Lord Dyson suggests that idea of ‘compensation culture’ does not match what happens in court

Lord Dyson suggests that idea of ‘compensation culture’ does not match what happens in court Master of the Rolls and the head of civil justice, Lord Dyson has said that the perception of the ‘compensation culture’ does not match what happens in court. Speaking at the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire’s annual law lecture, Lord Dyson said that the courts have not ‘lowered the hurdles’ for the claimants. He added that claimants are often discouraged from going to court because of ‘exorbitant’ legal fees and that lawyers should do everything they can to ‘explode the false perception of compensation culture’. Continuing with his outspoken speech, Dyson said: Our courts are well aware of the dangers of contributing to the idea that all injuries should result in compensatory awards. The law is fault-based. It requires a claimant to establish a duty of care, breach and causation of loss. These are not always straightforward matters and if a claimant fails to establish any one of them, his claim fails. He went on to cite examples of the courts and justice systems rejecting claims, one of which was Tomlinson v Congleton Borough Council, where the House of Lords rejected a claim after the claimant broke…

Man awarded six-figure sum after workplace fall cost him his job

Man awarded six-figure sum after workplace fall cost him his job A 48 year old man who was seriously injured in a workplace fall received a six-figure compensation pay out earlier this month. The ex-prison officer was on guard dog patrol when he slipped on a path which hadn’t been gritted. The fall resulted in him fracturing his right foot. However, what could have been a simple accident was made much worse for the gentleman when complications saw him medically retired for his decade-long career in the prison service. Before the accident, the man was extremely active and enjoyed cycling and playing football, cricket and golf. He now requires a large amount of care from his family and has been warned by doctors that he is at a 25% risk of needing his foot amputated in the future. His solicitors, with the help of the Prison Officers Association (POA), made a case against the man’s employers, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). On October 7th 2015, the court ruled in favour of the claimant and the MOJ was ordered to pay a compensation sum of almost £500,000. Speaking about his situation, the claimant said: It is a bitter blow to suffer an…