The latest information to come from a Freedom of Information request has revealed that Welsh local authorities paid out some £3.7 million over a three-year period. The money was paid out in various amounts to staff members as well as members of the public as a consequence of various compensation claims that were made against them.
A huge chunk of the total, some £1.6 million, was paid out by Cardiff council alone. While the compensation was primarily paid from insurance coverage, there were many individual cases that warranted significant pay outs. For example a carer who worked for a council in Wales sustained a back injury while trying to assist an elderly lady who was in bed. This resulted in a £60,000 compensation payment. Two policemen working for North Wales Police also received almost £6,000 as a consequence of slipping over on ice. Other claims dealt with accidents and injuries both physical and mental in nature.
Those speaking on behalf of the Welsh local authorities have stated they intend to learn from these incidents to further reduce the chances of them occurring again in the future.
Could you be entitled to compensation?
Thankfully incidents like these are relatively rare. Accidents can happen at any time but potential hazards have the chance to increase the odds of a potential accident occurring. If there is evidence that any negligence has been found to have existed, it may be the case that such evidence can help to support any compensation claim you might make. Remember you may be a member of the public and have good cause to make such a claim if you are injured in some way. If you have been in a similar situation it is good to get advice.
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Source: Wales Online