A teacher has been awarded £150,000 after she lost her voice trying to make herself heard in the classroom.Bad news, indeed. Bad for her, and bad for the local ratepayers who are now forced to compensate her.
Joyce Walters damaged her vocal cords straining to raise her volume above the clamour coming from a nearby playground.
But this gets my ‘WTF?’ of the month:
Joanne Jefferies, a specialist in workplace injuries at law firm Irwin Mitchell who represented Mrs Walters, added: ‘Despite attempts to raise her concerns with her employer, she was ignored and it has resulted in this terrible, life-altering injury.’Excuse me?
Life-altering in what way?
‘I have to think twice about day-to-day things, like speaking on the phone.’Now, not to belittle or diminish the injury she has suffered, but I’d reserve that description for people blinded or paralysed, missing limbs or suffering hugely disfiguring injuries.
Not those unable to raise their voice….