The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that some soldiers preparing to go to the Middle East have been given the same multiple inoculations as are suspected of causing Gulf War Syndrome. This despite the statement,..
A report by Dr Allan Coe, medical director of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust in association with the British Paediatric Neurology Association, has found that consultant Dr Andrew Holton misdiagnosed nearly one third..
Most of the 1,154 claimants in the Alder Hey Hospital infant organ storage scandal have accepted the court-approved offer of £5,000 each. However, 13 have refused and Mr Justice Gage in Nottingham Crown Court has..
Following last May’s ruling by the war pension tribunal that a former Parachute Regiment medical officer who served in the Gulf War of 1991 suffered from a ‘syndrome’ of illnesses ie Gulf War Syndrome (the..
An article in USA Today, 20 January 2003, focuses on attempts to set up a compensation fund for people expected to suffer health injury through the US programme of widespread vaccination of hospital and public..
Suit in the US alleging that three of California’s largest health maintenance organizations (HMOs) are unlawfully forcing patients into the arbitration process to resolve disputes. The charge is that the HMOs failed to inform patients..
A report in the Journal of Clinical Investigation entitled ‘Nicotine – Worse than we thought?’ suggests that nicotine and its derivatives might promote cancer development and progression. Previously it was assumed that tar was the..
Wall Street Journal reports that the steep rise in medical malpractice cover has meant that around 40% of obstetricians in New York, Texas and a number of other US states have stopped delivering babies.
The Consumers’ Association has produced a report showing that the potential risks of laser eye surgery to overcome short-sightedness are not being communicated to the public. In addition, complication rates vary dramatically between surgeons and..
Patients in England to receive the same treatment as those in the rest of the UK and given recombinant synthetic clotting factor with blood transfusions.
During the waiting years hundreds of patients have been infected with..
Overlong detention in hospital
of five psychiatric patients under the Mental Health Act, through failure to carry out speedy review, a breach of human rights. Damages range from £1,000 to £4,000 according to length of..
A sacked football manager has received a £37,500 out-of-court settlement. Gudjon Thordarson, Stoke City’s ex-manager, had taken the club to an employment tribunal and was claiming £100,000 in compensation for unfair dismissal. He was sacked..
A trainee riding instructor has been awarded £495,000 damages for severe head injuries sustained in a field of horses owned by a stables. She was collecting horses from the field, and was found an hour..
A 51-year-old man who was discharged from hospital without an X-ray after his skull was fractured in an attack has been awarded £1.78m damages. Further delays before x-ray and surgery resulted in epilepsy, memory loss,..
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has extended the deadline for compensation claims from victims of endowment mis-selling. If policyholders originally received a red re-projection letter (‘there is a high risk that your endowment policy will..
Using a recent anti-terrorism law making local authorities liable for damages therefrom, 61 hostages or relatives of the recent theatre siege have filed suit seeking a total of £40mn compensation. Alleging negligence in allowing the..
Having succeeded in raising the requisite £2mn they believe to carry through litigation ‘as far as the House of Lords’, the Railtrack Private Shareholders Action Group will, if the latest talks fail, launch legal action...
Low paid workers with unsocial hours, market porters and traders, theatre and restaurant staff who, through lack of public transport early and late have no alternative but to drive to work in central London, and..
A group litigation claim by 55 passengers against a number of international air carriers arising out of deep vein thrombosis has been dismissed on the basis of a technical analysis of the Warsaw Convention and..
Claim by Equitable Life for damages from its former auditor Ernst & Young thrown out by High Court. Claim based on alleged failure of auditor to advise Equitable about liabilities related to guaranteed annuity policies...
The Gypsy International Recognition & Compensation Action (GIRCA), an association of more than 600 Romany organisations, is reported to be suing IBM for providing punchcards and early computing devices to Nazi Germany to help the..
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