Compensation culture in schools: a misunderstanding

By Malcolm Underhill

For many years it has been the case that those injured, due to the fault of others, are entitled to compensation. This principle is not questioned, but there are groups who appear to consider this principle is being exploited, to the extent that Britain has a ‘compensation culture’.

Certainly, this phrase is frequently trotted out, ostensibly stigmatising those who are exercising a legal right. In these circumstances, usage is unfair, verging on discrimination against the injured.

The Daily Mail recently reported on a teacher injured at work. The headlines were that the teacher slipped on a tomato ketchup sachet, for which they were awarded £230,000. For the newspaper, these were the key issues, not the harm caused or long-term effects of a teacher injured…

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