The government has published the Equality Bill, which sets out what the government calls “groundbreaking new laws which will help narrow the gap between rich and poor; require business to report on gender pay; outlaw..
A man who attempted to commit suicide has won compensation of £90,000 in an out of court settlement. The hospital that treated him accidentally gave him an overdose of a drug designed to neutralise the..
An Australian asbestos victim has recovered damages in excess of £100,000. He worked in the shipping industry in the 1940s, before later working as a fitter on locomotives in the 1950s and later still for..
A man who broke his thumb in two places in a workplace accident has received £6,000 in compensation. He was off work for three months following the accident, which happened after new working practices were..
The beginning of the period allowed for initiating an equal pay claim would not be triggered until the expiry of the stable employment between the employer and employee within the meaning of the section 2ZA..
Thousands of miners suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee, commonly known as “Miners’ Knee” will be able to claim help from the government. Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, James Purnell has confirmed that..
A woman has received £16,000 compensation after she was injured in a work accident. As she closed a door, the handle and associated fittings came loose in her hand, causing her to fall backwards onto..
A prison officer who was injured while trying to restrain a violent inmate has received £8,000 in compensation. The man was off work for five months following the incident. He suffered an injury to his..
An investigation by ITV London Tonight has found that a London GP referred patients who had been involved in a road accident to a firm of personal injury solicitors. The GP is now facing investigation..
The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise (PRIME), a charity founded by HRH The Prince of Wales, has published a report which reveals that ageist attitudes in the UK are standing in the way of hundreds..
A woman who was the victim of race discrimination has secured a payout of £112,000. The former council officer left her role at the county council suffering from stress and depression which she claimed was..
A baby who suffered severe brain damage and dystonic tetraplegic cerebral palsy as a result of the negligent medical care his mother received during her labour at a London NHS hospital, has received a lump..
Pregnant women should not undergo some types of medical examination that involve high doses of radiation to the foetus because of the small increased risk of causing childhood cancer, according to guidance developed by the..
Though a settlement of an employment dispute expressed to be “without prejudice and subject to contract” was of no effect, the employment contract was unequivocally terminated when the employer ceased paying the employee’s salary. That..
Allianz Insurance has reported a steep first quarter rise in detected insurance fraud claims compared with the same period last year. The number of fraudulent claims identified and declined by Allianz has almost doubled over..
A claimant has been found in contempt of court for exaggerating her injuries. The Law Gazette called it a “landmark move against fraudulent personal injury claims”. She must now pay her own £125,000 legal bill,..
A man has received £18,000 in damages after being diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), a disorder which can be caused by prolonged use of hand-held vibrating tools. He was exposed to the disorder after..
A man who was diagnosed with asbestosis has received £70,000 in a settlement. He worked as a carpenter for a shipbuilder and was frequently in the vicinity of laggers working with asbestos. He was diagnosed..
A man diagnosed with mesothelioma has been awarded £200,000 in compensation. The man worked as a labourer’s mate, mixing asbestos for use in the insulation of boiler pipes in a power station. His former employer..
Following extensive publicity over the use of Dimethyl Fumerate (DMF) in Chinese leather furniture, increasing numbers of leather products produced wholly, or part, in China are being blamed for injuries across Europe, according to Russell..
The rapidly growing nanotechnology market in Australia requires urgent regulation to protect the health and safety of workers and consumers, according to the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU).
ACTU is concerned that there is mounting..
A car manufacturing employee who said he was exposed to dangerous levels of noise in the workplace has received £6,000 in damages after his employer settled his claim without any admission of liability. It was..
Latest reported C. difficile figures show that between October and December 2008 6,257 cases were recorded in patients aged 65 years and over. This represents a fall of 11% in this age group from the..
Ordering physicians have limited knowledge of CT-related radiation exposure and its associated risks, according to a study performed at the Carilion Clinic in Roanoke in the US.
“More than 100 surveys were completed by physicians from..
An airline which had paid its pilots during the period of their “paid annual leave” by reference to their basic salary, rather than the pay they might expect to earn, including supplements, during a working..
A woman who was injured whilst crossing the road has received £142,500 in damages. She was using a pedestrian crossing and the lights had turned to green allowing pedestrians to cross. She was then hit..
A man who was injured at work has received £135,000 in compensation. The accident occurred whilst he was attaching tiles onto the side of a house. He set-up a makeshift scaffold. There was no suitable..
A man has received £20,000 compensation after suffering physical and psychological injuries in a road traffic accident. He was a front seat passenger when the driver of the vehicle he was travelling in lost control..
The European Parliament’s environment committee has adopted a report by Swedish Green MEP Carl Schlyter which calls for tighter controls on nanotechnology, including the application of the ‘no data, no market’ principle contained in the..
A judicial review has been lodged by a group of insurers against The Damages (Asbestos-related conditions) (Scotland) Act. The Act makes pleural plaques a compensatable condition in Scotland, despite the fact that plaques are symptomless,..
The number of traffic deaths on US roads last year reached a record low, while seat belt use continued to climb, the US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced.
New state-by-state data shows that Michigan..
Jam doughnuts, custard tarts, pork sausages and ready salted crisps are just a few of the unhealthy products that could carry health and nutrition claims if the UK Government fails to stop proposals by the..
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has presented a list of priority chemicals for authorisation under REACH to the European Parliament. ETUC is calling on the Member States and European Commission for the 306 substances..
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published research showing that injury rates from the waste and recycling industry have decreased since peaking in 2003-04. At a time when this industry experienced rapid growth, the..
Contact with a wide range of chemicals and other hazardous substances at work is endangering the health of workers across Europe, and nanotechnology is one of the risks causing most concern to experts. This is..
BUPA has launched a new report analysing the future opportunities and challenges for workplace health. ‘Healthy Work’ sets out how trends in the demography and economy of the UK, and the changing nature of work..
New research by economics and psychology researchers at the University of Warwick has found that promotion on average produces 10% more mental strain and gives up to 20% less time to visit the doctor.
Marsh has claimed that concerns about the global economy, shareholder action, litigation, and the increasing engagement by regulators are fuelling demand for Directors’ and Officers’ (D&O) insurance. According to Marsh, FTSE 100 companies are buying..
Businesses are putting employees’ lives at risk and could be contravening health and safety legislation, according to Norwich Union Risk Services (NURS).
According to the Health and Safety Executive, more than 136,000 injuries to employees were..
Wide-ranging proposals to dramatically cut the number of deaths on the roads have been set out by Road Safety Minister Jim Fitzpatrick. Measures to ensure all roads have the right speed limit, and the formation..
A recent court case (Emerald and others v British Airways) could be the spur that prompts UK claimants, eager for justice in the wake of the credit crunch, to bring ‘class actions’ against high street..
Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) has said that the Department of Health has confirmed that the current bar on people having an NHS complaint investigated if they have started or intend to start litigation to..
The outgoing president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has “fired a broadside” at the Ministry of Justice for “dragging its feet on damages reform”, two years after the government launched a major..