The widow of a miner has received £140,000 compensation after a firm of solicitors handled her husband’s asbestos related disease claim negligently.
The miner died of mesothelioma, and a professional negligence claim against the solicitors arose..
A former cold storage unit assembler has received substantial compensation after he developed mesothelioma. He was responsible for assisting in the construction of large refrigerator units for abattoirs, restaurants and food shops. The refrigeration units..
The widow of a former electrician has been awarded £172,000 in compensation after her husband was exposed to asbestos at work. Her husband died of mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos. The former electrician was..
A woman has been awarded compensation of £3,250 after injuring her back, hip and knee upon entering a lift. While working for the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the woman entered an elevator..
A plasterer who lost sight in one eye following an accident at work has secured £32,000 damages. He was a plasterer in the council’s maintenance services department. He was working outside a house shovelling small..
A steel fixer foreman who was severely injured after being catapulted from a dumper truck he was driving has been awarded compensation. He was driving a dumper truck whilst working for a construction company. As..
A former asbestos worker has received £70,000 in compensation after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma. The man was awarded compensation after he was exposed to asbestos while working as a lagger. Within just 19 weeks..
A maintenance electrician has been awarded £20,000 after he developed pleural thickening and pleural plaques as a result of exposure to asbestos. His duties as a maintenance electrician took him to various sections of the..
A man who worked at a food factory has been awarded £110,000 after he developed mesothelioma. The factory was previously a chemical factory. Miles of pipework used for hot water lagged with asbestos had to..
A production worker has been awarded £250,000 after he developed occupational dermatitis. He began to suffer from the condition after he was transferred to the marker section at the company. His duties involved the bonding..
A welder and panel beater has been awarded £42,500 after developing asbestosis. He regularly undertook rectification work when there was damage to parts of the vehicles. In his early days of his employment with the..
The family of a paint chemist has been awarded £50,000 following his death from mesothelioma. The deceased began work as a paint technician and finished it as a paint chemist working in the laboratory. The..
The widow of a man who worked as a maintenance electrician at hospitals for almost forty years has been awarded £195,000 following his death from mesothelioma. In the course of his duties at the hospital..
The appellant employer appealed against a decision that it was liable to the respondent employee for psychiatric injury negligently caused by excessive stress in the course of her employment.
The employee had been employed by the..
New research by the Health Protection Agency has shown that some energy saving compact fluorescent lights can emit ultraviolet radiation at levels that, under certain conditions of use, can result in exposures higher than guideline..
Multiple US federal agencies were repeatedly ordered to usurp state law and undermine consumer protections, according to documents obtained through repeated FOIA requests by the American Association for Justice (AAJ). The documents detail how helping..
Doctors are being warned to be alert to a new allergic skin disorder, caused by mobile phones, according to the British Association of Dermatologists. A new phenomenon called “mobile phone dermatitis” has been discovered, in..
Exposure to hazardous substances at work can cause serious long-term health problems, Norwich Union has warned. As part of its latest Simply Safety campaign, the insurer is urging employers to pay attention to the level..
Figures issued by the Health and Safety Executive have revealed that every week 20 tradesmen die from asbestos-related diseases, and this number is set to increase.
Former tradesman and England and Arsenal footballing legend, Ian Wright,..
Two new studies, published in The Journal of Pediatrics, have examined several physical and behavioural effects of cigarette smoke exposure on infants.
In an attempt to understand the relationship between maternal smoking and certain birth defects,..
Holland’s main central labour body, the FNV, has called on the Dutch Labour Minister to introduce specific preventive measures for workers exposed to nanomaterials.
“The FNV cannot accept the existing indistinctness on the protective measures that..
Listening to personal music players at a high volume over a sustained period can lead to permanent hearing damage, according to an opinion of the EU Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks..
He’s off again! Yes, tort lawyer and former judge Roy Pearson has reportedly pursued yet another appeal of his infamous $54mn “pantsuit” in the DC Court of Appeals. Judge Pearson’s now notorious lawsuit was against..
A study, sponsored by the US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, has found that the discovery process is overly expensive and being abused. On average, 45-50% of respondents’ civil litigation costs in 2007 related to..
If plaintiffs’ lawyers convince the next Congress to enact massive lawsuit-expanding legislation next year, the added costs will slow America’s economic recovery, according to speakers at the 9th Annual Legal Reform Summit hosted by the..
The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has welcomed measures to ensure that people diagnosed with pleural plaques will continue to be able to claim damages. Publishing its report, the committee recommended support for the Damages (Asbestos-related..
Health and safety enforcement in Britain is withering away and Scotland has been hit particularly hard, according to new statistics. Figures obtained by the University of Stirling’s Occupational and Environmental Health Research Group (OEHRG) show..
New statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have revealed a reduction in the numbers of people killed, injured or made ill by work during 2007/08.
Reported major injuries at work fell by around..
The October renewals witnessed thus far have demonstrated further hardening in the airline insurance market, according to the latest Willis Airline Insurance Insight.
There is uncertainty in the market regarding the extent of the hardening the..
Novae Syndicates Limited has appointed Janet Edey and Matthew Carr jointly to head its Syndicate 2007 management liability unit. Between them they have over 35 years’ experience of underwriting directors’ and officers’ insurance (D&O) for..
A report from national charity Citizens Advice has exposed what it describes as a “shameful flaw” in the Employment Tribunal system which means that as many as one in ten of all successful claimants don’t..
Stress or overwork, injuries and illnesses caused by the poor use of display screen equipment, and repetitive strain injuries (RSI) top the list of workers’ safety concerns, according to the TUC’s biennial survey of safety..
Brit Insurance Holdings has announced the appointment of Darren Mallett as liability underwriter. He joins the Group’s Brit UK Division and will report to London Region underwriting manager Bernard Milford-Cottam.
Mr Mallett joins Brit Insurance from..
Brit Insurance Holdings PLC has announced the launch of the Brit Absence Management and Rehabilitation service. In recognition of the major benefits that rehabilitation can bring to its commercial clients, Brit Insurance said it is..
In Scotland, the Lord Advocate, the Rt Hon Elish Angiolini QC, has announced the creation of a dedicated, specialist Division for the investigation and prosecution of all cases which are reported to the Procurator Fiscal..
The Government has launched two new tribunals, consisting of a First-tier and an Upper Tribunal. This is part of a radical overhaul of the tribunals’ structure designed to strengthen the system and achieve improved and..
New legislation, the Health and Safety Offences Act 2008, which will increase penalties and provide courts with greater sentencing powers for those who flout health and safety legislation, is bow on the statute books and..
Stressed workers? Forget expensive stress management programmes, the TUC has come up with a much better plan - a new bank holiday. The TUC and some of the UK’s leading voluntary organisations, have called for..