Archive for the 'industrial injuries' Category

Coalminer court actions set for ‘special hearing’ – Law Society’s Gazette

“All pending court actions brought by former coalminers who allege their solicitors did not claim adequate government compensation on their behalf have been suspended pending a special hearing in April, the Gazette has learned.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th January 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Threlfall v Hull City Council – WLR Daily

Threlfall v Hull City Council [2010] EWCA Civ 1147; [2010] WLR (D) 262

“In cases where an employee had been provided with equipment to use in his employment, but injury had occurred and the question arose whether such ‘personal protective equipment’ had been ‘suitable’ for regulatory purposes and issues of negligence, regard was to be given to both regs 4 and 6 of the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992; and the concept of ‘effectiveness’ was at the heart of the issue of suitability.”

WLR Daily, 21st Octbober 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.

In re Employers’ Liability “Trigger” Litigation; Durham v BAI (Run-off) Ltd; Freming & Eddlestone v Independent Insurance Co Ltd; Edwards v Excess Insurance Co Ltd; Thomas Bates & Son Ltd v BAI (Run-off) Ltd; Akzo; Nobel UK Ltd and another v Excess Insurance Co Ltd; Municipal Mutual Insurance Ltd v Zurich Insurance Co and others – WLR Daily

In re Employers’ Liability “Trigger” Litigation; Durham v BAI (Run-off) Ltd; Freming & Eddlestone v Independent Insurance Co Ltd; Edwards v Excess Insurance Co Ltd; Thomas Bates & Son Ltd v BAI (Run-off) Ltd; Akzo; Nobel UK Ltd and another v Excess Insurance Co Ltd; Municipal Mutual Insurance Ltd v Zurich Insurance Co and others [2010] EWCA Civ 1096; [2010] WLR (D) 256

“In any year in which an employee underwent substantial exposure to asbestos and subsequently developed mesothelioma, the mesothelioma was ’caused’ by the exposure during that year. An insurance policy which was worded to indemnify the employer against disease ’caused’ during employment thus responded to the mesothelioma. However, employers’ liability policies framed in terms of the employee suffering or sustaining an injury did not have the same effect. Employees did not suffer or sustain an injury within the meaning of the policies when they were exposed to asbestos. Injury was not suffered until the onset of malignancy, and policies with that type of wording did not indemnify the employer. Mesothelioma might also be ‘contracted’ when exposure occurred.”

WLR Daily, 19th October 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.

Ruling fails to halt confusion for asbestos sufferers – The Independent

“Victims of asbestos and their families face more ‘confusion and uncertainty’ today after a Court of Appeal ruling.”

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The Independent, 8th October 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Asbestos victims await compensation ruling – The Independent

“Thousands of families bereaved by the asbestos cancer mesothelioma will discover this week whether insurance companies will compensate them for the deaths of their loved ones. The Court of Appeal will rule in a test case on Friday if insurers must pay out on company policies that existed when people were exposed to the deadly dust.”

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The Independent, 3rd October 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Mesothelioma: Hospice wins landmark victory in asbestos cancer case – The Guardian

“Hospices that care for victims of a form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure hope to get help with treatment costs following a landmark court ruling.”

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The Guardian, 29th August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ex-miners claim injuries were under-compensated – BBC News

“A group of former miners who suffered industrial injuries are claiming they received inadequate compensation from a government scheme.”

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BBC News, 18th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Lords demand curbs on pleural plaques compensation fees – Law Society’s Gazette

“Solicitors and claims management companies (CMCs) acting in pleural plaques compensation cases should have their legal fees severely curtailed, the House of Lords heard last week.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th March 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Pleural plaques: Jack Straw statement – Ministry of Justice

“Justice Secretary Jack Straw has made a statement on the government’s decision on the question of compensation for pleural plaques.”

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Ministry of Justice, 25th February 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

MPs lobby to exclude solicitors from asbestos compensation scheme – Law Society’s Gazette

“MPs are lobbying prime minister Gordon Brown to exclude solicitors from any government-run scheme to compensate workers for asbestos-related pleural plaques.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th December 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Solicitors who took millions from miners lose appeal – BBC news

“Solicitors who took millions of pounds from compensation payouts given to sick miners have lost their appeal against being struck off for misconduct.”

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BBC New, 2nd December 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Train drivers win injury payout – BBC News

“Three train drivers who claimed that an industrial injury left their hands permanently disabled have been awarded more than £22,000 in compensation.”

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BBC News, 30th November 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Lost or missing insurance policies leave asbestos victims without compensation – The Independent

“Insurance companies were yesterday accused of profiteering from victims of the deadly asbestos cancer mesothelioma. Hundreds of victims of the disease are going without compensation because many of the insurance policies meant to protect workers allegedly have been lost.”

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The Independent, 29th November 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

 

Sick miners ‘are owed millions’ – BBC News

“About 150,000 sick miners and their families are still owed £100m by solicitors who wrongly charged them for compensation claims, an MP says.”

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BBC News, 13th September 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Solicitors hand back £1.5m to miners under voluntary scheme – Law Society’s Gazette

“Solicitors have handed back more than £1.5m to injured former miners under a new voluntary repayment scheme after wrongly deducting fees from miners’ government compensation awards – and this figure could rise further as the project rolls on, the Gazette can reveal.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th September 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Corby to appeal against disability verdict – The Independent

“A council found negligent in its clean-up of former steel works which may have led to birth defects is to appeal against a High Court ruling.”

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The Independent, 19th August 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Birth defect families get £1.6m – BBC News

“A council in Northamptonshire at the centre of a birth defects case has been ordered to pay affected families an initial £1.6m to cover legal fees.”

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BBC News, 14th August 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Miners win negligence payouts from solicitors over coal health claims – Law Society’s Gazette

“Injured miners who successfully sued their former solicitors for under-settling coal health compensation claims have won tens of thousands of pounds in settlements, it has emerged.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th August 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Corby ‘toxic soup’ case: why it’s a long way from being over – The Times

“The satisfaction of the Corby families last week about the High Court ruling over the link between the reclamation work of a former British Steel plant between 1985 and 1999 and the disabilities suffered by their children might have suggested that the compensation cheques had already being written.”

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The Times, 6th August 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

‘Why did the judge say no to me?’ – The Independent

“Families of the two deformed children excluded from last week’s ruling against Corby council are vowing to fight on.”

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The Independent, 4th August 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

News focus: miners’ compensation – Law Society’s Gazette

“The work that solicitors have done under the mineworkers’ compensation scheme has attracted the attention of press, parliament and the public ever since details of wrongdoing began to emerge earlier this decade. But the debate has focused on two controversies: the millions of pounds that solicitors have earned, and the deductions that some solicitors made from miners’ compensation.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th July 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Car firm fined over hurt worker – BBC News

“A car parts company has been fined almost £6,000 after a worker was crushed in an accident in a workshop.”

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BBC News, 28th May 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Struck off: lawyer who made £13m from sick miners – The Times

“A former television presenter who became one of Britain’s highest-earning solicitors has been struck off for ‘disgraceful’ misconduct in his handling of sick miners’ compensation claims.”

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The Times, 1st May 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Six lawyers at Raleys guilty of misconduct over £7m miners’ awards – The Times

“Three solicitors whose deal with Arthur Scargill led their firm to slice £7.7 million from compensation awards to sick coalminers were suspended yesterday for professional misconduct.”

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The Times, 18th February 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Miners’ solicitors breached code – BBC News

“Solicitors in South Yorkshire deliberately breached a code of conduct to collect £32m in fees from miners’ compensation claims, a tribunal ruled.”

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BBC News, 17th February 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Corby council accused in first birth defects case since thalidomide – The Times

“A council was today accused of causing birth defects to 18 babies after its redevelopment of a gigantic former steelworks was allegedly marred by negligence, greed and nepotism. ”

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The Times, 16th February 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

M&S fined £20,000 over lost toe – BBC News

“Marks and Spencer has been fined £20,000 after a worker lost part of his toe in a warehouse accident.”

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BBC News, 3rd February 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government ‘repeating mistakes’ by fighting miners in court – The Guardian

“The government is spending millions of pounds in legal fees fighting the claims of sick miners in a move that lawyers say will recreate the mistakes of the past.”

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The Guardian, 12th January 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

£6m of sick miners’ awards went to Arthur Scargill’s union – The Times

“Arthur Scargill’s trade union was paid more than £6 million by a firm of solicitors that deducted the money from compensation awarded to sick miners for industrial disease, a tribunal was told.”

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The Times, 7th January 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

More solicitors to face tribunal over coalminers’ scandal – The Times

“Solicitors across Britain are bracing themselves for further sanctions over the coalminers’ compensation scandal that led to two lawyers being struck off for dishonesty.”

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The Times, 13th December 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Shamed solicitor Jim Beresford plans legal services ‘supermarket’ – The Times

“Jim Beresford aims to bounce back from yesterday’s public humiliation with a multimillion-pound marketing campaign to set up Britain’s first ‘legal services supermarket’.”

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The Times, 12th December 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Struck off: lawyers who milked sick miners for millions – The Independent

“A solicitor who became Britain’s richest lawyer was yesterday struck off after being found guilty of creaming millions of pounds from compensation paid to sick miners. Jim Beresford, 58, and his partner Douglas Smith, 52, were also ordered to pay substantial costs for serious professional misconduct over the handling of personal injury claims made under a compensation scheme for miners suffering coal dust-related diseases and other injuries.”

Full story

The Independent, 12th December 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Asbestos cancer victims win High Court fight for mesothelioma insurance payouts – The Times

“Thousands of victims of a fatal asbestos-related lung cancer are in line for six-figure sums in compensation after a victory today that lands insurers with a multi-million pound bill.”

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The Times, 21st November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Asbestos compensation ruling due – BBC News

“A ruling is expected later that could have profound implications for asbestos-related cancer victims and their families.”

Full story

BBC News, 21st November 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

We did nothing wrong in making millions out of sick miners, law firm tells tribunal – The Times

“A law firm that earned £141 million from a government industrial disease compensation scheme denied yesterday that it had exploited sick miners and their families.”

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The Times, 20th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

SRA comes under fire in Beresfords tribunal – The Lawyer

“The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) was accused of ignoring ‘false information’ and holding a ‘biased’ investigation, as the disciplinary tribunal against the coalminers lawyer Jim Beresford continued today.”

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The Lawyer, 18th November 2008

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Solicitors accused over ‘dubious deals’ with union official that cost sick miners thousands – The Times

“Britain’s highest-earning solicitor acted dishonestly and with ‘conscious impropriety’ in dealings with a mining union that led to his firm handling thousands of industrial disease compensation claims, a tribunal heard yesterday.”

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The Times, 18th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Solicitors ‘misled’ sick miners – BBC News

“Two solicitors who won personal injury claims for thousands of miners have appeared before a tribunal accused of taking cuts from compensation pay-outs.”

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BBC News, 17th November 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Behind the story: How digging for details unearthed a scandal – The Times

“It was meant to give sick and dying men recompense for the irreparable damage to their health caused by years of mining coal. Yet the legacy of the world’s biggest private injury compensation scheme is the number of opulent houses, private jets and luxury cars purchased with the profits of the solicitors who handled their claims.”

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The Times,14th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Jim Beresford’s firm made £16.7m in year handling miners’ compensation claims – The Times

“Jim Beresford gained the dubious distinction of being the ‘highest-earning solicitor in Britain’ through the profits generated by his firm’s handling of miners’ compensation claims.”

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The Times, 14th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Miners’ compensation: third of solicitors now flout rules on secret payments to win work – The Times

“The legal profession faces a radical overhaul of a multimillion-pound trade in which thousands of solicitors fork out confidential payments or commission to obtain work.”

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The Times, 14th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Shipyard workers must be compensated for asbestos exposure – The Times

“The Justice Committee has the opportunity to reverse a decision to deny those with pleural plaques the right to compensation”

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The Times, 21st September 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Pleasing employers, letting down victims? – The Times

“Backbench MPs are seeking to block controversial plans they believe will prevent victims of asbestos-related diseases suing their employers for damages.”

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The Times, 15th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Hope of £5,000 compensation for asbestos victims – The Guardian

“People suffering from pleural plaques through exposure to asbestos could qualify for a £5,000 payment if the outcome of a new government consultation goes in their favour.”

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The Guardian, 13th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Pleural plaques – Ministry of Justice

“A consultation on the government response to the House of Lords decision in Johnston v NEI International Combustion Ltd, that the existence of pleural plaques does not constitute actionable or compensable damage.”

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Ministry of Justice, 9th July 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Law firms rake in £700m in fees for coal miners’ claims – Legal Week

“Legal fees for firms advising on the ongoing compensation claims for sick coal miners have hit more than £700m.”

Full story

Legal Week, 12th June 2008

Source: www.legalweek.com

Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008

Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 published

Full text of Act (PDF)

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Solicitor Jim Beresford makes £30m from sick miners’ compensation scheme – The Times

“A solicitor who specialises in claiming compensation for sick coalminers has banked a personal profit of more than £30 million from the government-funded scheme.”

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The Times, 9th June 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

High Court begins hearing asbestos test case – The Times

“Families of workers who have died from the fatal asbestos-related disease, mesothelioma, launched a crucial High Court battle yesterday with insurers who say they are not liable to pay compensation.”

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The Times, 4th June 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Asbestos compensation case begins – BBC News

“A legal battle over compensation for asbestos victims is due to begin.”

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BBC News, 3rd June 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Payout threat to asbestos cancer victims – The Observer

“Patients with an asbestos-related form of cancer who had been hoping for compensation now fear they will run out of time under new government rules on payouts.”

Full story

The Observer, 23rd March 2008

Source: http://observer.guardian.co.uk

Whitehall bungled miners’ compensation, say MPs – The Guardian

“Whitehall ‘seriously mismanaged’ a £4bn compensation scheme for former miners suffering from lung disease and physical injuries, a report by a committee of MPs said yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 4th March 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Corr v IBC Vehicles Ltd – WLR Daily

Corr v IBC Vehicles Ltd [2008] UKHL 13; WLR (D) 62

“Where the deceased’s suicide had been the direct result of a depressive illness from which he had been suffering, which had been the direct and foreseeable consequence of an accident for which his employer was liable, his widow was entitled to claim damages under s 1 of the Fatal Accidents Act 1976. No reduction should be made for contributory negligence.”

WLR Daily, 27th February 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.

Widow wins compensation over husband’s work-related suicide – The Times

“The widow of a man who killed himself six years after an industrial accident should be compensated by his former employers, the House of Lords said this morning.”

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The Times, 27th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Group challenges asbestos ruling – BBC News

“A group from Wales is campaigning for the UK government to overturn a decision to stop compensating people suffering from an industrial illness.”

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BBC News, 27th February 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk


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