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Door Supervisor Training Organisations Face Liability Claim Risk

Conflict Protect : 28 June, 2010  (Technical Article)
Conflict Protect advises on the vulnerability of training organisations to the risk of liability in claims against door supervisors
Trainers invest a great deal of time in passing on the safest possible physical intervention techniques. Unfortunately this does not always protect them from the significant costs of defending challenges to the safety of the teaching methods used.

Peter Hattersley of specialist insurer, Conflict Protect comments: "When someone suffers an injury as a result of ejection from licensed premises a public liability claim against the door supervisor or management of the venue cannot be ruled out. However, the buck doesn't always stop there. The insurers acting for the management will often attempt to pass the liability onto the trainer of the door supervisor by alleging that the techniques trained to the venue staff were the primary cause."

However remote the connection might be the simple fact of making the allegation creates a situation that needs to be defended, which in itself is an expensive process. Should the case get to court these costs will escalate and on occasion have been known to exceed half a million pounds just to protect the trainer's reputation.

"In many cases these costs are irrecoverable, even where the trainer is totally blameless. Fortunately a correctly arranged professional indemnity policy, purchased at a modest premium, will reimburse these costs and ensure that quality advice is available to the trainer throughout the defence process," he says.

Given that personal injury lawyers are advertising for work from anyone who perceives that they have suffered harm in such circumstances it is easy to see how claims costs may escalate in the future.

Professional indemnity insurance is widely required by many local authorities and colleges as an integral part of their terms of engagement, so on a number of fronts trainers should ensure that they have adequate insurance protection.
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