When you think about personal injury cases, what comes to mind? You might think about slip and fall accidents, or maybe you recall the traffic accidents involving tractor trailers portrayed on the commercials for personal injury attorneys. There are all kinds of cases involving personal injuries. Perhaps you have even been involved in one. What are the biggest personal injury cases of all time?
There are some landmark cases, and they biggest ones feature judgments or verdicts not settlements, as you can imagine. The damages awarded total in the billions, and the first case on this list is tragic indeed. A boy’s life was lost in the aftermath due to skin cancer after having already been set on fire using gasoline. The boy was just eight years old. The teenager responsible didn’t have $150 billion, but that was the total awarded to the victim’s family.
The next big personal injury case involves a group of people and several top cigarette manufacturers. This case happened in 2000, and the settlement was just shy of $145 billion. What’s really interesting is that the next biggest personal injury case also involves cigarettes, and there was only one plaintiff for that case, a woman who had lung cancer. While the settlement was well under the $100 billion mark, it is substantial due to the fact it was awarded to one person only.
What company was on the receiving end for the last case? It was none other than RJ Reynolds, and the settlement prior to being reduced was $28 billion. These are the three biggest personal injury cases of all time, and there are many more interesting cases to read about. As you can see, the verdicts and judgments in these cases can result in billions of dollars awarded to plaintiffs who have refused to settle.