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Welder survives life-threatening accident

A welder from Birmingham has won a five-figure payout after he survived a life-threatening accident at his workplace in 2011. 48-year-old Alan Bailey had been operating a grinder on a piece of steel when the accident happened.  It was heard that the equipment kicked back, slicing his throat.  Medical experts said that he was “millimeters from dying”.

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Worker wins £40k compensation

A worker who injured his hand while operating an aluminium-rolling machine has won £40,000 in compensation.  Robert Gibbons, from Wallsend, had been operating a machine used to roll aluminium sheeting into shape when his hand became caught in the rollers. His right hand, which is also his dominant hand, was left seriously fractured and deformed.

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Poor DIY causes child death

A toddler was killed earlier this year after her father failed to safely install a fire surround in their house, which fell and crushed her to death. 2-year-old Trinity Coward had been swinging on the fire surround when it fell on top of her on the 6th of July.  The surround had been attached to the wall with glue, an adhesive not strong enough to secure the heavy stone surround.

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Police officer attacked by dog

A dog is to be destroyed after it attacked a police officer during a criminal investigation.  The Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Shar Pei cross, called Dodger, lunged and bit the officer on both legs, causing serious injury. Despite a 100-signature “save the dog” petition, the dog is to be destroyed.

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Ambulance crash leaves two injured

A serious crash on the A40 saw two pedestrians critically injured.  An ambulance car, which had been responding to an emergency in Cheltenham, hit two men aged 30 and 32.  The men had been on the road near GCHQ at 00:20 on Sunday when they were hit by a rapid-response car.  The paramedic that was driving the ambulance car was “shaken but uninjured”, according to police.

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Inadequate GP practices to be closed down

It has been confirmed that the special measures regime for hospitals will now be extended to GP practices, meaning that those given the bottom rating could be closed down.  This agreement, drawn up by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), will fall into play in October, with the hope to have inspected all 8,000 practices by March 2016.  Practices with a poor rating will be given six months or a year to improve, or face closure.

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Illegal dog causes injury

A man that had been walking an illegal fighting dog in public claimed that he did not know that the dog was dangerous.  Sean Mills (38) had been looking after his friend’s dog when it attacked another dog while out on a walk. Mr Mills had been walking Kaydee on the 28th of December when the accident happened, seriously injuring the other dog and himself.  Mr Mills attempted to break up the fight and injured his own hand as a result.

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Council pays out £1.5m in compensation

New figures have revealed that in the last four years, Sutton Council has paid out just under £1.5million in compensation.  The figure was released following a Freedom of Information request, detailing every payout since 2010.  With personal injury claims making up a large portion of the overall figure, insurance claims on vehicle damage also contribute greatly to the overall compensation bill.

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Prison officer's ear bitten off

A prison officer at HMP Nottingham had part of his ear bitten off by a prisoner earlier this week; only a few months after the authorities raised staff safety concerns.  The incident happened on Wednesday at around 09:30.  An ambulance was called to the Category B prison immediately after the accident happened, which transported the officer to the Queen’s Medical Centre.  Having been discharged from the hospital, the officer will continue to receive treatment.

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Ex soldier suing for frost-bite

A 29-year-old ex-soldier is suing the Ministry of Defence after a training challenge caused him to suffer life-changing injuries.  John Billet had been taking part in a leadership training exercise in Hampshire in 2009, whereby he and others were forced to lie in deep snow and camp in freezing conditions, when he suffered serious tissue damage to his hands and feet.  He is suing the Ministry of Defence for £500,000.

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Man in Ireland awarded £6m in compensation

A man in Northern Ireland is due to receive around £6million in compensation after he suffered life-changing injuries in a car accident.  The 25-year-old - who cannot be named for legal reasons - sustained brain injuries and numerous broken bones in the accident.  He had only been a passenger in the car when it swerved into a field in 2007.

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Error costs health trust £1.2million

A healthcare trust has been billed over £1million after a former patient sued over the loss of his leg.  Following a relentless legal battle, Edward Appleby has won a six-figure settlement over the treatment he received at North Devon District Hospital in 2005, which he blames for the loss of his leg.  Even though Northern Devon Healthcare Trust has not admitted liability for negligence, they apologised for having incomplete documentation on his care following a road accident. It was heard that the hospital failed to find the majority of his medical notes.

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Nurse receives £13k in compensation

A former nursing assistant has been awarded £13,000 in compensation after an assault at work ended his career as a nurse.  Nurse Andrew Eurich from Stickney suffered serious injuries when restraining a patient and is expected to be on painkillers for the rest of his life.  Mr Eurich had been working at the Ash Villa Care Home, a child and adolescent mental health service unit, when the accident happened.  On restraining a patient he tore the cartilage in his lower back and was forced to leave work as a result.

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£12 million to parents of disabled boy

A seven-year-old boy was awarded a payout of £12 million at London’s High Court on Thursday after he was left severly disabled when doctors failed to recognise his abnormal heartbeat at birth. Toby Hart was born at Friarage Hospital in Northallerton in October 2006, but now requires 24-hour care following failings at birth.  He has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, a severe learning disability, and has been registered blind.

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Stuntman airlifted to hospital

A stuntman was airlifted to hospital on Saturday after his performance at the Royal Cornwall Show didn’t go to plan.  The motorcycle stuntman, Ken Fox, had to be airlifted to Derriford Hosptial in Plymouth after falling from the top of the cylindrical track during a “wall of death” performance.

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How is war veteran limb-loss compensation calculated?

The UK currently provides medical care, physical therapy and the necessary prosthetics for military servicemen injured in the line of duty.  The UK, and the US, also provides compensation to veterans who have lost a limb; however, the question is frequently asked, how are these compensation rates determined?

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Will ambulance cuts put “lives at risk”?

A trade union has warned that the North West’s plan to cut ambulance services could put “lives at risk”.  The North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) aims to save millions of pounds a year by cutting the number of vehicles on the road.  They aim to achieve this by withdrawing many of the vehicles operating a night, in a bid to save them a total of £14m a year.  The NWAS said that vehicles would still be available for emergencies, but in non-life threatening situations, patients would be “pointed in the right direction”.

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Heinz worker has hand sliced off

The food giant Heinz has been fined after an engineer had his hand sliced off by a potato-peeling machine.  The worker suffered “life-changing injuries” in the accident that could easily have been avoided at the Heinz factory in Norfolk. 49-year-old Alec Brackenbury had been servicing the machine at the company’s Westwick plant in Worstead when the accident happened last June.

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Border staff receive £20k compensation

Recent figures have revealed that border workers are claiming thousands of pounds in compensation every year for repetitive strain injuries.  It has been found that dozens of staff are suing the Home Office with claims of injury caused by leaning out of the windows to check passports in France.  This follows a compensation payout made to two Border workers, claiming they had “Calais shoulder”, a repetitive strain injury in the neck and shoulders, which saw them awarded with £20,000 compensation.

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Holidaymaker sues Thomas Cook over cholera claim

A holidaymaker is suing travel company Thomas Cook after he contracted cholera while on holiday in Tunisia. Tim Warner, from Telford, said he fell ill while staying in a hotel in September, thinking it was only a stomach bug.  However, when he returned to the UK, a doctor informed him that he had contracted cholera. Mr Warner said he was “stunned”, believing that cholera was usually restricted to developing countries.

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