This is rather rich

A high-earning HR consultant is fighting for £4.2m in damages after she fractured her wrist tripping over a rope outside one of London’s best-known gastropubs.
Carmen Mazo, 43, was hurt when she stumbled over a low-lying beer garden marker rope at Notting Hill’s The Westbourne, which is run by the artist Sebastian Boyle.
She says the August 2009 injury destroyed her career and that her wrist scars have left her fearing being branded a self-harmer. She is claiming the damages payout in a case now set to go before three senior judges.

The damages should be whatever she has lost from the negligence, of course. But it’s difficult to see how a broken wrist is going to lead to the loss of a career spouting bullshit really.

Be interesting to see what the court says next. So far it’s only that she is allowed to argue for the larger damages one level up.

14 thoughts on “This is rather rich”

  1. I expect the usual suspects will get a few columns out of CiF on how her fear of being accused of self harm is another ‘stigma’ on mental illness…

  2. If she’s a looker and good at the flannel or has a nannying manner and a stern voice the drooling/dribbling judiciary will probably give her whatever she asks for.

  3. if the court were allowed to award exemplary damages – in this case at least £4.2m – against vexatious litigants making spurious claims and their legal representatives perhaps ridiculous actions like this would cease.

  4. So some parasite, presumably pissed, trips over a marker rope and demands ££££££££m in damages?

    That’s every cricket ground in the country fucked if she wins then.

  5. as I understand it she’s already been awarded £150k but has gambled on getting even more in a higher court; millions of quid because she has some scarring on her wrist seems a bit much though.

  6. Highly paid lawyer says woman who was lucky to get 150k should employ more highly paid lawyers to have a go at extracting more money – for lawyers.

  7. So some parasite, presumably pissed, trips over a marker rope and demands ££££££££m in damages?

    I don’t have a problem with the claim in itself. Some overpriced wannabe hipster joint decides it’s going to be all cool and trendy and have designated eating areas (or whatever) then they should put up a proper barrier, rather than something at ankle height. Or they should just run a normal restaurant instead of trying to combine what passes for dining in the UK with “getting totally wasted while stood up” which the Brits tend to excel at, in which case there wouldn’t be a requirement to separate the beer garden with something else. At least at cricket grounds the rope serves a universal purpose.

    The wrist scarring thing is horseshit, though.

  8. So Much For Subtlety

    An HR consultant? I don’t see how a broken wrist would hurt her career. But I read that as a PR consultant at first and sympathised. After all, with a broken wrist she would have to revert to blow jobs to get favorable press.

    Hipster “gastropub” run by someone called Sebastian? I am sure most people would say the only downside is that both can’t lose.

  9. An HR consultant? I don’t see how a broken wrist would hurt her career.

    Given that everyone I have come across, bar one, who worked in HR was a complete wanker, I’d say a broken wrist would set her career back years.

  10. Bravefart calls it right. This is a brazen rip-off.

    A few hundred to teach the gastropod to think twice before setting trip wires –max. Donated to charity not the “complainant” And a stern warning from the Judge about trying to scam using the court system. And 100 hours community service –to be served as a waitress in the same pub.

    That’s what I call Equity.

  11. A few hundred to teach the gastropod to think twice before setting trip wires –max. Donated to charity not the “complainant” And a stern warning from the Judge about trying to scam using the court system. And 100 hours community service –to be served as a waitress in the same pub.

    Bwah-hah!

  12. What upsets me about this story is not the amount being sought by the plaintiff. Rather, it’s that the expression “high-earning HR consultant” is not being met with projectile vomiting.

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