Neglect leads to injuries – and that leads to massive claims

Industry news roundup: week ended 27 Jan 2014:

Local authorities should know by now is that neglecting their maintenance duties does nothing but leads people to bring personal injury claims against them.

Yes, most people are good at the whole notion of cause-and-effect but local councils never seem to get it very well. I mean, look at one of the newest examples of this: Pembrokeshire County Council has had to shell out in excess of £15,000 over the last two years for damage caused by potholes alone. If you are keeping score at home, that’s bloody outrageous – especially since two-thirds of that figure comes from just one bit of Pembrokeshire roadway – and the damage all happened over the course of a single week!

Now, truth be told the county council has to look after almost 2,500km of roadways. Granted that’s quite a bit, but one single stretch of road caused £10,000 in damages! Are you telling me it would have cost the council more to get the bloody road fixed?

Still, it could be worse. You could work for Redbridge Council and have to explain while there was almost £100,000 in personal injury compensation paid out to contractors, visitors, parents, staff, and children injured on school grounds over the past five years. The London borough paid out twice as much as its neighbour Waltham Forest, and had three times the number of accident claims.

Now, I know what you’re thinking – it’s not terrible, that’s only around £20,000 or so every year. Well sure that’s more or less reasonable for a highly populated London borough I suppose, but let’s not lose sight of the fact here that there are several more outstanding claims that haven’t been resolved yet. The actual damage done to taxpayers could be several thousands more – easily over the £100,000 mark – and many of the injuries can be traced back to faulty and poorly-maintained school equipment.

It’s just another lesson to local authorities: keep things in good nick or face the consequences. I know that there are austerity budgets just eating into everyone right now, but it’s even more expensive to have to pay out on all these massive injury claims, don’t you think? Worst kind of false economy if you ask me.

Accident victims further preyed upon by authority figures

Industry news roundup: week ended 20 Jan 2014:

It’s never good when you end up in a road traffic accident, especially if you then have to make an accident claim, but it’s worse when victimised even further!

However, that’s just what’s been happening lately. The worst part is that these individuals are getting preyed upon by those that they should be able to trust – in other words, police officers and doctors if you can believe it.

First up comes news this week of a high-profile case involving PC Sugra Hanif plundering personal details official accident data in order to glean names and phone numbers in a search for people who might want to make personal injury claims. However goes worse than that, as allegations exist that the phone calls were extremely aggressive. At £700 a successful referral, I suppose I would be a pushy bastard too – though I certainly wouldn’t plunder official police records in order to do so!

It’s a pretty rotten thing this woman was doing, if you ask me. Those official records aren’t supposed to be used as a money-making opportunity, and the fact that this woman violated the privacy of these victims just to make a few quid absolutely makes my blood boil. It’s a nasty violation indeed – but still, it’s not nearly as bad as what one doctor did recently.

Imagine you end up in an accident that’s left you with whiplash, so you go to your doctor for an examination. Sounds like a normal doctor visit – unless you have Shahid Ayyoub as a GP, as the 57 year old man was recently convicted of removing a female patient’s bra and having a bit of a time with his hands instead of simply examining her neck.

Of course this kind of behaviour didn’t go unpunished, as the judge more or less threw the book at the man, and rightly so if you ask me! Turns out he comes from a very prominent family with several other doctors in its ranks, not to mention two of his own children are going to school for medicine as well. I swear, this man’s runaway sexual proclivities have ruined not only his life but likely the lives of the rest of his family members as well! Stupid git.

And you thought that your childhood was dangerous!

Industry news roundup: week ended 13 Jan 2014:

Few of us emerged from our own childhoods unscathed, earning a few sticking plasters over skinned knees, but children today seem much more accident prone!

Do you think children are more fragile than they were a generation ago? Perhaps your answer really isn’t important, as new figures released this week declared that the last five years has seen £3.3 million paid out in personal injury compensation for Manchester, Birmingham and London-based schoolchildren.

As shocking as these figures are, there’s an even more frightening truth hidden behind the scenes. The study only examined these three cities and say nothing of the other accident claims in other regions. Taxpayers could collectively be out tens or even hundreds of millions over the same period of time.

So that’s rather awful to think about, isn’t it? Well it could be worse – you could have been involved in a personal injury claim that left you with enough damage to warrant a £5 million payout even after contributory negligence reduced your award by as much as 25 per cent – that’s some substantial head injury!

Not exactly the best experience to have, I suppose – but that’s exactly what happened recently to a woman from Northern Ireland in the wake of the kind of car accident. She suffered enough head trauma to leave here with serious problems making thinking and decision making difficult enough to require constant supervision – and this as unfortunately even after the woman was found to be slightly responsible for her own injuries because she hadn’t been wearing her seat belt.

Well, let that be a lesson to you – something that most of us do without a moment’s thought can lead to the kind of life-altering damage that could all too easily have been avoided if you had simply worn your damned seat belt. Of course this is something that most children learn in primary school, but nowadays perhaps it’s much too dangerous in British schools to teach children anything besides how to duck and cover – and how to ring up a personal injury solicitor.

Injury claims abound from Wales to Scotland

Industry news roundup: week ended 6 Jan 2014:

When it comes to accident claims, it’s not just England as the rest of the UK gets into the act; in fact both Wales and Scotland have been claims hotbeds.

Last year alone, for instance, saw more than£300,000 paid out to college lecturers and school teachers in Scotland according to the Educational Institute of Scotland. All sorts of incidents led to the payouts, including one assault that led to a serious long-term injury for a teacher that resulted in a personal injury compensation award of £130,000 alone!

Now don’t get nervous if you were considering a career as an educator in Scotland: it’s not that pupils are so violent that these incidents occur so much. In fact the EIS said most of the time it’s simple and avoidable accidents that are caused by poor working conditions. Slips and trips due to poorly-maintained schools are the real culprit here, and the EIS was highly critical of local authorities that neglected their responsibilities to keep these schools in good nick; can’t say I’m surprised, as it seems that most local councils couldn’t find their arse with both hands in an emergency!

Speaking of negligent behaviour, it’s time to turn to Wales now where a new report published this week revealed that over the last three years, a total of £117.6 million in compensation, mostly due to medical negligence cases. The information has certainly given the NHS a black eye in terms of reputation, as well as it should – cries of ‘we could have used that money to improve the state of our hospitals’ are on the lips of pretty much anyone you turn to, and for what it’s worth the sentiment is completely accurate.

Again it’s a factor of simply not having the wherewithal to keep these places running in good condition. Doctors and medical staff are overworked to a worrisome level, yet the NHS drags its heels whenever it’s time to change policies. It takes a public shaming like this to rattle its cage, though as usual the NHS will have its excuses primed and ready.

Still, enough is enough; it’s time to stand up and say that this simply isn’t acceptable behaviour on the part of the NHS, or our local authorities in the case of mis-managed and unsafe schools. At least now you know not to get sick in Wales – or to take a teaching job in Scotland!