Mesothelioma is still the biggest workplace killer in the UK

Mesothelioma is still the biggest workplace killer in the UK As World Cancer Day 2016 was globally marked recently, it materialised that Mesothelioma is still recognised as the biggest workplace killer here in the UK. February the 4th was the annual day that the world came together to acknowledge the disease (in its various shapes and forms) which remains amongst the most significant threats to society’s health, and wherever victims (and survivors) are located on planet earth. And as people from all walks of life observed this 24 hour window of opportunity to propel cancer at the top of the global agenda, in Britain we discovered that asbestos-related cancers pose the most prevalent of threats to the health and wellbeing of British employees. According to the latest figures compiled, in excess of 2,500 employees receive potentially devastating mesothelioma diagnosis each year, although symptoms themselves can take almost four decades to physically present. This fatal form of cancer typically lies dormant in victims’ bodies for any number of years after exposure to asbestos; the cheap and plentiful building material which was in common use throughout the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s in schools, factories and office buildings, and if and when…

Marshall Island to launch injury claims against Nuclear testing nations

Marshall Island to launch injury claims against Nuclear testing nations In what might be seen as one of the biggest David versus Goliath cases in terms of personal injury claims in a long time, news that the ‘David’-esque Marshall Islands is set to take on the considerable might of ‘Goliath’-like countries such as the UK, India and Pakistan has all the hallmarks of an almost biblical tussle. Whilst personal injury claims (which ultimately lead to some form of financial compensation) usually tend to involve individuals taking on the big boys, rarely do we observe an individual country (albeit a relatively small one) challenging a trio of global power-breakers. But that’s exactly what’s in the claims pipeline (admittedly on a vast scale) if the Marshall Islands receive the green light to take the aforementioned world superpowers (together with a further six countries) to task over the integral parts that all three countries have played in the on-going nuclear arms race which has ravaged this tiny territory in the Pacific Ocean and which is home to a population of just 55,000; spread out over a collection of individual islands. Citing the pivotal roles Britain, India and Pakistan have assumed in direct relation to carrying out…

MoD settles £13.5 million personal injury compensation claims filed by civilian staff

MoD settles £13.5 million personal injury compensation claims filed by civilian staff Rarely does the cloak and dagger Ministry of Defence break its silence on what goes on behind closed doors, yet thanks to a successful request under the Freedom of Information Act, one news source has been privy to a spate of accidents which you would be forgiven for thinking have happened in situations beyond the normal call of duty. Like for instance falling out of the top of a bunk bed, walking into windows and injuries sustained by fighting (not in war zones, but) in sumo suits. The Metro recently published the more bizarre list of injuries which collectively led to personal claims totalling some £13.5 million with regards to scrapes which its civilian employees had gotten themselves into. As a direct result of having to fork out for a catalogue of accidents which happened whilst staff were fulfilling the remits of their civilian roles, the MoD has seemingly learned its lesson the hard way and has now put plans into place to flag up potential dangers to employees more clearly in future. Especially in relation to bunk bed entry and existing etiquette and health and safety-obliging protocol, after…

Personal injury claims expected after airliner cabin contamination fears

Personal injury claims expected after airliner cabin contamination fears The recent case in the news of the American Airlines flight, which was forced to turn around in mid-air and return to its place of departure as a direct result of both cabin crew and passengers falling victim to an unexplained air contamination, has sought to bring the subject of in-flight fume exposure to the fore once again. Those on the flight, which took off from London’s Heathrow Airport and was headed for LAX in America, experienced a range of symptoms according to first-hand accounts from people aboard the airline – with reports of at least one crew member fainting. In the event the pilot chose to turn the plane around and dump fuel after cabin crew alerted them to the situation panning out. The flight was met by emergency services on landing back at Heathrow, where crew members and passengers were assessed by paramedics at the scene to establish what the cause of the sudden onset of illness might have been, and moreover what could have potentially contributed to the mass feeling of illness encountered by a significant percentage of travellers and airline staff making the journey at the time.…

Holidaymaker launches personal injury claim after breaking leg in strong sea

Holidaymaker launches personal injury claim after breaking leg in strong sea A Wigan man has filed for compensation in acknowledgement of the injuries he suffered after being overcome by a powerful wave whilst holidaying in Cape Verde. Rene Dickinson has taken the tour operator to task on the grounds of neglecting to flag up the dangers presented by the strong sea around the hotel complex where he was staying when the incident took place. Describing to local news sources how he was – in his own words – rendered ‘black and blue’ on emerging from the water at the 5-star Riu Touareg resort located in Boa Vista back in 2012, 48-year old Dickinson is in the process of suing TUI Ltd (which operates both Thomson and First Choice Holidays) for the extent of the injuries he sustained which culminated in a fractured leg. The qualified rescue diver’s injuries were so bad that he had to be airlifted back to the UK three days after the incident in question, which he fervently believed could have been potentially avoided if there had been clearer warnings highlighting the dangers posed by the waters on the beach. Subsequently being diagnosed with a fractured femur on…

What Are the Most Common Personal Injury Claims in the UK?

What Are the Most Common Personal Injury Claims in the UK? With 1 in 4 Brits having suffered a personal injury, it’s fair to say that as a people we appear to be somewhat accident prone. That’s the figure put on the likelihood of us sustaining a range of knocks (and much more besides) caused by a variety of unavoidable situations anyway, and specifically according to YouGov’s recent research into this area. The question is, whilst we may be dab hands at getting ourselves into all sorts of scrapes, just how good are we at following them up with bringing the perpetuators behind our slips, trips, falls (and otherwise) to personal injury claim justice? You see, behind every bruise, black eye and instance of whiplash, someone, somewhere probably has a case to answer to. In terms of being culpable for us suffering the injury in the first place; providing our own general clumsiness didn’t put us in mortal danger. Whether we get caught up in a road traffic accident (not of our own doing), fall victim to another party’s negligent ways in a supermarket or (not have blame apportioned to us in any way, shape or form) suffer a physical/psychological…

Classroom Attacks on Teachers by Pupils Results in Successful Personal Injury Claims Totalling £400,000 Settled in 2015

Classroom Attacks on Teachers by Pupils Results in Successful Personal Injury Claims Totalling £400,000 Settled in 2015 Teaching was always viewed as a difficult (if not hugely fulfilling) occupation, however nobody ever enters the profession believing that their health and safety could be endangered as it often is today. As reports of violent assaults and unprovoked attacks on teaching staff become more commonplace, it’s perhaps, although admittedly still shocking, to learn that nearly £400,000 was paid out to teachers during 2015 as a direct result of being on the receiving end of physical abuse from pupils. A new survey has revealed the full extent of the situation teachers face in the classroom these days, which lifts the lid on the fact that some 26 compensation claims (in relation to personal injury) were settled last year, with one single case resulting in a £60,000 award. A study of councils shed light on just what fearful scenarios some teaching staff face within their line of work, with some observers comparing certain situations and examples as being ‘akin to war zones’. Cases such as the Staffordshire teaching assistant who received £2,850 after sustaining facial (including dental) injuries at the hands of a pupil…

Merseyside Holidaymaker Seeks Personal Injury Compensation after Falling Ill with Stomach Bug While in Crete

Merseyside Holidaymaker Seeks Personal Injury Compensation after Falling Ill with Stomach Bug While in Crete A holidaymaker from Widnes is seeking compensation after falling ill with what was later confirmed as a case of salmonella on his return to the UK last August. Suspecting food poisoning not long after he started feeling unwell whilst staying in the Iberostar Creta Panorama and Mare hotel in Crete, Colin Lewis’s initial fears were proved right when he visited his GP, who diagnosed that the claimant had contracted a salmonella infection during his stay in the aforementioned hotel, and subsequently prescribed a course of treatment thereafter. Lewis was still seemingly fighting the infection after arriving back in Britain from his Jet2holidays get-away in August 2015 and consequently remained off work for 2 weeks to recover fully. Originally becoming ill whilst away, the extent of his sickness led him to see a hotel doctor, which he was later billed for. As it materialised Lewis wasn’t the only person struck down with the stomach bug which typically presents itself when poor food hygiene is cited, as the Nicholson family from Wirral also complained of what they described as ‘severe gastric problems’ during their stay in the…

Personal Injury Claims Settled by Northern Ireland’s Leading Public Transport Provider Hits £1.6 Million

Personal Injury Claims Settled by Northern Ireland’s Leading Public Transport Provider Hits £1.6 Million Related: Bus and coach accident injury claims Northern Ireland’s integrated bus and rail public transport company, Translink has recently confirmed that it’s paid out almost £2 million in compensation to victims of accidents found to be caused by its fleet of buses. A figure purported to be in the region of £1.6 million was settled with members of the public who had filed claims against the transport operator, whilst a further £300,000 had been set aside for correcting damage sustained by Translink’s vehicles as a result of incidents. Taking into account claim episodes which have accrued over the past 5 years, the statistics were revealed by Regional Development Minister, Michelle McIlveen, and have made the headlines merely weeks after a leading union urged the Irish government to rethink aspects of its budget cuts, which in their estimation were creating a devastating impact on Translink’s public safety record of late. Despite Translink reiterating that it was fully committed to maintaining the highest standards of safety at all time, nevertheless personal injury claims contributed to the largest proportion of the compensation cake, totalling £1,647,000 according to the published…

Social network activity helps police crackdown on personal injury claim scammers

Social network activity helps police crackdown on personal injury claim scammers Scouring status updates posted on social networks is proving to be an invaluable (and increasingly facilitated) tool of the trade deployed by police and insurance providers, who are collaborating on pursuing (and ultimately cracking down on) personal injury claim scammers. According to new reports, the net is continually closing in on insurance fraudsters attempting to pull the wool over insurer’s eye, and in the process ensure that innocent policyholders’ annual premiums rocket to cover the substantial losses incurred. There’s no escaping the fact that insurance fraud represents a seemingly lucrative business for criminally-minded individuals here in the UK, and as a direct result of their nefarious pursuits millions of drivers pay the price on their policies year in, year out. Arguably the biggest con centres round the so-called ‘crash for cash’ racket, with the biggest scam witnessed in this category being brought to public attention in the latter part of 2015 when over 80 people were convicted in Wales as part of an ongoing investigation. And the most powerful means to unlocking the motor insurance fraud in this particular case (yet mirrored by a growing number of similar episodes)…