Personal injury law encompasses a number of practice areas. Typically, a personal injury lawsuit will be brought forward when a person is injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. Personal injury lawyers, such as Rafael Gil III of The Gil Law Firm in Dothan, AL, are experienced in handling such cases.
There are some personal injury claims that are rather famous though, be it for the frivolity of it all or because it truly led to change. Take a look at a few notable cases:
- Harris V. McGraw: In 2011, Dr. Phil McGraw—yes, that Dr. Phil—was sued when the family dog bit a friend who was visiting the couple’s home. Phil allegedly convinced Harris to not seek medical care due to the negative publicity. As a result, Harris developed a bacterial infection that led to a loss of hearing and a hand tremor. Harris sued Dr. Phil for $7 million, but her attorney settled the matter in 2013 for an undisclosed amount.
- Hot Coffee: While most people have heard about the lawsuit wherein McDonald’s was sued for its hot coffee, there are many facts people fail to read. In the case of 79-year-old Stella Liebeck, she suffered third-degree burns to her thighs, buttocks and groin after her cup of coffee spilled while she was in a stopped vehicle. The burns were so severe that she required painful skin grafts. Although she sued McDonald’s for $13,000 to cover her medical costs, the fast food chain only offered her $800. After taking the case to court, Lieback was awarded $2.7 million in punitive damages.
- Shake It Up: While the McDonald’s coffee case was nothing to laugh about, the milkshake case might bring some laughs. In 2010, a man sued McDonald’s after he was involved in an accident after spilling his milkshake in the car. The man alleged that McDonald’s failed to warn the customer about drinking a milkshake while driving. The case was thrown out, only after it reached the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Rafael Gil III of The Gil Law Firm understands the seriousness of personal injury cases, as some can even lead to disability that could require compensation for past and future medical expenses. Furthermore, some personal injury victims end up needing to temporarily apply for social security disability following an accident.
If you have been hurt as a result of someone else’s negligence, an experienced attorney can help you. Contact The Gil Law Firm at (334) 673-0100 for a free consultation.