Personal injury news roundup: 7 days ended 23 Mth 2013:
When I hear that a police officer bitten by a flea made a personal injury claim for more than a postman that was struck by a car, something is just not right.
Maybe it’s just me but I can’t seem to dredge up much sympathy for a flea-bitten copper, not when a seriously injured postman ends up with less personal injury compensation in the log run. In fact, 62 year old David Thompson ended up knocked right off his bicycle – ironically by a Royal mail vain – leading to injuries so severe that he was awarded £7,300 in compensation.
Mr Thompson, who originally worked at the Leeds Mail Centre, sustained serious soft tissue injuries to his lumbar spine, his groin, his thighs, and his chest wall and ribs. Luckily the man was wearing his bicycle helmet, which saved him from even more grievous harm, but the doughty postman has returned to work since his accident and payout – though he can no longer cycle to work and has to instead use public transport, costing him both more time and money.
I can only wish Mr Thompson the best and absolutely salute his dedication to the job. However, after news emerged that one West Midlands police officer made a £8,000 claim for injuries related to a flea bite – and received the payout – I have a much less enthusiastic opinion of that particular public servant. Unfortunately that £8,000 is just the tip of the iceberg, as the police force has actually paid out some £900,000 over the past three years – and some of these injuries are absolutely mad.
As if the £8,000 flea bite wasn’t enough, another employee walked away with £14,000 after falling from a pushbike, while a third worker took home £1,000 for insect bites of all things! On top of that, another employee somehow hurt themselves so badly falling off a chair that it cost the police force £7,000; unless the chair was perched atop a flagpole at the time I don’t see how this is possible, but there you have it.
I think it’s absolutely disgusting that these police officers and civilian workers are making such completely spurious claims. You can’t seriously sit here and tell me that someone who suffered a flea bite should be paid more than someone who got struck by a van and sent careering into the pavement, can you?
I certainly hope not. This flea-bitten copper should be ashamed of himself; I can’t imagine how he can live with himself!