Ascot jogger injured by pothole got £35,000
Published: 16 Sep 2013 12:300 comments
More than £100,000 has been paid in total by the Royal Borough since January 1, 2010, to people suffering personal injuries, with another £52,000 paid to those with damaged property or personal belongings.
There have been 14 successful claims due to damage caused by potholes, costing more than £10,000, with payouts to employees, sub-contractors and the victim of an administrative error making up the rest of the Royal Borough’s compensation expenditure for incidents it has been made aware of since January 1, 2010.
The most expensive single claim paid out by the council in this time was £34,911, to a jogger who tripped along Bouldish Farm Road in Ascot and fractured a tibial plateau (which occurs at the top of the shin bone and involves the cartilage surface of the knee joint).
Cllr Simon Dudley, cabinet member for finance at the Royal Borough, said: “The council takes very seriously its responsibility to minimise risk to residents, and to pay out compensation in the appropriate circumstances.
“We also have the huge responsibility to use our taxpayers’ money wisely and therefore vigorously resist frivolous claims – money paid out in compensation is money no longer available for other essential services.”
There have been three other five-figure payouts since the beginning of 2010, with once claimant getting £12,800 after they fell off a ledge and fractured their right wrist and elbow.
Another got £12,000 after tripping over a cable and fracturing their left elbow, while the other was a £10,500 payout for subsidence damage to an extension in Maidenhead.
Other claims included £6,000 to someone who had a badly stacked PE bench fall on them, £1,400 to a swimmer who had a pole fall on his head and £1,250 to a person who suffered back, neck and head pains after a baby changing unit fell on them.
Smaller payouts included £151.98 to a cyclist whose bike tyre got stuck down a drainage grill in Eton and £45 to a driver that got wet paint on their car, bag and coat in a Maidenhead car park.
Robert Oxley, campaign director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “The rise in compensation culture is costing taxpayers dearly, too often for frivolous reasons.
“Councils must do their utmost to fight claims that are either unjustified or for frankly ludicrous sums.
“The cost of these claims ultimately comes out of residents’ pockets and leaves less cash available for council services.
“Ministers must do more to make it harder for unscrupulous legal firms and chancers to profit at taxpayers’ expense.”