A LIST of the most bizarre insurance claims proves such reports can be entertaining, the SITA newswire wrote.
In one case, a car accident victim requested compensation for a gold chain that was lost during the crash. The filer included a list of witnesses who saw him lose it.
Two other memorable cases involved property. A cleaning company had to completely replace a client's floor after damaging it during a demonstration. And one person's claim stated "a bird pecked through my roof, which is now leaking".
Insurance claims for road accidents proved curious as well. Someone reported that the roof of his car was crushed by an airplane, which he collided with after taking a wrong turn off of a highway that led onto an airport. And when an insurance company asked one person to pay for an accident because he had been driving while intoxicated, the person responded: "I won't give you a single cent because I am a heavy drinker, so I don't have money to spare."
Pet lovers also filed some peculiar claims. "Our white poodle was smudged during a fire and we are not able to clean it," an insurance claim stated. "We don't know how this will effect its pedigree certificate, where the dog is stated as being pure white."
And one of the most comical cases involved an injury to a man's private parts. A client wrote that while taking a shower, he opened a drawer to take out some soap, and struck himself between the legs.
Lenka Havlová from Česká Poisťovňa provided the information to the SITA newswire.
12. May 2008 at 0:00 | Compiled by Jana Liptáková from press reports