The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), the largest teaching union in Scotland, has revealed that an EIS member has received a record six figure settlement as a result of an occupational stress case. The settlement,..
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has reported that the number of violent incidents at work shows a downward trend over the last decade, with incidents remaining fairly constant over the last five years, according..
A nuclear plant worker who raised health and safety concerns to bosses about a manual handling exercise and then went on to break her ankle as she moved heavy boxes has received £7,500 in compensation...
A woman has received £3,500 in compensation after she was sexually assaulted at a hospital when she was helping a patient in the shower. The assault left her suffering psychological distress. The patient had a..
Law firms are advising women affected by the scandal surrounding breast implants manufactured by the French firm Poly Implant Prosthesis (PIP) to take immediate legal advice.
Russell Jones and Walker said it believed that most women..
Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a series of measures to back enterprise by “tackling the compensation culture and freeing small and medium enterprises from the stranglehold of health and safety red tape.”
In a speech,..
The Civil Justice Council has published the outcome of discussions of the CJC Working Group on Technical Aspects of Jackson Implementation: Options for proportionality, Part 36 Offers and Qualified One Way Costs Shifting. The Working..
A report on the cost of motor insurance was published by the House of Commons Select Committee on Transport in March 2011 which looked at the reasons for the very significant increases in quoted premiums..
A shipyard worker who developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos whilst working in Merseyside shipyards has received compensation of £127,750. His work involved removing asbestos from ships’ boilers. He was never provided with suitable..
A former NHS manager has been granted a compensation sum of nearly £1 million after an employment tribunal ruled he had been a victim of race discrimination. He took legal action against the NHS Foundation..
A joiner who was diagnosed with asbestosis after being exposed to asbestos whilst working for two shipbuilding companies has won £23,650 in compensation. Neither of the employers had provided appropriate protection against asbestos or warned..
A fitter has received £60,000 provisional compensation after he was diagnosed with asbestosis and pleural thickening. The conditions were caused by exposure to asbestos at work for three employers during the 1960s and 70s. All..
An ordained minister who was appointed on a stipend, given accommodation and a pension, and who was to be taxed under Schedule E with holiday and sick pay entitlement, and subject to the possibility of..
With preliminary data now available for the 2011/12 airline insurance programmes, the picture that is emerging is of a relatively stable market where individual price changes are pretty much in line with exposure and loss..
A man who was diagnosed with mesothelioma has received £350,000 in compensation. He was exposed to asbestos in a number of different positions from when he left school in the 1960’s up to and including..
The National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) has responded to the recommendation to review the Work at Height Regulations by 2013, as set out in the recent government report by Professor Löfstedt on the review..
Maritime professionals’ union Nautilus International has said that the incident involving the Italian-flagged cruise ship Costa Concordia is the latest in a series that have highlighted its long-standing concerns over safety.
“The grounding of a..
A recent study has suggested that certain occupational exposures common to nurses are related to risks of spontaneous abortion. The study, “Occupational exposures among nurses and risk of spontaneous abortion” was led by researchers from..
The owners of the Costa Concordia have announced a compensation proposal for Costa Concordia guests who have returned home which it said it is the result of negotiations between Costa and consumer associations protecting passengers’..
A man who permanently damaged his fingers at work and waited almost three years to claim compensation has received more than £8,000 in damages. He suffered from tendon damage to his little and ring fingers..
A class action lawsuit has been launched against Costa Cruises and its US-based owner Carnival Group following the Costa Concordia disaster. Consumer group Codacons, in collaboration with two U.S. law firms, Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik..
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has responded to the Löfstedt review by saying that it “generally welcomes the findings of the review, which reports that the health and safety system is broadly..
A street cleaner has been awarded £57,000 in compensation after a newsagent left trade waste in a public bin causing her to fall and seriously injure her shoulder and neck. Her feet became entangled on..
The medical and indirect costs of occupational injuries and illnesses are sizable, at least as large as the cost of cancer, according to a research paper from the University of California. The paper concluded that..
In its Annual Insurance Briefing 2012, Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has highlighted two area of concern in the medical field. The annual briefing said, “We continue to see malpractice claimants adding claims for psychiatric (as..
A plater who suffered permanent damage to his hands after he was exposed to vibrating tools at work has received £12,000 in compensation. He developed Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) and Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)..
Kennedys Law has urged the government not to let the delayed timetable for implementation of Lord Justice Jackson’s proposals on reform of civil litigation to become an opportunity for those who oppose their introduction to..
The Law Society has welcomed the government’s decision to defer civil litigation reforms until April 2013. Part two of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, which incorporates the changes proposed in the..
The inclusion of four explicit accident prevention indicators in the new Public Health Outcomes Framework has been welcomed by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). However, the Society said that the challenge..
MPs have called on the insurance industry to “abandon sharp practices in the management of car accident claims to curb the runaway cost of motor insurance premiums.” The cross party Transport Committee has also called..
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Nick Starling, Director of General Insurance at the ABI, said, “We are pleased that the Transport Select Committee has recognised that spiralling personal injury claims are the real reason car insurance premiums..
The Government has announced what it describes as “the most radical reform to the employment law system for decades.” Business Secretary Vince Cable announced the reform during a speech to EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, revealing..
Regulators and other interested parties must work together to ensure the Government’s proposed ban on referral fees in personal injury cases will operate consistently and effectively in the public interest, according to Solicitors Regulation Authority..
The Law Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) have been granted leave to intervene by the High Court in their respective roles as representative body and regulator in a case that could have a..
Specialist underwriting agency DUAL Ireland has expanded its Dublin-based team with the appointed of Martha Gorman as Development Underwriter for financial lines. She joins from Marsh where she was a commercial broker focusing on financial..
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is proposing to revoke seven Statutory Instruments (SIs) - six Regulations and one Order - that have been identified as being redundant or that have been overtaken by more..
Banning UK motor insurers from receiving any type of referral fees would be positive for the industry, as it would represent a more meaningful step towards combating the rise in fraudulent claims and the increasing..
The Government will save less than half of the £270 million it predicts through the proposed reforms to legal aid, and planned cuts will actually result in additional costs for the taxpayer by shifting the..
Travelers has announced the launch of a new professional indemnity product offering aimed at the publishing and general media sectors. Travelers Insurance Company Ltd. is a leader in providing solutions for the Media and Entertainment..
The Law Society’s chief executive Desmond Hudson has said that the insurance industry is increasing motor insurance premiums and has called for a full investigation into insurers’ practices. The call comes after MPs raised concerns..
In a recent House of Commons debate on health and safety regulation, the Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions, Chris Grayling said that Britain has the best record in Europe for the prevention..
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