Barrow Borough Council has paid out over £16,000 in council employee compensation claims in the last three-year period. This sum was divided between two claims made by workers, one amounting to £10,780 and the other amounting to £6,000. The largest amount was as a result of a worker using an office chair that was faulty. As a result of using the chair the worker sustained a back injury. The second sum was granted to a worker who suffered a wrist fracture when they slipped and fell in a car park that was covered in ice.
These two cases show the responsibilities all councils have to make sure the equipment and council properties they have are kept in excellent and safe condition at all times. It is notable that only two claims were paid out of a total of three, and this number is still very small when compared to some other authorities. Council employee compensation should always be granted when there is good reason for it to be so, for example when faulty equipment is used or when the road or pavement surface is not fit for purpose.
Considering the options for claiming compensation for work-related injuries
Work-related injuries are thankfully very rare, but as we have seen here they do occur. All councils have a duty of care to make sure they minimise any potential hazards that may be seen. This should reduce potential accidents from occurring, but there may still be cases where they can occur. If you believe you have been injured and it was someone else’s fault, this situation could lead to a no win, no fee compensation claim being launched. You should always get advice before you do this though.
Accident Advice Helpline is here to provide that advice whenever you need it
With a free 24/7 enquiry line on 0800 689 0500, which is open throughout the day and night, you can always call us for information and no-obligation advice. A discussion with our professional injury compensation lawyers can determine whether or not you have an opportunity to make a claim for compensation after suffering an accident that was someone else’s fault. Speak to our well-trained team today and see where you stand legally. It could be the phone call that changes your life and leads you towards the compensation you could deserve. Why not make that call now to see what happens next?
Date Published: August 12, 2014
Author: David Brown