Archive for the 'accidents' Category

Nigel Farage death threats crash pilot guilty – BBC News

“A pilot has been convicted of threatening to kill UKIP leader Nigel Farage following a plane crash.”

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BBC News, 14th April 2011

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Network Rail pleads guilty over Potters Bar crash – BBC News

“Network Rail has admitted breaching safety regulations over the Potters Bar train crash which claimed seven lives.”

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BBC News, 30th March 2011

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Stunt expert cleared in Batman cameraman death trial – BBC News

“An Oscar-winning special effects expert has been cleared of health and safety breaches over the death of a cameraman during filming of the last Batman film.”

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BBC News, 14th March 2011

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Injured North Yorkshire Police officer awarded £370,000 – BBC News

“A police sergeant who was forced to retire after he was seriously injured in a motorbike accident has been awarded £370,000 in compensation.”

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BBC News, 11th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Lynch v Ceva Logistic Ltd and another – WLR Daily

Lynch v Ceva Logistic Ltd and another [2011] EWCA Civ 188; [ 2011] WLR (D) 66

“The owner of a warehouse who had the control of it (1) owed a duty under regulations 4 and 17 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and at common law to ensure that the place of work was safe for an employee of an independent contractor who was carrying out his work in the warehouse and (2) was entitled to assume that the independent contractor had given proper instructions to its employee as to how to carry out the work.”

WLR Daily, 28th February 2011

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note that once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Potters Bar train crash: Network Rail and Jarvis Rail to be prosecuted – The Guardian

“Criminal proceedings are to start against Network Rail and the maintenance firm Jarvis Rail over alleged safety failures behind the 2002 Potters Bar rail crash, in which seven people died.”

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The Guardian, 10th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina v Williams (Jason John) – WLR Daily

Regina v Williams (Jason John) [2010] EWCA Crim 2552; [2010] WLR (D) 274

“As a matter of statutory construction, fault or other blameworthy conduct on the part of the defendant was not required to establish that he was guilty of an offence under s 3ZB of the Road Traffic Act 1988 of causing the death of another person by driving while unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured; and it was sufficient that the driving was a cause of the death, provided that it was a more than negligible or de minimis cause.”

WLR Daily, 3rd November 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Paralysed sixth-former awarded record £17.5m payout after car accident – Daily Telegraph

“A sixth-former, Chrissie Johnson, who was paralysed for life in a car accident has been awarded a record multi-million pound payout from the High Court.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th October 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Rochdale crushed cleaner firm fined £140k – BBC News

“A Rochdale plastics manufacturer has been fined £140,000 after a cleaner was crushed by a 1.5 tonne pallet of bags.”

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BBC News, 7th July 2010

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Raleigh guilty over Nottingham forklift truck death – BBC News

“Bicycle company Raleigh has pleaded guilty to health and safety lapses which led to the death of a forklift truck driver at its Nottingham depot.”

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BBC News, 12th May 2010

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Telford worker injury firm fined £75,000 – BBC News

“A Shropshire firm has been fined £75,000 after a worker was left partially blind and deaf when he was thrown from a machine.”

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BBC News, 11th May 2010

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Man injured in Wiltshire crash is awarded millions – BBC News

“A man who sustained extensive injuries in a road crash in Wiltshire has been awarded millions of pounds in damages.”

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BBC News, 10th May 2010

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West Midlands police officer cleared of crash charge – BBC News

“A police chief inspector accused of failing to stop after hitting a student with his car has been cleared.”

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BBC News, 16th March 2010

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Disabled man killed by bed hoist – BBC News

“A disabled man choked to death after becoming trapped in a mechanical hoist which failed as he was using it to get into bed, an inquest has heard.”

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BBC News, 30th November 2009

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Fraudster jailed for crash-for-cash scam – The Independent

“A fraudster who staged almost 100 car accidents and used the insurance payouts to fund a glamorous lifestyle was jailed yesterday.”

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The Independent, 22nd October 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Firm fined £270,000 over worker’s death plunge – The Independent

“Sugar manufacturing giant Tate & Lyle was fined £270,000 today (9 October) after a contract worker ‘tragically’ drowned in the Thames.”

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The Independent, 9th October 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Pavement trip payouts cost £82m – BBC News

“Councils in England have paid out more than £82m in compensation over the past five years to people who have tripped on pavements, figures have revealed.”

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BBC News, 25th August 2009

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Cyclist’s family awarded £580,000 – BBC News

“The family of a teacher killed while cycling home from his school in Greater Manchester has been awarded compensation of £580,000.”

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BBC News, 28th July 2009

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Grandmother cleared over baby killed by dogs – The Guardian

“Coroner records verdict of accidental death in case of three-month-old Joseph Mack, mauled while grandmother slept.”

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The Guardian, 25th June 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Copley v Lawn; Maden v Haller – WLR Daily

Copley v Lawn; Maden v Haller [2009] EWCA Civ 580; [2009] WLR (D) 200

“Where, following a road accident caused by a defendant’s negligence, the defendant’s insurers offered to provide a ‘free’ replacement car to the claimant while his own car was being repaired, the claimant could reasonably reject or ignore the offer if it did not make clear the cost of hire to the defendant for the purpose of enabling the claimant to make a realistic comparison with the cost to him of making his own hire car arrangements. If a claimant did unreasonably reject or ignore the offer, he did not forfeit his damages claim altogether but was entitled to recover at least the cost which the defendant could show he would reasonably have incurred. The general rule that the claimant could recover the market rate of hire for his loss of use prevailed, unless, and to the extent that, the defendant could show that, on the facts of a particular case, a car could have been provided more cheaply than at the market rate.”

WLR Daily, 19th June 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Potters Bar and Grayrigg: public inquiry into train disasters ruled out – Daily Telegraph

“A public inquiry into the 2002 Potters Bar rail crash which claimed seven lives, and the 2007 Grayrigg derailment in which an elderly passenger was killed, has been ruled out by the Government.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th June 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Gray v Thames Trains Ltd – WLR Daily

Gray v Thames Trains Ltd [2009] UKHL 33; [2009] WLR (D) 195

“A person who, as a result of a railway accident, suffered post-traumatic stress disorder which led him to kill someone, could not, as part of his claim for damages in negligence against the train operators responsible for the accident, recover damages for loss of earnings following his detention after the killing in prison, and subsequently in hospital under ss 37 and 41 of the Mental Health Act 1983.”

WLR Daily, 18th June 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Gray v Thames Trains Ltd and Another – Times Law Reports

Gray v Thames Trains Ltd and Another

House of Lords

“A claimant who, as a result of a railway accident caused by the defendants’ negligence, suffered post-traumatic stress disorder which led him to kill someone, could not recover damages for loss of earnings following his detention, in prison and in mental hospital, after the killing.”

The Times, 19th June 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Barclay v British Airways plc – Times Law Reports

Barclay v British Airways plc

Court of Appeal

“A passenger slipping on a plastic strip embedded in the floor of an aircraft was not an accident since there was no distinct event which was not part of the usual, normal and expected operation of the aircraft and which had happened independently of anything done or omitted by the passenger.”

The Times, 4th March 2009 

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 from the date of publication.

Woman gets £30,000 payout from M&S after slipping on grapes – Daily Telegraph

“A woman has obtained nearly £30,000 in compensation after she slipped on two grapes and broke her shoulder in a Marks & Spencer store.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th February 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Road accident victims ‘bullied into settling’ by insurers – The Times

“Motor accident victims are facing high pressure tactics from insurers to settle for less compensation than they are entitled to receive, a leading accident lawyer said this evening.”

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The Times, 5th February 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Barclay v British Airways plc – WLR Daily

Barclay v British Airways plc [2008] EWCA Civ 1419; [2008] WLR (D) 412

“Where a passenger slipped on a standard fitting plastic strip embedded in the floor of an aircraft in its normal state and sustained bodily injury, there was no ‘accident’ within the meaning of art 17.1 of the Montreal Convention 1999 since there was no distinct event which was not part of the usual, normal and expected operation of the aircraft and which had happened independently of anything done or omitted by the passenger.”

WLR Daily, 5th January 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Hoon under fire for stalled crash inquiry – The Independent

“Families of the Potters Bar rail crash victims have criticised Geoff Hoon, the Transport Secretary, for delaying his decision over whether to grant a public inquiry into the accident.”

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The Independent, 24th November 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Early payout for Buncefield victims – The Times

“Around 270 families whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the Buncefield fire will share an initial payout of £320,000 after their lawyers reached an agreement with the plant’s operators today.”

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The Times, 18th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Judge orders Total to make ‘generous’ offer to Buncefield victims – The Times

“Hundreds of victims of the Buncefield fire moved closer to an initial payout today after a judge instructed the oil depot’s operator to make them a ‘sensible and generous’ offer.”

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The Times, 17th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Drink-drive death total drops 18% – BBC News

“The number of people killed by drinking and driving has fallen by almost a fifth, government statistics reveal.”

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BBC News, 7th August 2008

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Gray v Thames Trains Ltd and Another – Times Law Reports

Gray v Thames Trains Ltd and Another

Court of Appeal

“A claimant, who, as a result of the defendant’s negligence, suffered depression which led him to kill someone, could recover damages for loss of earnings after he committed manslaughter so long as his claim was not inextricably linked to his criminal actions.”

The Times, 9th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Gray v Thames Trains Ltd and another – WLR Daily

Gray v Thames Trains Ltd and another [2008] EWCA Civ 713; [2008] WLR (D) 210

“A claim in negligence was not defeated by public policy unless the claim or a head of claim was inextricably bound up with or linked to the claimant’s criminal conduct. Where the depression the claimant suffered as a result of the defendant’s negligence led him to kill, he could recover damages for loss of earnings after he committed manslaughter if his claim was not inextricably connected with his criminal activity.”

WLR Daily, 26th June 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Train crash killer wins compensation case – The Times

“A Paddington train crash survivor who claimed he was turned into a killer by post-traumatic stress disorder stands to receive thousands in compensation after a landmark Appeal Court ruling today.”

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The Times, 25th June 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Arnup v M. W. White Ltd – Times Law Reports

Arnup v M. W. White Ltd

Court of Appeal

“Payments to a widow from a death in service benefit scheme and a trust fund established by an employer, were to be disregarded when assessing damages following an admission of liability.”

The Times, 25th June 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Arnup (as administratrix and on her own behalf) v MW White Ltd – WLR Daily

Arnup (as administratrix and on her own behalf) v MW White Ltd [2008] EWCA Civ 447; [2008] WLR (D) 140

Where, after the death in service of her husband, a woman had received payments out of a death in service benefit scheme and a trust fund established by the employer, such payments fell within the disregard provision within s 4 of the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 when damages were to be assessed following an admission of liability.”

WLR Daily, 9th May 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

MoD will pay £2m to boy accidentally shot in Basra – The Guardian

“The Ministry of Defence is to pay a record £2m compensation to an Iraqi teenager left paralysed when he was accidentally shot by a British soldier.”

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The Guardian, 15th April 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Man loses grape case against M&S – BBC News

“An accountant who claimed he injured himself by slipping on a grape in a Marks and Spencer car park has lost his High Court bid for damages.”

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BBC News, 12th March 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Accountant sues M&S for £300,000 over ‘grape injury’ – The Times

“An accountant who says his business suffered after he slipped on a grape in a Marks & Spencer store and hurt his leg is claiming more than £300,000 compensation from the retail giant.”

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The Times, 11th March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Kosmar Villa Holidays plc v Trustees of Syndicate 1243 – Times Law Reports

Kosmar Villa Holidays plc v Trustees of Syndicate 1243

Court of Appeal

“Where insurers acknowledged a claim under a policy knowing that the insured had failed to comply with a condition precedent in the notification clause, they did not elect to waive the insured’s failure and accept liability.”

The Times, 11th March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Father of boy killed in tractor accident is fined – Daily Telegraph

“A farmer whose 12-year-old son died in a tractor accident has been fined for breaching agricultural regulations.”

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Daily Telegraph, 29th February 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Compensation boost for accident victims – The Times

“The Court of Appeal has ruled that payments towards the hiring of carers should rise in line with care workers’ salaries.”

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The Times, 17th January 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk


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