256 former construction workers set to benefit from £10 million personal injury claim windfall

256 former construction workers set to benefit from £10 million personal injury claim windfall A figure of £10 million is being estimated in relation to the settlement amount purported to be divided between (and soon to be coming the way of) some 256 workers, after a compensation case brought against a number of leading construction companies proved successful. Regarded as the largest ‘blacklisting’ scandal ever witnessed in the history of the UK construction sector, the potential pay-outs to personal injury claimants affected by the (now proven to be) unlawful decisions made by the likes of Sir Robert McAlpine and Balfour Beatty – amongst a reputed 30-plus other companies – are believed to range from between £25k up to £200k per individual, as critical factors such as defamation of character and lost income are taken into consideration by the awarding parties. Start your claim Request call back Represented by Unite the Union – in collaboration with various personal injury solicitors acting on the behalf of individual clients – the claimants have waited 5-years to learn of their fate, as the compendium of evidence against those firms accused of blacklisting employees was systematically compiled. Described as nothing short of a ‘conspiracy’ by observers, literally…

Restricted personal injury claim cut-off points are catching British holidaymakers out who are injured abroad

Restricted personal injury claim cut-off points are catching British holidaymakers out who are injured abroad Hugely popular with British tourists annually, holidaymakers planning on jetting off to Spain this summer are being afforded the timely heads up on a small legality which could end up costing them a small fortune in the long run should they fall victim to injury or illness whilst visiting what is officially classed as THE most visited destination for holidaying Brits. Legal experts are warning those intending to travel to Spain to be well aware of the country’s regimented (and strictly observed) one-year time limit with regards to personal injury compensation claims. Specifically important for those non-package tourists heading out there this year (and beyond) is a reminder that Spain – including its islands (the Balearics and Canaries) – impose this often-overlooked stipulation when it comes to the period immediately after sustaining an injury/contracting an illness; in terms of following it up with a claim. According to reports, some 12 million Brits made a bee-line for Spain and its islands in 2014, whilst the Foreign Office report that almost 700 of us were in receipt of hospital treatment after suffering either from sickness or injury. Start…

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…

Ex-foundry worker secures substantial £1.6 million personal injury settlement

Ex-foundry worker secures substantial £1.6 million personal injury settlement A foundry worker who lost his leg as a direct consequence of an industrial accident in his place of employment has been awarded a seven figure financial settlement, and which is understood to represent one of the largest pay-outs ever achieved by the Unite union which helped the claimant secure this compensation. The sum, believed to be some £1.6 million, was also eventually realised with the professional support and guidance of a personal injury claims solicitor, and was awarded in recognition of the anonymous injured party sustaining the life-changing injury in 2014. As a result of the devastating incident involving the individual in question – which manifested after a significantly weighty metal component fell and subsequently crushed the claimant’s left leg during a shift at a workplace located in north-east England – said leg was so damaged by the impact that medics were left with no other choice than to amputate the limb above the knee. While the successful claimant reserves the right to their anonymity, they have recently spoken to news sources explaining just what the massive pay-out means to them and their family as they continue to face up…

Woman wins claim against NHS Trust after surgical packing left in her body after giving birth

Woman wins claim against NHS Trust after surgical packing left in her body after giving birth A 27-year old woman from East Yorkshire was left in constant pain and physical discomfort brought on by the underlying presence of surgical packing which went unnoticed by medical professionals after giving birth to her son. These are the damning findings of a medical negligence case which involved a personal injury claims specialist taking on Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust on the legal grounds of breach of duty, with the latter forced to pay-out a sum said to be in the region of £7,500 to compensate the victim in relation to her avoidable pain and suffering as a result of this negligence. Explaining the series of events which led to this claim being pursued on her behalf, Elise Cattle describes how she experienced several months of pain, bleeding and recurrent infections as an immediate physical legacy of giving birth to her son Freddie at Hull Women and Children’s Hospital. So unbearable and mobility compromising was the claimant’s acute discomfort suffered that she spoke of not even being able to walk properly during this period in question. Unfortunately it wasn’t until five months following her otherwise…

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…

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