Council awards £2m in compensation settlements

Personal injury compensation settlements worth more than £2 million have been agreed by a local authority over the last five years, new figures have revealed.

According to data obtained by the North West Evening Mail in a freedom of information request, Cumbria County Council has granted a total of £2.35 million in damages for claims made after accidents at work and through employment disputes since 2007.

The average sum given for an injury sustained during an incident in a workplace was more than £36,000, while an overall annual average in excess of £450,000 was being paid out.

Meanwhile, the highest single settlement was £129,000 to a professional who suffered a strain injury while working in 2009-10 and, throughout this time period, 43 industrial disease payments were also made.

This comes after the Staffordshire Sentinel revealed that Stoke-on-Trent City Council has awarded more than £744,000 in damages to pupils and staff injured at its schools in the last four years.

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31/01/2012 16:42