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Ankle sprain medic sues OAPs.

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Message 21 - posted by GrumpyOldGit, Mar 16, 2008

If it does turn out to be negligence on the part of the paramedic the pensioners might not have to pay.

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And if the medic is unsuccessful in his claim, will we see emergency crews refusing to leave their vehicles for fear of being injured and having no insurance cover?That's a very selfish attitude, Wandy. Everybody has a right to be safe at work, and that fact that paramedics are willing to go into people's homes (ie, un-controlled environments) should be something in their favour rather than something to beat them with.
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Message 22 - posted by wabbit, Mar 16, 2008

Grumpy, I'm not pulling the medics down, I have need of them regularly, the point I'm trying to make is, they should be Fully covered against injury from whatever cause, what if the pensioners are almost penniless, without insurance to cover a claim?

And what IF the medic had suffered servere spinal injuries and been left paralysed?

Surely these people need to be protected against the possibility of a lifetime in a wheelchair, or worse!

As I see it, it was an accident whilst working and as such should be covered by the NI contributions the paramedic makes, according to the article he was left with "a severely damaged ligament in his left ankle which has led to a loss of earnings", this is wrong and should not have happened.
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Message 23 - posted by GrumpyOldGit, Mar 16, 2008

Grumpy, I'm not pulling the medics down, I have need of them regularly ...

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So you are worried that they might refused to tend to you?

... the point I'm trying to make is, they should be Fully covered against injury from whatever cause, what if the pensioners are almost penniless, without insurance to cover a claim?

And what IF the medic had suffered servere spinal injuries and been left paralysed?

Surely these people need to be protected against the possibility of a lifetime in a wheelchair, or worse!

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Fair enough, but who's going to pay ... ?

As I see it, it was an accident whilst working and as such should be covered by the NI contributions the paramedic makes, according to the article he was left with "a severely damaged ligament in his left ankle which has led to a loss of earnings", this is wrong and should not have happened.

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Of course - the tax payer can foot the bill for the damage (potentially) caused by the pensioners broken light! <doh>

The medic's medical expenses will already be covered by his NI helping to fund the NHS. But what about his potential loss of salary, etc? Are you willing to pay the extra tax to cover such an insurance policy for ALL emergency worker? I very much doubt it.
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Message 24 - posted by wabbit, Mar 16, 2008

So you are worried that they might refused to tend to you?

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No fear of that at all, the medics are too professional for that.

Fair enough, but who's going to pay ... ?

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Anyone injured whilst 'at work' is entitled to sick pay, why did the medic not receive any?




BTW, the light was not 'broken', it simply 'cut out'
"The light was either faulty because of a lack of maintenance or had not been programmed correctly in that the light was not on for sufficient time to allow someone to walk along the driveway and reach the front door.

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The fact that the medic was "struggling to carry the "great big" stretcher on his own" may have been a contributary factor.

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Message 25 - posted by pompomwhiting, Mar 16, 2008

What I want to know. Can Pom get a no claims bonus?
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Message 26 - posted by VeryTrue, Mar 16, 2008


Anyone injured whilst 'at work' is entitled to sick pay, why did the medic not receive any?

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It does seem very strange, doesn't it? Since a paramedic is clearly in his working environment when such things happen, you would have thought that his employers' liability insurance would have to extend to cover him.
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