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A Los Angeles law firm wanted Americans to understand the high costs of not having health insurance. So they turned to Homer Simpson's decades of antics: 50 memorable incidents from the show's 706 episodes across 31 seasons to come to the $143 million in medical bills, which is 443 times more than the average American.
From rodeo clown to human cannonball, causing everything from concussions and brain damage to paralysis and broken bones, accident and injury law group Downtown L.A. Law Group calculated the staggering total as if Homer didn't have medical insurance, as reported on the news site LADbible.com
Brain damage is the top item on Homer's bill, costing a massive $1.5 million. Paralysis came next, costing Homer an estimated $508,904, followed by radiation exposure at $150,000. Skull fracture, $100,000, and loss of consciousness, $80,000, rounded out the top five, according to the news outlet.
The study found that the most common injury Homer sustained was falls; whether it was down the stairs, off roofs or just through general clumsiness. On 10 occasions, Homer broke numerous bones, which would cost him an estimated $48,000 each time. Homer's falls also often come with suspected concussions, running up $800 each for eight separate incidents. Other accidents tracked included animal attacks and food poisoning.
Farid Yaghoubtil, senior trial attorney at Downtown L.A., said he hopes the study is seen as a warning. "We hope this medical bill rap sheet encourages anyone who is considering it, to get health insurance and avoid paying the price,” he told LADbible.com.
In the age of remote work, the short transfer from your bed to your home office isn’t just convenient – it’s a lawfully recognized commute, a German court said, awarding workers compensation benefits to man who slipped and fell in a “workplace accident” at home.