MPs begin inquiry into effectiveness of working at height rules – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 24th, 2018 in consultations, health & safety, industrial injuries, news, sentencing by tracey

‘Construction firms and trade bodies have been urged to contribute to a new inquiry into best practice and solutions for tackling serious injury and fatalities for working at height.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd January 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

Court of Appeal determines approach for deciding loss where litigation solicitors miss second claim – OUT-LAW.com

‘Where solicitors have negligently failed to advise a client to pursue a particular claim, they will be deemed to have caused loss if their client can show that it would have brought the claim if so advised, and that it would have had a real prospect of success, the Court of Appeal has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th May 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

When is an injury not an injury? – Doughty Street Chambers

Posted December 1st, 2016 in evidence, industrial injuries, insurance, news, noise, personal injuries by sally

‘The overworking of the de minimis argument in noise-induced hearing loss claims shows the need for proper evidental preparaton and some clearer guidance from the senior courts following Rothwell.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 21st November 2016

Source: www.doughtystreet.co.uk

Damages in Fatal Accidents Claims: Supreme Court decision as to proper basis for calculations of future loss – Henderson Chambers

Posted March 22nd, 2016 in accidents, appeals, asbestos, damages, industrial injuries, news, Supreme Court, trials by sally

‘In Knauer (Widower and Administrator of the Estate of Sally Ann Knaur) v Ministry of Justice [2016] UKSC 9, the Supreme Court has held that the correct date as at which to assess the multiplier when fixing damages for future loss in claims under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 should be the date of trial and not the date of death. In doing so it refused to follow two decisions of the House of Lords (Cookson v Knowles [1979] AC 556 and Graham v Dodds [1983] 1 WLR 808) pursuant to which the relevant date had been the date of death.’

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Henderson Chambers, February 2016

Source: www.hendersonchambers.co.uk

Ex-National Coal Board coke workers’ legal bid landmark – BBC News

Posted July 27th, 2015 in compensation, health & safety, industrial injuries, news by sally

‘Lawyers for more than 350 ex-National Coal Board coke workers are hoping for a landmark High Court ruling in their compensation fight over illnesses.’

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BBC News, 25th July 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

After settlement of a claim for asbestos-related disease against two employers, is it an abuse of process to bring a claim for mesothelioma against a third employer two and a half years later? – Zenith PI Blog

Posted March 31st, 2015 in abuse of process, asbestos, industrial injuries, limitations, news by sally

‘The High Court decision in Lloyd v Humphreys and Glasgow Ltd [2015] EWHC 525 (QB) handed down on 20.3.2015 considers if there was abuse of process in those circumstances. It is also a useful example of the Court’s willingness to exercise its discretion under section 33 of the Limitation Act 1980.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 30th March 2015

Source: www.zenithpi.wordpress.com

Judge criticises insurer bid to cut costs by reclassifying noise-induced hearing loss – Litigation Futures

‘A High Court judge has criticised the insurance industry over a failed attempt to have noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) reclassified as an injury rather than a disease, in a bid to reduce the level of pre-Jackson success fees defendants would have to pay.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th March 2015

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Noise-induced hearing loss a disease, High Court rules – Law Society’s Gazette

The High Court has ruled that noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) should be treated as a disease rather than an injury for the purpose of claims – and therefore be subject to higher success fees.

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th March 2015

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Supreme Court says Welsh NHS charges Bill in breach of A1P1 – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Sounds like a rather abstruse case, but the Supreme Court has had some important things to say about how the courts should approach an argument that Article 1 of Protocol 1 to ECHR (the right to peaceful enjoyment of possessions) is breached by a legislative decision. The clash is always between public benefit and private impairment, and this is a good example.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th February 2015

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Recovery of Medical Costs for Asbestos Diseases (Wales) Bill: reference by the Counsel General for Wales – Supreme Court

Recovery of Medical Costs for Asbestos Diseases (Wales) Bill: reference by the Counsel General for Wales [2015] UKSC 3 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 9th February 2015

Source: www.youtube.com/user/UKSupremeCourt

Government blames High Court for denying mesothelioma victims damages uplift –

Posted December 12th, 2014 in costs, damages, industrial injuries, insurance, legal aid, news by sally

‘The High Court’s decision to block the abolition of recoverability for mesothelioma claims has denied victims the 10% uplift in damages they would otherwise have received, justice minister Lord Faulks has said.’

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Litgation Futures, 11th December 2014

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

New support for industrial disease victims – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 9th, 2014 in asbestos, compensation, industrial injuries, news, victims by sally

‘New measures to support sufferers of the industrial disease mesothelioma and their families have been announced by Justice Minister Lord Faulks.’

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Ministry of Justice, 8th December 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Miners’ deafness claims against government on the rise – Litigation Futures

‘Compensation payouts to miners suffering from noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) are rising sharply, government figures have shown.’

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Litigation Futures, 20th October 2014

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Asbestos victims win damages ruling – BBC News

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in asbestos, costs, damages, industrial injuries, insurance, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘Government plans to deduct legal fees from the damages paid to people dying from asbestos exposure are unlawful, the High Court has ruled.’

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BBC News, 2nd October 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Secret deal meant mesothelioma compensation scheme favoured insurers – The Independent

‘A Government compensation scheme supposed to help the families of people killed by exposure to asbestos was too heavily influenced by the insurance lobby, a parliamentary inquiry has found.’

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The Independent, 1st August 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Deaf workers accused of ‘new whiplash’ claims in insurance fraud – The Independent

Posted July 21st, 2014 in compensation, industrial injuries, news by sally

‘Compensation claims for industrial deafness have risen by two thirds over the past two years, according to insurance and legal experts. Despite the increase, however, only one in 10 cases are being paid out amid claims of widespread fraud.’

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The Independent, 20th July 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

High Court sets out new procedure to help families of asbestos victims access employment records – Litigation Futures

‘The High Court has set out a new procedure to help the families of workers who died from asbestos-related diseases trace their employment histories.’

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Litigation Futures, 11th July 2014

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Regina (Revenue and Customs Commissioners) v Her Majesty’s Coroner for the City of Liverpool (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted May 29th, 2014 in coroners, HM Revenue & Customs, industrial injuries, inquests, law reports by michael

Regina (Revenue and Customs Commissioners) v Her Majesty’s Coroner for the City of Liverpool (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers intervening) [2014] EWHC 1586 (Admin);  [2014] WLR (D)  226

‘The Revenue and Customs Commissioners were bound, by necessary implication, to comply with a notice issued by a coroner pursuant to Schedule 5 to the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, requiring them to provide an occupational history in respect of a deceased person.’

WLR Daily, 21st May 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

CA upholds negligence ruling in miner’s compensation case – Legal Futures

Posted May 22nd, 2014 in appeals, compensation, industrial injuries, miners, negligence, news by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that Yorkshire law firm Raleys was negligent in its handling of a claim under the government compensation scheme for ex-miners suffering from vibration white finger (VWF).’

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Legal Futures, 22nd May 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Support for industrial disease victims – Ministry of Justice

‘Sufferers of a deadly industrial disease will be the focus of work to improve the compensation claims process for them, new Justice Minister Lord Faulks said today.’

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Ministry of Justice, 6th March 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice