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Unfairly Treated Diplomat Wins £320,000 Damages

Published on: 06 June 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Unfairly Treated Diplomat Wins £320,000 Damages

A former senior diplomat has won £320,000 compensation from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) after the High Court ruled that he was unjustifiably removed from his prestigious overseas posting on the basis of an unfounded allegation.

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Secondary Victim Claim Fails

Published on: 27 May 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

When a woman who had been injured in an accident at work, from which she seemed to be making a good recovery, collapsed and died three weeks after the accident as a result of a deep-vein thrombosis and a pulmonary embolism which were related to her accident, her family claimed successfully against her employer.

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Payment for Services May Not Imply Employment Relationship

Published on: 21 May 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Payment for Services May Not Imply Employment Relationship

In a ruling which underlines that payment for services does not necessarily imply the existence of an employment relationship, a court has decided that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) could not be held vicariously liable for the negligent act of a prisoner who was paid £11.55-a-week in respect of his work in the jail’s kitchen.

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'Missing' Employers - Compensation For Mesothelioma Sufferers on the Way

Published on: 19 May 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

'Missing' Employers - Compensation For Mesothelioma Sufferers on the Way

Mesothelioma sufferers who cannot trace their former employers or employers' insurers will be able to claim compensation once a new Bill has been enacted.

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Employers Must Take Precautionary Approach to Health and Safety

Published on: 15 May 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Employers Must Take Precautionary Approach to Health and Safety

The tough obligations placed upon employers by health and safety regulations have been underlined by a case in which a police constable won compensation after cutting her thumb whilst dismantling a cannabis factory.

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Shop Worker Death Leads to Settlement

Published on: 06 May 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

The husband of a former Woolworths employee who died of an asbestos-related disease in 2010 has won compensation from the defunct retailer’s insurers.

Betty Westhead had worked at the Woolworths shop in Durham for 35 years, until 1982, and it was alleged that she was exposed to asbestos during this period.

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Pothole Crash Leaves Council Facing Huge Damages Bill

Published on: 29 April 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Pothole Crash Leaves Council Facing Huge Damages Bill

In a case which underlines the ‘absolute’ duty owed by local authorities to ensure that roads are regularly inspected and maintained in a safe condition for drivers, a council is facing a multi-million-pound compensation bill after a pothole on a rural lane contributed to an accident in which two people suffered catastrophic injuries.

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Rail Worker Wins Compensation for Vibrating Tools Injury

Published on: 18 April 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Rail Worker Wins Compensation for Vibrating Tools Injury

A Network Rail worker who was left with permanent damage to his hands after working with vibrating tools for many years has won an undisclosed amount in compensation.

Kevin Thornton, 48, worked for Network Rail and its predecessors for more than 22 years as an engineer and bricklayer.

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Cosmetic Surgery – Better Consumer Protection on the Way

Published on: 11 April 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Cosmetic Surgery – Better Consumer Protection on the Way

Following a series of claims relating to substandard medical practice in cosmetic surgery, the Cosmetic Surgery (Minimum Standards) BillCosmetic Surgery (Minimum Standards) Bill is now working its way through Parliament.

The Bill creates new protections for those who use the services of cosmetic surgeons.

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Party Host Not Liable for Catastrophic Injuries

Published on: 09 April 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

In a decision which will resonate with any parent, the High Court has ruled that a father who hosted a garden party for his teenage daughter, during which a young guest broke his neck whilst attempting to belly-flop into a paddling pool, did not breach the duty of care he owed the accident victim.

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Avoidable Slip Costs Holiday Giant

Published on: 24 March 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Avoidable Slip Costs Holiday Giant

A holidaymaker who was knocked unconscious after she slipped on water that had leaked from an air conditioning unit has won £37,000 in compensation from tour operator Thomas Cook.

Sylvia McNicholl, 49, was on a family holiday at a hotel in Tenerife in May 2008 when the accident happened.

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Lawyers Win £4.5 Million for ‘Locked In’ Boy Aged 7

Published on: 20 March 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Lawyers Win £4.5 Million for ‘Locked In’ Boy Aged 7

Lawyers representing a seven-year-old boy who has been ‘trapped in his own body’ by devastating birth injuries have achieved a £4.5 million settlement of his clinical negligence claim against the NHS. Although the boy’s intellectual capacity is believed to be largely intact, he suffers from acute cerebral palsy affecting all four limbs and his ability to communicate is severely impaired.

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Wood Allergy Claim Settles

Published on: 19 March 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Wood Allergy Claim Settles

A former joiner has won a five-figure sum in damages after he developed an allergy to a type of hardwood that could have been fatal.

Brian Ogden worked for a joinery firm run by his brother for over twenty years.

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Injured Company Director Cannot be Compensated for His Own Failings

Published on: 14 March 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Injured Company Director Cannot be Compensated for His Own Failings

In an important ruling for employers and the insurance industry, a sole director and shareholder who sued his own company after his finger was sliced off in a workplace accident has had his compensation hopes dashed.

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Fatal Accidents Law ‘Discriminates Against Cohabitees'

Published on: 07 March 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

A mother who was denied compensation after her partner was killed in a workplace accident is fighting a landmark legal battle to change an 'out-dated' law which made it impossible for her to win her case.

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'Routine Operation' Leads to Compensation

Published on: 02 June 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

'Routine Operation' Leads to Compensation

A former nurse who had to give up her job after a routine operation went badly wrong has won a six-figure sum in compensation.

Donna Bowett, from Kidderminster, went for surgery at the Alexander Hospital in Redditch, which is managed by the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

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Health and Safety Rules Tougher than Common Law

Published on: 23 May 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

In a ruling which underlines that the tough requirements of health and safety rules can be substantially more stringent than duties imposed at common law, the Court of Appeal has upheld a £58,000 damages claim by a jockey who was seriously injured in a fall at Cheltenham racecourse.

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Injured Thief Fails in Damages Claim Against Accomplice

Published on: 19 May 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Injured Thief Fails in Damages Claim Against Accomplice

In a ruling which re-asserts the maxim that no one should be compensated for the consequences of their own criminal act, a thief who sued his accomplice after he was catastrophically injured in a fall from the back of their getaway vehicle has had his compensation hopes dashed by the Court of Appeal.

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Food Poisoning - Tour Operator Liable

Published on: 16 May 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Food Poisoning - Tour Operator Liable

A woman whose holiday was ruined by a salmonella infection has won £22,000 in damages.

Stacey Sewell, 32, was on an all inclusive package holiday with her family at a four star hotel in Gran Canaria when she contracted the bug.

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‘Secondary Victim’ of Clinical Negligence Wins £150,000

Published on: 15 May 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

In a unique settlement that makes clear that ‘secondary victims’ of negligence can also be compensated for their suffering, lawyers have secured a £150,000 pay-out for a widower who ‘drank himself into oblivion’ due to the trauma of witnessing his wife's final hours in hospital.

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Mum Liable for Putting Child on ‘Wrong Booster Cushion’

Published on: 30 April 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

In a tragic cautionary tale for all parents of young children, an 'excellent and caring mother' who put her three-year-old daughter on an unsuitable car booster cushion prior to a road accident has been held 25% responsible for the girl’s catastrophic injuries.

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Birth Injuries Boy, Aged 7, Wins £8.5 Million from NHS

Published on: 21 April 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Birth Injuries Boy, Aged 7, Wins £8.5 Million from NHS

Lawyers representing a seven-year-old boy who was born catastrophically disabled due to what was alleged to have been a ‘catalogue of errors’ by midwives, has won an NHS compensation package worth £8.5 million.

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Court Rules on Non-Party Costs Orders Test Case

Published on: 14 April 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Following the Court of Appeal’s ruling in a case of vital importance to the legal profession, solicitors’ firms will have to exercise extreme caution in providing financial support to impecunious clients to enable them to engage in litigation.

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Baggage Handler Wins Settlement for Broken Back

Published on: 10 April 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Baggage Handler Wins Settlement for Broken Back

A baggage handler at Stansted airport who suffered a serious back injury when his airport luggage trolley was hit by another vehicle has won his battle for compensation.

Mick Draper, 68, had worked for air cargo company Swissport for 10 years prior to the accident in March 2009.

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Pothole Fall Leads to £1 Million Settlement

Published on: 27 March 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Pothole Fall Leads to £1 Million Settlement

A man who tripped in a pothole and sustained brain damage as a result has been awarded a settlement of £1 million following the decision of the court that the local council was to blame.

 A reduction of 27.5 per cent was applied to the claim in respect of the man's contributory negligence.

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Heart Operation Boy, 13, Wins £7.3 Million

Published on: 21 March 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Heart Operation Boy, 13, Wins £7.3 Million

A 13-year-old boy stricken by profound disabilities which his lawyers blamed on a medical mishap at a leading heart hospital when he was a few days old will have a £7.3 million compensation package funded by the NHS.

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Birth Cerebral Palsy Girl, 14, wins £5 Million

Published on: 19 March 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Birth Cerebral Palsy Girl, 14, wins £5 Million

Lawyers representing a 14-year-old girl who suffered profound brain damage during her birth in an NHS maternity unit - after a doctor was allegedly delayed in coming to her aid by a locked security door – have settled her clinical negligence claim for a compensation package worth £5 million.

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Fatal Accidents Dependency Rule Does Not Violate Human Rights

Published on: 18 March 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

A mother who was denied compensation after her partner was killed in a workplace accident because their relationship had not been subsisting for two years has failed to persuade the Court of Appeal that the requirement contained within section 1(3)(b) of the Fatal Accidents Act 1976Fatal Accidents Act 1976 discriminates against cohabitees and is incompatible with human rights.

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Power Station Worker Receives Mesothelioma Settlement

Published on: 10 March 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Power Station Worker  Receives Mesothelioma Settlement

A former power station worker has secured compensation after he developed the asbestos-related disease mesothelioma.

The 77-year-old man worked at a power station in the North East between 1964 and 1991. He first worked as a cleaner, then as a fitter’s mate and later went on to work as a driver.

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Court Rules on Petting Farm E.Coli Outbreak

Published on: 27 February 2013 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Court Rules on Petting Farm E.Coli Outbreak

The owner of an animal petting farm where a number of young visitors were infected with a potentially fatal strain of E. Coli bacteria must face up alone to a substantial damages claim by twin brothers who ended up in hospital.

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