UnCategorized Most of us, if faced with a back injury, might be forced to take some time off work to recuperate. It is hopefully unlikely that it would cost us, or rather our insurers, eleven million pounds. But that is the figure which, reportedly, Bono’s insurers have had to pay out after he slipped a disc in his back in May. The U2 frontman was dancing in an apparently over-vigorous manner during rehearsals and realised before long that he was losing the use of his legs. He underwent emergency surgery in Germany, but not in time to avoid the Irish supergroup having to cancel sixteen US dates as well as their headline appearance at Glastonbury in England, which was instead filled by Gorillaz. They are due to return to the stage on 6th August in Turin. As injury claims go, eleven million pounds (or eighteen million dollars) is a whopper, but what else would you expect from the world’s richest band? Essentially this boils down to a work injury claim, pretty much the same as if somebody injured their back picking a box off the floor at work. The band, as a business .modity, will be insured against anything affecting their ability to do their job properly (much the same as sporting stars insuring their body parts: many racing drivers, for example, insure their thumbs as without them they would be unable to drive the car properly). Without their charismatic and popular singer, the band felt that they would be unable to perform the shows to the best of their ability. It is unclear whether the injury claim awarded to Bono is to .pensate him personally for lost earnings or to help remunerate US fans (and those at Glastonbury) who bought tickets for the cancelled concerts. It is probably most likely that it is solely for the pain and suffering that Bono managed to inflict upon himself, while the lost revenue from the tour, and the price of repaying fans for the lost shows, will be handled by another policy. It’s fair to say that the band’s insurers must be having a few sleepless nights… The main difference between this case and standard injury claims is that the claimant must have been injured through another’s negligence or a breach of a duty of care. Although details of how Bono sustained his injury are not entirely clear, it seems conceivable that he hurt his back by himself: ie through no fault of another. This is why it is more of an insurance claim, where the appellant can be at fault, than a classic injury claim, where they cannot, at least not in the main. Regardless, many will be happy that the former Mr Paul Hewson is now back on his feet and ready to hit the road any day now. While I’m on the subject of injury claims at work: news reaches us that Eugene Anderson, the US lawyer who helped pioneer the laws pertaining to employer liability, has died of .plications from pneumonia. It was he who, when acting as the prosecution lawyer in an asbestos-related illness case, ruled that three disputing insurance .panies were all jointly responsible for covering the costs of a victim’s .pensation, and increased the scope of the timeframe within which sufferers can make a claim. It is thanks to his efforts that the rules surrounding employers’ liability are what they are today. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: