A friendly hug between co-workers turned into a battle in the courtroom. A Chinese woman took her colleague to court because three of her ribs were broken from her co-worker hugging her too hard.
The woman was chatting with a different colleague when a male co-worker came over and greeted her with a rough hug that led her to scream out in pain. Allegedly, the man had hugged her so hard that she immediately felt a pain in her chest even after leaving work.
The woman from Yueyang city in China’s Hunan province didn’t seek medical attention right away and instead rubbed hot oil on her chest and went to bed to try to make the pain disappear.
After five days, the pain in the woman’s chest only got worse. She finally sought medical attention and received an X-ray at a hospital. The X-ray revealed that she had three broken ribs, two of which were on the right side of her rib cage and one on the left. She had to take time off work, losing income in the process. The woman also spent a large amount of money on medical bills and nursing services.
During her recovery, the woman tried meeting with the co-worker that broke her ribs to negotiate a settlement. They failed to reach an agreement because the man claimed she had no proof that he was the one to cause her injury. To him, the hug was just a friendly embrace, not an intent to injure.
To get what she deserved, the woman filed a lawsuit against the male co-worker, asking to be compensated for any financial losses she incurred because of the situation.
The man was ordered to pay his co-worker 10,000 yuan or around $1,500 as compensation for accidentally breaking her ribs with a hug. Despite the damage to the ribs not being discovered right away, there was no evidence to suggest that the woman took part in any other activities over those five days that could have caused any broken bones. Witnesses also testified that the woman had a painful reaction after the hug.
Let this be a warning to avoid hugging someone too hard in the future. It could cost you more than you think.