Who Disputes We Are A Compensation Culture?

Compensation claims are the curse of the British way of life and have been for some years. People will claim for the most stupid of reasons, and all for ‘accidents’ that are mostly their own stupid fault. Sad to say it has become a way of life in today’s Britain, as just about anyone is looking for a way ‘to make a fast buck’ as the Americans say. Long gone are the days when honest people just put little accidents down to bad luck or their own clumsiness and move on.

Hardest hit are the many city councils across the country who pay out huge sums to their workers who get ‘injured’ in minor accidents. Over a period of three years, Bradford City Council paid out a massive £30million pounds in compensation to its workers.

Here are some of the ludicrous payments made to workers by councils:

A Bradford council worker won more than £12,000 after being hit by a toilet lid when flushing.

Another award included £12,566 to a cleaner who received bruises when she got her feet caught in a vacuum cleaner hose, and £16,500 went to an employee who slipped on a cream cake. 

Other bizarre awards from the same council include a £10,166 payout to a worker who hurt their shoulder while opening an oven door and £3,370 to a worker who fell off a toilet due to a “defective seat”.

A woman wearing high heels who tripped on a staircase was awarded £8,200 by Leeds City Council after injuring her shoulder.

And the same council paid £1,800 to an employee who ALMOST fell off his chair, hurting his back.

Another worker in Leeds pocketed £1,050 for hurting her back while moving POTATOES.

In Bristol, a clumsy carer was paid £4,000 for tripping over a patient’s zimmer frame, while Nottinghamshire County Council paid £23,503 to a worker for a bruise.

Meanwhile East Sussex Council paid £5,000 to a member of staff who injured their back while “putting a large number of leaflets in a filing cabinet”.

And Ceredigion County Council stumped up £16,500 in compo for an employee who slipped on a cream cake.

Birmingham City Council paid out £4,362 to a care worker who slipped on URINE.

A worker in Conwy pocketed £3,774 for suffering nothing but grazes after tripping over some boxes and South Gloucestershire Council paid out £7,650 to a caretaker who slipped on wet stairs while carrying a large pack of toilet rolls.

Haringey Council in London paid £9,750 to a dozy employee who walked into a lamp post and hurt their knee.

Meanwhile Norfolk County Council awarded £25,000 to a kitchen worker who suffered burns after pouring a pan of boiling water over her arms when she picked it up with a tea towel, rather than oven gloves. The payment was made even though the worker followed “incorrect procedures”.

To me this sort of behaviour is farcical, and indicative of the depths that people will go these days to get some money without having to do anything for it.

Some months ago I was walking down the main street in Marbella and I tripped over the sunken lip of a small manhole cover. I cut my knee quite a bit, ruined a good pair of trousers and suffered some pain from the injury, but I didn’t run to the nearest compensation lawyer and claim a few thousand Euro’s in compensation from the local council. I am old school and not used to such things so I just picked myself up and moved on. Had I been of the modern generation I may well have sued the council and won as much as €10,000 compensation, who knows?

When e.g. an idiot can get paid £9,750 for walking into a lamppost it is time to scrap the whole system, because it is too bizarre for words.

Roy.

2 Responses to “Who Disputes We Are A Compensation Culture?”

  1. Rich Brown Says:

    A bit short and sweet……put all the undesirable into the chunnel and then brick it up! Europe is a weak willed conglomerate of , dare I say it, children who would benefit from a slap! Britain is an island nation. I currently live in Mallorca and the ‘island mentality’ is very strong here. I’m quite sure idiotic compensation claims here would be dealt with swiftly…..the authorities would probably say ” you f*****g idiot p**s off, take control of your own life”.
    I would also like to lodge compensation claims against the UK government for the sleep deprivation and consequent health issues due to excessive tax demands!

    One word of advice for all UK residents……”get the he’ll outta there”.

    Rich.

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    • Hi Rich and welcome.
      Thanks for the funny comment, nicely put! Pity, but I doubt your compensation claims would get anywhere with the kind of government we have these days.
      Best Regards,
      Roy.

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