Injury Claims

Reference: 

886

Request detail: 

Dear Sir/Madam,

1. In the last three financial years (2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18) please provide me with (a) the number of settlements and (b) the total amount paid by the force as compensation to fire service personnel for injuries sustained while at work or as a result of their work duties. (c) Provide if possible a breakdown of the legal costs to the fire service associated with these claims.

2. For each payout that resulted in compensation of more than £5,000 being paid please provide me with (i) the amount of compensation, (ii) the costs associated with the claim and (iii) a one sentence summary of the nature of the successful claim against your service.

Note: The question relates to payments made in (2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18) regardless of when the incident took place or when the claim was lodged. If the settlement was made by your service's insurers it is still information "held" by your authority under the terms of the Act.

Response detail: 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request.

Please find below the responses to your questions.

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been handled, you can request an internal review by writing to Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Myers, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, St Michael’s Street, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 2HJ.

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

The Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Telephone: 08456 30 60 60 or 01625 54 57 45 Website: www.ico.gov.uk

 

1. In the last three financial years (2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18) please provide me with (a) the number of settlements and (b) the total amount paid by the force as compensation to fire service personnel for injuries sustained while at work or as a result of their work duties. (c) Provide if possible a breakdown of the legal costs to the fire service associated with these claims.

a) I can confirm that there were four settlements in the financial years requested.
b) £66,836.98
c)Total General Damages: £19,780.00

Total Third Party Solicitors fees: £37,021.98

Solicitors fees: £8,615.00

Total DWP fees: £1,420.00

2.For each payout that resulted in compensation of more than £5,000 being paid please provide me with (i) the amount of compensation, (ii) the costs associated with the claim and (iii) a one sentence summary of the nature of the successful claim against your service.Note: The question relates to payments made in (2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18) regardless of when the incident took place or when the claim was lodged. If the settlement was made by your service's insurers it is still information "held" by your authority under the terms of the Act.

This information is withheld under section 40 (2) of the FOI Act 2000 as disclosure would breach the first principle of the GDPR and also the Data Protection Act.  Because of the low number of claims, if provided it would be possible to identify an individual, using additional information already in the public domain and disclosure of the information may cause damage and distress to the individuals involved so would therefore be unfair to disclose it and contravene GDPR principle (a). Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 is absolute in its nature and supports this decision therefore this does not require a public interest test.

 

Information Released: 

Yes

Received: 

Wednesday, 13 March, 2019

Responded: 

Wednesday, 10 April, 2019

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