What do pupils and prison convicts have in common?

Personal injury news roundup: 7 days ended 27 Aug 2013:

It’s hard to think that prison convicts and pupils have anything in common, but when it comes to the world of personal injury compensation anything is possible!

Did you know that over the past five years, more than £800,000 in personal injury compensation has been handed over to Welsh children injured in incidents occurring at schools over the past half a decade? Well it’s true, and the claims awards have been as high as £10,000 or more!

Now, some people will whinge and cry about how the compensation culture gripping the UK is destroying the fabric of our society. They’ll blame greedy, ambulance chasing personal injury solicitors in encouraging folks to bring claims, either by exaggerating the injury sustained or making it up completely, but I feel this is a complete load of bollocks; personal injury lawyers by and large work tirelessly to protect the interests of their clients and make sure that justice is served, despite what you may think of them!

When it comes to children and injury, it seems even more important that pupils suffering serious harm whilst at school should be compensated for their pain and suffering. Honestly you shouldn’t have to worry about anything more serious than a few scraped knees as a child, but apparently schools in Wales are a bit tough.

Then again, it could be worse – the government could be paying £13 million a year to convicts injured whilst incarcerated. Oh, what’s that you say – that’s actually the value of last year’s crop of injury claims? And that it’s actually double what it was the year before, according to the Ministry of Justice, and that kind of amazing growth is often cause for concern if you ask me!

I don’t like the idea of anyone getting hurt, even prison convicts. Sure, they were put away for something bad, but isn’t it punishment enough to be locked up? Shouldn’t we make sure that these poor bastards at least have the chance to serve their time safely so they can get back on with their lives? £13 million is quite literally shedloads of dosh, and maybe if we spent more time rehabilitating criminals instead of punishing them for their crimes the Government wouldn’t have to try so hard to scrape the bottom of the barrel in an attempt to make up some of these shortfalls we’ve been experiencing lately!


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