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.