Personal injury news roundup: 7 days ended 28 May 2013:
Well it turns out that personal injury lawyers have been working overtime lately, sending two industries into a frenzy of activity to make things safer.
Firstly there’s a big fat £58,000 personal injury compensation claim that just got paid out to an injured jockey that has rocked the racecourse industry to its core. A controversial new decision by the court of appeal reversed an initial decision to deny the jockey any compensation, setting a precedent for just how much care racetrack owners have to demonstrate for those using the track that had up until now not even existed. It’s good news for jockeys and others involved in the sector – I mean let’s fae it, riding a horse at breakneck speed is inherently dangerous and jockeys need as much protection that they can get – but racecourse owners now have to decide how much they need to invest in additional safety measures on their race tracks before it just becomes more cost-effective to risk a compensation claim.
That’s a bit of a callous way to look at it of course, but it’s how many business owners look at things: is it going to be more effective to keep my place of business safe or to defend a compensation claim? Usually it’s the latter, but not always; now the racetrack industry has fallen into place with the majority of other organisations in the UK, especially since it’s such an expensive proposition to defend personal injury claims right now!
The other industry that’s been shaken to the core by a massive number of injurious incidents – which have almost certainly been linked to an increased amount of compensation payouts – is the NHS north of the border. New information was revealed that hospitals in Scotland are particularly dangerous places to be, what with the 100,000 injuries that have occurred on hospital grounds from 2009 alone – around 64 injuries a day!
And it’s not all just cuts, bumps, scrapes and bruises either; there are some major, serious injuries that people are suffering while in hospital as a patient, visiting someone else, or even just working there as a student nurse or a staff member. Broken bones are more common than not, and there are reports of even amputations and even untimely deaths as well!
It’s a good reason to stay away from NHS facilities in Scotland, if you ask me. Try not to get sick or injured until these hospitals get their act together and reforms are put in place to make these places safer than your average construction site, if you ask me.