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Not a Joke: “Disabled” Mom Loses $800K Injury Lawsuit After Winning a Christmas Tree-Throwing Competition

According to an article by Emma Colton of Fox News, 36-year-old mom, Kamila Grabska of the town Ennis in County Clare, Ireland lost an over $800,000 disability lawsuit from a 2017 motor vehicle accident after newspaper reports published photos of her launching a Christmas tree for a post-holiday competition, that she won!


Here are the details and a timeline of events according to Fox:


  • “Kamila Grabska, 36, sued an insurance agency in the country, RSA Insurance, after a 2017 car crash she claimed caused her debilitating neck and back pain that prevented her from holding down a job for five years, the Irish Independent reported.”

  • “The car accident was the result of someone hitting Grabska’s car from the rear, and allegedly left her unable to carry her young children or complete household chores. She quit her job shortly after, received disability payments and argued that her previous and future lost income totaled more than $500,000, according to the Telegraph.”

  • “Newspaper reports, however, soon surfaced of Grabska competing in a Christmas tree-throwing event on Jan. 8, 2018, nearly a year after the accident supposedly left her with ‘disabling’ pain. The Irish High Court reviewed a photo of Grabska launching a tree, which the judge, Carmel Stewart, described as a ‘very graphic picture,’ according to the Telegraph. The competition involves people throwing roughly 5-foot spruce trees as far as they are able.”

  • “The court also reportedly reviewed video recorded last year of Grabska playing with a Dalmatian in a dog park for more than an hour, media reports show.”

  • “Grabska denied that she faked her injuries while in court, saying she was ‘trying to live a normal life,’ according to the Telegraph.”


We wouldn’t quite agree that throwing 5-foot Christmas trees constitutes “living a normal life.” The judge didn’t agree either, and after review of the photos and video, dismissed the case.

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