and falling in 2013. Of course, that’s just one type of common injury seen by Arizona workers comp lawyers.

But what about the uncommon injuries, Below, please find some of the strangest workers comp cases ever filed.

Vending Machine Troubles

A very unlucky Circuit City employee filed a workers’ compensation claim after fracturing his hip while attempting to jostle a bag of chips out of an apparently very stubborn vending machine. When the young man attempted to hip check the vending machine, he fractured a bone. Thanks to his workers compensation lawyers, the court ruled the company erred by allowing a faulty vending machine to remain on the property.

Gone to the Dogs

A woman who worked remotely for J.C. Penney was walking through her home when she tripped over her dog and fell, breaking her wrist. However, since she was looking for fabric samples as part of her official work duties, her home was technically considered a “work environment” and she filed a workers compensation claim. An appellate court eventually ruled in her favor.

Don’t Feed the Bears

Believe it or not, there is a place called Great Bear Adventures, where one can work as an actual grizzly bear feeder. Despite the self-evident dangers of this job, one employee decided to get smoke marijuana before work. In an accident that should have surprised no one, the pot-smoking bear feeder was injured by a hungry grizzly. And according to LexisNexis:
In Hopkins v. Uninsured Employers’ Fund, 2010 MTWCC 9, WCC No. 2008-2152 (May 4, 2010), Worker’ Compensation Court Judge James Jeremiah Shea found that Hopkins was, indeed, an employee of Kilpatrick, that Hopkins sustained compensable injuries arising out of and in the course of his employment, and that Hopkins’ use of marijuana was not a major contributing cause of his injuries.

He eventually received $65,000 in compensation.

Don’t Take Your Sledgehammer Bowling

In one particularly strange Pennsylvania case, a group of paving workers discovered a bowling ball in the parking lot where they were working on. After several challenges, one employee attempted to break it with a sledgehammer, which resulted in a piece of the bowling ball flying into his eye, causing him to lose it. However, he also lost the workers compensation claim he filed, proving that there are limits to even the weirdest workers comp stories.

While many of these cases are good for a light hearted laugh, there’s nothing funny about most workplace injuries. On average, workers missed eight days of work due to injuries suffered in 2013. Employees don’t just lose wages in the worst workplace injuries, but in some cases their careers and even limbs. That’s why it’s so important to find workers compensation lawyers after an accident.

If you’ve been injured on the job, don’t let your accident turn into a nightmare. Contact our Arizona workers comp lawyers as soon as possible.