James Wood

TWO Interesting Questions…

I had a busy end of the year. I was travelling a lot and got to meet a heap of people. 
But I wanted to share a couple of questions that I got asked over the December period.

1. The first one was about Compo. I was at a site and a person said to me that “If you get hurt at work you receive Compo for it.” 

I decided to try and change this person’s view on compo so I asked them….
“How much would you take never to be able to walk again?”

My jaw dropped when this person said…
“I’d take $250,000.00” he said “That would pay off my house and I could buy a new Landcruiser.”

I waited for a second to see if he was joking (He wasn’t) and then I said to him “Are you serious?” (He was).

I tried to make him understand that after he paid his house off and bought his new Landcruiser he would have limited or no employment opportunities, he might be in constant pain, he would not be able to do the things he does now and he might have to pay other people to do things for him!

This is the frustrating thing about Compensation, some people don’t realise that there is no amount of money that will make up for the way an injury changes your life!

2. The second question is one I have mentioned before, I had a guy say to me “Because your legs don’t work have you ever thought about getting them cut off?”

I said to this person

“No… I’d be pretty pissed off if they cut my legs off then came up with a cure for spinal cord injury.”

Thought these were worth sharing.

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