Where are all the frivolous lawsuits in Oklahoma? (there's not any)
I received a funny email last week from an old client. The email tells of the story of a “runaway verdict” in Oklahoma:
This year’s runaway First Place Stella Award winner
was: Mrs. Merv Grazinski, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who purchased new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home, from an OU football
game, having driven on to the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70
mph and calmly left the driver’s seat to go to the back of the Winnebago
to make herself a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the motor home left the
freeway, crashed and overturned. Also not surprisingly, Mrs. Grazinski
sued Winnebago for not putting in the owner’s manual that she couldn’t
actually leave the driver’s seat while the cruise control was set.
The Oklahoma jury awarded her, are you sitting
down? $1,750,000 PLUS a new motor home. Winnebago actually changed
their manuals as a result of this suit, just in case Mrs. Grazinski has
any relatives who might also buy a motor home.
If you think the court system is out of control, be sure to
pass this one on.
Guess what? It’s an interesting story, but it’s totally false. The truth is that special interest groups (specifically billion dollar insurance companies) like us to believe that our court system is full of runaway verdicts. Can anyone name ONE in Oklahoma?
Sure, there are some crazy lawsuits out there. The Facebook one is about a ton of money, for instance.
Personal injury lawsuits in Oklahoma are because plaintiffs want to be reimbursed for their medical bills and something for their pain and suffering. It’s not a lottery system, but about plaintiffs trying to get something fair.