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Pensioner wins £1m compensation following car accident

A pensioner who was left brain damaged following a car accident has been awarded £1m in compensation. 71-year-old James Laurie was hit by a Volvo nearby his house three years ago whilst he was recovering from a stroke. The accident left him with two broken legs, a head injury and severe brain damage. Mr Laurie now suffers with lapses in his memory, concentration and motivation, as well as a sight problem. The brain injuries were so severe that he has been unable to leave care since the accident.

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London’s Ambulance Service under ‘special measures’

Further to an inspection carried out in June by the Care Quality Commission (CQA), London’s Ambulance Service NHS Trust has become the first to be put into special measures in an attempt to attract aid to improve its failing service.  The inspectors found the Service to be failing in the following areas:

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London cyclist wins crash compensation

A 31-year-old cyclist has been awarded compensation after a lorry knocked her off her bicycle on her way to work. Mary Bowers, who had been a successful journalist prior to the accident, now requires around-the-clock care and is only minimally conscious. Ms Bowers suffered a severe brain injury and multiple fractures in the accident, after becoming trapped under the wheels of the four-tonne lorry in east London in November 2011.

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Elderly woman dies in cliff fall

An elderly woman from the Isle of Wight has died after falling from an 18ft cliff edge. Maureen Bean, aged 79, had been walking along the cliff with her heavy handbag on one shoulder, which caused her to lose balance and fall. It was heard that she had visited her GP not long before the fatal accident with concerns about her balance.

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Man suffers serious head injury from falling sofa

A man has suffered a severe head injury after a falling sofa hit him as it was pushed from a window in London’s busy tourist district. The man, who remains unnamed, had been walking down the street when the incident happened near the W London Leicester Square hotel in central London. A witness of the incident reported that the sofa “came flying over the top of the hotel’s flat roof” and plummeted to the ground, hitting a smartly dressed man who was walking by at the time.

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Care home service ‘inadequate’

Care inspectors have rated a Lancashire care home ‘inadequate’ after an unannounced visit in August. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out an inspection of Euxton Park Care Home in Chorley after they had been made aware of a number of failings – the home has since been placed under special measures.

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Ambulance workers unsure how to treat legal high casualties

With a sudden rise in people using legal highs, a senior paramedic has announced that ambulance services are struggling to cope with the treatment of casualties. Sarah Harrison came forward earlier this week claiming that because of the complexity of the substances’ make-up, hospital staff are struggling to treat casualties. Medical staff are currently trying to “catch-up” in the battle to develop effective treatments – made more difficult by the fact that a BBC investigation recently discovered that many products don’t actually contain the precise ingredients listed on the packaging.

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Suspended prison sentence following car crash

A man has been sentenced to a suspended prison sentence after his dangerous driving caused a car accident that left a teacher critically injured. 78-year-old John King pleaded not guilty to the sentence that his dangerous driving caused an accident, claiming that a medical condition resulted in his loss of consciousness during the approach to the roundabout where the accident happened. Despite pleading not guilty, the jury convicted him at Ipswich Crown Court in August and he was sentenced to a two year suspended prison sentence.

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Elderly and disabled left without home care

A recently released report has found that a number of elderly and disabled people in Lincolnshire are not receiving the home care they need following changes to adult social care. The changes saw Lincolnshire County Council award contracts to 12 private companies to assist 3,500 people with their day-to-day needs, such as washing, dressing and eating. Now that this change has been put into motion, however, a number of the agreed companies are not actually ready to take on the responsibility. The local authority described the situation as not ‘ideal’, but said that help would be offered to those affected in the meantime.

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Family blame man’s death on police failings

The family of an 83-year-old man who was killed by a police van has blamed his death on “significant failures” by West Yorkshire Police. The accident happened when Donald Bennett was sitting in Pudsey Park in Leeds. A police van had been parked on a slope in the park, but the driver had failed to leave the vehicle in gear. The van began to travel down the hill two minutes after PC Claire Bugler had left the vehicle, causing it to hit Mr Bennett. It was heard that the chest injuries caused by the force led to his subsequent death.

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Flu vaccine compensation cases blocked

When doctors realised that the sharp rise in narcolepsy cases was related to the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix, they immediately withdrew it. Now, however, the government is being bombarded by several compensation claims, which government lawyers are attempting to block. The Pandemrix vaccine was produced by pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and was administered to over 6 million people in Britain and millions across Europe during 2009-10’s swine flu pandemic.

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Unsafe level of senior doctors

Recent inspections have discovered the dangerously low levels of senior doctors within the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust. The health trust, criticised over its high death rates, was one of the 11 trusts placed under ‘special measures’ in 2013. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said that while improvements have been recognisable, staffing issues remain unaddressed by the trust. 

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Man wins claim following paralysing fall

A man from County Down in Northern Ireland has sued his friends after falling from a window in their home in 2010. 39-year-old Mark Pollock was left paralysed after the 25ft fall, making him wheelchair-bound and dependent on external care. He became blind at the age of 22, and blamed his friends for having left the window open considering his lack of eyesight.

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Over 300 drivers handed on-the-spot fines

Since police were presented with new powers to hand out on-the-spot fines for careless driving two years ago, over 300 drivers have been fined in the Avon and Somerset region. The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) gathered the figures through a Freedom of Information request, set to correspond with Injury Prevention Day, The non-profit organisation is currently campaigning to ban tailgating. 

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Council pays out £300,000 in compensation

It was revealed, following a Freedom of Information request, that Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council paid out almost £300,000 in compensation to staff between January 2012 and December last year. The biggest payout saw an employee walk away with £28,616 after being exposed to asbestos during employment, with another employee winning £3,000 after falling on hot tarmac.

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Council pays out £3k to employee

It has been revealed, following a Freedom of Information request, that Sandwell Borough Council has paid out over £300,000 in compensation to employees in a three-year window, including £3,000 to an employee that tripped over a traffic cone. The data revealed that several payouts were made between January 2012 and December 2014, ranging from fall injuries to asbestos-related illnesses.

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Woman leaves M&S with ‘horrific’ burns

A 44-year-old woman from Welwyn Garden City has suffered ‘horrific’ burns after trying to buy tea in the Howard Centre’s Marks & Spencer café last week. Donna O’Neill had two pots of boiling water poured over her, resulting in serious burns to her legs and arms. She claims that the design of the café’s counter is highly dangerous, and has called for something to be done to prevent the accident from happening again.

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Young boy scarred by Tesco injury

A three-year-old boy, Kayden Eweje, has been left scarred for life after an automatic door at Tesco closed on his face. The boy’s father, Ola Eweje, had been holding his son’s hand when the doors closed on his face upon entering the supermarket in Millstrood Road. Mr Eweje reported the incident to Tesco bosses, saying that his son is now scared of walking through doors and has been left with severe scarring on his head. He has demanded an apology and a payout.

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Over £12,000 to Bradford council worker over toilet seat injury

According to recently released figures, over £30million has been paid out to council workers since 2012, including a payment of over £12,000 to an employee that was ‘hit by a toilet lid when flushing’. The figures were released following a Freedom of Information request, which revealed that over 3,100 payments were made to council employees over the last three years. Councils have since been urged to improve health and safety measures in the workplace.

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Surrey police pay out £250k

New figures have revealed that the Surrey Police Force has paid out over £250,000 in compensation for work place injuries in the past seven years. The figures, obtained through a Freedom of Information request, show that since 2008, both officers and civilian staff have claimed for injuries including falls and electric shocks.

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