Micrah, a supplier of general practitioner and consultant medical evidence, has joined Premex Group Ltd, a leading medico-legal and rehabilitation supplier to the legal and insurance industries. Micrah was previously owned by HBOS Group. The..
There is no evidence that reforms to personal injury laws were needed to halt a so-called “litigation explosion” in Australia, according to an Australian Law Council report.
“National Trends in Personal Injury Litigation: Before and After..
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has said that the answers to a quicker, more cost effective personal injury claims system are within reach and that the current system should be “actively built upon.”
The Court of Appeal has swept away uncertainty about the payment of medical agency fees and signalled the survival of the medical reports market, according to one player in the market, Mobile Doctors Limited (MDL)...
Lord Hunt of Wirral, chairman of the Financial Services division at commercial law firm, Beachcroft, has been appointed chairman of a Joint Committee of the House of Lords and House of Commons formed to consider..
The draft Legal Services Bill has been published by the Department for Constitutional Affairs. According to the government, it “paves the way for improved choice, quality and availability in the legal services market. The Bill..
The Co-op is to launch a range of legal services for its customers and members with the announcement of the formation of a new co-operative business venture. Co-operative Legal Services (CLS) will offer a comprehensive..
Claims resolution company InterResolve has announced an agreement with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ADR service provider arm, DRSCIArb, and mediation specialists ADR Group, to add an extensive range of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution services..
A new fast track compensation scheme called Claimsense has been launched by claimant law firm Russell Jones & Walker and claims specialist company Elision. The two organisations claim that it will save the industry up..
Insurance Services Office (ISO) has reported that Link Insurance has used ISO’s Claims Outcome Advisor (COA) solution to help achieve savings of £500,000 per year on its overall costs. Since it installed COA in 2004,..
QBE has relaunched its combined employers’ and public liability insurance cover on an exclusive basis, according to Insurance Day. Underwritten by QBE’s DA Constable syndicate 386, the “386 Cares” product will be offered to the..
A new campaign has been launched by the Accident Relief Campaign (ARC), the campaigning arm of charity, the Motor Accident Relief Society (MARS). The campaign, Stop The Claims Roundabout, said: “Nearly £40mn is being ripped..
Home Office minister Gerry Sutcliffe has revealed the amount of compensation paid to prisoners by the public sector prison service in England and Wales in 2004-05 and 2005-06. The Secretary of State for the Home..
A recent survey conducted by FraudLine, a telephone hotline conceived and run by Cunningham Lindsey, amongst a cross section of 12 of their subscribing local authorities, revealed that on average the number of public liability..
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has praised the clampdown by Caerphilly Council on fraudulent compensation claims. In the last five years Caerphilly Council has saved over £5mn by exposing compensation cheats.
Stephen Haddrill, director general,..
A green light has been given for the creation of a first-ever London local government insurance company. The London Regional Centre of Excellence (LRCE) has approved funding of £115,000 to set up the guaranteed insurance..
Hiscox has issued a briefing note outlining the key professional insurances available for sole contractors/self-employed freelance consultants. Hiscox estimates that there are around 250,000 freelancers, contractors and consultants in the so-called ‘emerging professions’ in the..
One in six employees in Britain has been under the influence of alcohol at work in the last six months, according to a study into “Alcohol in the workplace” by Royal & SunAlliance (R&SA).
Barry Clarke, Partner and Head of Russell Jones & Walker’s Employment practice in Cardiff, has taken over as the chair of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA).
He is also a part-time Employment Tribunal chairman and is..
A recent report has revealed that one in four NHS staff have been bullied and harassed by patients and their relatives and nearly one in seven report similar experiences from other members of staff. The..
A new action plan to prevent and deal with sexual harassment in the Armed Forces has been agreed by the Ministry of Defence and the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) following research to clarify its extent...
A report published today by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) shows that just over a fifth of British workers are concerned about work-related stress.
Figures derived from the Labour Force Survey in 2004/05 indicate that..
Latest research released by healthcare benefits provider HSA and Employee Benefits magazine has found that workplace stress is becoming an increasing problem for employers. The annual Healthcare survey, which was conducted among 431 human resource..
A study looking at associations between temporary employment and occupational injury has concluded that “lower job experience and knowledge of workplace hazards, measured by length of employment, is a possible mechanism to explain the consistent..
Companies should invest in occupational health (OH) to help reduce absence rates and improve employee welfare, according to EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation. A major survey of sickness absence trends in manufacturing companies, carried out by..
According to Norwich Union, businesses are still flouting the law and causing accidents, even in trades not considered “high risk”, a year on from the Working at Height Regulations. The insurer has found that serious..
With possible seating capacity of up to 850 people, the Airbus A380 is increasing the aviation insurance industry’s hull and liability exposure, according to an article in the latest issue of Exposure, which is published..
A small study in this week’s BMJ suggests a new human genotype may be prone to variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD). Although this new evidence may rekindle fears of a larger epidemic, others warn that it..
In response to the re-introduction of the asbestos bill in the US Senate, Ken Suggs, president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), said: “This is the same fundamentally flawed asbestos bailout bill..
The bill to establish a $140bn national trust fund to settle outstanding and future asbestos claims has been reintroduced in the US Senate. An earlier version of the legislation was narrowly defeated in a procedural..
The lifetime cost of injuries occurring in a single year in the US totals an estimated $406bn in medical expenses and productivity losses (including lost wages, fringe benefits, and ability to perform normal household responsibilities)...
The first European multisector agreement has been signed which will protect workers exposed to crystalline silica dust, which can lead to silicosis, a potentially fatal lung condition. The agreement aims to reduce workers’ exposure to..
The Scotsman has reported that Hugh Henry, the deputy justice minister, has promised to look at compensation laws in Scotland to ensure victims of asbestos-related cancer and their families are getting fair treatment.
The newspaper said..
US car manufacturer General Motors is reported to have filed suit in the UK against Royal & SunAlliance over asbestos and environmental pollution claims. The legal action is part of wider-ranging litigation already in progress..
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has said that thousands of victims of asbestos-related disease have been deserted by the law, after the recent decision by the House of Lords.
APIL president Richard Langton said..
John Hutton, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, has announced his intention to work in partnership with insurers to ensure faster compensation for mesothelioma sufferers and their families.
Mr Hutton said: “No amount of..
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists has warned that there is now compelling evidence that smoking, even passive smoking, causes Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in the UK.
The Royal College is calling..
Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) has released new figures on workplace exposure to smoking which show that in 2004 more than 10mn people across Great Britain still worked in places where smoking is allowed..
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has called for new tax incentives to improve the UK’s poor record on rehabilitating employees who are injured or fall ill in the workplace.
Last year 28mn working days were..
The Medical Defence Union paid out just under £8.5mn in compensation and legal costs over the last 10 years to patients harmed by cosmetic surgery procedures. The majority of claims were made by patients who..
Trade union GMB has warned Britain’s million of outdoor workers and their employers about the risks from skin cancer resulting from workers being sun burnt while at work. Latest figures from Cancer Research UK show..
The Equal Opportunities Commission has released statistics showing there have been a quarter of a million Employment Tribunal cases of sex discrimination and 67,000 related to equal pay in the 30 years since the Sex..
Water for Fish, a leading people and organisation consulting company and subsidiary of Aon Consulting, has warned businesses that they could be leaving themselves vulnerable to expensive and embarrassing legal action if they do not..
The Court of Appeal has held that a bottle of dishwasher powder is not a defective product for the purposes of the Consumer Protection Act 1987. An infant became seriously ill after digesting dishwasher powder..
Where an employment tribunal considering an unfair dismissal claim looked to the fairness of a dismissal for misconduct, and the employee had a contractual right of appeal against a decision to dismiss, care must be..
A claimant alleged he suffered from hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) and filed with the court medical reports supporting his allegations. However, when he came to give evidence, he was obliged to describe the symptoms..
The claimant was employed as a Sales Manager selling houses on new build sites. Following her resignation, she alleged that she had been required to work excessive hours, seven days a week and that she..
A manager of a hairdressing salon who took part in bullying and fostered and encouraged a discriminatory atmosphere at work by behaviour and example against an employee who was pregnant was jointly and severally liable..
Section 2(3) of the Damages Act 1996 provides that a court may not make a periodical payments order unless satisfied that payments under the order are “reasonably secure”. Section 2(4) deems there to be reasonable..
South Yorkshire newspaper The Star has revealed that personal injury claims cost Sheffield council £583,333 in 2004/5. According to the paper, during 2004/5 the council paid £219,757 to members of the public and paid an..
A night editor for a national newspaper, employed as a casual, who was refused access to the company physiotherapist after developing crippling elbow pain and who was eventually forced to leave the paper because only..
A Japanese businessman, who suffered serious head injuries when he was involved in a motorway pile-up, has been awarded £135,000 damages. The man, who was working in the UK as part of a three-year secondment,..
A 73-year-old man who tripped on a broken pavement has been awarded £62,300. The man damaged his spinal cord and spent five months in hospital learning to walk again. The council admitted responsibility for the..
A fabricator has been awarded £4,000 after lacerating his elbow in a workplace accident, which led to a potentially dangerous arm infection. The man was attempting to climb over a pile of steel, which surrounded..
A man has been awarded £6,500 in compensation after a workplace accident left him with persistent back pain. He was awarded the sum in an out of court settlement, following an employer’s liability claim.
In two separate cases, two boys who suffered extremely severe injuries at birth have received ground-breaking settlements, according to their law firm, Leigh Day & Co. For both of them, the bulk of the compensation..
A former footballer has been awarded £400,000 in damages after his career was ended by a dangerous tackle. Former Scunthorpe and Bolton midfielder Peter Morrison suffered multiple breaks in his leg, and he has not..