The Legal Expenses Insurance Group (LEIG) has voiced strong opposition to any increase in the small claims limit for personal injury claims. Research by the Group concludes it would be highly detrimental to claimants for..
MPs have been urged to make improvements to the NHS Redress Bill at a special meeting in the House of Commons. MPs heard from Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA), the Medical Protection Society and the..
The Legal Expenses Insurance Group (LEIG) has been established by a number of leading legal expenses insurers and intermediaries. The Group said it will protect and advance the rights of claimants to justice and fair..
The Scottish National Party (SNP) has called for a ‘no fault’ compensation scheme in cases of clinical negligence. SNP leaders claimed the present system for compensating victims of medical errors was long, costly and needlessly..
APIL and Norwich Union have reached an agreement to put pleural plaques cases on hold pending a crucial House of Lords judgment which could affect thousands of claimants. The insurer has agreed to extend the..
The International Underwriting Association (IUA) has set up a liability underwriters group to promote research into personal injury, emerging diseases, environmental insurance and product liability exposure in the pharmaceutical sector. The group is being chaired..
Odyssey Re Holdings has announced the formation of Newline Insurance Company Limited, a casualty-focused insurance company based in London. According to Odyssey Re, all necessary regulatory approvals have been granted by the Financial Services Authority..
A recent study published in the British Medical Journal has revealed that drivers of four wheel drive vehicles are more likely to indulge in unsafe driving behaviours, such as using a hand held mobile phone..
Insurance Services Office (ISO) Limited has launched a new initiative for Local Authorities and Councils. ISO’s Personal Injury Claims Database solution will help the 85% of Local Authorities that are experiencing a significant rise in..
Hiscox Insurance Company has appointed Callum Taylor as D&O Underwriting Manager. He joins from ACE European Group, where he was Senior Underwriter (D&O). While there, he was responsible for the successful development of its D&O..
XL Insurance Ltd has announced that its UK-based professional lines business has added a new product specifically tailored to the directors and officers insurance market in the UK.
According to XL, the new product, known as..
QBE has appointed David Harries to head up both its Lloyd’s and insurance company professional indemnity (PI) portfolios. According to Insurance Day, Mr Harries, who currently heads up QBE’s Lloyd’s PI portfolio since 2002, is..
More people are injured as a consequence of work-related activity in North Warwickshire than in any other region of Great Britain, according to analysis of Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures by the Chartered Society..
Research into stress, sponsored by Vitabiotics Wellman, has found that 96% of men are experiencing workplace stress and more than one in three (37%) are turning to alcohol in an attempt to switch off from..
A study in the US has revealed that white collar workers who are stressed at work can suffer from hypertension or high blood pressure. The study, “A Prospective Study of White-Collar Workers,” was published in..
Cruise ships appear to be increasingly at risk of viruses, with three cruise ships reporting outbreaks of Norovirus in the last month. The cruise ship Van Gogh reported an outbreak of Norovirus aboard last month,..
ACE European Group has announced that it is offering “an extensive and affordable environmental liability cover specifically for smaller and mid-sized private and corporate businesses, as part of its existing liability and commercial package insurance..
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) really doesn’t like President George W Bush. Its latest press release begins “Like a jack-in-the-box repeatedly springing up to spout nonsense, President George W Bush has again..
The International Labour Organization (ILO) has adopted a Resolution which declares that the elimination of the future use of asbestos and the identification and proper management of asbestos currently in place are the most effective..
Sufficient scientific evidence indicates that asbestos exposure can cause cancer of the larynx, according to a new report from the US Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. The committee that wrote the report said..
Trade union BECTU and its law firm Thompsons have set up a register for members who believe they have been exposed to asbestos. The union said that the register “is an invaluable database of information..
The Scottish Parliament has pushed through a change in the law relating to asbestos compensation on the last day of the current parliamentary term. The decision to legislate arises from the House of Lords judgment..
US Surgeon General Richard H Carmona has issued a comprehensive scientific report which concludes that there is no risk-free level of exposure to second-hand smoke. Non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke at home or work increase..
As part of its investigation into salmonella contamination that led to Cadbury Schweppes’ recall of seven own-brand chocolate products, the Food Standards Agency has sought the views of the independent Advisory Committee on the Microbiological..
Cadbury Schweppes Plc recently recalled seven different own brand chocolate products due to possible contamination with Salmonella Montevideo. The company said “This being done purely as a precautionary measure as some of these products may..
Corpore, an injury management service provider, has highlighted the importance of a proactive approach to absence management and rehabilitation. At a workshop at the recent AIRMIC conference, Corpore presented recent case studies illustrating how such..
Every day 1.5mn Australians are exposed to carcinogens at work and about 5000 people a year develop some form of cancer due to occupation, according to a study by the Queensland Cancer Fund, published in..
A report in the New Zealand Medical Journal suggests that people who sit for long periods at a computer could be at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The researchers call the syndrome seated..
UK organisations are largely unprepared to comply with the looming anti-age discrimination regulations when recruiting and selecting staff, according to Water for Fish, a people and organisation consulting company, owned by Aon Consulting.
The firm conducted..
The Department of Constitutional Affairs has revealed the number of matters started under Legal Services Commission (LSC) contracts in civil law for the years since 2000/01.
Girlguiding UK and the Scout Association have reported that there is a shortage of volunteers to run the organisations, at a time when waiting lists were increasing. Girlguiding UK has a waiting list of 50,000..
A woman, employed as a finance assistant, made numerous complaints about pressure of work. She had a history of resolved post-natal depression (PND), requiring time off work after the birth of each of her two..
Where a claimant expected to recover more than £25,000 for wrongful dismissal, that claim should only be made in High Court proceedings. The findings of a tribunal in its judgment on an unfair dismissal claim..
The Court of Appeal holds that the employer’s breach of the Manual Handling Operation Regulations 1992 was causative of the claimant’s injury but reduced their share of liability. A man was employed to deliver plumbing..
Prior to litigation, the claimant made a global Part 36 offer of £3,409.95 upon disclosure of the medical evidence. The defendant responded 23 days later with a counter offer in the sum of £2,264.85. The..
The Law Society manages a fund to compensate clients who become victims of dishonest solicitors. Courts have accepted that the Law Society can seek compensation from negligent accountants in circumstances where the Society has paid..
A 22-year old woman has won damages of £20,352.85 against a former employer who had sacked her after she had a stroke and became blind. According to the Disability Rights Commission (DRC), which supported the..
A 29-year-old former student nurse who left the profession over concerns about how male nurses are treated, has won his appeal in his sex discrimination case against a London NHS Trust. His case was supported..
An adventure travel guide left paraplegic after the truck he was repairing toppled over and crushed his spine is to receive £600,000 compensation from his employers for failing to provide adequate equipment and training.
A man has been awarded a £7,500 compensation payout after he contracted the industrial disease Vibration White Finger (VWF). He used vibratory equipment at work for more than 20 years which resulted in the onset..
A chambermaid has won £1,750 for unfair dismissal at a Jersey employment tribunal. She was sacked after returning home to Portugal to visit her sick mother. She had left at short notice, missing the Xmas..
A maintenance fitter has been awarded £2,438 in compensation after suffering an electric shock at work, resulting in him suffering a mild heart attack. He was disconnecting hydraulic pipes with a spanner, when he suffered..
A woman has been awarded damages of £14,800 for unfair dismissal. The woman, who worked for a train company, went on sick leave and was dismissed on health grounds. She suffered from work-related stress after..
A woman who was left incontinent for 12 months after a surgeon botched a routine gynaecological operation has been awarded £40,000 in compensation. She was admitted as a day surgery case, to remove an area..
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