News article published on: 20th June 2012
A man’s claim for £1million after he was slightly injured in a fracas with a Tube station employee was branded excessive and exaggerated by a High Court Judge who awarded him only £11,925.
Mr Leib Spektor, 58 was at Canada Water station with his bicycle in 2006. He was challenged by a tbe worker about where he had travelled from. The employee grabbed him and held him over some barriers causing minor neck and back injuries.
Mr Spektor attempted to claim for loss of marriage prospects and loss of job prospects, even though he had not worked in 10 years. Mr Spektor also wanted £40,000 for ready meals after claiming his injuries no longer enabled him to cook or to design a £300,000 in-flight entertainment game. He also attempted to claim for a trip to Thailand for massage treatment.
Deputy Judge Satinder Hunjan QC said that the claim of £1,062,000 was “wholly misconceived”. The judge said that his neck injuries would have cleared up in three weeks and back injuries in six months. London underground had offered him £18,000 to settle which he turned down. Because he refused an offer worth more than his award he may lose some or all of this awarded compensation in legal costs.
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