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Sued over cuts and grazes: Schools rip out playgrounds as compensation claims soar
Sunday Express (UK) ^ | Sun., April 14, 2013 | David Paul

Posted on 04/14/2013 1:49:00 AM PDT by Olog-hai

Schools have begun ripping out swings and slides from playgrounds because they can no longer afford huge compensation payouts when children suffer minor cuts and grazes. The claims have become so common that even school trips to the seaside are being canceled in case pupils injure themselves while paddling in the sea and their parents then sue.

Education authorities face big bills even if a child is hurt while defying school rules by climbing walls or trees.

Lawyers all over the country are fueling the problem by offering parents no-win no-fee deals. Some firms have even set up telephone hotlines to encourage parents to sue.

Schools are often advised to settle out of court without contesting claims up to £12,000 ($18,410) just to save on legal costs. Teachers and school caretakers are joining the gravy train by also making huge claims. More than £4 million ($6.14 million) was paid out to staff last year. …

(Excerpt) Read more at express.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: ambulancechasers; compensation; lawfare; playgrounds; tortreform; torts

1 posted on 04/14/2013 1:49:01 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Make the student’s parents or guardians sign release forms at the beginning of the year before they can use the ‘playground facilities’ at the school, agreeing not to hold the school liable for such things. ....Problem solved.

Sure the local attorneys will throw a bitch fit, because they’ll have one less revenue stream, fleecing the tax payers.


2 posted on 04/14/2013 1:55:22 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Olog-hai

It’s those 99% is scumbag attorneys that give the 1% of good ones a bad rap


3 posted on 04/14/2013 1:56:48 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Olog-hai
Make Schools the 'Property of the Crown'.
You can't sue the Crown.
Solved.
4 posted on 04/14/2013 2:05:43 AM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day. liberals and logic: Never confuse the two! Hi MI# !)
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To: KoRn

How do you prevent children from using the equipment during non-school hours?


5 posted on 04/14/2013 2:08:11 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Olog-hai

Trial lawyers and Democrats are joined at the hip. Their major goal in life is to gouge themselves at the public trough.


6 posted on 04/14/2013 2:18:05 AM PDT by monocle
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To: Olog-hai
"Schools have begun ripping out swings and slides from playgrounds because they can no longer afford huge compensation payouts when children suffer minor cuts and grazes"

Plus it helps give them that more appropriate "prison look" which is more in line with the progressive vision of the future for mankind.
7 posted on 04/14/2013 2:20:56 AM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: Olog-hai

This is why so many modern kids are fat pasty little slugs with deficient immune systems.


8 posted on 04/14/2013 2:26:15 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Olog-hai

Douchebag lawyers are destroying civilized countries left and right.


9 posted on 04/14/2013 2:58:37 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
I agree. Although my generation didn't have Play Station and X-Box . This generation does and try getting those '' fat pasty little slugs'' off their butts to go outside and ride a bike or play a pick-up game of baseball(do kids even do that anymore?) I blame it on eliminating gym class and banning that once glorious , character developing , living metaphor for life game , ''Dodge Ball''. By God that's what these kids need! Learn to run, dodge and weave yourself against your opponents as they try to nail you and when you've got possession of the ball you hit hard, hit fast and hit often(as Admiral William F. "Bull'' Halsey used to say).
10 posted on 04/14/2013 3:05:54 AM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Olog-hai

The lawyers are paralyzing the country. Everyone of our children has been injured in some way at school..In PE or on the playground and we would not have dreamed of suing the school because lessons come from the minor injuries children go through as they grow up. Corrupt lawyers are a blight on our society.


11 posted on 04/14/2013 3:34:00 AM PDT by jazzlite (esat)
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To: jazzlite

Wasn’t it Shakespear that said, “Kill all the lawyers”.......

Well, I don’t see that happening anytime soon but it might be a place to start. Personally, I would avoid that avenue of revenge.


12 posted on 04/14/2013 4:12:02 AM PDT by DaveA37 (I'm for HONEST government)
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To: Olog-hai

1. Decent people should make an effort to get on both civil and criminal juries so that we can reject all frivolous lawsuits and nullify all laws that exceed the proper authority of government.

2. Decent people should reject all settlement offers in frivolous lawsuits. We should make the vultures work for every stolen pound or dollar under these “strict liability” lawsuits. We should appeal and delay so that the greedy scum filing the lawsuit dies of old age before collecting, and so that the bratty baby with the scraped knee is a geezer in hospice care by the time his check comes through if he does win. It may be cheaper in any given case to settle, but a policy of fighting to the death (of the sleazy lawyer too) would be cheaper overall as the scums would move on to other victims or perhaps to productive work.

3. We need (finally!) to repeal strict liability laws. Torts should require a significant level of negligence, not just an “oh, dear, the little boy scraped his knee/toes while playing/swimming, and someone should pay”, or “she slipped on the ice in a snowstorm so the store whose property she was on should pay for a life of luxury”. I’ve known decent lawyers who prosecute real criminals or go after genuine reckless actions, and I approve of their work, but the crooked lawyers disgust me.


13 posted on 04/14/2013 4:25:05 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: ScottinVA

> Douchebag lawyers are destroying civilized countries left and right.

Makes you feel bad for the good ones out there who actually exact justice when someone has really been wronged. The bad ones have caused prices of products to soar to include future perceived litigation costs or to pay for past lawsuits.


14 posted on 04/14/2013 4:28:16 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: monocle
Trial lawyers and Democrats are joined at the hip.

This story is about what's happening in the UK not the US.

15 posted on 04/14/2013 4:34:52 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: Olog-hai

Let the parents take their kids to playgrounds themselves and supervise them, instead of farming the job out to the state like nearly every other aspect of parenting. And let the lawyers collect unemployment.


16 posted on 04/14/2013 5:04:08 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: Olog-hai

This is a chilling reminder that you get what you vote for. Please pray we can learn from the experiences of these fools.


17 posted on 04/14/2013 5:09:36 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: jmaroneps37

history tells us that we won’t.


18 posted on 04/14/2013 5:12:02 AM PDT by sport
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To: Olog-hai

...and soon the schools will shut down - or become something like a scene in “The Wall” and those parents will be forced to home school their children...and bring down another striving institution that is actually performing better than the public one!


19 posted on 04/14/2013 5:42:40 AM PDT by BCW (I'm searching for John Galt)
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To: FatherofFive

Amen - the only time I’m a one percenter...also makes it very difficult here in Texas to do any sort of marketing (I do small business setups, estate planning, etc. - no plaintiff work).


20 posted on 04/14/2013 5:54:50 AM PDT by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: Olog-hai

America has come to Brit land


21 posted on 04/14/2013 5:56:03 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....History is a process, not an event)
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To: jsanders2001

-—— the good ones——

There are no good ones.

There is guilt by association. For every lawsuit brought by a plaintiff, there is a defense lawyer.


22 posted on 04/14/2013 5:58:02 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....History is a process, not an event)
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To: All

The same lawyer-jury problems exist in all other areas (besides schools) to settle and raises business and insurance costs: car insurance, workers compensation and unemployment insurance, health insurance, property liability and fire insurance, etc. People on the take and lawyers are predators overwhelming the investigators and working folks.


23 posted on 04/14/2013 6:27:33 AM PDT by RHS Jr (Pity the banksters when Jesus comes)
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To: Olog-hai

That explains why recess has gone the way of the dinosaur.


24 posted on 04/14/2013 6:39:50 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Olog-hai

Ah, in the good old days...

If we DIDN’T come back into class after recess dirty, sweaty, and a little pummeled... we weren’t doing it right.

I hate that it’s become a gravy train for the “gimme class”.


25 posted on 04/14/2013 7:56:19 AM PDT by moovova
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To: KoRn

Some courts ignore liability releases. They claim no one can waive their rights. And since the law is ‘self-regulating’, they get away with that crap.


26 posted on 04/14/2013 7:58:29 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (Liberals are like locusts...)
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To: jmacusa
...play a pick-up game of baseball(do kids even do that anymore?)

You bet they do. Our son is 22 and he and his buddies have always been outdoors playing pick-up and league games of hockey, baseball, football, soccer, basketball and la crosse as well as heading to the mountains for long days of snow-boarding. During breaks at home, you'll still find them outside playing rough sports.

We didn't have a single video game in the house until he was 16 and we finally relented and let him get an XBox his two older sisters complained loudly how "unfair" we were. But he quickly grew bored with the XBox, sold it after a couple years, and didn't miss it one bit.

27 posted on 04/14/2013 7:59:16 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: 0.E.O
This story is about what's happening in the UK not the US.

Trial lawyers have taken a lot of the fun out of life for young people in this country as well.

At public parks and in school yards, jungle gyms, merry-go-rounds, teeter-totters and metal slides have largely disappeared. One can still find swings, but they don't seem to be as high as before.

Diving boards have also vanished from swimming pools. Even large institutions such as high schools, which can afford Olympic-size swimming pools do not install diving boards. And even private homes don't have them because the insurance is too expensive. The disappearance of diving boards may be a major reason why the US no longer dominates in diving at the Summer Olympics, a sport that it had dominated for decades.

28 posted on 04/14/2013 8:16:51 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Olog-hai

i was goofing on the jungle gym in 3rd grade, slipped and fell. fortunately, as my mom said, i hit my head on the lower rung before crashing to the asphalt. no stitches, no lawsuits, was ready to go back to class by the time my mom saw the nurse. i got a good talking to from mom and dad about being careless. and the girl wasn’t impressed.


29 posted on 04/14/2013 9:36:19 AM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government shoud fear us.)
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To: bravo whiskey

If the girl wasn’t impressed, the fall certainly wasn’t worth the effort. :=)


30 posted on 04/14/2013 9:51:02 AM PDT by Bob
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To: Olog-hai; et al

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31 posted on 04/14/2013 2:31:01 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (You can have my lawyer after you pry my cold, dead fingers from around his neck.)
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To: jmacusa
Back then, kids didn't have much, And what they did have could hurt them. Good times.


32 posted on 04/14/2013 7:14:40 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (I think, therefore I am what I yam, and that's all I yam - "Popeye" Descartes)
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