As the compensation culture continues to boom, local councils and other public sector organisations are being warned that gratuitous care claims could be the next emerging trend to increase the drain

In cases where an individual is injured, and nursing services are provided, by a relative for example, a claim could be made seeking to recover the costs of this voluntary care. This could include loss of wages or perceived worth of extra care provided. Although most claims of this nature have so far been against commercial organisations, there is a risk that the trend may spill over into the public sector.