The Court of Appeal recently found that an employer was not liable for the severe injuries caused by an employee who, while at work and apparently as a prank, had put highly inflammable thinning agent on to the clothes of a workmate and ignited them.
The latest stages of the current programme of dampening down the compensation culture in Britain came into force on the 1st October this year.
Simon Wright, Head of Personal Injury at Banner Jones said, “the new rules still facilitate the making of genuine claims; they just make it harder for spurious claims to be made”.
The Courts have just widened significantly the circumstances under which someone can be compensated for injury. The case of Mr Dyer is unusual in that the victim drank himself into oblivion over a period of months after the shock of his wife dying on Christmas Day following a botched routine operation.