Widower’s compensation claim leads to industrial disease law change

Widower’s compensation claim leads to industrial disease law change A recent test case which saw a widower successfully challenge existing laws regarding the families of the deceased (whose lives were prematurely terminated as a direct result of industrial diseases), has led to a legal overturn in terms of the under-compensation (in relation to their losses) of survivors of those adjudged to have been ‘wrongfully killed’ previously. Lawyers representing Ian Knauer, whose wife Sally tragically passed after experiencing sustained periods of exposure to asbestos in her role of an administration worker at Guys Marsh Prison in Dorset, now believes that the timely overhaul of this aspect of the justice system will inadvertently mean that the UK insurance industry faces paying out millions more in personal injury claims compensation annually. Having being afforded the opportunity to put his particular case before a panel of 7 Supreme Court justices, as he sought what he felt were necessary legal revisions which needed to be addressed, Knauer was pleased with the outcome of this case (and the far-reaching implications of such a ruling) which was summarised by the judiciary as, ‘an overwhelming case for changing the law’ relating to the manner in which financial losses of…

Claimant seeks £4.2m in personal injury compensation after tripping over in beer garden

Claimant seeks £4.2m in personal injury compensation after tripping over in beer garden The owners of a London gastropub have been taken to court for alleged damages caused by a boundary-spanning rope which was used to define the perimeters of The Westbourne, which is situated in Notting Hill. Human Resources consultant, Carmen Mazo claims to have fractured her wrist as a direct consequence of tripping over said beer garden boundary-dividing rope, and is now in the process of pursuing compensation for the career-compromising personal injury she suffered in 2009. Mazo is said to be seeking financial damages from The Westbourne’s artist-proprietor, Sebastian Boyle, for the sum of a staggering £4.2 million, citing that in her position of a HR consultant she would have expected to be earning in the region of £700 a day by this stage in her envisaged career, had it not been cut short by the incident for which she’s claiming that Boyle was negligent. According to Mazo, she has subsequently endured what she describes as post-traumatic arthritis, together with the physical manifestation of unsightly scars as the legacy of the fall, which has contributed to put an end to what she believes would have been a…

Air passengers and cabin crew could have grounds for personal injury claims due to cabin air contamination

Air passengers and cabin crew could have grounds for personal injury claims due to cabin air contamination German researchers have found that traces of potentially dangerous toxins made their way into the bodies of both air passengers and cabin crew in the aftermath of undertaking dedicated blood and urine tests in recent weeks. And more importantly these chemicals were unwittingly ingested by those in flight via contaminated cabin air. This unsettling discovery was made by a team at the University of Gottingen according to various news sources running this story of late, who set about carrying out a series of medical examinations on 140 patients, a significant number of whom were cabin crew. The results proved that traces of organophosphates along with what was described as volatile organic compounds were highlighted in blood and urine samples received, clearly suggesting that exposure to these contaminates happened during flights. The culprits cited as being the most likely to blame for providing the raw ingredients for these subsequent compounds to manifest and prosper within these conditions said to be engine fuel, oils and antifreeze; which have obviously somehow penetrated the cabin’s air supply between take-off and landing. Health symptoms which can be triggered…

Six-figure Personal Injury Claim Settlement for Teen Struck Down with Potentially Fatal E-Coli

Six-figure personal injury claim settlement for teen struck down with potentially fatal E-Coli First Choice Holidays has been forced to pay-out a six-figure compensation sum to a British teenager who contracted a potentially lethal strain of E-Coli whilst he holidayed with his family in a Turkish resort back in 2010. Bradie Perkins was 13-years of age when, six years ago, he suddenly became seriously ill during a family get-away in Turkey, which resulted in him suffering what health experts described as irreversible damage to his kidneys due to the killer food bug. Indeed, according to medics the extent of the damage sustained by his kidneys means that they are still functioning at an alarmingly dangerous two-thirds their normal ability. Perkins started developing initial symptoms of E-Coli during the last few days of the family holiday in Sarigerme in October 2010, where they stayed in the Holiday Village beach-front resort which is popular with European tourists, yet has since been the subject of an investigation by the BBC’s Watchdog programme. Explaining to his family that he was feeling increasingly lethargic, Perkins was admitted to hospital on his family’s return to the UK, complaining of severe diarrhoea, stomach cramps and other related gastric…

Tina Hobley considering personal injury claim against makers of The Jump

Tina Hobley considering personal injury claim against makers of The Jump As was well documented at the time of the broadcast of the latest series of Channel 4’s ‘The Jump’, a number of the celebrities appearing on the ski-based reality show sustained varying degrees of injury after a catalogue of mishaps and mis-timed mayhem on the slopes. You might recall that among those TV personalities who suffered the most significant injuries during the making of the prime-time show was Olympic gymnast, Beth Tweddle; whose tumble-taking was so serious that she ended up undergoing neck surgery to correct the damage. Elsewhere fellow Olympian, swimmer Rebecca Adlington, and former Girls Aloud member Sarah Harding were forced to withdraw from the programme early as a direct result of injuries incurred. However – and despite mutterings to the effect – none of the participants have so far attempted to seek compensation for the falls (and the subsequent injuries) they endured during their time on ‘The Jump’. Until now that is, as news has broken that ex-Holby City star and former Coronation Street actress Tina Hobley is rumoured to be what sources describe as ‘considering launching legal action against the programme-makers’ in light of the physical…

Personal injury claims for members of Nuclear-protecting police force revealed

Personal injury claims for members of Nuclear-protecting police force revealed On account of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary being charged with officially overseeing the safeguarding of the UK’s civil nuclear industry and concerns – focusing on securing various sites across the country and in-transit materials – you’d perhaps be mistaken for thinking that any personal injuries which befall employees might be of the extremely dangerous/potentially lethal nature. But this isn’t quite the case according to recent stats released, which show that contrary to our initial thoughts, turning into the Incredible Hulk wouldn’t necessarily be the average case which would trigger personal injury claims filed by employees, but instead rather less exciting incidents are the norm. For example, staff members colliding with a statue of a dog, being burnt by boiling water spilling from a leaking Thermos flask, slipping on wet grass and tripping over pieces of discarded wood are the main causes of injury claims, as opposed to more Homer Simpson-esque mishaps involving plutonium rods. www.policeoracle.com report that literally hundreds of thousands have been paid-out in the form of compensation to both serving officers and support staff over the past 5 years with direct regards to injuries they have sustained while participating in police training…

Asbestosis sufferer who worked as a pipefitter wins compensation

Asbestosis sufferer who worked as a pipefitter wins compensation A pipefitter from Leicestershire who came into sustained contact with unsettled asbestos over an 18 year period of employment for an engineering firm has been awarded compensation, it’s recently emerged. From 1968 to 1986, Michael Adcock’s job resulted in him unwittingly being exposed to the harmful substance for a prolonged passage of time, and which ultimately saw him develop the potentially fatal asbestos-related disease, asbestosis. With the help of the Unite Union’s Legal Services experts and a company of solicitors, Adcock won his case after his team proved his employer had been negligent after they lodged a personal injury claim on a provisional damages basis. Adcock originally instructed both Unite and his solicitors to file for compensation against his former employer in the wake of receiving his asbestosis diagnosis, which was the legacy of working for many years in the vocational capacity of a boiler refurbisher, whereby the very products he refurbished were essentially insulated with asbestos. Within the remit of his role, Adcock would routinely remove asbestos-comprising lagging materials manually from boilers, often working in confined spaces, which without him knowing permitted asbestos dust particles to freely circulate in his…

Northern Ireland politician alerts drivers to potholes using spray paint

Northern Ireland politician alerts drivers to potholes using spray paint Disgruntled politicians in Northern Ireland are determined to take matters into their own hands (whilst clutching aerosol canisters it would seem) and highlight what they see as a growing pothole problem blotting the local tarmac landscape. Clearly not content with the efforts being made by local councils to tackle the increasing pothole issues which are cropping up across Northern Ireland’s road network, one leading MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly) has given advanced notice of his intentions to paint yellow markings around what he describes as being tantamount to ‘craters’, ensuring that drivers are aware of the dangers which lie ahead. As a member of the Assembly’s Regional Development Committee, Ukip MLA, David McNarry said that he’s ready, willing and able to grasp the pothole nettle and admits that his plans to roll up his sleeves and muck in is to aid the department whose responsibility it is, rather than necessarily telling them how to do their job. McNarry says; “We are going to identify the potholes, and we’re going to spray them. By spraying them, we are also going to help public safety.” The frustrated MLA went on to…