Compensation culture shown to be a myth

In October 2010 David Cameron said: “A damaging compensation culture has arisen, as if people can absolve themselves from any personal responsibility for their own actions”. But the “spiralling” compensation culture has been uncovered as a myth, as reported by the Independent, today.

 

The health and safety publication Hazards magazine has published a list of myth-busting facts under the title: Compensation Culture: Really?

  • 1 in 26 

The proportion of people developing a new work-related illness who receive a civil compensation payout

  • 1 in 40

The high-end estimate of the proportion of people who receive a civil compensation payout after developing a work-related skin disease

  • 1 in 52

The proportion of people who receive a civil compensation payout after developing any occupational cancer other than mesothelioma

  • 1 in 68

The maximum possible proportion of people dying from work-related chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who received a civil compensation payout

  • 1 in 754

The proportion of people who receive a civil compensation payout after suffering from work-related stress, anxiety and depression.

 

The Financial Times concludes in its coverage ‘Criticism of ‘compensation culture’ shown to be hollow’.

 

Work injury claims are down 60 per cent in the last decade. Yet, since coming to power the Coalition has cut the coverage and budget of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, and outlawed strict liability claims where there has been a criminal breach of safety law by the employer but negligence hasn’t been proven. Jim Sheridan MP, commenting today, said “The government’s approach to health and safety encourages bad employers.” It’s not too much red tape but too many bloody bandages that are the problem – so say Hazards.

 

 

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