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Family awarded compensation for son’s death

Posted in: Medical Negligence Wrongful & Accidental Death 
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A family has been awarded compensation following the death of their son after two doctors failed to identify that he had contracted meningitis, reports the Telegraph. Thirteen-month-old Bobby Bushell’s parents had taken him to Doncaster Royal Infirmary on the advice of their GP. While he was there, he was seen by a senior house doctor […]

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Public back new young driver proposals

Posted in: Car Accidents Road Traffic Accidents 
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New research by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has revealed that the majority of those surveyed support radical new proposals to help stop young people dying or being seriously injured on our roads. According to the survey: 76% agreed that there should be restrictions on young drivers after passing their driving test 71% supported […]

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Firm prosecuted for unsafe scaffolding

Posted in: Employer Negligence Falls from Heights Workplace Injuries 
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The lives of several construction workers were put at risk as they worked on unsafe scaffolding at a farm in the Ribble Valley, a court has heard. The men were spotted working on a barn conversion during a series of on-the-spot inspections carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) targeting refurbishment and roof […]

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Call for greater protection from ‘sharps’ injuries

Posted in: Medical Negligence Workplace Injuries 
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The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has issued a call for greater protection for people who work with sharp medical instruments. Responding to a consultation by the Health and Safety Executive, IOSH warned the regulator against excluding non-medical workers from so-called ‘sharps’ regulations, now under review. Injuries to workers from needles, scalpel blades […]

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Demolition firm fined for illegal asbestos removal

Posted in: Asbestos Exposure Employer Negligence Industrial Deafness and Disease 
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A Cheltenham demolition company has been prosecuted after exposing its own workers to dangerous asbestos fibres and illegally removing asbestos waste from a property in Gloucester. The court heard the firm undertook an asbestos survey before demolishing the building showing it contained a quantity of Asbestos Insulating Board (AIB). The report identified that this would […]

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More transparency to drive up NHS safety

Posted in: Medical Negligence NHS Claims 
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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has published new data showing the number of NHS “never events” reported over the last two years and highlighted fresh action to improve care and reduce medical negligence. Never events are serious patient safety incidents that, by definition, should never happen. Never events include events such as surgery on the wrong […]

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HSE publishes workplace ill health and injury figures

Posted in: Industrial Deafness and Disease Workplace Injuries 
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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published provisional statistics on workplace injuries and work-related ill health and injury in Britain between April 2011 and March 2012. The figures show that: 22,433 major injuries such as amputations, fractures and burns, to employees were reported – a rate of 89.90 injuries per 100,000 workers – compared […]

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Report into NHS maternity care claims

Posted in: Birth Injury Medical Negligence NHS Claims 
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Having a baby while in the care of the NHS is very safe, according to a recently published report. However, more training, development and support for clinical staff could help to protect mothers and their babies from accidental injury. The report published by the NHS Litigation Authority, which manages legal claims made against the NHS […]

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Government must act now to help injured people invest for the future

Posted in: Personal Injury 
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Vulnerable people with serious injuries should not be forced to invest in volatile stock markets to ensure they have enough money to meet their future needs, lawyers have said. The Government is currently consulting on how deductions from the damages of injured people should be calculated. The so-called “discount rate” is the amount by which […]

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Bring me sunshine – how changing BST could save lives

Posted in: Bicycle Accidents Motorcycle Accidents Road Traffic Accidents 
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The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is calling for changes to British Summer Time (BST), to give us more daylight hours in the evening. According to the IAM, bringing the British time zone forward by an hour in both winter and summer would mean more light in the evenings, when crashes are more likely. Figures […]

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