Over the last four year period hospital staff in Wigan, have been awarded over £290,000 in accident at work compensation.
A freedom of information request by the Wigan Evening Post has revealed that between 2008 and 2012 the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, paid out a total of £290,569 to frontline staff injured whilst on duty.
In 2009 an employee was awarded £40,000 in compensation after suffering a fall, which was the highest amount awarded over the four years, closely followed by a payment of £32,395 given to a hospital worker who injured their back, while pushing a wheelchair bound patient.
Falls at work accounted for twenty seven claims, with payments ranging from £1,000 to £40,000, eight sharps injury claims were also reported, with the amount of damages being paid varying between £500 and £2,000.
The freedom of information request also revealed that three members of staff had been assaulted by patients while at work, with two being punched and one suffering neck and shoulder injuries after being grabbed.
The NHS Trust paid the first £10,000 of settled claims, with the NHS Litigation Authority being responsible for any amount over and above that figure.