Archive for the 'personal injuries' Category

Paralysed woman sues Farnham pool owner for £6m – BBC News

“A woman who hit her head on the bottom of a swimming pool during a party in Surrey and was left paralysed is suing the owner for £6m at the High Court.”

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BBC News, 5th May 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Shadow justice minister attacks Jackson costs reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

“Shadow justice minister Andy Slaughter called on personal injury lawyers to get their clients involved in the fight to amend the government’s proposals on civil litigation costs.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 21st April 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Hospital accused over girl’s glue injection – The Guardian

“Great Ormond Street being sued by 11-year-old after operation left her with extensive brain damage.”

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The Guardian, 15th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Fraudsters jailed for £140,000 injury law scam – Law Society’s Gazette

“Six fraudsters were jailed last week for fronting a fake claims company that defrauded 19 personal injury law firms of almost £140,000.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 31st March 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

The cost of clamping down on ‘no win, no fee’ legal arrangements – The Guardian

“Ken Clarke’s announcement on Tuesday that the government is to reform the costs of civil litigation has been portrayed as a crackdown on lawyers’ fees. That always makes a pleasing headline but the reality is that the justice secretary wants the public to do it for him.”

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The Guardian, 30th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Heartlands Hospital in £7m brain damaged boy pay-out – BBC News

“The family of a boy who suffered severe brain damage due to hospital failures have received a £7m settlement.”

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BBC News, 16th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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

Sienkiewicz v Greif (UK) Ltd; Willmore v Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council – WLR daily

“The special rule attributing causation to multiple defendants in mesothelioma cases also applied to a single defendant who, in breach of duty, exposed a victim to asbestos dust, where her only other known exposure was low level asbestos fibres in the general atmosphere and where she subsequently contracted the disease.”
WLR Daily, 10th March 2011
 
Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Damages awarded to Virgin Atlantic masseuses – BBC News

“Two beauty therapists who suffered repetitive strain injury after giving hours of massages to Virgin Atlantic passengers have been awarded damages.”

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BBC News, 10th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Norwich plumber wins compensation from UEA – BBC News

“A plumber who was hurt when he slipped on a wet bin bag while working in a college library has won £5,217 from the University of East Anglia.”

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BBC News, 3rd 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.

£1m claim commuter awarded £11,000 – The Independent

“A commuter who sued London Underground for £1 million damages after he was grabbed by an employee at a ticket barrier has won just £11,925 in compensation.”

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The Independent, 25th February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Appeal Court rules in favour of homeowner sued over “cowboy” builder accident – Daily Telegraph

“Home owners are not responsible for the safety of workmen on their property, the Court of Appeal has ruled, throwing out a Polish builder’s claim for compensation from a woman who refused to let him walk on her pristine white carpets.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Boss forced to pay £13k to compensate stealing employee – Daily Telegraph

“A boss who took an employee he caught stealing to the police station with a sign saying ‘Thief’ around his neck has paid £13,000 after the criminal sued for ‘humiliation’.”

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Daily Telegraph, 15th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

£6.4m for kidney op blunder man – The Independent

“A man who nearly died during an operation to donate a kidney to his father has won £6.74 million High Court damages.”

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The Independent, 14th February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Factory fined over Hull worker’s severed hand – BBC News

“A food factory has been fined £14,000 after two workers had a hand and fingertips severed by machinery.”

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BBC News, 11th February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Brady v Norman – WLR Daily

Brady v Norman [2011] EWCA Civ 107; [2011] WLR (D) 40

“The policy behind the limitation period for defamation cases being shorter than that in personal injuries claims was clear, since the defamatory impact of libel or slander was likely to be transient and Parliament evidently intended that a claimant should assert and pursue his need for vindication speedily. Considerations as to prejudice in applications for the disapplication of the time limit in defamation cases were likely to be different than those in personal injuries cases and in defamation cases it was for the claimant to make out a case for the disapplication of the normal time limit.”

WLR Daily, 9th February 2011

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.

‘Pet boutique’ millionaire fined after dog bit jogger’s bottom – Daily Telegraph

“The millionaire owner of one of London’s top ‘pet boutiques’ has been ordered to pay £1,000 after his dog bit a jogger on the bottom.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Damages awarded for woman scalded in bath – The Independent

“A disabled woman suffered appalling burns when careworkers lowering her into a scalding bath mistook her distress for an epileptic fit, the High Court heard today.”

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The Independent, 3rd February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Former RAF man wins right to sue MoD over game injury – BBC News

“A Cornishman left paralysed in an It’s A Knockout-style game staged by the RAF has won the right to sue for damages.”

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BBC News, 2nd February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

The Epilim compensation case joins a dismal roll call – The Guardian

“A case by 100 families against a drug company collapsed when legal aid dried up. As the cuts bite, expect more such failures.”

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The Guardian, 1st February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Thomson ordered to pay damages to sick Spain tourists – BBC News

“A judge has ruled that one of the UK’s largest tour operators should have warned holidaymakers about an outbreak of illness at a Spanish resort.”

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BBC News, 14th January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Isle of Wight brain injury worker in £7m payout – BBC News

“A boatyard worker who suffered brain damage when he was hit by a falling gantry has won £7.2m in damages.”

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BBC News, 14th January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Land of Leather ‘toxic sofa’ customers win payout – The Guardian

“More than 400 customers who suffered burns and injuries from sofas bought from collapsed firm finally win compensation.”

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The Guardian, 15th December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Man left brain damaged at birth awarded £5.7m payout – BBC News

“A man brain damaged at birth due to complications has been awarded a £5.7m payout from health chiefs.”

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BBC News, 14th December 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

G20 photographer awarded £30,000 for injury by police – The Guardian

“A photographer who was struck in the face by a police shield during the G20 protests last year has been awarded £30,000 compensation by the Metropolitan police.”

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The Guardian, 7th December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Teenager suing friend’s family for £6m after pool party injury leaves her paralysed – Daily Telegraph

“A teenager who was paralysed after diving into a swimming pool during a party at a former friend’s home is suing the girl’s family in a multi-million pound damages suit because there were no warning signs.”

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Daily Telegraph, 30th November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

The Epilim case shows the flaws in the legal aid regime – The Guardian

“Families who claim the epilepsy drug was linked to birth defects have few options left after the LSC withdrew funding.”

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The Guardian, 29th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Dewsbury woman sprayed with CS gas awarded £7,000 – BBC News

“A woman who suffered burns after she was sprayed in the face with CS gas has received £7,000 in compensation from West Yorkshire Police.”

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BBC News, 24th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

British atom bomb test veterans lose damages case – The Guardian

“Atomic bomb test veterans who blame their ill health on exposure to radioactive fallout today lost their case for damages against the Ministry of Defence.”

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The Guardian, 22nd November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Father fights son over wife’s £5m divorce settlement – Daily Telegraph

“A father has gone to court claiming he deserves a greater share of his son’s £5 million inheritance left to him by his mother.”

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Daily Telegraph, 12th November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Teacher who lost voice trying to make herself heard awarded £150,000 – The Guardian

“A teacher of English whose voice was permanently damaged as she struggled to make herself heard in the classroom has been awarded more than £150,000 in compensation.”

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The Guardian, 9th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Epilim test case: Menzies Campbell accuses Legal Services Commission – The Guardian

“The government’s legal aid body was today accused of acting as ‘judge and jury’ by withdrawing state funding from a test case by families of disabled children against a pharmaceutical company.”

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The Guardian, 9th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Families denied legal aid for epilepsy drug court case – BBC news

“Dozens of families who blame an epilepsy drug for causing birth defects in their children say they are devastated that legal aid to sue its maker has been withdrawn.”

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BBC News, 8th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Portsmouth hospital kidney donor claims £14m damages – BBC News

“A man who nearly died during an operation to donate a kidney to his sick father is claiming High Court damages of more than £14m.”

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BBC News, 1st November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Lawyers issue warning over Lord Young’s compensation proposals – Law Society’s Gazette

“The government must not hinder access to justice for personal injury victims as it takes forward Lord Young’s report on the ‘compensation culture’, lawyers’ groups have warned.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 21st October 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Do ‘no win, no fee’ personal injury ads go too far? – The Guardian

“Do advertisements for ‘no win, no fee’ personal injury (PI) services need curbing? They may not exactly be what John Logie Baird had in mind when he first transmitted moving images, but tackiness should not on its own be enough to shut down a route to injured people gaining access to justice. Nor to close off a lucrative source of income for the cash-strapped advertising industry.”

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The Guardian, 12th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Disabled girl wins payout over Norwich hospital birth – BBC News

“A girl who suffered oxygen starvation during her birth at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital has won the right to millions in compensation from the NHS.”

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BBC News, 7th October 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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

Ambulance-chasing lawyers facing curbs in review of health and safety rules – Daily Telegraph

“A review of health and safety laws by a Tory peer is understood to recommend that the activities of personal injury and negligence lawyers should be curbed. The recommendation is one of 40 in a review of health and safety legislation by Lord Young of Graffham, a former trade secretary in Margaret Thatcher’s Government.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st October 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Merseyside Police CS face spray man awarded £4,000 – BBC News

“A schizophrenic man who suffered burns when a police officer sprayed him in the face with CS spray has been awarded £4,000 in compensation.”

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BBC News, 20th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Baby P clinic doctor Kim Holt to sue NHS – BBC News

“A doctor who raised concerns about the clinic where Baby P was seen days before his death is suing the NHS, claiming she was forced out of her job.”

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BBC News, 20th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Conman jailed over fake injury compensation claims – The Independent

“A fraudster was jailed today for trying to claim compensation from a number of local councils for injuries he had never suffered.”

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The Independent, 8th September 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Council fined after child injured at Discovery Museum – BBC News

“Newcastle City Council has been fined after a young girl was injured by an exhibit at one of its museums.”

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BBC News, 7th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Teen sues over playground accident blamed for personality disorder – Daily Telegraph

“A teenager is suing a council for £100,000 after claiming an accident in her school playground 11 years ago left her with a personality disorder which means she is unable to make friends.”

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Daily Telegraph, 4th September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Arctic cruise passengers to sue over glacier injuries – Daily Telegraph

“An Arctic cruise company is being sued by a senior banker and other passengers who were injured when chunks of glacier ice smashed onto the deck of their luxury liner.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Civil servant sues for £300,000 after falling off chair – Daily Telegraph

“A civil servant is suing his government department for £300,000 after he fell off a chair.”

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Daily Telegraph, 31st August 2010

Source: www.telegraph.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

Drake and another v Foster Wheeler Ltd – WLR Daily

Drake and another v Foster Wheeler Ltd [2010] EWHC 2004 (QB); [2010] WLR (D) 232

“Claims for hospice care were rare and were directly analogous to recoverable claims made by claimants from tortfeasor defendants for the recovery of compensation on behalf of relatives who had provided gratuitous care to the claimant in order to alleviate the consequences of tortiously inflicted injuries.”

WLR Daily, 19th August 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.

Firm fined after worker falls through roof

“A construction company was fined £8,000 today after a worker was left blind in one eye after he fell through a roof, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said.”

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The Independent, 16th August 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Legal action launched over Godstone Farm E. coli twins – BBC News

“The Kent mother of twins who were ill with E. coli in an outbreak in Surrey last year is suing the petting farm where her children became infected.”

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BBC News, 18th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Insurers’ new code may add insult to personal injury lawyers – The Guardian

“Personal injury lawyers and insurers are not the greatest of friends. Lawyers often see insurers as obstructive and just trying to weasel out of paying. Insurers see lawyers as equally obstructive and just trying to squeeze as much money as they can for themselves out of the compensation process.”

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The Guardian, 15th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

What will the Legal Services Board do about referral fees? – Law Society’s Gazette

“Is the referral fee debate over? Two reports submitted recently to the Legal Services Board (LSB) would make one think that it is, even though the board itself has still to reach a final decision.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th June 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Farm parents launch legal action – BBC News

“Lawyers representing 28 victims of last year’s E. coli outbreak at Godstone farm in Surrey are preparing to demand ‘substantial’ damages in a group legal action.”

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BBC News, 11th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk


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