The use of seatbelts in motor vehicles has, of course, dramatically reduced the number of serious injuries in road accidents. However, motor insurers will be appalled to note that some people aren’t using their seatbelts...
Mobile Doctors, the provider of medical reports for use in personal injury, medical negligence, employer and public liability cases, has announced the acquisition of Medi-fiche in a £1.2mn deal. Medi-fiche, which was founded in 2001..
Law firm Browne Jacobson is predicting a shortage of credible expert witnesses to defend against the raft of claims expected next year as the credit squeeze continues to affect financial and property markets in the..
The Scottish Law Commission has recommended that the limitation period for personal injury actions be extended from three years to five years – in a move which it says is aimed at helping claimants and..
Radical reforms to modernise the tribunals system have been set out in a consultation by the Ministry of Justice. The reform of the system began in April 2006 with the creation of the Tribunals Service,..
The UK’s Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) has included third party liability insurance as a new benefit in its annual membership from 1 January 2008, as a result of a case due to reach court during..
Legal expenses insurer DAS has said: “One year on from the Rogers v Merthyr Tydfil
test case, in which the Court of Appeal upheld the DAS 80e staged premium model, improvements in claims settlement times..
The Ministry of Justice has published the responses to its consultation on “Claims Management Regulation: Fee Levels 2008-09”. In its conclusion, the MoJ said: “The issue of fees payable to become authorised to provide the..
At least one in four road deaths in Britain (26%) involves someone driving for work, according to Department for Transport (DfT) statistics uncovered by road safety charity Brake. In 2006, 858 people were killed and..
Dirty ambulances could help the spread of MRSA and other superbugs, UNISON has warned. A recent investigation carried out by the union shows that the cleaning of ambulances is haphazard and inadequate in some parts..
The Department of Health has produced a report examining the variation in rates of MRSA between different hospitals between 2001 and 2006, and looking at the factors which have contributed to a 27% fall in..
New research published by the Local Government Employers organisation has revealed that half of all councils have now undertaken equal pay reviews, but the ability of local authorities to undertake these reviews is being hampered..
The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), the largest teaching union in Scotland, has revealed that Scotland’s education authorities and educational establishments have paid out over £250,000 in compensation and legal expenses as a result of..
Guy Carpenter has published “What’s the State of Your State? E&O Risk Uneven across the Country”, a state-by-state overview of the threat of errors & omissions (E&O) litigation on US real estate professionals. The report..
The Chancellor Alistair Darling has launched a major review of business health and safety laws. The review will ask employers, workers and experts for their views on how the health and safety system can be..
The surge in costly P&I (protection & indemnity) pool claims in 2006 could be a sign of the times as booming shipping operations become more expensive, according to Aon’s P&I Pre-renewal Report 2007. In anticipation,..
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Surgeon General have urged Americans to test their homes for radon, a cancer-causing radioactive gas that claims tens of thousands of lives each year.
Radon is the..
The European Risk Observatory has produced a report which identifies emerging biological risks that are most likely to affect workers in the EU. Farmers, healthcare workers or people in evolving industries such as waste treatment..
Swiss Re has said that the new liability regime in Europe, brought about by the EC Environmental Liability Directive (ELD), may provide business opportunities for insurers.
Swiss Re explained that the prime objective of the legislation..
US tort costs totalled $247bn in 2006, which is approximately $825 per person and $57 less per person than in 2005, according to the “2007 Update on US Tort Cost Trends” from Tillinghast Towers Perrin...
Injury death rates in the US rose more than 5% after a two-decade period of decline, according to a study released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study, “Morbidity and Mortality..
The American Tort Reform Foundation has released its annual “Judicial Hellholes” report. It has named as “Hellholes” for the first time Clark County, Nevada and Atlantic County, New Jersey. They join perennial Hellholes South Florida,..
Despite the fact that they are already being used in a wide range of consumer products, most people have no idea what nanotechnologies are, according to new research carried out by the consumer association Which?.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organisation, has found that there are cancer hazards associated with shiftwork, painting, and firefighting.
In its “IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic..
A study has suggested that a common chemical caused by frying, roasting or grilling may be linked to ovarian and womb cancer. The link relates to acrylamide which is produced when starchy foods are heated..
The prison service should have informed one of its officers of a particular prisoner’s propensity to violence so that the officer could have taken extra precautions over his safety.
The claimant and a team of fellow..
There should be no hard-and-fast rule whether separate heads of damage for harassment should be made for psychiatric harm, injury to feelings and aggravated damages. It all depended on the facts of the individual case.
In determining whether the costs of instructing costs consultants to conduct a detailed costs assessment under a collective conditional fee agreement were disbursements or profit costs, the issue was whether the solicitor remained responsible to..
A local authority had summarily dismissed an employee under section 98(2)(d) of the Employment Rights Act 1996 because it believed that, as a Russian immigrant whose limited leave to remain had expired, she could not..
Ford Motor Company, along with two related companies and a national union, will pay $1.6mn and provide other remedial relief to a class of nearly 700 African Americans to settle a major race discrimination lawsuit..
A ground worker has received £14,275 compensation from two former employers following the development of vibration white finger. He used pneumatic drills and jackhammers continuously and was not made aware of the dangers of using..
The family of a local teacher who died after being diagnosed with mesothelioma has received damages of £85,000. The teacher was exposed to asbestos whilst working as a primary school teacher. The asbestos was around..
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced a major settlement of a race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest military contractor, for $2.5mn and other relief on behalf of..
A man has received £6,500 in compensation after a bicycle accident. He suffered painful injuries after being knocked off his bicycle. He was cycling through a green traffic light when a driver executed a right..
An aircraft technician who was injured whilst working on a fighter jet has been awarded £6,000 in compensation. He was carrying out maintenance work on the fuel tank of a Tornado ZA547 Aircraft. The task..
A university security guard who suffered a broken collar bone and finger during a burglary in a campus launderette, has received over £13,000 in damages in an out of court settlement. He was working the..
The widow of a coppersmith has received a substantial six-figure compensation payment after her husband was exposed to asbestos. The husband died from mesothelioma. He was exposed to asbestos as an apprentice coppersmith with two..
A fitter and turbine engineer who was exposed to asbestos by several employers has won over £30,000 damages after developing asbestosis. Asbestos was extensively used as an insulating material on pipes and machinery in the..
Disability discrimination proceedings have been started against two London bus companies. According to Leigh Day, despite bus companies in London stating that all their buses have wheelchair ramps for their passengers to use, their client..
A former GMTV presenter who was forced out of her job after her bosses discovered she suffered from epilepsy is reported to be claiming £485,000 for projected loss of earnings. The presenter told an employment..