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60-year-old forced into redundancy following accident at work

A 60-year-old warehouse operative, who has remained unnamed, was forced into redundancy following a preventable accident at work.  The worker had just started his shift and was walking through the warehouse, when a fork-lift truck backed out of an alley and knocked him over.  The fork-lift drove over his right leg, breaking it and causing substantial damage to his knee.  He was rushed to hospital where he had to undergo surgery.  He soon started to experience pain in his left leg, meaning he could only walk with crutches – a situation that continues into the present time.

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Teenager goes deaf in carbon monoxide poisoning

A teenager has been robbed of his hearing in an accident at his place of work.  The fast food worker also lost his friend and co-worker in the same incident.  The two young men had been working at a South London carry-out food retailer when they were overcome with carbon monoxide fumes.  They were found unconscious on the store room floor by their employer, who called emergency services.  The two young men were rushed to hospital where one lost his fight for life and the other was in a coma for several days.  It was discovered when he regained consciousness that he had been left profoundly deaf as a result of his exposure to the gas. 

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Council compensate gardener following thorn prick

Broxtowe Borough Council has compensated a former employee after he contracted a serious streptococcal infection as a result of being pricked by a thorn from a berberis bush.  The 59-year-old gardener from Derbyshire, who has not been named, was confined to intensive care for two weeks following developing the debilitating symptoms of the disease.  The symptoms, which can be life-threatening, start as flu-like aches and pains.  In the victim’s case, his arm started swelling up to the point that his skin split all the way up to his elbow from his wrist.  He was rushed to hospital where it was diagnosed that he had contracted the infection as a direct result of being pricked by a thorn.  The patient had been working as a gardener for 30 years previous to the incident.  Although his infection was treated and he has made a recovery, he now suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder making him unable to work.  He is currently unemployed.

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Berkshire man receives £150,000 in out of court settlement

A Berkshire man in his 40s has been awarded £150 thousand after sustaining life-changing injuries at his place of work.  The man, a scaffolder, had been descending a 13-foot metal ladder to reach the ground from the first floor of the scaffolding when the ladder slipped.  Work was being carried out on a block of flats in West London during 2012 when the accident occurred.   It transpired that the ladders had not been adequately attached to the scaffolding by the construction company who contracted him.  As a result, as soon as the scaffolder climbed on to the top rung of the ladder, it slipped causing him to plunge more than 2 meters to the ground.  The man sustained serious fractures and injuries to his wrists and arms.

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Girl awarded £6.65 million following tragic car crash

A young girl who was left disabled following a car crash in 2002 has been awarded £6.65 million in compensation.  The child, one of four siblings, was travelling in a car driven by her mother when the accident took place.  Tragically, her eldest sibling was killed and another sustained a brain injury.  The other child was left with serious orthopaedic problems, and the claimant was left paraplegic due to severe and complete spinal cord injuries.

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Food poisoning ruins holidaymaker’s health

Salmonella contracted by a holidaymaker in Gran Canaria has led to long term bowel problems prompting her to make a claim for compensation.  32-year-old Stacey Sewell from Warrington, contracted the illness while on holiday at the four star Hotel Rio Waikiki in Playa del Ingles in June 2008.  The mother of 2 young boys, then aged seven and five, was left bed-bound after contracting the illness at her all-inclusive hotel.  She was holidaying with her young family and her parents.  Her two-week break was ruined after contacting the bug. 

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Plans to improve maternity care

A report published by NHS England has called on staff in maternity units to learn from mistakes that have been identified by auditors, with a view to improving care provided in the units.  It was found that over 124 thousand reports of incidents in maternity units were submitted in 2015.  The figures reveal an average of around 340 mistakes were being made daily in maternity units.  These include incorrect epidurals being administered, foetal heartbeats not being monitored correctly or caesareans being carried out too late in cases of emergency deliveries.  It was found that 351 women experienced serious harm last year, and 151 women and newly born babies died on maternity wards.

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Man paralyses friend drunk driving

A drunk driver, whose car went out of control in bad weather conditions and plunged down a gorge paralysing his friend, has been found guilty of dangerous driving.  Robert Buzalski, Krysztof Birula and one other man were driving towards Edzell on 24 August 2013 when the crash took place on a farm road from Cornes Cottage to Dalbog Farm, near Edzell.  Buzalski had been drinking vodka liqueur and was found to be driving with 124 miligrammes  of alcohol against a legal limit of 80.

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Ambulance crash injures

A critically ill two-year-old and her mother have been injured when the ambulance transporting them to hospital left the M40 motorway and crashed down an embankment.  The child was being rushed from Warwick Hospital to Horton Hospital in Banbury after suspicions were raised at Warwick that she was suffering from meningitis.  Her family have stated that the child was not strapped in.

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Dental nurse carries out botch operation

The General Dental Council (GDC) have carried out a misconduct hearing against former dental nurse, 41-year-old Adele Royston, after it was discovered that she had carried out facial surgery on her friend despite being unqualified to do so.  The decision was made to have Royston struck off after she took time off her work at Russell Court Dental Centre in Bingley, West Yorkshire in February to carry out the procedure.  The surgery involved administering a local anaesthetic to her friend’s face.  She then proceeded to cut her face in two places to tighten her skin.  Ms Royston showed “some remorse” when appearing before the misconduct panel.

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Death of newborn caused by failings

Worcestershire Hospitals Trust has recorded the death of a newborn baby as a serious incident following paramedics taking the child to Accident and Emergency at Worcestershire Royal instead of the maternity unit.  The crew had been told to take the baby to the maternity unit where a full paediatric resuscitation team would be available, however it was decided that the infant should be taken to A&E.  This decision was made as taking the baby to maternity would have meant wheeling the child through the main hospital whilst performing heart massage. 

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Damning report on how medical complaints are handled

Healthwatch Cumbria and Cumbria Health Security committees have published a damning report into how medical complaints are handled in their area.  It has been found that Cumbrian patients were afraid to make complaints and that their complaints were handled “defensively” by health staff.  It was also found that complaint procedures were complex and that there was a general lack of understanding amongst staff of the procedures.  Complaint handling was also found to be lagging behind recommended targets.

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Investigation into increased mental health deaths

Mental Health campaigners have welcomed the commissioning of an investigation into the increase in the number of unexpected deaths of patients suffering from mental health problems in The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.  In the year 2012-13 there were 61 deaths and in 2014-15 the number had risen to 129.  This is higher than other UK mental health trusts.

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Chronic fatigue syndrome discovery

It has been discovered that children from lower income families are more likely to suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome following research by the University of Bristol.  Formerly known as the “yuppie flu”, myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), causes persistent tiredness that cannot be alleviated by rest or sleep. It has been found that it is more likely to affect girls than boys with around 2% of 16 year olds suffering from the disorder.

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Hospital fails to implement improvements

Colchester hospital, which has been in special measures since 2013, has been accused of neglecting to implement improvements since a man died in 2009.  Mr Norman Betchley died after being mistakenly given medication by an agency nurse.  Mr Betchley’s daughter, Linda, said that the hospital had utterly failed in its duty of care, and pointed out that lessons have not been learned in the ensuing years.

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Airshow crash payouts could reach millions

After the tragic air show crash that resulted in the loss of eleven lives, it has been revealed that injured spectators could be in line for massive compensation payouts. The accident happened on 22 August 2015, when a 1950s Hunter Hawker fell out the sky during an aerobatic performance. Where 11 were killed, a further 14 were severely injured. The aircraft’s owners, Canfield Hunter Ltd, have admitted liability for the accident and have already settled one compensation claim.

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£75K fine for shopping centre

After a man lost his big toe on a shopping centre’s escalator, the centre’s management agent has been fined £75,000. 27-year-old Michael Reddington had been shopping at the West End Arcade in Nottingham when a missing part of the escalator allowed him to get his foot trapped between two steps. It was heard that he had been picking up his dropped phone when he stepped onto the escalator, resulting in his oblivious foot placement. When the escalator reached the top, his foot was trapped, resulting in severe injury.

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£105,000 to injured cyclist

After spending four months in a wheelchair, an injured cyclist has been awarded £105K in compensation. The man, who remains unnamed, had been cycling on a roundabout near Corfe Mullen when a car, which was driving too fast, clipped his wheel. The 48-year-old spent 10 days in hospital and the next four months in a wheelchair due to the severity of his injuries.

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Injured traffic officer wins compensation

A traffic enforcement officer has been awarded compensation after a drunk driver put an end to his career four years ago. 43-year-old Colin Hickey had been patrolling the outside of St Bede’s School in South Shields in 2011 when a driver pinned him between his van and metal railings. Mr Hickey suffered severe physical and psychological injuries in the accident.

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Beauty treatment causes stroke

Following a beauty treatment whilst on holiday in Wales five years ago, 51 year-old Elizabeth Hughes from Gosport, suffered a life-changing stroke.  The stroke left her with a weakness in one of her arms, as well as problems with her balance resulting in her being forced to retire from her job as a nurse at Gosport’s Royal Hospital Haslar.  Mrs Hughes collapsed several days after having a facial at Eastwell Manor and was rushed to hospital where it was discovered that a dissection to the carotid artery was the cause of her stroke.

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