Figures obtained by a Freedom of Information Request have revealed that council staff compensation payments over the last five years total over £101 million (including legal fees). This figure includes a bizarre payout of £2,680 for a council worker who burned themselves by spilling hot gooseberry crumble on their chest – legal fees of £4,200 were also paid by the council.
Other council staff compensation payouts included £10,200 for a teacher injured during a tug of war and £2,785 for a teacher who hurt her shoulder after falling from a zipwire. Many claims were for genuine hardship but some payouts seem to have been for bizarre claims, such as a member of staff at St Edmundsbury Council, who received £50 after damaging their coat on a door.
Is this compensation culture gone mad? Andy Silvester, the Taxpayers’ Alliance Campaign Manager, certainly thinks so. He commented, “The obscene bill attached to these compensation claims means one of two things – either councils are failing to provide a safe working environment, or they’re paying out too quickly on the most spurious of claims.”
In total, over 8,800 successful claims were made by staff at 372 local authorities, with the largest single payout of over £962,000 made by Lancashire Council to a highways service worker who was seriously injured.
Have you been injured at work?
If you work for your local council and have been injured at work, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries, depending on who is to blame. For example, slipping on a wet floor simply because you ignored the warning signs and were in a hurry is unlikely to see you awarded compensation, whereas if you are injured by slipping on a floor where warning signs were not displayed, your employer could be held liable. In order to find out if you could claim compensation for an accident at work, contact a personal injury lawyer today, as there is usually a three year time limit in place to make a claim.
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Date Published: November 11, 2014
Author: David Brown