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Mar 20, 2014

Bizarre Personal Injury Claims!

In Britain when it comes to standing up for our rights and filing personal injury claims we don’t hang around. 78% of cases filed in the UK at the moment are made by car crash victims with whiplash!

We decided to take a look at some of the most bizarre injury claims that were filled over 100 years ago and what they would be worth now!


  • A grocer from Lancashire slips whilst playing Blind Man’s Bluff – wins £15 (modern equivalent: £724!)
  • An innkeeper from Birmingham drinks poison after mistaking it for sleeping medicine – wins £1,000 (modern equivalent: £48,310!)


  • A pharmacist from Dublin trips on marble steps in a Turkish bath – wins £33 (modern equivalent: £1,594)


  • An artist from Swansea is blown over by a gale of wind – wins £30 (modern equivalent: £1,796)


  • A merchant from Essex hurts his eye throwing rice at a wedding – wins £50 (modern equivalent: £2,994!)


  • A merchant from Glasgow is injured as he jumps out of bed to catch his fainting wife – wins £42 (modern equivalent: £2,575!)


  • A shipbuilder from Great Yarmouth swallows a fish bone – wins £1,000 (modern equivalent: £57,000!)


  • A travelling salesman from Belfast bumps his head on a pole whilst watching another accident from the top of a tram – wins £7 (modern equivalent: £401!)

If you've been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault you may be entitled to damages. We are accident claim solicitors who are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. For more details and to discuss you claim please call us on 01295 759400.

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