This week I have been suffering from a sore calf; I have somehow managed to pull the muscle whilst sitting still at my desk. This led to a conversation with friends about the most ridiculous ways in which we had injured ourselves. One friends confessed to having sliced her fingers in a blender, when her generous bosom pressed the ‘on’ switch for her, whilst another no longer has fingerprints on her right hand, following a metal-work incident. I have no right to laugh, of course, having once accidentally knocked something off a window ledge, reacted instinctively, and caught it. It was a cactus.
Dealing with people’s personal injury claims is a serious business, but for a bit of light relief I have put together a list of some of the most unusual, and improbable, accidents and injuries.
Food and drink
Aside from choking, which is no laughing matter, you wouldn’t think there was much else that you could do to injure yourself from simply eating or drinking. You would be wrong. Reddit users shared the following stories:
“I knocked myself out trying to eat nachos.”
“I was breaking off some chocolate. It was very difficult.” The result? Shoulder strain.
And of course, when you add alcohol into the mix, some impressive injuries can occur. “I was doing drunk yoga in the icy parking lot behind a bar at 1am…It was the worst decision ever.” Need we say more?
Children can get themselves into some interesting situations, “I got a concussion trying to be a trapeze artist on a towel rack. I was an adventurous, but very stupid four-year-old.” Worse is when adults try to behave like children, “I cracked my head open on an inflatable obstacle course.” And don’t think you’re safe from your own children – England footballer David Batty once sustained an injury to his Achilles tendon after he was run over by his own child riding a tricycle.
Batty is not the only footballer to receive an embarrassing injury, Rio Ferdinand once strained a knee tendon whilst watching TV, and David James pulled a back muscle reaching for the remote.
Household objects are not the only cause of injury to footballers, animals can be dangerous too. Norwegian defender Svein Grondalen once sustained injuries whilst out jogging, after colliding with a moose. Ouch.
And it’s not just the professionals, “I bruised my face falling into water too hard.”
Accidents and injuries can happen to anyone, and whilst they may not seem funny whilst you’re tweezing the cactus spines from the palm of your hand, once you’ve recovered you might have a good story to tell. Of course, if this accident was caused by the negligence of a third-party, and caused you significant distress, or required you to take time off work, you may have a claim for compensation. If your solicitor is not handling your case to your satisfaction, and you want a second opinion, contact SOS Claims and let us help you. We promise we won’t laugh.