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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,...
A boy who was seriously injured when he cut himself on broken glass in a public park is set to receive a six-figure sum in compensation. The boy, then 12 years old, was playing football when he landed on a shard of glass. He was badly cut and suffered...
There is an established principle of law that a plaintiff or claimant is unable to pursue legal remedy if the case arises in connection with his or her own illegal act. So where someone is injured in the course of their own criminal acts, they are not...
Medical negligence cases are often far from straightforward, but specialist lawyers are trained to achieve the best possible outcome for victims. In one case, a 10-year-old boy was guaranteed a seven-figure sum in compensation despite an NHS trust's...
There are occasionally inexplicable accidents for which no one can be blamed. That was certainly so in one highly unusual case in which, for no apparent reason, a van suddenly caught fire on a trunk road, forcing its passengers to jump for their lives. One...
The family of a man who was exposed to clay dust in his place of work have secured compensation four years after his death. Walter Patton had worked as a clay dryer in the 1950s and 1960s. Although workers would often be covered with clay dust, Mr Patton's...
When two vehicles collide, it is only too common for their drivers to blame each other. However, one case concerning an accident in which a little girl suffered catastrophic injuries shows the lengths to which judges will go in uncovering the truth. The...
The police do a tough job in tough conditions but their conduct is expected to meet very high standards. In one case that proves the point, an autistic man who was badly bitten by an out-of-control police dog has won substantial compensation. The German...
The effects of breathing in asbestos can be insidious and can take decades to develop – but that should in no way discourage victims from taking legal action. As an example of what can be achieved, the widow of a businessman who died of cancer more...
We all rely on being treated fairly and with respect by officials and their agents, and on them carrying out their duties without inflicting physical harm on us. When they fail in this, determined action can bring compensation for the injuries suffered, as...
Anyone who gets behind the wheel of a car is driving a potentially lethal weapon and it is only right that damages are payable when negligent motorists wreck lives. In one case, a formerly active pensioner who suffered severe head injuries in a head-on...
Accident and Emergency department medics work long hours under pressure – but the law still expects them to maintain reasonable levels of competence. The Court of Appeal made that point in guaranteeing substantial compensation to a teenage meningitis...
A woman who used to work for a carpet manufacturer has won compensation after being diagnosed with noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). She worked as a colour finder and later as a carpet picker for Woodward Grosvenor Co. Ltd in Kidderminster from 1978 until...
Apportioning responsibility for road traffic accidents is not always straightforward but expert lawyers in the field are well versed in uncovering where the truth lies. In one case, a pedestrian injured on the pavement by a runaway lorry has been guaranteed...
A surgeon who was injured when the brakes on his motorbike seized and he was flung to the ground has had his award of damages upheld by the Court of Appeal. Andrew Baker had bought the KTM Supermoto 990 second hand but it was under two years old and had...
The diagnostic skills of GPs are the backbone of the NHS, but they are not infallible and it is only right that compensation is paid when negligent mistakes are made. In one case, a man whose skin cancer was misdiagnosed as a fungal nail infection won almost...