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The first issue that has to be decided in any injury claim is that of liability – who was actually responsible for the injury? Sometimes this is far from straightforward and, even when the injury is clearly not the fault of the person who was injured,...
It is often said that insurance companies do not like paying out and, in one case that lent support to that assertion, an insurer put private detectives on the tail of a chronic fatigue syndrome sufferer but utterly failed to prove that he had lied and faked...
When doctors failed to ascertain a baby's position before a forceps delivery, the terrible result was an acute spinal cord injury to the baby, leaving him quadriplegic and unable to breathe without a ventilator. The boy, who is now eight years old, was one...
When a mother or father dies as a result of negligence, the law does not leave their dependent loved ones to sink or swim. In one case, the widow and two children of a property developer who died two years after being gravely injured in a road accident...
Hearing loss and tinnitus, being invisible and usually progressive, are often not noticed until well advanced, by which time the probability of there being any effective treatment is exceedingly low. However, the link between high noise levels and hearing...
Solicitors are not easily intimidated and are well able to defend their clients against groundless accusations. In one case that proved the point, a grandmother won over £30,000 in damages after defeating claims that she was drunk and wearing...
The NHS generally does a good job in difficult circumstances, but medical blunders do occur and it is only right that those who suffer are compensated. In one case, a woman who was stricken by cervical cancer after hospital staff missed signs of the disease...
In a personal injury claim that will be of interest to employers, health and safety professionals and occupiers of land, a school that failed to carry out a risk assessment in respect of an access road on which a staff member suffered a serious accident...
Negligence does not have to be the sole cause of injury or death in order to entitle victims or their loved ones to compensation in full. The High Court made that point in the case of a man who was suffering from asbestos-related cancer when he died from...
Road accident victims often do their utmost to pick up the pieces and get on with their lives. However, as one High Court case showed, specialist lawyers are always there to help if a full recovery proves impossible. The case concerned a young university...
Damages awards to clinical negligence victims may appear very large but, given the cost of funding care regimes, they are no higher than is absolutely necessary. In one case, a six-year-old boy who was left seriously disabled by a bout of jaundice in the...
Employers whose workers suffer injury due to health and safety breaches can face a double whammy of criminal and civil liabilities. Exactly that happened in one case in which a delivery driver had to have a leg amputated after he was hit by a forklift truck....
A former mill worker has secured compensation after he developed noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) caused by exposure to high levels of noise in the workplace. Brian Haworth, now 79, worked for Qualitex Yarns Limited from 1967 until 1974. His job involved...
Some injuries have an uncertain prognosis and it can take time for the final outcome to be clear. A man who sustained a serious foot injury in January 2010 brought a claim for damages for the injury in January 2012, at which time his prognosis for recovery...
Hand sanitiser is widely used in hospitals to try to combat the spread of infection, but its use is not without risk, as a recent case involving a vulnerable patient shows. If consumed, alcohol-based sanitisers can cause alcohol poisoning that in severe...
It is hard to believe that 60 years ago doctors appeared in advertisements recommending a particular brand of cigarette, but the harmful effects of smoking on health were simply not known about back then. At the same time, thousands of people were exposed to...
Not all cases in which settlements are received are straightforward. Sometimes, achieving a fair outcome requires doggedness and determination. A recent claim involved an accident in which a 91-year-old man sustained multiple fractures when he was hit by a...
A freedom of information request regarding compensation paid to police officers emphasises that employees who are injured at work will be entitled to damages if their employer is responsible for their injuries. One case concerned a police officer employed...
General practitioners are most patients' first port of call and mistakes they make can have devastating consequences. In one case, a man who was left paralysed by spinal tuberculosis won the right to substantial damages after a GP negligently failed to refer...
Companies that deal with the public have a wide-ranging duty to protect them from foreseeable risks of injury. However, in one case, a judge ruled that a toilet roll dispenser in a bingo hall lavatory did not constitute a predictable hazard. A woman was...
A man from Lancaster has won compensation for hearing loss in a case that serves as a reminder of the dangers of working in noisy environments. Nicholas Edwards worked for the same company for 15 years, first as a printer and later as a paste mixer and...
Workplace disciplinary proceedings can be extremely stressful and it is foreseeable that dragging them out unnecessarily can cause psychiatric harm to employees. In one case, a prison officer who had serious allegations of sexual misconduct hanging over him...
Knee and hip replacements are among the most common procedures carried out on the NHS and can bring great improvements to quality of life. However, they do occasionally go wrong and – as one High Court case showed – it is vital to seek legal...
In a tragic case involving a tourist who was killed when he fell down a staircase on his honeymoon, the freeholder of the property was found not to be liable for the accident. The newlyweds were staying in a flat in London when the accident occurred. The...
Long tail employers' liability claims are those that are made or settled a long time after the insurance policy has expired. They often relate to industrial diseases of which the symptoms do not manifest themselves until many years after the trigger event,...