Teacher awarded €280,000 after slipping on ketchup sachet
A teacher in the UK has been awarded €280,000 compensation payout after slipping on a ketchup sachet.
The bumper settlement was part of more than €1.2m of compensation payments made to injured teachers by Essex County Council over the past three years.
The unnamed male teacher had been walking towards the staff room in the secondary school where he worked when he slipped on an “unspecified gooey substance” causing severe injury.
It has now emerged the substance was tomato ketchup.
The bizarre claim was revealed in a Freedom of Information request – although the school in which the incident took place has yet to be revealed.
The male teacher was said to have been seriously injured when he stepped in the 'gooey substance' later revealed to be ketchup.
The accident occurred on March 18, 2008, but a claim was not submitted until March 10, 2011 – just eight days before the legal time limit for personal injury claims was due to run out on the case.
Experts advised the council the claim could have cost more than €600,000 if taken to trial due to mounting legal fees.