Personal injury news update for week ended 27 May 2013:
Not one but two organisations have been facing heavy criticism for a number of damaging personal injury claims lately.
The racecourse industry in the UK was caught out earlier this week when the court of appeal reversed an earlier decision and awarded a severely injured jockey a massive £58,000 personal injury compensation, setting a dangerous precedent for other racetrack owners. The injured jockey sued Jockey Club Racecourses after he fell at Cheltenham and injured himself so badly that he ended up in an induced coma in order to facilitate the recovery process. The jockey’s personal injury solicitors insisted that the racetrack owners had neglected their duty of care to keep the track safe, which is what caused the accident in the first place.
Now other racetrack owners have to worry about whether they’ve done enough to keep jockeys and other track workers safe, especially since the courts are going to be watching more carefully in future. At this point, their best bet is to roll out additional safety reforms across the industry as a whole, as this will most likely be less expensive than several personal injury lawsuits for tens of thousands of pounds – or even more, depending on the costs of hiring a firm of solicitors to defend the lawsuit.
Meanwhile, it turns out that hospitals north of the border are in an equally precarious situation following the publication of new information that has revealed that from 2009, around 100,000 people have been injured in accidents while in Scotland’s hospitals. And It’s not just patients that are ending up with additional injuries after being admitted to hospital either; reports also show that a large number of staff, visitors, and student nurses are suffering needless and avoidable accidents.
Some injuries have thankfully turned out to be minor, as superficial bruises and cuts are quite common. However, severe injuries have occurred in certain cases including broken bones, limbs having to be amputated, and even death in some instances. In total, around 64 people are injured each and every day in Scotland’s hospitals.
Government watchdog agencies have begun to protest, calling upon the NHS to make some serious changes to how safety is handled within local hospitals. The Scotland Patients Association was particularly incensed by the revelation of the figures, with the organisation’s chairwoman, Margaret Watt, calling for an end to people being admitted to hospital only to end up more ill than they were before they walked in.