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Sheffield council owes huge compensation bill

Posted in: Faulty Work Equipment Public Place Accidents School Accidents Workplace Injuries 

Sheffield Council is to face a huge compensation bill following the number of accidents that happened in the last five years. With the total compensation to be paid-out standing at around £16million, a child injured in a playground and an injury caused by a bollard are among the many claims that expect compensation from the council. 

A total of 3,145 legal claims were made against the council between 2008 and 2013. The total of these claims came to £16,597,794, which included personal injury claims, property and car damage claims, and loss of earnings.

Compensation Culture

Claims paid-out by the council, or remain outstanding, include £5,000 to an individual who was burned using defective machinery, £7,000 to children who sustained scarring from falling in the playground, and £2,561 to 13 claimants for ‘damage by a mower operative’. The amount paid out to claimants by the council, so far, stands at £1.6 million.

Many fear that a ‘compensation culture’ is forming across the UK, with claims becoming increasingly vague. Cabinet member for Streetscene at Sheffield Council, Coun Jack Scott, said: “We thoroughly investigate all claims to determine liability”.

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