£9k payout for man who trapped his thumb in sports centre door
DISMAYED parish councillors are reeling after a man who trapped his thumb in a door won a £9,131 compensation claim.
A door at the Waterwells Sports Centre in Quedgeley closed on the man's thumb during a sudden gust of wind.
Quedgeley parish councillors, who run the facility, learnt on Monday that their insurers agreed to fork out the huge sum of money.
It was quickly followed by another claim from a woman who says she hit her head on a slow-moving automatic door at the council-run Quedgeley Community Centre.
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Vice chairman Graham Smith said: "It is worrying really that people can make these claims.
"It is an unbelievable amount of money. We live in this compensation culture now where they say 'where's there's blame, there's a claim'. It's a shame."
Taxpayers will end up paying for an increase in the parish council's insurance premiums.
Councillor Smith added: "If we contest the claims, it could end up costing the parish council a lot of money, but if we accept liability it will obviously affect our insurance premiums so we are trapped really."
In the latest claim, the slow-moving automatic doors failed to reopen in time as the woman dashed out.
The incident happened a year ago and the parish council's insurers have decided to pay up. The amount the woman will receive has not yet been announced.
Parish clerk Peter Richardson said: "It is like having a gun to your head.
"This is a lady who tried to get out of automatic doors and they started to close when she hit her head on the door.
"There was a minor improvement made to the movement detectors on the door, but the lady has proceeded with a claim. The insurers have been dealing with this. They considered the evidence was that the injured person would be able to prove that we were responsible for the accident.
"We are amazed that it happened because thousands of people use that door and this is the only occasion that this has occurred."