Between 2012 and 2013, £472,973 was paid in compensation to staff working for East and West Sussex County Councils. In West Sussex, £23,000 was awarded to a teacher who suffered ligament damage to their feet and ankles after slipping in a puddle, whilst £18,000 was paid to an individual who was struck on the shoulder by an automatic door.
From 2012 to 2013, West Sussex County Council paid £125,954 for council workplace accidents whilst East Sussex County Council paid £347,019 over the same period. This includes £72,000 compensation paid to a family for an accident on a school playground and £54,000 for a claimant who fell on school steps.
Although no information was provided by Brighton and Hove City Council, research revealed that the local authority had paid out over £64,000 for just nine claims between 2010 and 2012. A West Sussex County Council spokeswoman commented, “The county council examines the merits of all claims and where they are large, does so in consultation with its insurers. Where a claim is fully supported by evidence then a settlement will be considered, so as to save recurring cost of unnecessary litigation. Where that is not the case the matter will be resisted. Claims, however small, are never paid out unless they are supported by strong evidence that the council has been negligent.”
Injured at work – your next steps
Whether you work for the council or a private employer, it’s your employer’s responsibility to keep you safe at work. If they have been negligent and have failed to carry out their duties, you could be eligible to claim compensation. Many people think that only those who have been seriously injured can claim – this is not the case. Whether you have suffered cuts and bruises after a slip or trip or experienced severe head injuries after a fall from height, you may be able to make a claim.
How to claim compensation for council workplace accidents
Hiring a reputable personal injury lawyer is the first step towards a successful claim. Accident Advice Helpline have been in the personal injury industry for many years and during that time we’ve dealt with hundreds of claims for accidents at work. Our team of professional personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee** basis and we’re accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, so you know you can trust us to handle your claim efficiently. Call our freephone helpline today to see if you could be eligible to claim compensation for your accident at work.
Source: Daily Mail
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown