Personal injury news roundup: 7 days ended 7 Jan 2014:
The Government is always quick to blame ambulance chasing personal injury solicitors on raising claims figures, but it’s not always that cut and dry.
In fact, there are plenty of fingers pointing at local councils and Government-run service providers as being the ones responsible for high personal injury compensation awards lately. Don’t believe me? Well think about this: a new story broke this week about how something like £300,000 in damages has been paid out to school teachers and college lecturers in Scotland as a result of poorly-maintained schools over the last year.
The Educational Institute of Scotland published figures lately that specified how the lion’s share of injuries suffered by staff in schools north of the border are due to injuries such as slips and trips. School grounds in bad repair are almost exclusively the culprit. This isn’t to say that there are some other issues at play – one poor teacher ended up so injured after an assault by a student that he ended up with a £130,000 personal injury compensation claim – but the majority is still absolutely due to these schools not being refurbished or maintained properly.
So where’s the blame lie here? Can you really tell me that it’s injury lawyers running up large legal bills on the backs of spurious personal injury claims? Don’t be daft – these injuries are real and they’re only happening because of the poor conditions teachers and lecturers are working in. Even the instances of assault could be due to lax security measures in these schools – and that’s all on the local authorities that are responsible for these schools and no one else.
So that’s a local problem, you say. Well what about a more general one? Like, oh I don’t know – perhaps the entire NHS in Wales shelling out over £117 million in medical negligence claims over the last three years? The NHS isn’t getting out of this one, though – doctors and medical staff aren’t getting the training they need, and they’re certainly not being given the right amount of time off to recover from long, grueling work shifts.
It’s especially bad for junior doctors, who commonly work 12 to 16 hour shifts for up to two weeks at a time without any sort of relief. Are you telling me this is truly the best way to do things? Did no one think this would lead to horrible medical injuries from exhausted staff? Bloody idiots.