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Couple finally wins £20k payout

A couple from Bristol have finally been awarded compensation after a holiday organised by Thomas Cook went terribly wrong.  Mark Bidwell and Nicola Greathurst had been on a two-week long holiday at the four-star Bahia Principe Hotel, in the Dominican Republic; a few months before they were due to have a baby.  However, only five weeks into the holiday, Mr Bidwell fell severely unwell with a gastric illness.  He suffered abdominal pain, diarrhoea, lethargy and serious weight loss.

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Woman breaks spine abroad

38-year-old Joanna Rose was left with life-changing injuries after a car hit her during her honeymoon in Torrevieja on the Costa Blanca.  She suffered a broken spine, five broken ribs, internal bleeding and serious bruising.  The accident happened when her and her husband were walking along the side of the road and a car hit her from behind.  Mrs Rose is now seeking compensation for the rehabilitative treatment she will require.

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Chemical leak leaves man hospitalised

A chemical leak has left a man in hospital.  A delivery driver phoned firefighters yesterday morning with the fear that there was a chemical leak inside his vehicle. The van had been delivering a heavy duty acidic de-scaler to a house in Ashbury, near Faringdon, when the incident happened. It is believed that the dangerous chemical leaked out through the packaging and into the delivery van, affecting the driver.

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Council pays out to injured boy

Hull City Council is to pay compensation to a five-year-old boy after he tripped and fell on an unsafe drain.  Jayden Willby, from east Hull, suffered injuries after tripping on an unsafe drain nearby his home last November.  The drain was highlighted as a hazard to the council on the day of Jayden’s injury, but nothing was done to mend it. Five months later, Jayden’s mum, Candice Gilchrist, decided to take action, arguing that children frequently walk to school on that road.

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Care failings responsible for teenage death

A special care unit for people with learning disabilities is ‘unlikely to reopen’ after a teenage boy died in the bath last year. 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk was found unconscious in a bath at Slade House, Headington, Oxford, on the 4th of July last year.  He died in hospital later that day.

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Wife of asbestos victim appeals for information

The widow of a former dockyard worker who died as a result of asbestos exposure has appealed for information surrounding her late husband’s working conditions.  Kenneth Strong died at age 80 after battling mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos exposure, for five-months. His wife Jean is appealing to her husband’s colleagues to assist in an investigation into the working conditions of the dockyard.

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Dangers of sloping station platforms

It has recently been identified by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) that the platforms of many train stations slope towards the tracks. A spokesperson from the branch said that the rail industry has not identified this as a problem, despite it having caused numerous accidents.  With reports ranging from a child in a pushchair to a wheelchair user rolling onto the tracks, the majority of the reports laid the blame on the passengers involved.

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Salmonella outbreak affects hundreds

With over 150 people in England affected by Salmonella over the last few months, Public Health England is investigating the possible sources. Tests have already revealed that all the cases are linked to one particular source, but this has not yet been identified. The illness is usually linked to foods such as eggs and poultry, causing diarrhoea, stomach pains, sickness and fever.  Most people are able to recover without treatment; however, one hospital has reported three deaths in relation to the outbreak.

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Emergency patients face long queues

According to new research, patients have to wait in ambulance queues outside of A&E for hours before being seen by a doctor.  Last year more than 300,000 ambulances were forced to queue outside of hospitals in England with patients inside.  With a national waiting time target of 15 minutes, one patient waited for more than eight hours in an ambulance before being seen by a doctor.

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Families of injured children take legal action

The families of 28 injured schoolchildren have launched legal action just over a month after two buses collided during their school runs.  The accident happened in County Durham on the 3rd of June when one bus, taking children to Tanfield School, crashed into another bus that had been taking children to St Bede’s School.  The two buses crashed head-on in Lanchester, with two drivers and 28 children taken to hospital as a result.

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Bus technology to prevent accidents

New detection software has been fitted to four London buses for a trial period of six weeks.  The technology will detect pedestrians and cyclists, with the hope that accidents will be greatly reduced on the roads.  The software alerts bus drivers when pedestrians and cyclists are close to the vehicle, making drivers more aware of their spatial surroundings.

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Care home patients ‘at risk’

A recent inspection at a West Haddon care home has made some worrying findings concerning health and safety precautions.  Foxhill Manor Nursing Home currently provides long-term Nursing Care to 34 patients, Respite Care and Day Care 7 days a week; however, the Care Quality Commission inspectors found numerous faulty appliances, scalding tap water and broken windows at the home, all of which could cause serious injury.  Many patients that suffer with degenerative conditions, such as dementia, are treated at the home. With a ‘philosophy’ that “aims to provide its Service Users with a secure, relaxed and homely environment”, the CQC demanded that “urgent action” is taken to improve its safety standards.

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Mother sues over son’s shattered dreams

The mother of a young man who had dreamed of a career in the Royal Marines since a young age is suing them for over £1million after her son fell during a dangerous training exercise.  The exercise required the men to complete a high-level assault course called ‘Tarzan’.  When 19-year-old James Cobby reached the stage known as ‘Jacob’s Ladder’, he fell 7m hitting a high-tension cable on the way down.

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Police officers receive £3m in compensation

New figures have revealed that Police officers receive an estimated £3million in compensation for minor injures every year.  Injuries in the last year ranged from officers falling off bikes to being bitten by dogs.  According to legislation, however, Police forces are only supposed to pay damages if more could have been done to prevent the accident from happening in the first place.  This would involve ensuring that the work environment was safe and that protective clothing suited the nature of the work.

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Out-of-hours concerns highlighted by report

A confidential report into the out-of-hours services in the Southern Health Trust has highlighted numerous concerns regarding the way that it operates.  One GP described going to work as “walking into hell”, with the out-of-hours service accommodating a culture of threats and harassment, and poor patient safety.  The information was gathered in a series of workshops which spoke to 32 out-of-hours doctors.  The workshops aimed to assess the overall opinion and morale of the staff involved in the service.

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Worker prosecuted following acid burns

A member of staff at an industrial estate has been taken to court after one of his colleagues sustained serious burns from a plastic bottle filled with sulphuric acid.  Mark Mellard (46) had picked up the plastic bottle on his way out of work, which had been left unattended by the sink, before he felt it burning on his leg.  He disposed of the bottle and washed his leg with cold water. The severity of the burn damaged Mr Mellard’s nerve endings so he proceeded to walk his dog before going to hospital. 

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Cyclist wins compensation after hit-and-run

A cyclist has been awarded a six-figure payout after he was left disabled following a hit-and-run accident.  Graham Andrews faced life-threatening injuries following his accident in 2008.  The force of the driver threw him eight feet into the air and he was left on the grass verge, while the driver sped off.  Mr Andrews is now wheelchair-bound and plans to use the compensation money to buy specialist equipment to assist his rehabilitation.

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Dog attacks continue to rise

Following Saturday’s accident, which saw a woman viciously attacked by two dogs in Leominster, police have recognised that the number of dog attacks is on the rise.  The attack on Saturday saw the main victim airlifted to hospital, while a further two women were also significantly injured and required hospital treatment.  It was believed that the two dogs were a Bull Mastiff and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.  The woman remains in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in a stable condition.

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Organ damage mistaken for bug by doctors

A father-of-six nearly died after doctors repeatedly misdiagnosed his bowel damage for a stomach bug.  Stuart Pashley, from Clay Cross, Derbyshire, was denied treatment by NHS staff on multiple occasions, as doctors continued to diagnose him with a common stomach bug.  One doctor actually told Mr Pashley not to go to hospital as “sickness bugs can close hospital wards and kill people”.

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Brain injury patients face devastating cuts

Those who suffer with a brain injury are to face savage cuts to rehabilitation services, resulting in thousands of patients being denied help.  This finding comes as a result of an investigation carried out by the brain injury charity Headway, who worry that the cuts will cost the taxpayer far more money in the long run. 

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