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Asbestos victim denied compensation

A cancer patient has been given ‘enormous sympathy’ but no compensation for her cancer caused by asbestos expose in her workplace in the 1970s. 58-year-old Marie McGregor was 15 when she worked in Lewis’s Department Store in Liverpool. She had been employed by the British Shoe Corporation (BSC) which managed a concession there. 

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West Country most dangerous place to work

New figures have revealed that the West Country is the most dangerous place to work in Britain.  A report has found that over 6,500 people were injured and 12 people died while working in the South West of England between 2012 and 2013 – a figure higher than anywhere else in the UK.

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Dog bites most common in deprived areas

A report has revealed that there are three times as many hospital admissions for dog bites in England’s most deprived areas than in the least. The report was released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, which showed Merseyside to have the highest rate of dog attacks, accounting for 6,740 admissions - a figure up 6% on the previous year.  It also highlighted children to be the most common victims.

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Injured teachers receive record £26m in compensation

Newly released figures have revealed that school staff have been awarded a record of £26 million in compensation.  One teacher received £110,000 after tripping on a pothole in the driveway of the school she worked at. She is just one of the hundreds of school staff who have claimed for a work-related injury. 

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£10m payout to injured footballer

A footballer with a promising future has been awarded £10million in compensation following a road traffic accident.  17-year-old Jack Farrugia had been a front seat passenger of car when the driver lost control and collided with a stationary van.  He had been wearing a seatbelt when the accident happened in November 2008, but was left with serious brain injuries and was in a coma for a month.

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‘Guillotine gate’ injures six-year-old

After a gate was found to be potentially dangerous by a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report in 2004, a young boy has lost three fingertips in the gate described as a “guillotine”.  The six-year-old boy, who suffered with learning difficulties, got his hand trapped in the hinges of the gate, cutting off three of his fingertips.  Salford City Council has been fined £20,000 for the accident that happened at Springwood Special Educational Needs Primary School in Swinton.

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Twenty-year fight for compensation

The family of a girl who was left severely brain damaged after an operation has finally been awarded compensation following a twenty-year battle.  Nathalie Sugden was left with serious brain damage as a result of failures during a heart operation at Bristol Royal Infirmary.  The operation was carried out a month after her birth, August 1994, by a surgeon who was struck off for incompetence by the GMC following the failed operation.

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Family seek compensation for cyclist son

A Gloucestershire family is currently seeking compensation for their 15-year-old son after he suffered severe injuries when his bike went into a pothole during a charity ride.  Ollie Pike, from Malmesbury in Wiltshire, smashed his head and broke his collarbone in the accident on the 9th of March.  He said that he swerved to avoid one set of potholes, but as a result went crashing into another.  He was then thrown to the ground after being propelled over his handlebars.

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Council paid out £150,000 compensation in last five years

Recently released figures have revealed that Thanet Council has paid out around £150,000 in compensation to injury claimants in the past five years alone.  The figures were attained as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request made by the Gazette newspaper, finding that a total of 70 claims had been made against the council in the last five years.  In only the past year, a total of 13 claims were made, with a total of £28,298 being paid-out 

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Bristol NHS ‘disgusting’

The family of a young boy who died shortly after heart surgery in Bristol Children’s Hospital have referred to NHS issues as “disgusting”.  Luke Jenkins (7) was submitted to Bristol Children’s Hospital having suffered a cardiac arrest; he died shortly after heart surgery in March 2012. Luke’s parents recently discovered that his death was not recorded accurately in official figures submitted by the hospital.  They complained to the medical director of the NHS, who replied with an apology admitting that there must have been a data error.

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Playground cuts could cause more accidents

With a newly proposed plan to save money by reducing “weekend park duties” in Brighton and Hove, the GMB union has argued that this will greatly increase the number of accident and compensation claims made on behalf of injured children. Brighton and Hove City Council has already paid out £23,500 to children injured in its playgrounds in the last five years.  Its proposed budget aims to save £40,000 by cutting weekend inspections of playgrounds, known as “weekend park duties”.

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19-month-old cut by H&M security tag

The mother of a 19-month-old boy is furious after her son suffered a serious cut on his leg as a result of the security tag being left on his trousers purchased at H&M.  Emma Lipscombe had been trying to dress her son in the newly purchased trousers when he began to scream in pain.  The security tag had been left inside one of the trousers’ pockets, with the sharp pin cutting into the leg of the boy as his mother tried to put them on.

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Call for improved safety for rail workers

Ten years after an accident that took the lives of four men working on a railway line, a rail union has called for the safety measures of workers to be improved. The Rail, Maritime & Transport (RMT) said that not enough improvements have been made to protect workers following the accident that happened a decade ago, and that action must be taken now to prevent the accident from repeating itself. The men were killed by a runaway 16-tonne wagon on the West Coast Main Line at Tebay.

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NHS trust paid out £24.4m in last year alone

Oxfordshire hospital trust has paid out more than any other hospital authority due to ‘mistakes and blunders’ in 2013.  Figures have revealed that the trust has seen a surge in cases, having risen by 1,000 per cent in less than a decade. When figures were first published in 2003/04, Oxfordshire paid out £2.3m to claimants, which has risen to almost £25m in 2013.  Figures have shown that Oxfordshire has paid out £113.7m to claimants in the last 10 years.

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‘Lives at risk’ along river avon

A councillor has highlighted the potential dangers of the River Avon seeing as safety measures have still not been implemented following a report published three years ago.  The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) produced a report in 2011, which highlighted numerous areas for improvement following the death of university student James Bubear.  Three years on, safety measures have still not been installed, with broken ladders and submerged grab lines putting “lives at risk”.

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Redbridge council sees highest payouts for accidents at school

New figures have revealed that Redbridge Council has paid out almost £100,000 in compensation to people involved in accidents at school.  Out of all of London’s 32 boroughs, Redbridge Council sees the 5th highest amount of payouts, with neighbouring Waltham Forest compensating as little as half of Redbridge Council, with only a third of the claims.  The figures showed that over the last five years, the council has received 61 personal injury claims that relate to children, staff, parents, visitors and contractors.

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Bromley and Hackney have safest schools in London

With London’s schools having paid out over £1,609,000 to injured children in the last five years, figures have uncovered Bromley and Hackney to have the safest schools in the city. Health and safety experts ‘Employment Law Advisory Service’ (ELAS) released the figures through a ‘Freedom of Information’ request, showing that over 1,010 personal injury claims were made against the city’s schools since September 2008.  

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‘Compensation culture has infiltrated primary schools’

Figures released yesterday have revealed that hundreds of primary school pupils are receiving record payouts.  The last five years has seen the funding of £3.3million worth of compensation in school injury claims, with injuries spanning from slipping on wet floors to hitting heads on goalposts.  Even though calculations lead to the figure of £3.3million, experts believe that the true cost is much more.

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OAP wins Starbucks payout

An OAP that slipped on the floor in a Midland branch of Starbucks coffee house has won a four-figure payout from the multinational chain.  Seventy-one-year-old Rosemarie Duggan from Perry Bar had been at the chain’s Bescot Retail Park outlet in Walsall when she slipped on the ‘greasy’ floor.  Mrs Duggan suffered a torn hamstring in the fall, despite other customers already having complained about the dangers of the floor condition.

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Staff shortages caused patient to fall?

After an 84-year-old man died after falling and breaking his hip at the Ramsey Unit in the grounds of Furness General Hospital last year, a coroner has ruled that the fatal fall was unpreventable.   David Mole from Haverigg in southwest Cumbria died in July of last year after falling at an under-fire dementia care unit in Barrow.  The Care Quality Commission (CQC) issued the unit with two warning notices regarding “chronic staff shortages” only last month.

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