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12 Apr

Top 10 Craziest Workplace Injuries and How They Were Won


Workplace accidents are a serious concern, often leading to discussions about safety standards and employer liability. However, some cases stand out due to their extraordinary circumstances, not just for the injuries sustained but also for the ensuing legal battles and the compensations awarded. At SELPH LAW, with our base at 6047 Dublin, Ohio 43017, Suite 101, we believe in championing the rights of workers injured in the line of duty, no matter how unusual the circumstances. This blog post delves into the top 10 craziest workplace injuries of recent years and explores how these cases were won, highlighting the pivotal legal strategies and outcomes.

1. The Case of the Flying Fish
In a bizarre incident at a seafood processing plant, an employee was knocked unconscious by a frozen fish that had been propelled by a malfunctioning conveyor belt. The case, which hinged on workplace safety violations and equipment maintenance, resulted in a substantial settlement for the injured worker.

2. The Coffee Break Burn
A surprising turn of events occurred when an office worker suffered third-degree burns after sitting on a freshly cleaned, still-hot office chair. The legal battle focused on the cleaning company’s failure to warn employees about the hot furniture, leading to a notable compensation for the victim.

3. The Unseen Glass Door
A graphic designer walked into a clear glass door at her office, breaking her nose. The lawsuit claimed the employer’s negligence in failing to mark the glass doors for visibility. The case was settled in favor of the employee, prompting changes in office safety protocols.

4. The Overenthusiastic High Five
In a team-building exercise gone wrong, an employee suffered a severe shoulder injury from an overenthusiastic high five. The case, which revolved around the company’s liability for injuries during work-sanctioned events, ended in a significant award for the employee.

5. The Perilous Office Prank
A prank involving a swivel chair led to serious spinal injuries for an unsuspecting employee. The lawsuit against the employer for fostering a culture that allowed unsafe pranks resulted in a compensation package that included both damages and medical expenses.

6. The Chemical Spill Slip
A lab technician slipped on a chemical spill that hadn’t been cleaned up properly, suffering burns and inhalation injuries. This case highlighted the importance of hazardous material handling protocols and resulted in a substantial settlement for the injured worker.

7. The Startling Stapler
An administrative assistant was startled by an unexpectedly loud stapler, leading to a neck injury as she jerked away. The legal claim, focusing on the employer’s provision of potentially hazardous office equipment, was successfully resolved in her favor.

8. The Virtual Reality Mishap
During a virtual reality demonstration at a tech company, an employee tripped over unseen wires, breaking his arm. The lawsuit centered on the lack of safety measures for new technology demonstrations, leading to a groundbreaking settlement.

9. The Frightening Forklift
A warehouse worker was injured when a poorly maintained forklift malfunctioned and pinned him against shelving. The case brought to light the essential maintenance of workplace machinery, securing a significant compensation for the employee.

10. The Catastrophic Costume
At a company Halloween party, an employee’s costume caught fire due to unsafe decorations. The ensuing lawsuit examined the company’s responsibility for ensuring safety at company events, resulting in a large settlement for the victim.

These cases underline the unexpected risks workers may face and the critical role of legal expertise in navigating the aftermath of workplace accidents. At SELPH LAW, we’re committed to ensuring that injured workers receive the justice and compensation they deserve. If you’ve experienced a workplace injury, no matter how unusual, reach out to us at (614)-453-0971. Our team is dedicated to fighting for your rights and securing the best possible outcome for your case.

For more information on how we can assist you, visit our website at At SELPH LAW, we’re not just your attorneys; we’re your advocates, dedicated to upholding your rights and ensuring your well-being in the workplace.

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