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Archive: Sep 2013

Father Of Medical Negligence Victim Says Lincolnshire Hospitals 'Must Learn Lessons'

Lincolnshire hospitals need to learn lessons in the wake of clinical negligence claims, the father of a severely disabled girl has said. The Sleaford Target reports that Andy Evans, whose daughter Milly received £10.8 million in a medical negligence compensation claim in May 2012, said Lincoln County Hospitals “must learn from certain errors they should not have made” so that other children do not end up with irreparable injuries that significantly damage their quality of life. Milly, who is now 12, endured in-utero distress and underwent a seizure in March 2001, which left her with cerebral palsy. United Lincolnshire NHS Trust admitted blame in the brain injury compensation claim. Figures […]

Preventing Accidents At Work In The Scaffolding Sector

Accidents at work in the scaffolding industry can lead to serious injuries – personal injury solicitors see many workplace accident claims involving falls from height, and when health and safety regulations are not adhered to, the risk of a fall from height in the scaffolding sector can be significantly high. The National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) has recently documented safety statistics for 2012 from all 201 of the organisation’s contracting member companies, with these statistics covering over 14,000 employees, and while it found that the industry appears to be becoming safer, there are still a large number of accidents at work in the sector. Over 2012, a total of […]

Shocking Number Of Drivers Admit To Driving While Fatigued -Solicitors Respond

Personal injury solicitors see road traffic accident claims caused by tiredness all the time, government campaigns are constantly reinforcing the messages of the dangers of driving while fatigued, and our no win no fee solicitors are constantly blogging about motor vehicle accidents caused by tiredness and methods drivers can use to reinvigorate themselves. But despite this, the proportion of drivers that ignore this safety advice and put themselves, their families and other road users at unnecessary risk is huge. In fact, research from Direct Line and Brake found that 55% of all drivers do not take a rest break at least once every two hours while taking a long journey, […]

Clinical Negligence Claims 'cost London NHSLA £470,000 a day'

The NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) pays out £470,000 every day for medical negligence compensation claims, figures obtained by the Evening Standard reveal. As a result, health trusts in London spent £172 million on clinical negligence claims during 2012, or more than £200 million when court costs and legal expenses are considered. More than half of this expenditure related to maternity errors, with obstetrics claims seeing London healthcare trusts and hospitals settling claims worth £89 million over the year. Overall, Barts Health NHS Trust spent more on clinical negligence compensation than any other UK healthcare trust, spending a total of £24.4 million. The Trust pointed out that this is due to […]

Personal Injury Claims In The Mining Industry

Accidents at work and industrial illness claims are a real risk factor within the mining industry. Health and safety regulations have helped to improve safety standards within the sector, and risks to employees’ health should be taken seriously by employers, with all reasonably practicable steps taken to prevent avoidable accidents and illnesses from occurring. Some of the hazards that arise in the mining industry and that are seen in the compensation claims handled by personal injury solicitors include: – Noise Constant, excessive noise is very stressful to deal with and can lead to hearing problems. The mining sector has been obliged to provide hearing protecting to its employees in the […]

Worker Injured In Explosion After Cable Strike

A renovation company was fined on 23rd September for breaching health and safety regulations after an employee was hospitalised after striking an underground live electricity cable. SIAC Construction Ltd was prosecuted in Westminster Magistrates Court after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found it had failed to properly identify the location of electricity cables to ground workers. It admitted breaching the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and was fined £20,000 with £5,002 costs. Trevor Maloney, who may be able to claim accident at work compensation against the company, was breaking paving stone mortar with an electric breaker as part of a major renovation project to Leicester Square, but struck […]

Van Drivers Helping Students Move Could Be Uninsured In Car Accident Compensation Claims

With thousands of students moving millions of their personal items into their new homes over the coming days and weeks, our personal injury solicitors would like to remind anyone helping in these moves to ensure their vehicle insurance is up to date. AXA Insurance research revealed that around 80% of all van drivers are regularly asked to help friends and family out with personal errands, with around 33% of these requests relating to house moves. There will undoubtedly be a lot of van drivers helping students move to their new residences over the next few weeks – our no win no fee solicitors remember using a friend with a van […]

What Are No Win No Fee Compensation Claims?

No win no fee claims – also known as conditional fee arrangements – are one of the most popular ways for people to claim personal injury compensation. While there are a range of other ways to fund a compensation claim, such as through legal aid, through savings, or through loans and cash advances, no win no fee claims ensure that everyone can access justice no matter what their financial background. If you decide to fund your case on a no win no fee basis, you will not have to pay for your legal costs if you are not successful, although in some instances there are still some other fees and […]

How Can Businesses Prevent Slips and Trips?

All businesses should know it is best to deal with hazards before they lead to slip and trip compensation claims, using effective risk assessments and management systems to ensure a workplace is as safe as possible and that employees avoid preventable accidents. Employers have a duty of care towards their workforce. This is a legal requirement enforced through the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. These regulations state that if businesses must take all reasonably practicable steps to prevent their staff or the general public being involved in slip and […]

Government Responds To Healthcare Assistant Training Proposals

The government has responded to a campaign calling for consistent, compulsory training for all healthcare assistants. The campaign, issued by 38 Degrees, suggested that the 1.3 million healthcare assistants who feed, dress and wash people in need should receive basic training. This could improve standards of care and reduce the number of clinical negligence claims. However, the Department of Health stated that the government does not think this is the right thing to do, arguing that good leadership and proper service management is more important than regulation. Ministers have not yet seen evidence that these members of staff require compulsory, statutory regulation, it added. The 38 Degrees’ campaign follows the […]