In a guideline decision which gives succour to victims of violent crime, a tribunal has boosted the compensation hopes of a former bus driver who endured years of disabling mental illness after he was attacked by two fare-dodgers.
Those who lie about accidents in an attempt to win compensation are a blight on the insurance industry and honest policyholders alike. In one case, the High Court imposed suspended prison sentences on a man who dishonestly claimed to have tripped over an uneven kerbstone and two of his friends who supported his story.
Employers are not legally permitted to delegate their duties to keep their staff safe – even if they are working in challenging environments overseas. In one case which makes that point, the family of an investment banker who died when a helicopter crashed into the Andes have won the right to multi-million-pound compensation.
It is the duty of local authorities to step in to protect children at risk – however, such powers have to be exercised under the supervision of the courts. In one case which illustrated the point, a troubled 14-year-old girl was awarded damages of £17,500 for a catalogue of council failures which violated her human rights.
Victims of medical negligence can win compensation for their injuries decades after the event and no matter how complex their cases may be. The family of one young man found that out when lawyers succeeded in winning him £3.9 million in damages 14 years after he suffered a catastrophic seizure.
In a decision which is bound to cause consternation in the motor insurance industry, the Court of Appeal has overturned the UK’s long-standing ban on compensation being paid to those who are injured whilst being carried in vehicles which they know, or ought to know, are being used in the course of or furtherance of crime.
Lawyers representing an eight-year-old girl who lives in constant pain, and has to be fed through a tube, due to admitted errors by hospital staff before her birth have succeeded in winning her a multi-million-pound compensation settlement from the NHS.
In a case which puts into high relief potential conflicts between UK and European law, the Department for Transport (DfT) is challenging a judge’s ruling that it must compensate a drug dealer who was gravely injured in a road accident.
A nurse who lost the career she loved after a botched flu jab left her with a virtually useless left arm has won more than £500,000 in damages from the NHS. The injection, administered by a colleague at the prison where she worked, caused damage to the woman’s radial nerve, resulting in chronic regional pain syndrome.
A young man who was left needing care for life after being starved of oxygen in an ambulance following his premature birth at a hospital which lacked full emergency obstetric facilities has won a £6.9 million compensation package from the NHS.
In an extremely rare, if not unique, example of an ‘automatism’ defence being raised in a civil compensation case, a businessman claims that he was 'sleep-driving' when he caused a motorway pile-up - seriously injuring a promising student.
In a case which will be of interest to anyone suffering the after-effects of witnessing traumatic events, a nurse is suing the NHS for £250,000 to compensate her for the psychiatric injuries she suffered on watching her pregnant sister die following an admitted hospital blunder.
A top plastic surgeon has succeeded in fending off a £50,000 damages claim brought by a disgruntled patient who bitterly complained that a ‘tummy tuck’ operation had left her with a scar which was visible above her bikini line.
More than a decade after the NHS was rocked by the 'Bristol heart baby' scandal, a man in his 20s has won £1 million compensation for his life-long injuries. The man is one of the last, if not the last, victim of the notorious spate of allegedly negligent paediatric surgery at Bristol Royal Infirmary to have his case settled.
In a decision which will be welcomed by the insurance industry as a major boost to its fight to root out fraud, the Supreme Court has ruled that an insurance company that agreed to settle a personal injury claim for almost £135,000 was entitled to tear up the deal after the full extent of the claimant’s deceit became apparent.
In an important decision of which charities and religious bodies should take careful note, the Court of Appeal has underlined that they can be held legally liable for the misdeeds of volunteers as well as paid employees.
It can take many years before the long-term consequences of negligence become fully apparent. However, a case in which a teenager won a £985,000 compensation down-payment less than two years after a devastating road accident shows that the law can move much faster than you might think.
‘Compensation culture’ is a favourite phrase of those who have little understanding of the law. In one case which proves the point, a man who fell into a castle moat due to the absence of a warning sign has won the right to very substantial damages.
A teenager who was born seriously disabled has won the right to full compensation following a landmark Supreme Court ruling, which underlined the right of patients to choose for themselves whether or not to undergo potentially hazardous procedures.
A finance professional whose reputation, health and working life were blighted when he was listed as a 'most wanted' man in a police press release, and his photograph made its way onto the front page of a newspaper, has won £67,750 damages.
Following a marathon legal struggle, a woman who almost drowned during a school swimming lesson when she was aged 10 has won the right to multi-million-pound compensation after a judge ruled that negligence on the part of her teacher and a lifeguard caused her lifelong injuries.
A man who says that he can only enjoy sado-masochistic sex after he was abused as a child has won an important victory in his fight for substantial compensation. In the first case of its kind, the Upper Tribunal (UT) ruled that the man's 'disorder of sexual preference' was capable of amounting to 'a disabling mental illness'.
A soldier who underwent surgery in the hope of a cure for his loud snoring – but who ended up a contracting a virulent hospital infection which wrecked his life – has won more than £1.5 million in compensation from the NHS for his injuries.
A veteran judge praised a mother for showing him the brighter side of human nature as he approved a £4 million compensation payout to her teenage son, who was left facing a lifetime of acute disability as a result of oxygen starvation during his birth.
In a heart-rending case which shows that proof of negligence is not always enough, a girl whose premature birth was delayed by half an hour will go uncompensated after a judge ruled that the hold-up did not cause her lifelong disabilities.
In a case of crucial importance to anyone whose work brings them into contact with potentially harmful substances, five chemical industry employees who developed an allergy to aluminium salts have had their compensation hopes dashed after the High Court ruled that they had not suffered any 'actionable injury'.
In a crushing blow to the cohort of children injured by their mothers’ substance abuse during pregnancy, a seven-year-old girl who was born gravely disabled due to her mother’s pre-natal consumption of huge quantities of alcohol has had her compensation hopes dashed by the Court of Appeal.