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Category Archive: News

North Wales Councils Pay Out £31k In Slip And Trip Accidents In 2012 To 2013

Slip and trip claims against North Wales councils saw injured parties receive more than £31,000 in compensation over 2012 to 2013. Figures in the Daily Post show that after a slip in Deeside Leisure Centre, Flintshire Council paid out £12,100 in slip accident compensation. The same council also paid out £11,520 following a slip accident at Shotton’s Venerable Edward Morgan School. Denbighshire Council paid out £1,000 after a trip accident involving a metal bolt, while Wrexham paid out £500 following a fall down steps and £3,700 after a trip injury caused by a manhole cover. Flintshire County Councillor Alex Aldridge told the news source that it is right for people […]

Consumer Bill Of Rights Introduced To Parliament

A new bill of rights for consumers has been introduced to Parliament. The Consumer Rights Bill was introduced to Westminster on January 23rd and will undergo UK law reviews and close examination before it becomes law. It will enshrine in law the following consumer rights: –          After one failed repair of faulty items or one faulty replacement, consumers will have the right to claim some of their money back –          They will be able to demand that substandard services are re-performed, or if this does not occur, a reduction in price –          A 30-day time period in which people can return faulty items or receive a price reduction –          Challenge […]

Manchester To Benefit From Cyclist Safety Mirrors

Trixi safety mirrors are to be fitted at key road junctions in Manchester to prevent cyclist accidents. The £650,000 road safety scheme will also see certain junctions fitted with advance stop lines. So far, local councils have identified 176 junctions with left hand turns in Greater Manchester that could benefit from safety improvements. Cyclists can be caught in blind spots behind large vehicles, but Trixi mirrors give drivers of large vehicles a wider field of vision. These mirrors also highlight the need for cyclists and other road users to share the roads respectfully. The scheme, which is being led by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), was funded by the Cycle […]

Farmer Says How He Escaped Death In Horror Accident At Work

A farmer has told of how he escaped with his life after being pulled into a potato harvester. Speaking to the Wetherby News, Darren Taylor, 44, said his arm and leg were dragged into the machine with his other limbs outside, leaving him “literally doing the splits”. He fought against the powerful machine for 30 minutes, and while he lost his left leg, the elbow in his left arm and part of his right leg, he managed to avoid being pulled into the machine. Mr Taylor was working on the machine in Tadscaster during October 2013 when he slipped between the machine’s rollers. He explained how he thought that an […]

Motorist sues Essex County Council over car accident on black ice

A motorist is claiming compensation from Essex County Council after claiming she slid on black ice and crashed. The Essex Chronicle reports that 26-year-old BBC Essex Broadcast Assistant Alice Ryan was involved in a motor vehicle accident on January 5th just before 9:26am. She suffered spinal bruising and a whiplash injury and needed to be cut out of her Nissan Micra as a result of the accident, which occurred on Chelmsford’s Army & Navy roundabout flyover. She claims the council’s highways officers did not grit the flyover on the previous night, and did not arrive at the scene to redirect drivers. Her car slipped near to the flyover summit as […]

Lostwithiel man who suffered birth injury set to receive millions in clinical negligence claim

A Lostwithiel man who was left disabled after suffering a serious birth injury is to receive millions of pounds in medical negligence compensation. The Cornish Guardian reports that Daniel Andersen suffered hemiplegia, or a partial paralysis, and severe epilepsy, when there were complications during his birth at St Austell’s Penrice Midwifery Unit. The High Court approved a clinical negligence claim made by Mr Andersen’s mother Sharon against the Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust and Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust. The damages 19-year-old Daniel is set to receive will allow him to leave as full a life as possible and enable him to afford the support and care he will […]

Heywood 'Day Of Action' Should Clean Up Crime And Grime In Borough

Crime and grime in the Angel Meadows Estate and Heywood Town Centre is to be tackled on a day of action on February 7th. Rochdale Safer Communities Partnership is to take the action to combat problems such as fly tipping, bin fires, underage drinking, antisocial behaviour and tenancy problems. Community safety officers and the police will communicate with residents to gather evidence about the crime and to offer practical security, health and safety advice. This will involve licensing checks at establishments and shops around the town centre and offering safe plating services at Morrison’s car park from between 10:00 and 15:00. Heywood’s beat police officers will be available for face-to-face […]

Scunthorpe Hospital 'Should Keep At-Risk Patients Safe From Harm'

A report into the death of a 90-year-old man at Scunthorpe General Hospital concluded that hospital staff should provide extra support to keep people at risk of falls safe. The Scunthorpe Telegraph reports that Stefan Lewandowski died on January 31st 2013 after falling on a ward in the hospital three days earlier. His inquest was told that he may have also fallen over on January 26th, with a nurse saying staff could have sat with him had there been more workers available. Mr Lewandowski, who was originally from Poland, was admitted to the hospital on January 5th. He had acute cholangitis and had also been diagnosed with a malignant melanoma. […]

NHS Trust Provides Fall Prevention Advice

People should take steps to avoid becoming injured in a slip, trip or fall this winter, an NHS Trust has said. Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust said a person’s likelihood of falling may increase with age due to factors including deteriorating strength and balance, arthritis, diabetes and eye problems. Winter poses its own slip, trip and fall hazards, including icy, wet and dark weather conditions. The Trust’s Falls Prevention Lead Jill Phipps said people who have had a fall should tell their GP, therapist or nurse, as these professionals will arrange for the patient to receive a falls assessment and will provide them with advice about what they can do […]

Newry Road Safety Measures Could Save Lives

New road safety measures in Newry could save the lives of motorists and pedestrians. The Newry Times reported that these new crossings will be located on the Windsor Avenue / Belfast Road junction and the Church Avenue / Downshire Road junction. Speaking to the publication, Sinn Féin Newry Councillor Charlie Casey explained the two new crossing points should make the roads in the city safer. He said he is “delighted” to hear the road safety improvements will be carried out, noting both crossings are on the main arterial routes to the town centre, with these roads seeing high traffic volumes every day. Mr Casey added that he hopes the crossings […]