Stuck in between fraud and negligence

Personal injury news roundup: 7 days ended 20 Aug 2013:

Personal injury solicitors aren’t the only ones that work overtime – both fraudsters and junior doctors have been burning the midnight oil this week!

So you’re probably wondering just what in the world one has to do with another, aren’t you? Well, not necessarily much until you realise that while one group works to profit off false and spurious personal injury claims, the other is trying their damnedest to not end up causing the kind of bodily harm that results in a massive medical negligence claim.

Did you know, for instance, that a bus driver was caught working with a ring of ‘crash for cash’ scammers in an attempt to walk off with shedloads of cash from more than two dozen whiplash injury claims? It’s true, and lucky for the bus company’s insurer that they investigated fully before signing off on all those claims, eh?

Adam Herbert, a bus driver from Sheffield, actually pranged a car from behind intentionally. The collision was low-speed, but he arranged it beforehand with the gang of 26 fraudsters so that they would know when to board the bus – the problem was that normally that bus usually has less than 10 passengers at that particular time of day, and the insurers got more than a little suspicious when it turns out there were somewhere between 30 and 40 passengers that day, not to mention that the lion’s share suddenly had stiff necks!

I swear people are just so stupid. Did they really think this scheme of theirs was going to work? It’s like they’re all suffering from brain trauma, which leads me to my next point: junior doctors in the UK have spoken out recently, reporting that they’re positively terrified of inadvertently causing injury to their patients that could lead to costly personal injury compensation claims being made against their hospitals.

The problem is that these junior doctors are, apparently, being worked much too hard. 100 hour weeks and rotations lasting 10 days long are sadly all too common for junior doctors or even medical students in their last year, and this takes a toll on a human being.

Hopefully their complaints will be heard and addressed. The last thing anyone needs is to be afraid to go to hospital because they suspect a sleep-deprived and exhausted junior doctor could end up making a mistake with their treatment and causing serious or even irreparable harm; with any luck, these issues will be resolved and NHS hospitals will be a bit safer in the future!

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