After three members of the same family suffered Diwali injuries at an event in Leicester, the council has paid out over £40,000 in legal fees and compensation. The Diwali injuries were sustained at an even in Cossington Recreation Ground, when the three people tripped on an automatic bollard. In total, four claims were received by the council, with one successfully opposed. Of the other three claims, one family member received £33,097 in compensation, with the other two receiving £7,705 and £3,500.
Whilst the extent of the injuries was not revealed, the compensation was paid out for slip and trip injuries. A fourth claim was received from someone who claimed to have been injured at the 2010 Abbey Park Fireworks event, but was opposed. A Freedom of Information Act request revealed that since 2009, Leicester City Council has paid out almost £2 million in compensation to employees who have been injured.
If you have been injured at a council-run event, it is worth contacting the council to complain and you will also want to contact a personal injury lawyer, who can offer you advice and support.
Claiming compensation against the council
There is no need to feel daunted when making a claim for compensation against your local council. Councils have procedures in place to deal with claims, and your personal injury lawyer will be handling your claim for you from start to finish. No matter how you have been injured, you may be able to make a claim, and if you have been forced to take time off work and suffered loss of earnings as a result of your injuries, this will be taken into account when deciding how much compensation you’ll receive.
Accident Advice Helpline to the rescue
You can trust Accident Advice Helpline to handle your claim for personal injury compensation; after all, we have been helping people claim since 2000. Our team of professional personal injury lawyers are not here to judge – we’ve dealt with all sorts of claims. We offer confidential, no-obligation advice and a ‘no win, no fee*’ service, so there are no expensive upfront fees to worry about. We would love to help you claim the compensation you deserve, so why not pick up the phone and call our freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to speak to a member of the team? We’ll usually be able to tell you straight away whether you have a viable claim.
Source: Leicester Mercury