Leicestershire County Council recently published figures showing that compensation claims from staff have cost the council £1 million since 2009. The council settled 31 staff claims over the last five years, awarding £655,000 in legal fees and £418,000 to negligence victims. 76 claims were rejected over the five year period.
Claims received included a staff member who slipped on dust in a school sports hall, rupturing tendons, and claimed £7,735 (legal fees for the case amounted to almost £87,000) and a member of staff at a secondary school who lost the tips of two fingers in a manhole cover accident and received £7,239. In 2009, a highway worker who was struck by a lorry whilst painting lines on the A47 received the highest single payout of £113,000.
A spokesman for County Hall commented, “Where we have been negligent, payments are made. The amount paid in legal fees was high and we welcome measures by the government to limit them.” In 2013, the UK government reform placed a ban on referral fees for no win, no fee* cases and personal injury cases. This means lawyers will only receive 25% of the total damages recovered.
A report last week in the Mercury revealed that staff claims from 2009 to 2013 had cost the city council almost £2 million.
Claiming compensation for workplace accidents
Your place of work does not have to be hazardous for accidents to occur, and here are some of the types of accidents that have the potential to occur in any workplace:
- Slip, trip or fall
- Burns or scalds from hot liquid or food
- Fall from height
- Struck by objects falling from height
- Injuries caused by machinery or equipment
- Chemical burns
- Industrial illness such as deafness or HAVS
If you have been injured whilst at work, you may be wondering who is responsible. All employers have a duty to keep staff safe at work, so if there is evidence of employer negligence, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline to the rescue
We take claims for workplace accident compensation very seriously, so whether you have suffered minor injuries after slipping on a wet floor or serious long-term injuries such as industrial deafness, we can help. We come highly recommended by our patron, TV personality Esther Rantzen, for our high level of customer service, and we’re here to offer confidential, no-obligation advice. However you have been injured, we’re sure to be able to help – call us today to find out whether you have a viable claim. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.
Source: Leicester Mercury
Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown