Charity administrator awarded compensation after excessive use of computer led to repetitive strain injury

Charity administrator awarded compensation after excessive use of computer led to repetitive strain injury A woman whose life was blighted by repetitive strain injury after prolonged use of a computer at work has received a five-figure compensation pay-out after successfully challenging her employer. The 31-year old charity administrator would routinely spend in the region of eight hours a day keying data into a computer as part and parcel of her role, whilst also regularly tasked with taking down notes by hand in meetings which she’d subsequently be asked to type up. In addition to this the personal injury claimant was also responsible for arranging appointments for senior staff via her email. The physical problems really began to take hold as her workload increased, with lunch breaks often worked through and an extra two hours being pinned on the end of her working day became common practice. On top of this, the claimant’s managers demanded that the woman disable a keyboard usage monitoring function which apparently all keyboards provided by her employers were equipped with and which as a piece of software logged data regarding accumulative keyboard depressions over a period of time. The woman was ordered to switch it off so as…

Warehouse worker awarded six-figure compensation sum for leg injury suffered at work

Warehouse worker awarded six-figure compensation sum for leg injury suffered at work Human error leading to culpability claims on behalf of the employer led to a warehouse operative suffering what was described as a serious leg injury in the aftermath of being struck by a forklift truck whilst carrying out their normal duties. The victim has recently received a six-figure compensation payout, awarded to the unfortunate individual to go some way to recompense for the pain, suffering and long-term damage caused by the warehouse accident; the physical and psychological effects of which they’re still said to be suffering from today. Seeking the professional support of both their union representative, in this particular case Unite Legal Services and a leading personal injury claims solicitor to help them pursue compensation, the 60-year old victim recalls how they had just started their shift on that particular day when the life-changing incident happened. According to first-hand accounts which were used by the parties representing the warehouse operative as part of the prosecution of the employer, the claimant was knocked over by the force of a reversing forklift truck which impacted his right leg at the time. As it was the area in which the…

Firefighter wins personal injury claim after road traffic accidents ends his career

Firefighter wins personal injury claim after road traffic accidents ends his career A firefighter was left with no other choice than to regrettably turn his back on the career he loved as a direct result of a personal injury he sustained outside of the call of employment duty. Craig Turner was awarded compensation in the aftermath of suffering a serious neck injury and subsequent post-traumatic stress disorder as a consequence of being involved in a head-on collision whilst returning home from a shift at his Cambridgeshire fire station. The vehicle in which Turner was travelling at the time was met by a four-wheel drive which was journeying on the wrong side of the carriageway which left Turner no chance of avoiding as both vehicles negotiated a sharp bend. The impact of the collision knocked Turner unconscious, with the firefighter recalling gaining consciousness at some point afterwards and noticing blood on his face and the car’s airbag pinning him in the driver’s seat. Obviously his initial reaction was to free himself, as at this juncture the vehicle was filling with smoke according to Turner’s account of the events of that particular night in question, which led him to fear that the…

Claims management firms will need to prove themselves ‘fit and proper’ in future

Claims management firms will need to prove themselves ‘fit and proper’ in future The Chancellor revealed a host of new measures in last month’s budget, but one that didn’t quite hit the headlines was his crackdown on what the Treasury’ deem to be‘rogue’ claims management companies. After undertaking a review of existing policy and legislative measures in this often controversial area, George Osborne has moved to target the firms that prey on would-be customers via a succession of nuisance calls, together with those who simply offer a substandard service. With this in mind, George Osborne will set about creating a ‘fit and proper test’ which will ultimately establish whether or not a claims management firm is deemed professional, trustworthy and accountable for their actions and moreover, if they have the best interests of their customers at the top of their agenda. As an integral part and parcel of this vision, Whitehall movers and shakers explained that, at the nucleus of these new proposals, phone calls between claims management companies and clients would be stringently monitored; a stipulation which should be unopposed if the firm intends to continue practising. Describing how its plan is to provide a more hard-line regulatory stance and accepted means…

Can cyclists make a claim if injured because of potholes?

Can cyclists make a claim if injured because of potholes? Let’s face it, UK roads can be a bit of a mess – pock-marked with great swathes of potholes and near-crater sized gaps which if you don’t mind will ensure that you go the same way as dear Alice did and kick-start your own misadventures in a not-so wondrous land. Cyclists have never had it so bad (unless you’re the type that prefers to head off-road and into the mountains every weekend that is), as they skirt with one near disaster whilst circumnavigating humongous potholes with the dimensions of a small Pacific island and another, located just around the corner. And that’s before you factor in the everyday risk to life presented by the errant and often unaccommodating motorist with whom they ‘share’ the road. Chipping in its opinion in all of this, the RAC is fervently of the belief that the presence of potholes is burgeoning, suggesting that ‘cash-strapped’ councils are opting to fill individual holes rather than resurfacing whole sections. So, as you can imagine, many cyclists come a cropper when they’re pursuing their health and fitness goals (or helping reduce society’s carbon footprint), causing all manner of black and blueness…