Saturday, February 09, 2008

Woman wins £3,500 whiplash award after taxi nudged at less than 5mph - The Scotsman

Woman wins £3,500 whiplash award after taxi nudged at less than 5mph - The Scotsman: "By GORDON CURRIE AND MICHAEL HOWIE
A MOTORIST has been ordered to pay £3,500 in compensation after nudging a taxi at a speed of less than five miles per hour.
Alana Baron, a lawyer, has been ordered to pay up despite the accident not leaving a mark on the other vehicle or 'affecting the pursuer's life in any way'.

Magistrate and charity runner Caroline Spencer, who was a passenger in the taxi, went to court to seek compensation after suffering whiplash in the low-speed accident.

Although she was able to return to work immediately and was back running two weeks later, a sheriff has now ruled that she should be paid £3,500.

The case has revived suggestions that a 'compensation culture' now exists in Scotland."

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