Personal Injury Claims

1. How many personal injury compensation claims were made against the council in the last five years, broken down by year and how the injury was sustained.

DateNumber of Claims
2013-14202
2014-15210
2015-16219
2016-17187
2017-18215

The disclosure of specific information relating to injuries sustained would potentially identify claimants. The identification of the claimant is personal data as defined by the Data Protection Act 2018 and disclosure of this information is therefore exempt pursuant to Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000”

2. How many were successful, and how much was claimed for each one?

DateNumber of Successful Claims
2013-1432
2014-1527
2015-1625
2016-1719
2017-1824

The disclosure of specific information relating to claim values can identify injuries and therefore identify the claimant. The identification of the claimant is personal data as defined by the Data Protection Act 2018 and disclosure of this information is therefore exempt pursuant to Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

3. How many were unsuccessful and how much was asked for in each one?

DateNumber of Unsuccessful Claims
2013-14167
2014-15189
2015-16194
2016-17168
2017-18177

The disclosure of specific information relating to claim values can identify injuries and therefore identify the claimant. The identification of the claimant is personal data as defined by the Data Protection Act 2018 and disclosure of this information is therefore exempt pursuant to Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

4. The largest amount successfully claimed and what it was for?

The disclosure of specific information relating to injury claims would potentially identify claimants; values of claims can identify injuries and dates of claims can further identify the claimant. The identification of the claimant is personal data as defined by the Data Protection Act 2018 and disclosure of this information is therefore exempt pursuant to Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

5. The largest amount claimed which was not successful and what it was for?

The disclosure of specific information relating to injury claims would potentially identify claimants; values of claims can identify injuries and dates of claims can further identify the claimant. The identification of the claimant is personal data as defined by the Data Protection Act 2018 and disclosure of this information is therefore exempt pursuant to Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

6. A summary of action taken following each successful claim.”

We are unable to supply this information under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 – ‘Cost of Compliance’.  In order to provide a summary of action taken following each successful claim, each individual file would need to be reviewed and the relevant information extracted.  On a conservative estimate of 15 minutes per file for each of the 127 successful claims, we estimate that this would take in the region of 31 hours to complete which exceeds the 18 hours public authorities are required to spend responding to FOI requests.