Belfast Telegraph

Judgment strikes a blow against blame culture

Editor's Viewpoint

While we take no delight in the obvious pain and anguish of Belfast teacher Margaret McErlean, who fell and broke her arm on an icy footpath while walking with pupils to a Nativity play practice, we feel that justice was done when the judge dismissed her claim for compensation.

He described her fall as an unfortunate accident, and said all activities carry a risk. This is a commonsense judgment which runs counter to the blame culture that argues someone else must be at fault for every accident. The teacher's accident was unfortunate, but that doesn't mean the school was failing in its duty of care to her.

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