West Law Report

Shit happens

Posted in cause of action, Measure of damages by mrkooenglish on May 14, 2008

Professor Slapper explains what kind of accidents can be compensated:

In 1993, the Court of Appeal ruled in a case about an assistant nurse who had been injured when she bashed into a bedside locker at Winwick hospital in Warrington. Lord Justice Hoffmann said that just because she was injured in a bad accident while on her employer’s premises didn’t mean she would automatically win. She had to show that the accident was caused by the fault of the hospital. Hoffmann said: “Not every accident is somebody’s fault”, adding, “In my judgment there was no evidence to show that the hospital’s arrangement of the furniture was negligent.”

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