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Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Police investigate fall from height at London department store (31 December 2014)

A man in his twenties is reported to be fighting for his life in hospital, after he fell from height at the Peter Jones Store in Kensington and Chelsea, London.  Read more...

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Government agrees to independent review of pregnancy-testing drug used in 1960s and 1970s (30 December 2014)

The government has agreed to an independent expert review looking into the cases of women given a pregnancy-testing drug which may have caused foetal deformities and stillbirths.  Read more...

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Woman undergoes surgery after dog attack (29 December 2014)

An 18-year-old woman underwent surgery at Bradford Royal Infirmary after being mauled by a dog while she was house sitting.  Read more...

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Medics issue children’s injury warning over Loom bands (29 December 2014)

Medical staff working in the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Department at the Monklands Hospital in Airdrie, Scotland are warning that more needs to be done to highlight the potential dangers of the children’s toy Loom bands.  Read more...

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Statutory inquiry into child sex abuse might force witnesses to testify (16 December 2014)

Home Secretary Theresa May has called for the government inquiry into child abuse to be given statutory powers – which would compel child abuse witnesses to give evidence.  Read more...

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Thames Water prosecuted for health and safety failings which led to worker’s death (15 December 2014)

Thames Water has been successfully prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a worker was killed by a reversing excavator at a treatment works in Walthamstow, east London.
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Launch of London’s “Quietways” cycle routes planned for May (12 December 2014)

London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced that the capital’s first cycle-friendly “Quietways” will open in May 2015.
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Scout Association apologises and pays compensation to victims of historic child abuse (11 December 2014)

The Scout Association has issued an apology to victims who were sexually abused by scoutmasters in the organisation.  Read more...

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10-year-old dies after becoming entangled in curtain cord (10 December 2014)

A ten-year-old boy with learning difficulties has died after becoming entangled in a curtain cord at his family’s home on the Isle of Wight on Sunday (07/12/14).  Read more...

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Teaching assistant convicted of child cruelty (8 December 2014)

A teaching assistant who taped a seven-year-old girl to a chair and subjected her to the ridicule of her classmates has been convicted of cruelty at Bradford Crown Court.  Read more...

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Labour calls for review of LASPO amid concern it has favoured defendants (8 December 2014)

Labour Shadow Justice Minister Andy Slaughter is calling for an early review of the government’s Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (LASPO), over fears that the reforms affecting personal injury (PI) claimants have “tipped the balance too far in favour of the defendant”.  Read more...

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Laundry firm fined after worker has fingers amputated (8 December 2014)

A laundry firm based at Woking in Surrey has been prosecuted, after a 57-year-old female worker lost four fingers after her hand was drawn into an inadequately guarded ironing machine.  Read more...

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Appeal Court rules woman who drank while pregnant and harmed unborn child “did not commit criminal offence” (5 December 2014)

A court has ruled that a mother who drank heavily while pregnant and whose baby was born with alcohol-related disabilities is not guilty of a crime.  Read more...

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Bereaved family claims should have parity with Scotland’s PI laws (4 December 2014)

The president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has called for equality between bereaved families making compensation claims in England, Wakes and Northern Ireland – and those making PI claims in Scotland.  Read more...

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Child abuse paediatrician jailed for 22 years (2 December 2014)

A leading children’s doctor who practised at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridgeshire has been given a 22-year jail sentence after being convicted of child abuse against his former patients.  Read more...

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More money for GPs in Chancellor’s Autumn Statement NHS windfall (1 December 2014)

Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed that his autumn budget statement will include an extra £2 billion for the NHS – including extra money for GPs.  Read more...

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Building company prosecuted, after plasterer falls from height (1 December 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a building company, after a plasterer fell from height while working at a six-bedroom mansion in Cheshire and broke his back.  Read more...

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Prison sentences “likely” for pub landlady and chef, after Christmas Day diner is killed by infected meat (26 November 2014)

A husband whose wife died from food poisoning after eating reheated food at a pub has told Snaresbrook Crown Court that she began shaking and her eyes “rolled back into her head” the day after eating the Christmas meal at the Railway Hotel in Hornchurch, Essex in 2012.  Read more...

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Bereaved husband makes heartfelt plea for road safety measures on dangerous road, after wife and mother is killed out jogging (26 November 2014)

The devastated husband of a young mother killed on a road while out jogging is calling for road safety measures to be introduced on a dangerous road where his wife was killed by a motorist.  Read more...

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£750,000 claim by mother for delays in cancer diagnosis which may have cost her life (24 November 2014)

A woman from South Wales is suing the NHS for £750,000, after doctors failed to treat her symptoms as urgent, with the result that her cancer is now terminal.  Read more...

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Celebrity chef recovering from cancer killed by hospital-acquired Legionella infection (24 November 2014)

The birth mother of TV chef Ross Burden has revealed her son died from Legionellosis as a result of an infected water supply at the hospital caring for him in New Zealand.
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MPs call on FCO to maintain services for Britons injured on holidays abroad (24 November 2014)

A cross-party committee of MPs has raised concern over the service bereaved families are receiving from consular staff abroad.  Read more...

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Out-of-court settlement for teenager whose brain tumour was missed by private hospital (24 November 2014)

The parents of a teenager whose brain tumour was missed on a scan at a private hospital have secured an ot-of-court compensation settlement – even though the hospital failed to accept liability.   Read more...

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Fines handed to London cyclists more than double in one year (24 November 2014)

Figures obtained by London newspaper the Evening Standard show that the number of fines given to cyclists who have ridden their bikes dangerously more than doubled in 2013.
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£250,000 compensation claim by nurse traumatised after pregnant sister’s death, following “catalogue of hospital blunders” (20 November 2014)

A senior nurse who works in an NHS neurological unit is suing the health service after she watched her pregnant sister die as a result of medical blunders during her care.  Read more...

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Following GP surgery ratings, MyNHS goes live with surgeons’ performance ratings (19 November 2014)

Figures from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have recently revealed that in many areas NHS patients are struggling to book GP appointments – and ratings for GP surgeries are falling.  Read more...

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“Women” lack machismo need to serve of frontline, says Afghanistan veteran (19 November 2014)

A leading member of the Armed Forces has said that women should not be given roles in frontline combat as they lack the “killer instinct”.  Read more...

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Road Safety Week launches with plea from injured cyclist (18 November 2014)

A cyclist who was knocked from her bicycle and dragged along the road by a skip lorry has spoken out about her experience to mark Road Safety Week, which began on Monday (17/11/14).  Read more...

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£5.5m compensation for powerboat racer left with life-changing injuries (17 November 2014)

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has agreed a £5.5m payout to a man who was left with life-changing injuries following a boating accident 10 years ago.  Read more...

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Family of 20 sue over holiday food poisoning at Ibiza hotel (17 November 2014)

A family is suing Thomas Cook and Jet2 Holidays after all 20 members of their party fell ill on the “holiday from hell” to San Antonio in Ibiza.  Read more...

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Construction firm fined after worker falls from height (17 November 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive has successfully prosecuted a Cardiff company, after a worker fell 8ft from a single storey roof when a beam he was standing on gave way.  Read more...

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HSE finds 40% of construction sites fail in duty to protect workers from accident and injury (17 November 2014)

A month-long inspection of the construction industry by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revealed that 40% of construction sites are failing to protect workers adequately.  Read more...

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Greenwich waste company fined for health and safety breaches (14 November 2014)

A south London waste company has been prosecuted after Health and Safety Inspectors found that staff were frequently put at risk from heavy machinery left in a dangerous condition.  Read more...

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22,000 dental patients recalled as police investigate alleged hygiene breaches and death of 23-year-old patient (13 November 2014)

A dentist in Nottingham has been suspended pending an investigation into alleged failures in hygiene at his practice and the death of a female patient from an infection contracted after dental treatment at the surgery.  Read more...

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Home Secretary orders review into who knew what regarding 1980s Establishment paedophile allegations (12 November 2014)

The Home Secretary has ordered a review into how MI5 handled child abuse allegations against public figures.  Read more...

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EU regulations on labelling food allergens come into force in December (10 November 2014)

UK restaurants and catering outlets will have to spend millions of pounds checking ingredients which may cause allergies, as new EU regulations come into force on 13 December.  Read more...

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Watchdog calls for London Mayor’s cycle superhighways to be phased in gradually to prevent disruption (10 November 2014)

The London Mayor’s public watchdog London TravelWatch is urging him to abandon plans for a “big bang” introduction of cycle superhighways across London, saying that the proposed rollout of cycle-only routes will “bring havoc to bus lanes”.
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£120,000 settlement for delay in referring hip dysplasia baby for treatment (7 November 2014)

The High Court has approved a settlement of £120,000 for the future care of a child, whose hip dysplasia was diagnosed three months too late to enable her to have a procedure as a baby, which would have prevented further surgery.  Read more...

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Out-of-court settlement after trust denies liability for death of pregnant woman (6 November 2014)

The parents of a 26-year-old woman who died from sepsis after her waters broke at 24 weeks have agreed an out-of-court settlement with the hospital they hold responsible for her death.  Read more...

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Landmark ruling gives compensation hope to mesothelioma victims – and those injured in factories (5 November 2014)

A Supreme Court ruling has allowed a mesothelioma victim’s family the right to claim compensation for his illness, even though he did not work directly with asbestos.  Read more...

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Patients who complain fear victimisation by medical staff (4 November 2014)

The Patients’ Association says that NHS patients making complaints about poor service or GP negligence are made to feel frightened and victimised by NHS staff as a result.  Read more...

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£4m compensation for brain injured man misdiagnosed after road traffic accident (3 November 2014)

A man who was diagnosed with a mild brain injury after a car accident has been awarded £4 million in compensation after the injury left him with cognitive impairments and caused him to undergo a personality change.  Read more...

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Celebrity cosmetic surgeon sued for £100,000 after alleged botched tummy tuck (3 November 2014)

A tummy tuck plastic surgery patient operated on at a North London clinic four years ago was left looking as though she had three navels, according to papers lodged in the High Court and seen by London newspaper the Evening Standard.  Read more...

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NHS pledge to military veterans is failing, say leading clinicians (31 October 2014)

Veterans who have lost limbs in live combat or suffered other life-changing injuries while serving in the Armed Forces are not receiving the care promised by the government, say two leading professors.  Read more...

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Manchester firm fined £125,000 after employee is crushed to death in industrial accident (28 October 2014)

A Manchester-based firm has been fined £125,000 after an employee was killed when a steel container hit him.  Read more...

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Amateur footballer may be jailed for assault on opponent during match (27 October 2014)

A footballer may be jailed after he headbutted an opponent so hard the victim was unconscious for six minutes.  Read more...

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Coroner calls for “Jade’s Law” to tighten up control of dangerous dogs (27 October 2014)

A Coroner is calling for dog licences to be re-introduced, following the death of a 14-year-old girl who was mauled by a pack of dogs at a friend’s house in Atherton, Manchester.  Read more...

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Scrap metal firm fined after ignoring warnings about lead poisoning (23 October 2014)

A scrap metal firm based in Darwen, Lancashire has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after workers were diagnosed with lead poisoning.  Read more...

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New dangerous dog laws could see owners fined £20,000 or sentenced to 14 years in jail (21 October 2014)

Dog owners who fail to control their dogs could face fines of up to £20,000 in new legislation introduced on Monday (20/10/14).  Read more...

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Speed limit for tractors will increase from March 2015 (20 October 2014)

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that the speed limit for tractors will rise to 25mph from March 2015.  Read more...

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Family of newlywed who died from CO poisoning release film to warn others of dangers (20 October 2014)

The father of a new bride who died from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning has made a film to warn others of the dangers of CO poisoning.  Read more...

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Cycling accidents in London may be reduced by encouraging more women and elderly people to cycle (17 October 2014)

The London Mayor’s Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan is calling fro a less “macho” approach by cyclists on London’s roads to try and help reduce road traffic accidents involving cyclists.  Read more...

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NHS trust denied the right to withdraw its compensation offer to brain-injury patient (16 October 2014)

A judge sitting in the High Court in London has refused to allow an NHS trust to withdraw an offer it made to a patient who suffered permanent brain injury after a fall.  Read more...

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Landlords prosecuted after young family suffers carbon monoxide poisoning in rented house (13 October 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted two landlords, after a couple and their baby were taken to hospital suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.  Read more...

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Road worker in suffers burns after road marker vehicle explodes (13 October 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a road marking company, after a worker suffered minor burns after a road marking vehicle caught fire and exploded.  Read more...

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Toddler hospitalised with food poisoning on “nightmare” Thomson holiday (10 October 2014)

A young family whose baby ended up in hospital on a drip after contracting food poisoning on a package holiday has been offered just £130 as a “goodwill gesture” by tour operator Thomson.
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Writ issued against Virgin Holidays after woman loses gallbladder following holiday illness (10 October 2014)

A British holidaymaker is suing Virgin Holidays, after illness she contracted on a luxury package holiday in Antigua led to her having her gallbladder removed.  Read more...

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£119,000 compensation for two families still suffering holiday food poisoning symptoms after four years (8 October 2014)

A family has been awarded £119,000 in compensation, after their package holiday to Bulgaria turned into a cockroach-infested nightmare.  Read more...

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Mesothelioma campaigners win High Court battle (8 October 2014)

Campaigners for victims of asbestosis and mesothelioma have won a High Court challenge against the Secretary of State for Justice, regarding cost provisions imposed on mesothelioma claims under the government’s Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act.  Read more...

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Abattoir bull shot by farmer to prevent animal attack (6 October 2014)

A terrified bull which escaped from an abattoir has been shot by a farmer in East Lancashire, over fears it might attack a member of the public.  Read more...

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Firm fined £13,000 after worker has finger partially amputated (6 October 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a West Midlands firm after an employee lost a fingertip while using an unguarded drill.
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“Near miss” between British planes at Malaga Airport investigated (6 October 2014)

The Spanish Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that two aircraft came within 500ft of each other at Malaga Airport in Spain on 17 September.  Read more...

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Road and tramline layout blamed for Croydon cyclist’s death (6 October 2014)

The death of a cyclist in Croydon has led to a coroner calling for a rethink of “confusing” tram lines in the town.  Read more...

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£4.8m for 10-year-old boy requiring lifelong care after developing septic shock at birth (6 October 2014)

The High Court has awarded £4.8 million in compensation to a 10-year-old boy who needed a kidney transplant as a toddler, following a medical blunder at a private hospital in London.  Read more...

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Single practice GPs in the firing line, after CQC inspections (1 October 2014)

More than 200 GP practices across England could be facing closure, according to a report by Sky News.  Read more...

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Care home fined £5,000 – but avoids crown court over resident’s death (29 September 2014)

A care home has been prosecuted after an 88-year-old woman was lowered into a bath of scalding water and later died.  Read more...

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Engineering firm fined after worker suffers life-threatening crush injuries (29 September 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successful prosecuted an engineering firm based in Basingstoke, after a 42-year-old worker was critically injured after being crushed against a steel post by a telehandler.  Read more...

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Fears over possible dog attacks, after fighting dogs are trained at children’s playground (25 September 2014)

Police in Enfield north London are calling for information about a resurgence in dog fights in the area, which has led to a new children’s playground being used to train dogs for fights.  Read more...

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Accidental verdict returned after British holidaymaker dies on rafting trip (24 September 2014)

A company organising raft trips for tourists in Peru is being investigated by the authorities in Peru, after a London woman drowned while rafting on the Vilcanota River in Cusco earlier this year.  Read more...

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Insurance Fraud Bureau warns that industrial deafness could spark new wave of fraudulent claims (23 September 2014)

The Insurance Fraud Bureau has said that criminal gangs are targeting new health conditions in order to make fraudulent personal injury claims.
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Couple take legal action over Thomson gastroenteritis holiday illness (23 September 2014)

A couple who contracted food poisoning on a package holiday to Fuerteventura have hit out at tour operator Thomson for the poor standards of hygiene at their hotel.  Read more...

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Three-month suspension for midwife who went home rather than help resuscitate mother and deliver baby (23 September 2014)

A midwife accused of going off shift rather staying to help a mother experiencing labour difficulties who later died has been suspended for three months by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) – prompting the bereaved husband of the young mother to call the suspension “a scandal”.  Read more...

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Cycle Safety Shield fitted to lorry “saved lives and fuel”, says Ealing Council (23 September 2014)

Ealing Council has announced the results of a trial in which a lorry was fitted with a sensor to detect cyclists and pedestrians.  Read more...

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Medics launch app to collect data on London cycle accident (22 September 2014)

Researchers at the Royal London Hospital in east London are asking cyclists in London to use an app to help them record cycle crashes and “near misses” so they can build a database of the city’s most dangerous roads and junctions.  Read more...

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Two facing charges after newlywed is killed in Greek island jet-ski crash (19 September 2014)

The best friend of a man killed on honeymoon and the owner of a ski hire company have been detained by police in Greece following the fatal crash off the Greek island of Santorini.  Read more...

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Child’s eye cancer missed three times by medics (19 September 2014)

The parents of a baby whose eye cancer was missed by health professionals on three occasions have spoken out to warn other parents to keep pushing for answers where their children’s health is concerned.  Read more...

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Carpet manufacturer and engineering inspection firm fined after pressurised vat explodes (18 September 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a carpet company and an engineering inspection company, after workers at the carpet factory narrowly missed being injured when a piece of equipment exploded.
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Nuclear test veterans “still waiting for news of compensation payouts” (15 September 2014)

Victims of nuclear tests which took place in the 1960s are still waiting for a share of £25 million compensation.  Read more...

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Building company owner prosecuted for substandard gas work which put family at risk (15 September 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted the owner of a building company, after she instructed her son – also her employee – to move the flue of a boiler at a home they were refurbishing, without having Gas Safety certification.  Read more...

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Birmingham scientists trial breathalyser test to diagnose concussion injuries (12 September 2014)

Researchers at Birmingham University are trialling a test which will help improve diagnosis of concussion after a sports injury.  Read more...

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Building firms prosecuted after worker falls from roof (12 September 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted two building companies, after a contractor fell from a roof and broke his back.  Read more...

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Cannabis factory discovered at address in Writtle (8 September 2014)

A man found growing cannabis plants in the loft of his Chelmsford home has been bailed by local magistrates until later in September.  Read more...

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Landlord fined for exposing tenants to risk of carbon monoxide poisoning (8 September 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a private landlord in Accrington, Lancashire, after he failed to have gas appliances inspected and potentially exposed rental tenants to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.  Read more...

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Scaffolding boss jailed after construction worker plunges to death (8 September 2014)

The boss of a Kent scaffolding company has been jailed for 15 months, after a construction worker plunged 15 metres and died at a building site in west London.
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Two Brits fall from balconies at Ibiza hotels “within hours of each other” (4 September 2014)

A second British tourist is critically ill in a Spanish hospital, after falling from a fifth-floor balcony in the Ibiza holiday resort San Antonio.  Read more...

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12 more victims of child sex abuse in Rotherham come forward (3 September 2014)

South Yorkshire Chief Constable David Crompton has revealed that 12 more victims of child abuse in Rotherham have come forward since Professor Alexis Jay’s report into the scandal was published.  Read more...

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Doctors accused of malpractice “retiring early to avoid disciplinary hearings” (1 September 2014)

Dozen of GPs have taken early retirement rather than face disciplinary proceedings for malpractice, according to figures obtained by an MP.  Read more...

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Company prosecuted over safety failings which led to joiner falling through ceiling (1 September 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a building company, after a joiner fell through a ceiling at work.  Read more...

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£20,000 compensation for Dominican Republic holiday food poisoning (1 September 2014)

A holidaymaker from Bristol who endured a “nightmare” holiday in the Dominican Republic has won £20,000 in holiday food poisoning compensation.  Read more...

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EU ban on high-energy electrical appliances (29 August 2014)

A draft study into banning high-energy products such as hair dryers, kettles or DIY tools could mean a 30% reduction in the power used by these items.
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Campaign launched to protect blind and partially-sighted pedestrians from reckless cyclists (28 August 2014)

A leading charity is calling on cyclists to be more aware of visually-impaired pedestrians, after it found that one in four blind and partially-sighed people have been involved in a road traffic accident (RTA) involving a cyclist.
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Victims of child sexual abuse in Rotherham “treated with contempt” (27 August 2014)

A report into child abuse in Rotherham has revealed a catalogue of failings by the local council and the police in protecting children and young adults – many of whom were in Local Authority care – from child abuse and sexual exploitation.  Read more...

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Four-year-old injured in dog attack (26 August 2014)

A four-year-old boy has had his ear sewn back on after he was attacked by a Japanese Akita dog while visiting family in Liverpool.  Read more...

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£10,000 fine after dairy employee suffers life-changing injuries in fall at work (26 August 2014)

A dairy in County Durham has been prosecuted, after a 41-year-old worker fell while unloading crates of milk and sustained life changing injuries.  Read more...

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Poisonous spiders found in supermarket grapes (26 August 2014)

An officer worker from Cardiff has found two poisonous spiders in a bunch of grapes she bought from the local Co-op supermarket  Read more...

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Jail for brothers who ignored HSE warnings and exposed contractors to asbestos (22 August 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted two brothers – described as having “little or no experience of building or construction” – after they exposed at least seven contractors to asbestos.  Read more...

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Serious accidents involving cyclists “double” in York this year (21 August 2014)

New figures released by North Yorkshire County Council and City of York County Council show that the number of serious road traffic accidents involving cyclists has doubled in the first half of 2014, compared with the same period for last year.
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Cumbria man dies in work accident at Eastbourne Pier (20 August 2014)

Sussex Police have confirmed that a worker employed on the fire-damaged pier at Eastbourne was killed when he fell from the structure at around 4pm on Monday (19/08/14).  Read more...

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Bakery fined after customer plummets 8ft through floor hatch and breaks pelvis (19 August 2014)

A bakery has been fined £8,000 and nearly £4,000 in costs, after a customer fell through a trapdoor in the floor while buying cakes for her birthday.  Read more...

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Father nearly misses daughter’s funeral, after being “ripped apart” by Japanese Akita dog outside her house (18 August 2014)

A retired teacher nearly missed his own daughter’s funeral after a Japanese Akita dog – who belonged to his late daughter’s former partner – launched a vicious attack on him before the funeral.
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Centralised A&E plan for Shropshire is “building death into the system” (18 August 2014)

Campaigners across Shropshire, Telford, Powys, Wrekin are protesting at A& E closures, which could see just one emergency unit to cover 600,000 people across the region.   Read more...

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Salmonella Food Poisoning – Making a compensation claim (18 August 2014)

The Health Protection Agency has confirmed outbreaks of Salmonella in West London, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Cheshire and Merseyside and London since June.  Read more...

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Child killer refused compensation (15 August 2014)

The killer of schoolgirl April Jones has been refused compensation, after he was slashed across the face by another prisoner and scarred for life.  Read more...

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Cryptosporidium illness on holiday – making a compensation claim (14 August 2014)

Alarming reports about some hotel guests deliberately contaminating swimming pool water with human waste at hotels in Egypt, Turkey and Spain means holidaymakers need to be aware of how to protect themselves from bacterial and parasitic gastric illnesses which thrive in water – including Cryptosporidium, which is known as the swimming pool bug.  Read more...

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Egypt hotel threatens British tourists with £1,400 fine if they defecate in the swimming pool (13 August 2014)

A hotel in Egypt is threatening guests with fines of up to £1,400, after British tourists are reportedly contaminating swimming pool water by deliberately defecating in the pool.  Read more...

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Four-year-old bites into ice cream and discovers a metal spring and ball bearing in cone (11 August 2014)

A four-year-old girl has narrowly missed being seriously injured after she bit into an ice cream and found a metal spring inside the cone.  Read more...

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Bolton mum loses part of finger in Benidorm holiday accident (8 August 2014)

A mother on holiday in Spain has lost part of a finger, after slamming a glass patio door on her finger.
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Holidaymakers “to sue”, as Mallorca and Menorca hotels are struck by holiday vomiting bug (6 August 2014)

Two popular holiday resorts on the Balearic Islands of Mallorca and Menorca have been struck by an outbreak of a vomiting bug.  Read more...

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£30,000 compensation for employee sexually, physically and verbally harassed by boss (6 August 2014)

A 34-year-old widow who was subjected to physical and sexual abuse by her manager at work has won a £30,000 compensation payout for sexual harassment.  Read more...

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British holidaymakers take legal action over Egypt holiday food poisoning (5 August 2014)

More than 100 British tourists have fallen ill with holiday food poisoning at a popular Red Sea resort in Egypt.  Read more...

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Paediatrician faces professional misconduct charge, after toddler dies from dehydration (5 August 2014)

A doctor is facing a charge of professional misconduct, after it is alleged she failed to properly assess a toddler who died from dehydration after he was admitted to hospital with vomiting and diarrhoea.  Read more...

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HSE prosecutes scaffolding company and director after scaffold collapse on high street (4 August 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a scaffolding company and its director after a scaffold collapsed onto a busy high street used by children to get to and from school.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

HSE prosecuted haulage firms after driver is paralysed (1 August 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted two haulage companies after a driver was paralysed in a work accident.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

BA pilots may have died from “fume events” poisoning (29 July 2014)

A British Airways (BA) pilot who died in 2012 at the age of 43 after alleging that poisonous fumes on the flight deck had caused his ill-health, may be proved right after new research published in the Journal of Biological Physics and Chemistry examined his claims.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

How to claim compensation for package holiday accidents (28 July 2014)

Holidaymakers who book package holidays and suffer injuries as a result of the negligence of another party are protected under the Package Travel Regulations 1992 – and can usually claim compensation for their holiday injuries.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

How to make a claim for holiday illness (25 July 2014)

Every year thousands of holidaymakers have their holidays ruined as a result of falling ill with preventable illnesses on package holidays.
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Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

MoD under fire for asking wounded soldier to return £11,000 compensation “because of mistake” (21 July 2014)

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is demanding the return of £11,000 paid out to a soldier whose arm was shattered in Afghanistan – because the ministry claims it “made a mistake”.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Roofing contractor prosecuted after unauthorised gas work put lives of elderly couple at risk (21 July 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a roofing contractor, after elderly householders were put at risk when work on their chimney stack proved faulty.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

British Transport Police sued by moped rider whose head “smashed to pieces” in road traffic accident (16 July 2014)

The British Transport Police are facing legal action from a moped rider whose skull was “smashed to pieces” in a road traffic accident involving a collision with a British Transport Police Officer.
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Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Butler-Sloss steps down from public inquiry into child sex abuse (15 July 2014)

The inquiry into how public organisations handled child sex abuse allegations has been thrown into chaos by the resignation of the former judge appointed to chair the inquiry, Lady Butler-Sloss.
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Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

British tourist loses fingertips in Disney World holiday accident (14 July 2014)

A British man on holiday in Orlando, Florida, has lost two fingertips on the Pirates of the Caribbean Disney World ride, after he held onto the boat he was in with his fingers on the outside.
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Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Rolf Harris convictions may lead to indecent assault compensation claims from victims (1 July 2014)

Entertainer and painter Rolf Harris may be facing a flood of claims for compensation, after he was found guilty of 12 charges of indecent assault on young girls on Monday (30/06/14).  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

HSE launches campaign to highlight construction workers’ accident and disease risks (1 July 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a campaign to target unsafe working practices on construction sites. From 23 June, HSE inspectors have been making spot checks on construction sites to uncover risks to construction workers.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Government to “flag up” GPs who fail to diagnose early-stage cancers (30 June 2014)

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that NHS GPs who regularly fail to diagnose cancer may face having their name flagged up with a red flag on the NHS Choices website.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Britain’s H-bomb veterans launch film to highlight compensation fight (30 June 2014)

Servicemen who were exposed to radiation after serving in the South Pacific and Australia in the 1950s and 1960s are hoping that a 40-minute film called Nobody told us Anything will highlight their plight after suffering radiation poisoning.   Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Parents consider legal action after three-year-old suffers fractured skull in holiday accident (30 June 2014)

A three-year-old boy from Kent spent 10 days in intensive care in hospital in Turkey fighting for his life, after a speaker fell from a hotel balcony and landed on his head.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Health Secretary apologies to victims of Jimmy Savile who were sexually abused in NHS hospitals (27 June 2014)

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has apologised to victims of Jimmy Savile, after an inquiry found that the entertainer had abused hospital patients aged from five years to 75 – after being allowed access to NHS hospital wards during his career as a disc jockey  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

IPPC inquiry after man dies from heart attack following police arrest (26 June 2014)

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an inquiry after a 37-year-old Asian man died from a heart attack after being arrested by police in Camden, north London.
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Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

HSE prosecutes after employee loses both legs in baling machine (25 June 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a Sussex firm and the manufacturer of a remote control, after a scrap metal worker became trapped in the doors of a baling machine and had both legs amputated as a result.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£464,000 for tsunami police forensics expert who developed PSTD (23 June 2014)

A police scientist has been awarded £464,000 in compensation, after developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following his duties after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami in India, Sri Lanka and Thailand.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Couple sue after falling ill with sickness and diarrhoea on board P&O’s Oriana cruise ship (20 June 2014)

A couple from Gunnislake in east Cornwall are suing cruise operator P&O, after a dream cruise on the Oriana liner turned into a nightmare because of holiday food poisoning.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£10,800 for patient who lost two teeth as a result of alleged failings in dental care (19 June 2014)

A Tonbridge dental patient who lost two teeth after receiving poor dental treatment won £10,800 in compensation, the Kent and Sussex Courier reports.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£5m compensation for genetic scientist who suffered brain damage after ambulance crew sat round the corner for 102 minutes (18 June 2014)

A genetic scientist who suffered severe brain damage after an ambulance took nearly two hours to arrive at her home has been awarded a £5 million compensation settlement.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Taxi driver with multiple driving convictions faces jail after killing teenager (17 June 2014)

A jury at Newcastle Crown Court took just one hour to convict an off-duty taxi driver of causing the death of a 17-year-old student by dangerous driving.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Four jailed after knife attack left victim a quadruple amputee (17 June 2014)

A court in Hove has jailed four men found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent, after the man they stabbed contracted a blood infection – and ended up having all four of his limbs amputated.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

HSE prosecutes two companies over death of five-year-old in South Wales (16 June 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted two companies based in South Wales, following the death of a five-year-old girl who became trapped in the mechanism of a sliding gate in July 2010.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Legal action over allegations of poor hygiene at some Butlins holiday camps (12 June 2014)

More than 200 holidaymakers who stayed at Butlins holiday camps are taking legal action over allegations of failures in hygiene at the holiday camps – including a smell of raw sewage and dirty swimming pools.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Construction company fined over “wholly preventable” work accident (12 June 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a construction company, after a sub-contractor fell from height from a staircase and broke his collarbone.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Highway Code overhaul to allow self-drive cars on Britain’s roads (10 June 2014)

The government is considering reforms to the Highway Code to meet the demands of technological developments such as driverless cars.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Five-figure payout for mother left with screw lodged in spine after surgery (9 June 2014)

A 36-year-old mother-of-two will spend the rest of her life in pain because doctors wrongly inserted a piece of metal into her spine during surgery, causing permanent nerve damage.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

MoJ introduces measures to reduce insurance fraud (9 June 2014)

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is targeting whiplash claimants once more, with the aim of reducing insurance fraud and bogus whiplash claims.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Lord Saatchi’s Medical Innovation Bill to receive a second reading (9 June 2014)

Lord Saatchi’s Medical Innovation Bill has passed its first hurdle through the House of Lords and will now be given a second reading.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

More babies poisoned after contaminated feeds (9 June 2014)

There are fears that more babies may have been poisoned as a result of contaminated feeds in neonatal units across the UK.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Thalidomide victims launch legal action for compensation (6 June 2014)

Eight thalidomide victims are to take legal action against drugs manufacturer Grunenthal, 50 years after the thalidomide scandal.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Soldier killed in training exercise at Army base (6 June 2014)

A solider has died and another has been injured after a truck overturned at a military base in Cumbria on Wednesday (04/06/14) morning.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

High Court rules drug dealer injured in car crash is entitled to compensation (5 June 2014)

A man injured in a road accident while he was taking part in criminal activity has won the right to claim compensation in a High Court ruling.
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Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Briton killed in holiday accident, after falling over wall in the dark (4 June 2014)

A British holidaymaker has died after falling over a wall and plunging 30 feet the popular Spanish holiday island Menorca.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Private college fined £100,000 after employee develops industrial disease (2 June 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted private school Stonyhurst College in Clitheroe, Lancashire after a stonemason employed by the college developed potentially fatal lung disease.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Thomson pays compensation for holiday food poisoning on cruise ship (30 May 2014)

A couple from Stockton have been offered compensation by holiday giant Thomson, after falling ill on a Thomson cruise.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Four hospitalised in US, after teen driver “holds breath” and faints while driving through tunnel (28 May 2014)

A 19-year-old driver in the US crashed while playing a children’s game in which he tried to hold his breath while driving through a tunnel.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Fairground ride owner fined after two teens are seriously injured (27 May 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted the owner of a fairground ride, after two teenage boys were seriously injured in an incident involving the ride in July 2012.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

MoD figures show Britain’s tradition of boy soldiers is “alive and well” (27 May 2014)

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is facing a backlash after it was revealed that many Army recruits are aged 16 or 17 – too young to participate in active combat.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Five hurt after unconnected wiring causes swimming pool “shock” (27 May 2014)

Online footage has emerged of the moment two children in Florida were dragged from a swimming pool by their father, after they suffered an electric shock in the water.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

CPS decides not to prosecute lorry driver involved in fatal cycle accident (23 May 2014)

Scotland Yard has revealed that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided not to take action against a lorry driver who was arrested after a collision involving his vehicle and a cyclist who died.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Magaluf death “not a holiday accident”, say parents (20 May 2014)

The parents of an aspiring DJ who died in a balcony fall in Majorca are to ask the Met Police in London to open an investigation.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Tragic death of young father-to-be in work accident (19 May 2014)

A 25-year-old man whose partner is expecting a baby has been killed in an industrial accident at a firm near Chorley in Lancashire.
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Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Bluetooth Smartbike aims to improve cyclists’ safety and cut cycle theft (19 May 2014)

A new “smart” bicycle manufactured in Toronto in Canada will enable users to connect the bicycle to a Smartphone to monitor speed and performance, website TheCoolist.com reports.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

37-year-old recovers after eight strokes and a cardiac arrest as a result of cosmetic procedure (16 May 2014)

A 37-year-old yoga instructor has recovered after suffering eight strokes and a cardiac arrest, as a result of having a cosmetic procedure involving a filler injection in her chin.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Driver arrested after two passengers die in coach crash (14 May 2014)

The 57-year-old driver of a coach – which crashed resulting in the death of two elderly passengers – has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

74-year-old suffers serious facial injuries in fall, after council redesigns road with “invisible” kerb (13 May 2014)

A 74-year-old woman suffered a broken nose and horrific facial injuries, after she tripped and fell on a concealed kerb, which the local council installed in Grimsby.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

“Cycle streets” with 15mph speed limit proposed by DfT (13 May 2014)

The Department for Transport (DfT) is proposing the introduction of “cycle streets” in London and other towns and cities in the UK, which would give cyclists priority over other road users – with drivers possibly banned from overtaking cyclists.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Fears that children may be at risk from colony of rare constrictor reptiles living along central London riverbank (12 May 2014)

Residents of Camden in London have reported a colony of six-foot long Aesculapian snakes living along the banks of Regent’s Canal at Camden Lock.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Plans to allow more time at pedestrian crossings prompt backlash over “clogged up” roads (12 May 2014)

The head of roads policy at motoring organisation the AA has said that MPs’ proposals to lengthen the time allowed for people to cross the road could result in roads being “clogged up”.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Lack of Highway Code knowledge may increase speeding offences (9 May 2014)

New research by More Than has revealed that one-third of motorists do not know basic Highway Code essentials such as the speed limit or the meaning of common road signs.
  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£100,000 compensation possible for man given vasectomy in error (7 May 2014)

A man who went into hospital for a minor routine urological operation and who was given a vasectomy in error could be in line for an £100,000 compensation payout.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

HSE prosecutes after worker’s hand is injured in machinery (7 May 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a firm in County Durham, after a 59-year-old employee injured his hand when it became trapped while he was cleaning a glue rolling machine.
  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Dubai flight met by ambulances at Heathrow, after 60 children develop sickness and diarrhoea on board (6 May 2014)

Investigations are underway after 60 children developed vomiting and diarrhoea on a flight from Dubai to London’s Heathrow.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

21-year-old undergoes facial reconstruction after attack with stiletto shoe (6 May 2014)

A 21-year-old security guard with Asda supermarket has spoken out about how a “crazed” woman attacked him while he was waiting in a taxi queue after a night out in Poole, Dorset.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Company prosecuted after employee suffers “horrific” head injury in work accident (2 May 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a company, after an employee sustained an “horrific” head injury while investigating a fault on a hot wire cutting machine in June 2013.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£815 compensation for murderer whose personal possessions were lost (29 April 2014)

A prison guard inured in an attack by a convicted killer in jail has criticised a compensation award of £815 made to him after the Prison Service lost and damaged some of his personal possessions during a move between jails.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

TUI to pay compensation for cruise liner illness (29 April 2014)

Passengers who fell on a cruise ship operated by travel giant TUI are to receive thousands of pounds in compensation.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Army helicopter crash in Afghanistan “accidental” (28 April 2014)

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said that a routine helicopter flight which ended in the deaths of five servicemen in Afghanistan was a “tragic accident”.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

OTC holiday sickness drug facing prescribing restrictions (28 April 2014)

Over-the-counter (OTC) drug domperidone – used to treat vomiting and heartburn – is facing restrictions after an EU investigation focused on the deaths of nearly 60 patients who suffered cardiac events while taking the medication.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£42,500 compensation for dental negligence (28 April 2014)

A father of two has been awarded £42,500 in compensation, after a dentist failed to treat decay in his teeth, despite regular check-ups.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Apple files US patent for device to prevent drivers from texting (28 April 2014)

Technology giant Apple has filed a US patent for an in-car device which would prevent motorists from texting while driving.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Toddler injured in dog attack has lip sewn back (25 April 2014)

A toddler from Stoke-on-Trent attacked by a dog in the local park has had her bottom lip stitched back on, after it was left hanging off in the dog attack.   Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Death of Duchess of Cornwall’s brother “accidental” (25 April 2014)

The brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwell was taking a “cocktail” of drugs to lower his blood pressure at the time he was killed after hitting his head, the Daily Mail reports.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Miner “ran for his life” as flooded mine claimed the life of four colliery workers (25 April 2014)

A court has heard how a miner in South Wales ran for his life after water flooded a coal mine he was working in.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£2,760 for seven-year-old who contracted splinter injury at school (22 April 2014)

A schoolboy who contracted a splinter injury from a school bench has been awarded nearly £3,000 in compensation.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Company prosecuted after roofer falls from height (17 April 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a stone quarrying company after a roofer fell 4.5 metres while replacing roof lights on a fragile roof.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

“Brick-shaped” lorries to be phased out to improve road safety (17 April 2014)

A European Parliament vote on Tuesday (15/04/14) could see HGVs and lorries redesigned with more rounded cabs and larger windscreens and side windows to help improve road safety.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

RSPCA warns public not to approach escaped bird stalking Hertfordshire countryside (16 April 2014)

A dangerous South American bird is roaming the Hertfordshire countryside after escaping from its owner.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Charity prosecuted by HSE after child loses finger in school door (15 April 2014)

The Bolton-based Birtenshaw charity has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a child lost a finger when his hand became trapped in a school door.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Currys recalls microwaves with potential fire risk (14 April 2014)

Technology and electrical retailer Currys is recalling 50,000 microwaves sold more than eight years ago, over fears that they could overheat and catch fire.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Personal injury claim fails in High Court because of claimant’s contributory negligence (14 April 2014)

A mother-of-two who fell over a wall at a historic site while looking for somewhere to urinate after a night out drinking has lost her claim at the High Court in London for damages against the Dover Roman Painted House Trust and Dover District Council.
  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Woman plagued with pain killed herself after titanium screw is left in her ankle after surgery (14 April 2014)

A coroner has been handed a metal screw found in the ashes of a woman who killed herself because of unbearable pain she attributed to a surgical pin left in her ankle.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Jail for motorists who seriously injured cyclist while racing each other (14 April 2014)

A mother-of-two who was seriously injured after being hit by a motorist racing a friend at 70mph has asked for an image of her lying in hospital to be published to highlight the dangers of speeding on roads.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Accidental verdict for driver killed after council fails to maintain tree (14 April 2014)

An inquest has heard how a council employee was killed when a tree left to rot by the council was snapped in two during a storm ? and crushed him to death after falling on his car.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Rambler killed in bull attack on public footpath (10 April 2014)

A farmer is facing manslaughter charges after a bull subjected a terrified couple to a 20-minute attack in which the husband died.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Birmingham City Council pays out nearly £1m compensation for school accidents (9 April 2014)

Birmingham City Council has paid out nearly £1 million in compensation as a result of school health and safety claims.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Mouse study could lead to paralysis treatments (9 April 2014)

Researchers from University College London and King’s College London have modified embryonic stem cells to restore movement to paralysed muscles in mice.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Women could be fighting on frontline in British Army (8 April 2014)

Women could soon serving on the frontline, after General Sir Peter Wall, the Army’s highest ranking officer, said it was time for the Armed Forces to “seriously consider” allowing women to fight in frontline combat roles.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Baby dies after suffocating in a baby sling (7 April 2014)

An inquest into the death of a five-week-old baby has heard how he suffocated in a baby sling as his parents took him for a short walk to try and soothe him.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Prisoner’s fraudulent personal injury claim results in extra jail term (4 April 2014)

A 22-year-old prisoner serving a sentence for dealing heroin in Manchester has been convicted of fraud, after he tried to claim he had sustained head injuries after rolling off his bunk bed while in Strangeways Prison.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

12-year-old killed in school accident after wall collapses (2 April 2014)

A 12-year-old girl from Edinburgh has died after a wall in a school changing room collapsed on top of her.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

London buses to trial sensor devices to detect cyclists and pedestrians (1 April 2014)

London Mayor Boris Johnson has published his Pedestrian Safety Action Plan to help reduce the number of pedestrians killed or injured in road traffic accidents (RTAs) in London.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Government crackdown on cosmetic surgery clinics (31 March 2014)

A government crackdown on cosmetic surgery clinics which go into liquidation to avoid paying out compensation for negligent surgery will mean former bosses of clinics will not be able to set up another clinic.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Parents sue Disney for £45,000 after daughter goes missing on cruise (27 March 2014)

The parents of a young woman who went missing off the coast of Mexico on a Disney cruise ship have announced they are suing the company for £45,000.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Cancer risk increases if sunbeds breach safety limits (27 March 2014)

An investigation by North Tyneside Council has found that some sunbeds in tanning salons in the region emit four times the legal limit for UV rays.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Inquest jury criticises Army’s lapses in safety after soldier dies on training exercise (26 March 2014)

An inquest jury has criticised the Army for failings in safety procedures, after a 21-year-old soldier was shot in the neck and died during training exercise.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Automotive assessor compensated for workplace injuries (26 March 2014)

An automotive assessor from Wales who suffered serious personal injuries after a fall in the workplace caused by a fellow colleague^s mistake has secured a five-figure settlement.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

12 years for veiled attacker who launched acid attack on friend (24 March 2014)

A 22-year-old woman who disguised herself in a veil to throw acid in the face of her friend has been sentenced to 12 years in jail.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Illegal gas fitter prosecuted for putting lives at risk (24 March 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted an illegal gas fitter who put lives at risk when he carried out work in homes at Appleby-in-Westmorland in Cumbria.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Cosmetic surgeon warns that anti-wrinkle fillers can cause blindness and stroke (21 March 2014)

A cosmetic surgeon is warning that some cosmetic fillers and anti-wrinkle treatments can cause serious injuries to patients, including blindness, nerve damage and tissue necrosis.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Building contractor pleads guilty to asbestos health and safety breaches (21 March 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a firm of builders, after its workers were exposed to asbestos dust.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£280,000 compensation for 130 cruise ship passengers who fell ill (20 March 2014)

Passengers who fell ill on a Fred Olsen cruise liner have been awarded £280,000 in compensation after taking legal action against the company.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Essex County Council personal injury payouts total £1 million (19 March 2014)

According to new figures, Essex County Council has spent over £1 million settling personal injury claims during the last three years, with almost a quarter of that figure being paid out to one victim that slipped on a ketchup sachet at school.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Tourist asked to leave intensive care after holiday accident (19 March 2014)

A London hairdresser who was left in a coma after a holiday accident in Egypt was asked to leave a private hospital 48 hours after regaining consciousness because he could not pay the hospital fees.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Cyclist sues council for £100,000 over pothole accident (19 March 2014)

A 56-year-old cyclist is suing Hertfordshire County Council for failing to maintain a road which he alleges resulted in him sustaining life changing injuries following a bicycle accident.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Scaffolder prosecuted after decorator is injured in work accident (17 March 2014)

A London scaffolding company has been prosecuted after a painter and decorator was injured when he fell through an unprotected ladder opening on scaffolding.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

First Choice customer who shattered leg in holiday accident “still waiting for compensation” (14 March 2014)

A father from Peterborough in Cambridgeshire who broke his leg in six places after being catapulted from a water slide into a swimming pool wall at the Turkish resort of Altinkum has still not received compensation from tour operator First Choice two years after the holiday accident.
  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

First Choice customer who shattered leg in holiday accident “still waiting for compensation” (14 March 2014)

A father from Peterborough in Cambridgeshire who broke his leg in six places after being catapulted from a water slide into a swimming pool wall at the Turkish resort of Altinkum has still not received compensation from tour operator First Choice two years after the holiday accident.
  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Office worker attacked by seagull could win £7,000 in compensation for injuries (13 March 2014)

An office worker who was badly injured after a seagull attack outside the building where she worked is suing the landlord of the building, alleging that it did not take enough care regarding her health and safety.
  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

3D printing set to revolutionise reconstructive surgery for accident victims and cancer patients (13 March 2014)

3D printers are set to revolutionise reconstructive surgery, as team of plastic surgeons use 3D printing to replicate components of the body damaged or destroyed in accidents or as a result of diseases like cancer.
  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Office worker attacked by seagull could win £7,000 in compensation for injuries (13 March 2014)

An office worker who was badly injured after a seagull attack outside the building where she worked is suing the landlord of the building, alleging that it did not take enough care regarding her health and safety.
  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

3D printing set to revolutionise reconstructive surgery for accident victims and cancer patients (13 March 2014)

3D printers are set to revolutionise reconstructive surgery, as team of plastic surgeons use 3D printing to replicate components of the body damaged or destroyed in accidents or as a result of diseases like cancer.
  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Road accident victim to sue DUI driver for personal injury compensation (12 March 2014)

A woman convicted and jailed for driving under the influence (DUI) and exceeding the speed limit is being sued by a man she hit and injured.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Tata Steel employee secures six-figure pay out for injury at work (11 March 2014)

A Tata Steel employee has received a £235,000 settlement for a personal injury sustained during an accident at work, which almost left him without a leg.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£140m fund to help councils repair roads damaged after winter storms (10 March 2014)

The government is providing an additional £140 million to help local councils repair damage to roads as a result of the winter storms across the UK.
  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

APIL calls for change in “archaic” law to help Hillsborough claimants (7 March 2014)

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) is calling for a change in the law to assist relatives of victims of the Hillsborough Disaster in making compensation claims.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£230,000 personal injury compensation for teacher who slipped on ketchup sachet (6 March 2014)

Essex County Council has paid out £230,000 in compensation after a teacher slipped on an empty tomato ketchup sachet in a school corridor and was injured.
  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Mesothelioma compensation awarded to family of engineer exposed to asbestos at work (5 March 2014)

The family of an engineer who died from asbestos-related mesothelioma cancer have been awarded compensation.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£40,000 medical negligence payout, after nine-year-old dies from post-surgical error (4 March 2014)

The parents of a nine-year-old girl who died after a routine appendectomy have agreed an out-of-court settlement with the health trust involved.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Welder receives six-figure settlement for severe injuries (4 March 2014)

A former welder from Manchester that suffered severe facial fractures following an accident at work has received a £500,000 settlement for his “life-changing” personal injuries.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

75 incidents of rape and sexual assault in the Armed Forces every year (3 March 2014)

Armed Forces staff have made more than 200 allegations of rape and sexual assault against colleagues in the last three years.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Family calls for more safety on ski slopes after fatal ski accident in Austria (3 March 2014)

The family of a 23-year-old man killed on a ski slope in Austria are calling for more safety measures to be implemented on ski runs at the resort St Anton.  Read more...

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British troops banned from NATO training on grounds of health and safety (28 February 2014)

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has banned British troops from participating in a training exercise in Norway because of the freezing temperatures they would be operating in.  Read more...

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£300m overhaul of London’s roads to help prevent RTAs (27 February 2014)

The London Mayor’s Office and Transport for London (TfL) have announced that 33 major roundabouts which are part of London’s gyratory system are to be demolished to help prevent injuries in road traffic accidents (RTAs) among cyclists and pedestrians.  Read more...

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Bricklayer paralysed in work accident (25 February 2014)

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution has led to a suspended prison sentence for a builder, after a bricklayer was paralysed in a fall at work.  Read more...

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British ski team arrested in row over French instructors’ licences (24 February 2014)

A row has broken out after seven ski instructors from the UK were arrested by French police over allegations they did not have the correct ski instructors’ licences.  Read more...

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First Choice pays out £1.7m for holiday illness in Turkey (18 February 2014)

Tour operator First Choice is to pay compensation to nearly 600 holidaymakers who fell ill at one of its four-star resorts in Turkey, after faeces were found floating in the swimming pool and public areas were left filthy.  Read more...

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Independent inquiry in Bristol Children’s Hospital heart unit (17 February 2014)

An independent inquiry is to take place into the children’s heart unit at Bristol Children’s Hospital.
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Woman dies after another historic London building collapses in storm (17 February 2014)

A 49-year-old woman in London has been killed after the upper portion of a building crashed to the pavement in High Holborn.  Read more...

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Andrew Marr calls for more NHS rehabilitation therapies after stroke (17 February 2014)

BBC journalist and writer Andrew Marr has called for the NHS to provide more rehabilitation services for victims of stroke.
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Man fined after postal worker is injured in dog attack (14 February 2014)

A man from North London has been sentenced after his Japanese Akita dog launched a vicious attack on a female postwoman last September.  Read more...

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Prius recall after software fault increases RTA risk (13 February 2014)

Toyota has announced a widescale recall of its Prius hybrid car, after a fault which may cause the car to slow down unexpectedly was reported.  Read more...

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Cheshire firm fined over fatal work accident (12 February 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a firm based in Widnes in Cheshire, after the driver of a tipper truck suffered fatal injuries in a work accident.  Read more...

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Undisclosed damages for IVF mother who received “faulty sperm” (10 February 2014)

A mother whose daughter was born infertile as a result of an IVF clinic blunder has been awarded undisclosed damages by the prestigious London Women’s Clinic.  Read more...

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Retrieval practice may be best therapy for memory-impaired TBI patients (7 February 2014)

The findings of a new study suggest that the most effective learning strategy for patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be retrieval practice, whereby patients are presented with information and repeat it to themselves intermittently.  Read more...

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Cruise liner swimming pool death could result in compensation claim (5 February 2014)

A child injured in a swimming pool accident on board a US cruise liner is likely to be able to claim compensation for pain and suffering if he survives, according to a Miami personal injury lawyer.  Read more...

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NHS set for record payout after girl suffers brain damage (5 February 2014)

A mix up at a children^s hospital in London that left a 10-year-old girl with permanent brain damage has led to a record personal injury payout for medical negligence with the NHS facing a substantial £24 million bill.
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Norovirus on the menu at Blumenthal’s London diner (4 February 2014)

An American couple spent an uncomfortable flight home to the US after they contracted Norovirus at celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal’s London restaurant.  Read more...

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Drinking alcohol while pregnant may be criminal offence if baby is harmed (3 February 2014)

A landmark case in the Appeal Court could mean that pregnant women who drink and have a child with a disability may be charged with a criminal offence if alcohol is found to have contributed to the child’s disability.  Read more...

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Swine flu hits popular UK holiday destination Malaga (3 February 2014)

The head of the Andalucian Health Service, Jose Luis Gutierrez, resigned his post last Thursday (30/01/14), after a fifth victim died from an outbreak of swine flu which is affecting the Andalucia region of Spain.  Read more...

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Insurers to stop paying out for holiday injuries as a result of balconing (3 February 2014)

Insurance companies have announced that they will no longer pay travel insurance claims involving injuries from balcony falls which occurred as a result of risky behaviour.  Read more...

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Armed Forces suffering bullying and abuse at the hands of colleagues (3 February 2014)

Data from the Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey has revealed an increase in bullying in the Armed Forces, including sexual assaults against female serving officers.  Read more...

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Forklift driver wins payout after losing hand (31 January 2014)

A forklift driver has been awarded a six figure payout after an accident at work resulted in his hand being crushed and subsequently amputated.  Read more...

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Caretaker denies manslaughter charge after toddler falls to her death (30 January 2014)

Sheffield Crown Court has heard how a two-year-old girl fell 60 feet to her death, after a maintenance worker failed to replace a pane of glass in the safety barrier of a fourth floor walkway.  Read more...

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Stressed man hunted down by police in helicopter and ten cars (28 January 2014)

Aaron Dover, a 39 year-old former hedge fund manager, was detained for ten days against his will at Highgate Mental Health Centre. During his enforced stay he was physically restrained and injected with sedatives.   Read more...

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Government strikes deal with insurers re Mesothelioma Bill (28 January 2014)

Regarded by lawyers handling personal injury claims as a deal done behind closed doors, the government and insurers have reached an agreement about how certain claims brought under the terms of the Mesothelioma Bill will be covered. The bill is now awaiting Royal Assent, having passed all necessary stages in parliament last week.  Read more...

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£2.8m payout for girl who suffered catastrophic brain injury as a result of surgical error (28 January 2014)

after two syringes being used in her treatment were mixed up in an operating theatre.  Read more...

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Second Royal Caribbean cruise ship hit by holiday illness (27 January 2014)

More than 280 passengers and 22 crew members have fallen ill on a luxury Caribbean cruise on board the Explorer of the Seas cruise liner.  Read more...

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PCC criticises police handling of stranded motorists after fatal motorbike accident (27 January 2014)

The Police Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Hampshire has criticised local police after hundreds of motorists were left stranded on a motorway for hours following a horrific road traffic accident involving a motorbike.  Read more...

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Sandringham gardener survives 10 minutes underwater after lawnmower accident (23 January 2014)

A gardener on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk spent 10 minutes underwater after a sit-on lawnmower he was using plunged into a lake.  Read more...

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HSE prosecution after teenage apprentice suffers fatal crush injuries (23 January 2014)

A firm in Sunderland has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a 19-year-old engineering apprentice suffered fatal crush injuries when a 970kg ship’s tunnel thruster fell on him.  Read more...

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Firm prosecuted after lorry driver’s fatal work accident (21 January 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a firm after a lorry driver died unloading his vehicle at Morganite Electrical Carbon Ltd in Swansea.  Read more...

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More London theatregoers injured, as set collapses (20 January 2014)

Audience members at a show at the Camden Roundhouse in London have been injured after a set collapsed on them during a performance on Friday evening (17/01/14).  Read more...

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Schumacher brain injury “may change him as a person”, says doctor (20 January 2014)

A leading neurosurgeon is predicting that injured Formula One racing champion Michael Schumacher would be a different person if he wakes up from his coma.  Read more...

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Soldier suffering from PTSD jailed for killing baby daughter (20 January 2014)

A court has heard how the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) played a part in 25-year-old Afghanistan veteran Liam Culverhouse inflicting serious injuries on his baby daughter because he could not cope with her crying.  Read more...

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OAP receives settlement from Starbucks after fall (20 January 2014)

A pensioner that suffered a personal injury after slipping and falling on a greasy floor at a Starbucks in Walsall has been awarded a four-figure settlement.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

MI5 and MI6 given freedom to exceed the speed limit (15 January 2014)

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill has announced a speed amnesty for secret service personnel, who will be allowed to exceed the speed limit on roads when carrying out their duties.  Read more...

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£100,000 compensation for mental health patient subjected to horrifying sexual abuse by care worker (14 January 2014)

A former mental health patient has painted a terrifying picture of mental healthcare in the UK, after revealing she had been raped 60 times by a care worker in a mental health unit.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Scottish teachers paid over £300,000 for personal injury claims (13 January 2014)

According to new figures released by the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), Scottish schoolteachers and college lecturers were paid a cumulative total of over £300,000 last year for personal injury and compensation claims arising from assault and accidents at work.  Read more...

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Police safety checks in London reveal death-trap lorries on roads (8 January 2014)

Roadside checks initiated by the Metropolitan Police on London roads have revealed that two-thirds of lorries stopped for a spot check were being driven illegally or had defects.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Accident at work leads to partial foot amputation for Tesco worker (7 January 2014)

Tesco Maintenance Limited has been prosecuted after a Tesco employee had to have all five toes on his right foot amputated following a lift accident.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Seven-figure personal injury settlement for injured mechanical worker (3 January 2014)

A mechanical fitter from Cumbria has received a £1 million settlement for a personal injury claim following an accident at a nuclear plant that left him without a leg.  Read more...


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