“The government must explode the myth that it can and should manage all risk. It must admit that zero risk is unachievable, unattainable and undesirable.” - The Better Regulation Commission launching its report “Risk, Responsibility,..
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has warned that injured claimants may be left stranded by Government proposals to allow certain public sector bodies and insured defendants to evade payments into court.
In its response..
Thompsons Solicitors has introduced a new funding aspect to its Clinical Negligence Service, in a move designed to provide medical negligence claimants with easier access to justice. According to the law firm, it follows the..
The new Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill should lead to a review of Employers Liability and Public Liability insurance policies, says law firm Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC). The Home Office has predicted an increase..
Equitas and Berkshire Hathaway have reached an agreement in principle on a structure in which National Indemnity Company, a member of the Berkshire Hathaway group of insurance companies, will:
Reinsure all Equitas’ liabilities;
Provide up to a..
Illium Managing Agency is expanding its service company operations into the South of the UK. The Lloyd’s liability and commercial motor specialist has appointed a new regional underwriter, Chris Ashmead, who will be based at..
Chubb Insurance has launched a new cover which it says is designed specifically to meet the changing needs of the technology industry, and which provides property, liability and professional indemnity covers. “The new cover is..
As premium rates continue to fall, insurers are taking less premium for more risk, leading to significant concern about sustaining their profitability levels, according to Aon’s “2006 European Property, Liability and D&O Report”, which found..
The British Medical Association (BMA) has written to a number of NHS Trusts seeking clarification of the liability cover available to consultants who provide assessments and references under Article 14 of the General and Specialist..
With 10 mega claim directors & officers (D&O) settlements in the first six months of this year totalling roughly $3.5bn, both the frequency and severity of such settlements were ahead of 2005’s record pace. This..
A recent ruling has confirmed that building contractors can be held liable for the flaws in architects’ designs if they build to those plans, according to Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC).
The Court of Appeal recently ruled..
One fifth of all UK employees have experienced some form of bullying or harassment over the last two years, according to findings from a survey of 2,000 employees by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and..
Stress is still the biggest problem facing UK workplaces, with excessive workloads, job cuts and rapid change the most common triggers for rising stress levels amongst employees, according to new research published by the TUC.
The Better Regulation Commission has launched its report “Risk, Responsibility, Regulation: Whose Risk Is It Anyway?” The report responds to a call by Prime Minister Tony Blair to examine who should manage risk in society.
The TUC has “busted” the most common health and safety myths including schools banning conkers, safety inspectors banning ladders, acrobats being forced to wear helmets and councils banning St George’s flags.
The TUC has published a..
Businesses are still failing their staff when it comes to managing work at height, as revealed by claims being made against employers, according to Norwich Union. The insurer’s own claims research has highlighted that falls..
Figures for the last three years show that an average of over 7000 cases were assessed for IIDB. The largest categories were vibration white finger, carpal tunnel syndrome and respiratory diseases associated with past exposures..
The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) has published the latest statistics on work-related ill health, workplace injury and enforcement in Great Britain: “Health and Safety Statistics 2005/06”.
In 2005/06 an estimated 2.0mn people suffered from ill..
Lloyd’s has approved the formation of syndicate 1919 which will be managed through Marlborough Underwriting Agency Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, and be capitalised by CV Starr and Starr International Investments Limited. Syndicate..
Fatigue is now the number one health and safety issue in shipping - and regulators need to respond to the very real risks of a major disaster, according to Nautilus UK, the maritime professionals’ union.
An appeal to the Law Lords to reinstate compensation for sufferers of asbestos related condition pleural plaques has been set for summer 2007. Trade union Amicus and its lawyers, Thompsons Solicitors are preparing their case..
The effects of second-hand smoke on non-smokers in the United States cost nearly US$6bn in medical and economic costs in 2004 according to an actuarial study. Following a recent report by the Surgeon General that..
The Government has announced that it will bring forward legislation to ensure that at least 800 sufferers of asbestos related diseases are able to keep their full compensation.
The decision means that Turner and Newall workers..
The BBC has announced that it has started an asbestos register for all those potentially exposed to fibres at Television Centre. The register will be specific to problems in studios TC2, TC3 and TC5, and..
Trade union Amicus has launched a campaign to protect workers from the health hazards associated with breathing in silica dust. Amicus has signed up to a European Social Dialogue agreement on Silica Dust that came..
Following the recent decision of Judge Carol E Higbee in the Superior Court of the State of New Jersey to refuse permission for UK claimants to bring claims against Merck (the manufacturer of Vioxx) in..
A recent study has investigated the contribution of burnout to the association between job strain and depression. The study, “Contribution of Burnout to the Association Between Job Strain and Depression: the Health 2000 Study,” has..
A police officer alleged that he experienced sustained bullying, harassment and intimidation from fellow officers, one of whom was his line manager, over a number of years. In addition, he was demoted and eventually retired..
Where a defendant sought to challenge a claim of whiplash injury on the grounds that the impact was too low to have caused injury, the challenge should normally be made in writing within three months..
A claim under section 6(1) of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 required it to be shown that an employer’s arrangements placed an employee at a substantial disadvantage, and an employer was not obliged to make..
A refuse collector who was left severely disabled when his refuse lorry overturned has been awarded damages of £3.75mn. The driver of the lorry had been “load shifting” which involves the lorry driven fast before..
Damages of £270,000 have been awarded to the family of a man who died when his plane crashed after hitting a high-voltage overhead power line. The accident was caused by a screwdriver becoming stuck into..
An employment tribunal has ordered a former mayor to pay £33,697 in damages to a former town clerk who brought a successful claim of sexual harassment. The woman said she was sexually harassed and victimised..
A latex allergy sufferer has received £15,000 from her employer following her development of a latex allergy. She was employed as an animal technician/lab technician for many years. Throughout her employment she used latex gloves..
A former dockyard and power station worker who suffers from mesothelioma is to receive a five-figure sum in compensation for the pain and suffering he has endured and for lost income. The man claimed he..
A woman who claimed that her boss moved a CCTV camera so that it pointed at her work station, has won her claim for sex discrimination and constructive dismissal. The boss admitted sexually harassing the..
A woman has been awarded a settlement after she suffered brain damage following an operation to remove part of her placenta after giving birth to her third child. She will receive an immediate lump sum..
A former employee of a dairy in Jersey has received £11,000 in compensation for unfair dismissal. An employment tribunal said that the man was unfairly dismissed on the grounds of physical incapacity. The tribunal said..
A 69-year-old man with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) has received over £100,000 in compensation from the Department of Trade and Industry. The ex-miner worked for British Coal from the age of 15 as a..
A man who suffered severe food poisoning on a Caribbean holiday which left him with Irritable Bowel Syndrome has been awarded damages of £13,000 for his Pain, Suffering and Loss of Amenity in addition to..
A man suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) as a result of exposure to vibrating tools has won £20,000 compensation from his employer. The man worked as an aircraft engineer, refurbishing and repairing large jet..
A 55-year-old former water company employee has been awarded £30,000 in compensation following asbestos exposure. The man was employed as a pipe layer and during the course of his employment was exposed to asbestos dust..
US casualty insurers are reported to be looking at some of their best financial returns in decades, according to a report from Willis in the US entitled “Marketplace Realities & Risk Management Solutions November 2006”.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has upheld the jury verdict in favour of Swiss Re in the case of SR International Business Insurance Company versus World Trade Center Properties.
Insurance claims against doctors, nurses and other medical professionals have stabilized for the first time in years, according to the seventh annual Aon Hospital Professional Liability and Physician Liability Benchmark Analysis. Aon says that while..
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