New bid to reduce road compensation pay-outs in Lancashire

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

HIGHWAY bosses are hopful that a new government shake-up will help to reduce a £12million compensation bill for crashes, slips and trips in Lancashire.

County roads chiefs have paid out more than £3.4million, in recent years, for public liability claims linked to the highway network.

Nearly half of the cases revolve around people being hurt on the county’s roads or pavements — and payouts are forthcoming in 69 per cent of them.

Vehicle damage accounts for another 45 per cent — but only 27 per cent of those applications see motorists win out.

Now the government, worried about the escalating costs imposed on local authorities from defending the claims, has ordered a reduction in court costs.

But the compensation thresholds, in turn, have been increased by an additional 10 per cent for successful claimants.

Environment official Rick Hayton said in a report: “Overall the proposals are thought to be more favourable to defendants than to claimants but the picture remains uncertain.”

Road bosses say that the highway inspections service has now been brought under the county authority’s control, which should ensure a more ‘robust’ system of checks.

In 2007-08 and 2008-09, the compensation totals were £3.4million and £3.41 respectively, with £2.72million handed out in 2009-10 and £1.44million in 2010-11.

But the totals for 2009-10, 2010-11 and the last financial year may still rise as ‘victims’ have six years in which to submit a damages claim or a three-year limitation in per-sonal injury suits.

Just over one in four public liability claims lodged with the county council are said to result in a compensation pay-out.

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10:11am Mon 26 Nov 12

cloud99 says...

2 ways the council can reduce the amount of claims is to fix loose paving stones , and to fix the countless potholes in the road.
2 ways the council can reduce the amount of claims is to fix loose paving stones , and to fix the countless potholes in the road. cloud99
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10:58am Mon 26 Nov 12

frank says...

cloud99 wrote:
2 ways the council can reduce the amount of claims is to fix loose paving stones , and to fix the countless potholes in the road.
agreed, you beat me to it!
[quote][p][bold]cloud99[/bold] wrote: 2 ways the council can reduce the amount of claims is to fix loose paving stones , and to fix the countless potholes in the road.[/p][/quote]agreed, you beat me to it! frank
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2:48pm Mon 26 Nov 12

ghost of sceptic says...

in the summer i started cycling to work thought i would save some money and the planet at the same time, little did i realise the state the roads were in, lets just say i took my life in my hands the roads are a health & safety hazzard to cyclists. im back in the car.
in the summer i started cycling to work thought i would save some money and the planet at the same time, little did i realise the state the roads were in, lets just say i took my life in my hands the roads are a health & safety hazzard to cyclists. im back in the car. ghost of sceptic
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2:51pm Mon 26 Nov 12

ghost of sceptic says...

just a thought but if all the road tax collected was spent on roads and not used to fund other goverment spending we would have the best roads in europe.
just a thought but if all the road tax collected was spent on roads and not used to fund other goverment spending we would have the best roads in europe. ghost of sceptic
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5:18pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Info-warrior says...

£800,000 payout for Lancashire County Council worker who tripped over wheelchair.The council paid £660,000 in damages and £140,000 costs to an employee, who cannot be named for legal reasons, after they tripped over the waist strap of an empty wheelchair, suffering a dislocated finger and an injury to the elbow Bob Stott said The payout, which was one of the highest in the country, was one of 12 to school staff in Lancashire last year, costing taxpayers more than £1.3m.


In 2007-08 and 2008-09, the compensation totals were £3.4million and £3.41 respectively, with £2.72million handed out in 2009-10 and £1.44million in 2010-11...

How can they justify handing out £1.3milion for simple injuries like a sprained finger on a LCC employee yet they use every trick in the book to get out of paying out for street injuries suffered by the public..?

Maybe if they the council could explain to all the injured citizens who have been injured even life changing injuries due to potholes and loose flags why there isn't enough money to repair them...Yet there is £800.000 available for a broken finger nail.?

Authoritarianism rules the day there is nothing left for the peasants when it comes to paying out compensation so its best to jog along before there is nothing left in Morrisons skip for you tea.
£800,000 payout for Lancashire County Council worker who tripped over wheelchair.The council paid £660,000 in damages and £140,000 costs to an employee, who cannot be named for legal reasons, after they tripped over the waist strap of an empty wheelchair, suffering a dislocated finger and an injury to the elbow Bob Stott said The payout, which was one of the highest in the country, was one of 12 to school staff in Lancashire last year, costing taxpayers more than £1.3m. In 2007-08 and 2008-09, the compensation totals were £3.4million and £3.41 respectively, with £2.72million handed out in 2009-10 and £1.44million in 2010-11... How can they justify handing out £1.3milion for simple injuries like a sprained finger on a LCC employee yet they use every trick in the book to get out of paying out for street injuries suffered by the public..? Maybe if they the council could explain to all the injured citizens who have been injured even life changing injuries due to potholes and loose flags why there isn't enough money to repair them...Yet there is £800.000 available for a broken finger nail.? Authoritarianism rules the day there is nothing left for the peasants when it comes to paying out compensation so its best to jog along before there is nothing left in Morrisons skip for you tea. Info-warrior
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