“Risk assessments taken seriously and used properly provide a vital safeguard in a range of circumstances for staff and pupils. Claims by some schools that their failure to use them is because of bureaucratic burdens..
The JSB (Judicial Studies Board) Guidelines, used by courts and legal practitioners to assess the damages in personal injury cases, show some startling inconsistencies, according to Browne Jacobson.
The firm has undertaken an analysis of the..
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers has appointed Amanda Stevens as its new president, taking over from Martin Bare. She is partner and head of personal injury at Charles Russell’s Guildford office and her work..
A report by Lord Hunt of Wirral into the Financial Ombudsman Service has been published, entitled “Opening up, reaching out and aiming high – an agenda for accessibility and excellence in the Financial Ombudsman Service.”
Novae Insurance has launched a new product tailored for the IT industry: Professional Indemnity for IT Professionals.
Jon Morgan, Unit Head of Novae Insurance’s regional financial lines division, said it has been developed according to the..
The Claims Standards Council has appointed Lockton’s Affinity division as the professional indemnity insurance provider to its 1,500 membership of authorised claims management companies. The scheme will be underwritten by Brit Insurance.
The appointment comes shortly..
Nearly a fifth of pool car fleets may not be roadworthy, leaving businesses exposed to extra costs and legal action, according to the RAC. Rigorous vehicle checking of over 21,370 pool cars conducted by RAC..
The Health Protection Agency has published its latest quarterly report on MRSA bloodstream infections which shows that there were 1,087 cases reported in England during the October to December quarter of 2007. This represents a..
Large companies are unlikely to be prosecuted for the new offence of corporate manslaughter for many years – even though deaths will have resulted from their serious management failures and will have met the new..
Labour MP Phyllis Starkey is campaigning for increased protection for customers and staff in nail bars. The MP’s 10 Minute Rule Bill, which would extend licensing for nail bars to areas outside London, was debated..
The entertainment industry, including pubs and clubs, must now implement the requirements of the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 which replaced the Noise at Work Regulations 1989, and came into force on 6..
Nearly 20% of US military service members who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan - 300,000 in all - report symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder or major depression, yet only slightly more than half..
The UK Steel Live Wire Accident Reduction Campaign, launched in July 2006, has surpassed its target of a 10% reduction in accidents by a significant margin. Overall accidents reduced in 2007 by over 17% and..
British businesses are losing £250 a second in costs and payouts for needless accidents in the workplace, according to the British Safety Council (BSC). Millions of British men and women are at risk at work..
The Work and Pensions Select Committee report has called for HSE to increase its deployment of resources to front-line inspection. Evidence to the Committee convinced it that increasing the number of inspections carried out by..
The Work and Pensions Select Committee has released a report entitled “The role of the Health and Safety Commission and the Health and Safety Executive in regulating workplace health and safety”.
The Committee called on the..
The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have merged to form a single national regulatory body responsible for promoting the cause of better health and safety at work, according..
The insurance industry should act now to protect itself from the cost of defending climate change claims as reported advances in scientific techniques move closer to establishing the link between specific weather events and global..
Texas remains one of the ten worst legal climates in the country, according to “Lawsuit Climate 2008: Ranking the States”, an annual assessment of state liability systems conducted by Harris Interactive, a market research firm,..
In a paper published in Nature, a worldwide consortium of scientists has claimed a major breakthrough for understanding the genetic basis of lung cancer. The international team of investigators have uncovered for the first time..
Hairdressers may face an increased risk of cancer because of the dyes and other chemicals they work with, according to the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). “Occupation as a hairdresser..
A global epidemic of preventable industrial cancers is killing hundreds of thousands each year because governments and employers are failing to take simple and effective preventive action. Top cancer prevention experts from around the world,..
Eight out of 10 sunbed users have increased their risk of a life-threatening form of skin cancer by around 75%, according to Cancer Research UK. A survey of 4000 people, commissioned by the charity, has..
Preliminary results show that a common environmental chemical may increase the risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, according to research presented at a recent meeting of the American..
Research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology has showed that the risk of breast cancer was doubled in women having higher serum levels of trans fatty acids. The trans fatty acids studied are those..
Despite efforts by the EU to simplify the interpretation of national laws, the UK insurance industry is being exposed to significant risk from complex cases involving motorists of differing nationalities, according to Browne Jacobson.
A 24-year-old man injured in a car crash was working as a warehouse technician for a company that provided lighting for the entertainment industry. He was earning £13,000 gross per annum but presented his claim..
Any claim in respect of injuries sustained by the claimant in a hot-air balloon landing in England was governed by Schedule 1 to the Carriage by Air Acts (Application of Provisions) Order 1967 (the Non-International..
A man has received £10,000 compensation after crushing his thumb at work. He worked as a contractor on a building site when the accident happened. He was walking along a designated walkway on site when..
A soldier who was accidentally shot as a result of a negligent discharge while on live firing training exercises in Canada has received a settlement of £30,000 from the Ministry of Defence. The claimant suffered..
A man has received £12,478 for vibration white finger. He was employed as a ground worker for a council, a civil engineering firm and a Tarmacadam contractor. His vibration white finger was caused by excessive..
An 88-year-old woman has received £34,000 compensation after being injured in an accident at her local supermarket. She was riding her mobility scooter down a path leading to a car park at her local supermarket..
The family of a man who died from an asbestos-related disease has received £149,000 in compensation. The man died after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. His condition was critical when first diagnosed. He was told that..
An electrician has received nearly £8,000 in compensation after being injured at work. He suffered an injury to the end of his left index finger including a fracture and disruption of the nail bed and..
A woman has received £17,500 in compensation after a workplace accident caused injury which led to back pain and psychological problems. She was employed as a care assistant at a residential home when she had..
A man who was diagnosed with mesothelioma has received £203,474 in compensation. He worked at the British Rail Doncaster Plant Works for most of his working life between 1961 and 1997. He was employed as..
A man who developed lung cancer after being exposed to asbestos in the workplace has received £65,000 in damages. He was exposed to asbestos while working as a colour stillman. His employer made asbestos roofing..
A Ministry of Defence (MoD) stores assistant who suffered a serious back injury due to continuous heavy lifting and whose employer then failed to shift her to lighter work has received £60,000 in compensation.
A former British Rail worker has been awarded £180,000 in compensation after exposure to asbestos in the workplace. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma after he was exposed to asbestos while working as a fireman, boiler..
A man who was injured at work from lifting heavy objects has received £20,000 in compensation. He was working as a waste disposal operative when he severely injured his abdominal muscles in the accident. At..
A man has been awarded £20,000 in provisional damages after being exposed to asbestos in the workplace. He developed asbestosis after being exposed to asbestos while working for a shipyard during the 1960s. He said..
The widow of a man who died from mesothelioma has secured £120,000 in compensation in an out of court settlement. He was exposed to asbestos while working as an improver apprentice and then a production..
A girl who was left with cerebral palsy after her ventilator settings were mismanaged at birth has been awarded £2.4mn in damages. The NHS Trust involved admitted liability. She will receive a lump sum of..
A man who suffered post traumatic illness after suffering a head injury at work has received £13,750 compensation. He suffered head injuries, which led to the illness, whilst working as a JCB mechanical loading shovel..
A council has been ordered to pay £26,000 in compensation after it was judged to have racially discriminated against a job candidate. The council reportedly was unable to explain why it had not shortlisted a..
Leigh Day & Co has reported that it has received enquiries from a number of UK residents who have been taking cabergoline. They are reportedly concerned about the possibility of developing heart valve damage because..
Corporate manslaughter convictions could rise significantly under the new Corporate Manslaughter Act that came into effect on 6 April 2008, according to Aon. UK companies responsible for rail crashes, ferry disasters and work deaths, which..
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