EMPLOYEES at the borough’s hospitals are still claiming hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation following accidents at work.
A Freedom of Information request to Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) has revealed that the last year five of 20 claims submitted have been settled, resulting in pay-outs of £38,250.
However, 15 have yet to be settled and from 2009/10 to 2011/12 WWL has been liable for £225,685 in injury pay-outs which could rise if the outstanding cases are successful. The biggest pay-out in 2011/12 so far was £13,500 for a knee injury, the lowest being £2,000 for a ‘sharp’s injury’ - usually an incident involving a needle.
Claims over the past three years, included £55,000 for a worker who injured their back when stopping a plastic pipe from falling; an £18,500 pay-out to a worker who injured their wrist loading a dishwasher, and a £7,350 sum for a back injury caused by mopping the floor.
Compensation for accidents are paid by the NHSLA (National Health Service Litigation Authority) and the trust pays a premium each year to cover any potential liabilities.