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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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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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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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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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