Compensation culture is a sad sign of the times

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It was a great party.

Her friend’s parents were away – and their posh house in Surrey had a swimming pool.

Kylie Grimes had drunk a few glasses of wine and, along with several other teens, she joined in the fun in the pool.

But during a dive, she hit the bottom head-first – with such force she broke a vertebrae in her neck and lost the use of her arms and legs.

Five years later, Kylie, now 23, has spent much time and money attempting to sue her friend’s father, David Hawkins. He wasn’t there; he had no idea the party was taking place. But she thought he owed her £6 million in compensation because there were no signs by the pool, warning against diving.

Lawyers said there was no such legal requirement – and the judge ruled in favour of common-sense.

He threw out the claim, saying Kylie was an adult who did something knowing there was an obvious risk.

I note Kylie now faces another court battle; she’s suing the hospital which presumably saved her life. What happened to her was a tragedy, but isn’t she also a victim of compensation culture? The urge to blame someone else, rather than admit the fault was yours?

The accident was of Kylie’s own making. She should be suing herself (it probably won’t be long before law firms offer you the opportunity. On a no win, no fee basis, of course).

Too many think that their world should be wrapped in cotton wool by Someone Responsible – so that they don’t have to be – and so they can turn around and lay blame when they find the water in the hot tap was too hot. Can we no longer accept culpability for our own mistakes?