Workers' compensation exists to cover people's medical expenses should they be injured during the reasonable performance of the specific duties of their job, like a sushi chef chopping his fingers off or Bret Michaels getting a new strain of herpes. However, some claims are so insane that we're amazed anyone could've filed them with a straight face, yet they are all things that totally happened.
5A Woman Breaks a Lamp With Her Face Mid-Coitus
In 2007, an Australian woman filed for workers' compensation benefits after being hit in the face by a lamp that she ripped from the wall while having violent sex in a hotel room on a business trip (this is the only kind of sex that is ever had in hotel rooms).
"You see lamps, I see potential butt plugs."
Her employers initially rejected the claim, as well they should have, on the grounds that sex was "not an ordinary incident of an overnight stay." However, a federal judge overturned the decision, arguing that "no approval, express or implied, of the respondent's conduct was required." By that logic, she could've climbed into the bathtub with a lid of heroin and blasted herself into a coma and her employers would've had to pay for her recovery simply because they'd rented the room.
4A Man Breaks His Hip on a Vending Machine
Circuit City employee Clinton Dwyer filed a workers' comp claim after fracturing his hip while trying to shake loose a bag of chips from the break room vending machine, because apparently the vending machine was the Last Son of Krypton and Dwyer was 90 years old.
"We meet again, my old foe."