Figures released revealed that employees of Lancashire County Council may well be the unluckiest in the country after Lancashire County Council compensation figures topped the payouts league for England. Ian Young of Lancashire Country Council said, “We would prefer it that no-one was ever hurt in an accident at work. But as a council with more than 30,000 staff there will sometimes be incidents resulting in injuries – thankfully mostly minor. We’re always working to improve health and safety and reduce the potential for accidents.”
Critics claim the huge figure for Lancashire County Council compensation payouts could mean the council is not providing a safe work environment for employees. The highest payout of £962,383 was to an employee working for the highway service, who suffered injuries to his head and back after a lighting column he was removing fell on him. Other claims have included a payout of £275,310.36 for mesothelioma and a claim for an elbow injury by a teaching assistant who tripped over a wheelchair and was awarded £800,000 after developing reflex sympathetic dystrophy.
If you have been injured whilst working for your local council, don’t automatically assume that you are eligible for compensation. Each claim is handled on an individual basis, so get in touch with a personal injury lawyer to find out whether you have a viable claim.
Compensation culture on the rise
Many people claim that the rising number of claims for personal injury is indicative of ‘compensation culture’, where people think they are automatically entitled to compensation if they are injured at work. Whilst in some cases this may be true, accidents can and do happen, and if you are injured through no fault of your own and your employer is to blame, claiming compensation could be extremely helpful; it could provide for your family whilst you are off work recovering from your injuries, or pay for ongoing medical care you may need as a result of your accident.
We believe in our customers’ rights
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we believe if you have been injured due to somebody else’s negligence, you should be entitled to claim compensation. We are here to offer confidential, no-obligation advice to all our customers, so no matter how you have been injured, we can help. We also offer a 100% ‘no win, no fee’ service, so you won’t pay us a penny unless your claim is successful. If you have been injured in an accident at work, get in touch with us today by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation legal advice about making a claim.
Date Published: December 6, 2014
Author: David Brown