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In the UK, work illnesses which are caused by an employer failing to provide a safe environment in which to work are eligible for compensation. If you have sustained a work illness – physical or psychological – which is due to an employer´s lack of care, you should be entitled to claim work illnesses compensation. Speak with an experienced solicitor on our freephone helpline to find out about making claims for work illnesses in the UK in complete confidentiality and with no obligation on you to proceed with a claim for UK work illnesses compensation.

New Bill Proposed for Employees to Claim Mesothelioma Cancer Compensation

May 11, 2013

The government has released details of proposed new legislation which will enable former employees to claim mesothelioma cancer compensation when their former employers cannot be located.

The Mesothelioma Bill, which was announced in the Queen´s Speech, aims to provide a means for workers, who were exposed to asbestos in the workplace and who subsequently developed mesothelioma cancer, to claim compensation when their former employers or the insurance company who provided employer liability insurance cannot be traced.

The proposed scheme will only apply to those unable to claim mesothelioma cancer compensation from a former employer´s insurance company and will settle claims for compensation at 70 percent of the average settlement paid out by insurers to those able to make a claim through the normal channels.

The £300 million program will be funded by a levy on insurance companies currently providing employer´s liability insurance and enable more than three hundred former employers each year to claim mesothelioma cancer compensation who would otherwise not receive anything.

Otto Thoresen, director general of the Association of British Insurers, welcomed the Bill saying “The insurance industry wants to do all it can to help sufferers and has worked with the government on this package of measures that will deliver help to claimants much faster, including to those who would otherwise go uncompensated.”

However, campaigners for asbestos victims have criticised the proposals – saying that they do not go far enough. They cite that former employees wishing to claim mesothelioma cancer compensation through the scheme will only qualify if they have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer since 25th July 2012 and that the Mesothelioma Bill excludes former employees who are suffering from pleural thickening or asbestosis.

Chairman of the Asbestos Victims Support Group – Tony Whitston – said: “What appears to be a great deal brokered by government, and costing the insurance industry a small fortune, is in reality something entirely different. This scheme is not what we expected. It was presented as a fait accompli to asbestos victims and saves the insurance industry a small fortune at huge cost to asbestos victims.”

The British Lung Foundation was also critical of how much money was being invested into research of the disease. A spokesperson said that “a shamefully small amount” was spent on research into mesothelioma cancer – only £400,000 in 2011, compared to £11.5 million spent on lung cancer – and said the British Lung Foundation would campaign for a “long-term, sustainable research fund” to find a cure for mesothelioma cancer.

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Work Broken Back Injury Claim Resolved Out of Court

March 9, 2013

A Swissport baggage handler , who sustained severe back injuries after being hit by a buggy pulling luggage, has settled his work broken back injury claim against his employers out of court.

Mr Mick Draper (64) from Braintree in Essex, was working for air cargo company Swissport at Stansted Airport in March 2009 when he sustained his injury. A luggage buggy, used for transporting trailers full of passenger’s checked bags, drove into Mick and knocked him several feet onto a luggage transportation chute.

Mr Draper, although in pain, carried on working for a number of weeks until one morning in April 2009 he arose form sleep to find that he was unable to move. Once he was referred for physiotherapy, he was diagnosed by medical specialists as having three broken bones in his back and he then had to undergo a series of re-constructive clinical operations; despite all of  which Mick still finds it stressful to walk, lift and carry out simple domestic duties.

An airport investigation into the buggy crash incident showed that the buggy driver who lost control of his luggage buggy had been allowed to work seventeen hour work shifts for the previous eleven days – despite warnings to the Swissport management that this was unsafe by union officials. Mr Draper went to a solicitor and made a work broken back injury claim against his employers.

Swissport agreed that they had allowed the health of their baggage handlers to be put at risk and agreed to an undisclosed out of court settlement of compensation in his work broken back injury claim.

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Back Accident at Work Nurse Injury Claim Upheld in Court

February 12, 2013

A back accident at work nurse injury claim has been upheld in the High Court after it was found an injury experienced by a senior nurse was not caused by her contributory negligence.

While working at the Outpatients Department Senior Sister Sue Germaine had arrived early one Monday morning in March 2008 to prepare the clinic for the forthcoming day. It was then that she discovered that contractors had moved the rows of metal seating in the waiting area to lay new flooring and failed to replace them during the previous weekend.

She proceeded to ask porters to move the rows of seating as they were obstructing the doors to the consultation rooms in the clinic, but was advised that they were too busy elsewhere to perform the task. She also asked if somebody from the maintenance department could come and perform the task, but was advised that it was not their duty and they reported the situation to the project manager responsible for overseeing the contractor´s work the previous weekend.

On patients began to arrive – some of whom were elderly and needed a seat – Sister Germaine chose to take it upon herself to replace the metal rows of seating. However, as she moved the last one into its correct position she injured her back. The incident was reported through her line manager and incident forms were filed in April and May for official record.

Havign sought legal advice, Sister Germaine kicked off a back accident at work nurse injury claim against the Epsom and St Heller University Hospitals NHS Trust for compensation in respect of the pain and suffering she had experienced and also for the loss of income and earnings due to having to leave her occupation due to her injury.

Liability was admitted by the NHS Trust for Sister Germaine’s injury they alleged that, by moving the seating herself rather than wait for a porter to eventually come and help, she had been part of the the cause of her accident and injury by not  applying her manual handling training, failing to apply her knowledge and experience as a senior nurse and by failing to use a more appropriate course of action.

Judge Simon Brown QC found in favour of Sister Germaine´s back accident at work nurse injury claim, at the High Court in London, and stated that there was no argument of contributory negligence to answer. The judge decreed that Sister Germaine had made accident reports relating to her injury which clearly identified a problem without doling out blame.

Judge Brown said that the contractors, project manager and hospital porters had neglected to do their jobs in an appropriate manner and the manual handling training Sister Germaine had been given was to deal with to the moving of patients and not hospital furniture. In the circumstances surrounding the accident, it had not been reasonably practicable to expect Sister Germaine to avoid moving the seating as she had widely asked for help but had been refused it.

Sister Germaine’s back injury at work nurse injury claim will now go forward to be assessed for damages.

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BT Workers Hearing Injury Compensation Time Limit Not Up Yet

January 20, 2013

It is still possible for many former and current British Telecom engineers, who have sustained a loss of hearing or other hearing injury due to using defective testing sets, to claim BT employees hearing injury compensation.

In the legal action Watkins v British Telecommunications in August 2010, BT accepted in court that engineers involved in the tracing, testing and installing telephone lines had been provided with green and unmodified yellow testing sets which emitted loud, high-pitched tones and damaged the workers’ hearing.

Due to BT’s admission of liability, many claims for BT workers hearing injury compensation followed and, as many of the injuries had developed years before, BT revealed it would overlool the three-year Statute of Limitations which usually restricts a worker’s responsibility for workplace injuries.

However, in June of last year, BT opted to no longer allow an unrestricted time period in which to file a claim for injury compensation for BT workers’ hearing injuries, and decided that – from January 1st 2013 – any BT worker claim for hearing injury compensation would be fought if it was outside of the three-year Statute of Limitations period.

Regardless of this,past and present workers with the company who have experienced damaged hearing within the last three years due to BT´s negligence are still within the Statute of Limitations and eligible for compensation for BT workers hearing injuries to recover damages for their hearing injury.

Past and present British Telecom engineers not involved with the work on installation of the lines, but who suffered a hearing injury due to working within range of loud jack hammers and Kango hammers, and who were not given adequate protection for their hearing, are also eligible to claim compensation for BT workers hearing injuries – provided that the injury to their hearing has been discovered within the last three years.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has recommended that any past or present BT worker experiencing damaged hearing, tinnitus or premature deafness which they think is attributable to their time working with BT to talk to a solicitor at the earliest possible opportunity.

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Asbestosis Related Cancer Compensation Settlement Resolved for Ex-Miner

March 24, 2012

An ex-miner, who alleged he contracted mesothelioma while working for the National Coal Board, has won his asbestos related cancer compensation claim at London´s High Court.

Dennis Ball (92) from Beeston in Nottinghamshire worked for the National Coal Board at their Sutton and Moorgreen pits from 1967 to 1985. He claimed in his injury compensation claim that it was while he was working in the two collieries that he was openly exposed to asbestos which caused his mesothelioma cancer.

At London´s High Court, Mrs Justice Swift heard that Dennis had led a largely independent existence prior to March 2010, when he was found on the floor of his flat by his step-son struggling to breath. He was moved to a care home where he was diagnosed with mesothelioma – the asbestos related cancer which lines his lungs and is incurable.

The judge was also told that the Department of Energy and Climate Change – the government body now responsible for handling the affairs of the National Coal Board and British Coal Corporation – admitted liability for Dennis´ illness and the asbestos related cancer compensation claim was now before her for final assessment of damages.

After being told that Dennis was a man with an important sense of independence and a fear of hospitals, Mrs Justice Swift awarded Dennis 73,890 pounds in asbestos related cancer compensation to account for his pain and suffering and the loss of his independence. The judge also included in the award an amount of 20,000 pounds for “lost years of life”, commenting that “despite his age, his disease has had a devastating effect on his life”.

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Man Dies after Taking a UK Work Injury Claims Action for BT Engineer Mesothelioma

January 23, 2012

A former BT Building Contract Manager has died shortly after commencing a UK work injury claims action for BT engineer mesothelioma compensation against his former employers.

Derek Butler (74) from Weston in Somerset was diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer earlier this year – an industrial disease caused by being exposed to asbestos. At the inquest into his passing, Assistant Deputy Coroner Dr Peter Harrowing heard from consultant physician Dr Justin Pepperell, who confirmed Mr Butler had died as a result of malignant mesothelioma.

The court was also read a statement prepared by Derek prior to his death in which the deceased explained that he had worked for British telecommunications from 1967 and, in 1980, had been promoted to the role of Building Contract Manager. His new role included the preparation and remodelling of buildings which were transferring from mechanical to electrical telecommunications systems.

Although Derek´s main responsibility was in the planning of the remodelling, his work involved on-site supervision. While on-site – the statement continued – Derek was exposed to cables coated in asbestos and, regardless the presence of plastic sheets, a significant volume of dust fibres were released into the atmosphere because of the scale of the project. This continued until Derek´s retirement from the role at BT in 1996.

The inquest was also told that Derek had commenced a UK work injury claims action for BT engineer mesothelioma compensation after his condition had been attributed to his exposure to asbestos while working for BT and, summing up the hearing, Assistant Deputy Coroner Dr Peter Harrowing said: “Mr Butler did not work directly with asbestos but when working with BT and working with buildings which were remodelled it was likely he was exposed to asbestos during that work. I accept the medical cause of death as being one due to industrial disease.”

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Judge Awards Mesothelioma Cancer Compensation to BT Engineer

December 9, 2011

A judge at Bristol High Court has awarded an interim payment of mesothelioma cancer compensation to a BT Engineer who had worked for the telecommunications company for 27 years.

Frederick Vincent (76) from Torquay in Dorset was awarded the five-figure mesothelioma cancer compensation sum as an interim payment to provide him with the private care he requires immediately, pending a full settlement of BT engineer mesothelioma compensation still to be determined.

The court was advised how Frederick worked as an installation engineer for BT between 1962 and 1989 and regularly came into contact with asbestos while working in telephone exchanges in Devon where he had to drill through asbestos insulation boards to gain access to telephone wires.

Frederick also informed the court that he worked in close proximity to asbestos-lagged pipe work and his exposure to asbestos had been attributed to his developing mesothelioma cancer – a diagnosis he received on his fiftieth wedding anniversary earlier this year.

The judge found against BT for negligently exposing their employee to asbestos and awarded the interim payment of compensation for mesothelioma to the BT engineer. The money will enable Frederick to pay for private nursing care and equipment to help him through the final stages of his illness, and also to purchase a car in order that Frederick´s wife – Jean – can bring him to medical appointments.

Latest: February 2012: Sadly, Frederick passed away due to malignant mesothelioma cancer on 31st January.

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Ryanair Compensation for Back Injury at Work

November 29, 2011

A former Ryanair baggage handler has been awarded £37,000 compensation damages for a back injury at work.  Damian Warcaba was injured in an incident that occurred at on July 17th, 2007, while moving aircraft stairs unassisted.  Mr Warcaba was brought to to a nearby hospital and was out of work for two months.

The normal operating procedure requires two people to manoeuvre aircraft stairs manually for almost three metres to rest against an aircraft. Ryanair contested the legal action, saying that it had given standard training to employees and regretted that the standard operating procedures where not adhered to in practice. Ryanair pointed out that Mr Warcarba had not adhered to the standard operating procedures and was therefore solely to blame for his work back injury.

Mr Justice Peter Charleton ruled that Ryanair did not provide adequate workers to make sure the correct operating procedures were followed.

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Work Back Injury Award paid to Former Ryanair Employee

November 28, 2011

A former Ryanair baggage worker has been awarded €45,000 compensation for a work back injury.  Damian Warcaba, was badly injured in an incident at Dublin Airport on July 17th, 2007, while moving aircraft stairs unassisted.  Mr Warcaba was brought to to Beaumont Hospital and was out of work for two months.

The standard operating procedure needs two people to manoeuvre aircraft stairs manually for about three metres to rest against an aircraft. Ryanair contested the case, saying that it provided standard training to workers and regretted that the standard operating procedures where not adhered to in practice. Ryanair pointed out that Mr Warcarba had breached the standard operating procedures and he was therefore solely responsible for his work back injury.

Mr Justice Peter Charleton ruled in the High Court that Ryanair did not provide sufficient workers to make sure the correct operating procedures were followed.

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Wife of Mesothelioma Deceased Awarded 258,520 Pounds

October 2, 2011

The widow of a man who passed away having suffered from mesothelioma cancer after exposure to asbestos in his workplace has been awarded 258,520 in industrial injury compensation against her husband´s former employers.

William Wolff, formerly of Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, passed away from mesothelioma cancer in March 2007 aged 66 – just eighteen months after retiring from Weir Construction Ltd. During his employment at the construction company and previously at John Moulds (Kilmarnock) Limited, it was alleged by his widow – Elizabeth Wolff – that he had been exposed to asbestos fibres which were responsible for the injury.

Weir Construction Ltd and John Moulds (Kilmarnock) Limited accepted that the condition was caused by negligent exposure to asbestos while William was alive, and the case was before Judge Lord Doherty at the Court of Session in Edinburgh for the assessment of damages.

Judge Lord Doherty heard that William´s death was a particularly painful one, and that Elizabeth had quit her job as a social worker in order to provide full-time care for her terminally ill husband.

After hearing expert medical evidence that William would have been expected to live for roughly a further 17 years had he not contracted mesothelioma cancer, the judge granted Elizabeth a total award of 258,520 pounds, and in additional made further awards totalling 52,317 pounds to William´s three daughters and one of 7,084 pounds to his granddaughter.

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Work Ankle Injury Compensation for set at £3.3m

July 18, 2011

A New York City sanitation engineer, who made a claim for work ankle injury compensation for an ankle injury at work when a colleague ran over his leg in a forklift truck, has accepted £3.3m in compensation in an out-of-court settlement.

Andrew Anderson (aged 37) from New York City, was aiding a colleague install a snow plough to the forklift truck when the accident happened in early 2008. His co-worker accidently ran over his ankle, causing a serious ankle fracture which required two surgeries to correct.

Andrew also contracted reflex sympathetic dystrophy during post-operative complications and suffered foot drop – for which he now needs the use of a foot brace. Since the accident, Andrew has not been able to work and been forced to take early retirement from the City of New York.

After consulting his legal advisors, Andrew sued the City of New York for his injuries. Liability was admitted and the case was heard in the New York Supreme Court for final assessment of damages. However, just before the jury were about to start their deliberations, lawyers on the two sides reached an agreed settlement of £3.3m to compensate Andrew for personal injury, lost earnings and loss of consortium.

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Work Facial Injury Compensation of €80k awarded

April 29, 2011

A truck driver, who was hit by a steel wedge, has been awarded 80,000 Euros by the High Court in a facial injury at work compensation claim.

Mr Justice John MacMenamin was told how Keith Dowling (38) of Kildangan, County Kildare, was nearly decapitated as a steel wedge, being used to secure the ballast weight on his trailer, shot from its mounting causing permanent damage to Mr. Dowling’s face.

The wedge, which was 14 inches by 6 inches, was being hammered in place by a co-worker when the accident occured.

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Widow Awarded 150,000 Pounds Mesothelioma Compensation Settlement

February 18, 2011

The former employers of the late Mr. Leslie Rayner are to pay 150,000 pounds mesothelioma compensation after he died from the asbestos-related disease of mesothelioma.

The High Court in London have approved a mesothelioma compensation settlement of 150,000 pounds to the widow and son of Mr. Leslie Rayner, who contracted mesothelioma cancer due to exposure to asbestos fibres while working as a foreman electrician for the Pilkington Group PLC between 1953 and 1983.

Mr. Rayner formerly of Doncaster, South Yorkshire, passed away from the disease in June 2008, leaving a widow, Irene, and son Keith. The mesothelioma compensation settlement will be divided between Irene and Mr. Rayner’s estate, as Irene is a classified as a protected person and unable to manage her own affairs.

At the High Court in London, St Helens-based Pilkington Group PLC accepted liability for Mr. Rayner’s death and confirmed their offer to pay 150,000 pounds mesothelioma compensation to the Rayners as well as their costs.

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7.2 Million Pounds Boating Compensation for Brain Damaged Worker

January 17, 2011

A boatyard worker, who suffered catastrophic brain injuries when a gantry collapsed beneath him, has been awarded compensation of 7.2 million pounds.

Kevin Cleightonmills (26) of Bembridge, Isle of Wight, was employed as a boat hand for Bembridge Marine Limited when the incident happened in September 2006. He was storing a boat for the evening, when the gantry on which he was standing collapsed, and Kevin was hit on the head by falling metal.

Initially given only a 5 per cent chance of surviving his catastrophic injuries, Kevin’s condition got worse when he developed post-traumatic hydrocephalus (“water on the brain”) and had to undergo extensive surgery. Fortunately he survived, but needs around-the-clock support and experiences problems with memory, concentration and fatigue.

Liability was uncontested, and announcing the work injury compensation settlement at London’s High Court, Judge Gary Burrell QC said the award was in Kevin’s best interests and praised his family for their dedication.

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Spouse of “Classroom Cancer” Deceased Compensated

January 3, 2011

The widow of a deceased chemistry teacher, who regularly taught classes with the use of asbestos mats, has agreed an out-of-court settlement after losing her husband to mesothelioma cancer.

Jim Sellwood, formerly of Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham, died in November 2008 from mesothelioma cancer – cancer which is caused by exposure to asbestos.

Through his long teaching career at York’s St. John University, he had taught his students according to the university’s approved textbook “Chemistry, Collected Experiments” which advocated the use of asbestos mats.

Sadly, his love of teaching chemistryled to his death and, in an out-of-court settlement, St. John University acknowledged liability for their part in his mesothelioma cancer and agreed an undisclosed compensation amount for Jim’s widow, Mary.

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BT Engineer Compensation for Mesothelioma Cancer

December 21, 2010

A Wiltshire man, who contracted mesothelomia cancer while at work for BT in a former secret government bunker in Corsham, is to receive 115,000 pounds compensation from the company.

Bernard Mottram, now 82, installed telephone lines during the 1990’s in the 35 acre underground complex, and claimed that the mesothelomia cancer he now suffers from is directly connected to asbestos in the site, which was initially equipped during the Cold War in case of nuclear attack.

Bernard, who lives in Bath and has only months to live, also claimed that BT were negligent by not informing him that asbestos was present in the complex, and by failing to provide any safety equipment or asbestos-related training.

BT deny that Bernard’s sickness was caused by asbestos being present at Corsham, but have agreed to a compensation settlement of 115,000 pounds for non-specific exposure during his employment with the company.

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MG Workers Claim for Largest Occupational Lung Disease Compensation

December 19, 2010

Former employees of an MG Rover subsidiary – Powertrain Ltd – are to receive a joint settlement of almost 1 million pounds after an agreement was reached in what some experts believe was the largest outbreak of occupational lung disease in the world.

The compensation is to be divided between 79 workers employed at the company’s Longbridge manufacturing plant who sustained the breathing disease alveolitis when fluids used to lubricate their machines were incorrectly stored.

Bacteria and other harmful substances developed in the fluids, and when they were used on the metalworkers’ machines formed a harmful mist which was then inhaled by the employees. The illnesses were first acknowledged in 2004 after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive and affected about 12 per cent of the workforce.

After a seven year legal battle, workers are now to receive their work illnesses compensation, even though MG Rover went into administration in 2005.

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Former Employee wins Racial Discrimination Claim

December 13, 2010

A Polish woman, who was forced to resign from her employment due to racial and sexual discrimination, has been awarded 52,382 pounds in her claim for constructive dismissal.

Marzena Urnbanska-Kopowska from Dunmurry, Northern Ireland, was employed by local company Mac’s Quality Foods as a cleaner from September 2006 to July 2008. During her period of work with the company, Marzena was abused, degraded and treated with contempt due to her nationality and sex.

An employment tribunal heard how a male colleague had stripped to his underpants and pressed himself against her, and how she was frequently sworn at in Polish by her Irish manager. It was also claimed that Marzena was giving degrading tasks to do that were not given to local workers.

When Marzena tried to bring this to the attention of her employers, her complaints were ignored, and eventually Marzena had to resign from her position as she could not handle the insults and harassment.

Mac’s Quality Foods denied the claims, but the employment tribunal found in favour of Marzena – awarding her 31,049 pounds for unfair dismissal, 20,000 pounds for racial discrimination and sexual harassment, and an additional 1,332 pounds in interest.

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Injured Nursery Officer wins Council Negligence Award

December 5, 2010

A children’s nursery office, who suffered debilitating injuries when she was crushed under a falling metal door, has received an undisclosed council negligence compensation award.

Beverley Hampshire (47) from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, was employed at First Start Children’s Centre as a children’s nursery officer. She was in the process of fetching play equipment for the children in her care, when the metal door of the outside shed in which the equipment was kept fell from its hinges and struck her.

Beverley raised her arms to protect her head as the door fell, and suffered injuries to her wrist, forearm, shoulder and neck. Beverley was subsequently diagnosed with a frozen shoulder and regional pain syndrome, which causes constant pain and limits normal day to day activities.

After getting legal advice, Beverley sued Sheffield City Council for failing to provide a safe working environment and, in an out-of-court settlement, was awarded an undisclosed amount of compensation to account for her physical trauma and subsequent loss of earnings.

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Bon Jovi Security Guard Wins Compensation for Work Injury

November 20, 2010

A security guard, whose leg was broken by a golf buggy at a Bon Jovi concert, is to receive 33,000 pounds in compensation from the band.

Sally Allen (39) from Pontefract, West Yorkshire, was a security guard at the Bon Jovi concert at the National Bowl in Milton Keynes in 2006 when a gas canister exploded and started a fire in the VIP area.

In the course of her work and while evacuating the area, she was run over by a golf buggy being driven by  one of Bon Jovi’s personal security team; sustaining a broken leg, a crushed foot and dislocated toe.

Sally’s injuries were further complicated with a blood clot – a condition from which doctors say she was lucky to survive. Sally now struggles to walk long distances and experiences constant, painful cramp in her knees.

In the compensation claim against the band, Sally claimed that the New Jersey based band failed to train or control the personal security guard properly, and after four years of negotiations with the band’s solicitors she an agreement to pay 33,000 pounds in compensation has been reached.

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Work Injury Claims Roadworker HAVS Victim Receives 8,750 Pounds from Employer

October 29, 2010

A roadworker, who developed Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome after years of overexposure to vibrating machinery, has been awarded 8,750 pounds for his work in jury claims action.

Deryne Hughes, 52, from Stockton-on-Tees, North Yorkshire, worked in the roadworks division of CE Electric UK for 28 years. His job primarily involved digging trenches, laying cables and back filling, using hand rammers, impact wrenches and drills.

Deryne first started noticing numbness and tingling in both of his hands and wrists in 2007, and these symptoms developed into cramps and pains as he continued with his job. In November 2009, Deryne was finally diagnosed with hand arm vibration syndrome.

In the work injury claims compensation action against his employers, it was claimed that CE Electric UK had failed to conduct a full risk assessment of Deryne’s job, rotate his duties or limit his exposure to vibrating tools. The company accepted liability and a compensation payment was approved to Deryne of 8,750 pounds.

Deryne is still employed by CE Electric UK, but in a role which does not require the use of vibrating tools.

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Street Cleaner wins 3000 Pounds Cut Finger Award

October 29, 2010

Hull City Council has been ordered to pay a 3,000 pounds cut finger award to a street cleaner, injured when provided with inappropriate gloves.

Steven Threlfall, (45) from Bransholme, Yorkshire, was employed by Hull City Council as a street cleaner when he cut his finger on a sharp piece of metal left in a rubbish bag.

The incident, which happened in May 2006, severed the ligament in his little finger, leaving him with a permanently damaged digit and unable to grip properly with his left hand.

After seeking legal advice, Steven decided to submit a cut finger compensation action for his injury on the basis that the gloves provided by the council were inappropriate for the job and offered insufficient protection.

Hull City Council denied that they were liable for the injury, but has now been ordered to pay 3,000 pounds in cut finger compensation to Steven by London’s Civil Appeal Court.

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Welder’s Wins 12,000 Pounds Hearing Damage Compensation

October 25, 2010

A Midlands welder, who suffered 50 per cent hearing loss after prolonged exposure to noise in a manufacturing plant, has been awarded 12,000 pounds hearing damage compensation from his former employer.

Stephen Rothwell (50) of Middlewich, Cheshire, had worked at Henry Smith Constructional Engineering from when he finished school in 1976 until 2003. As part of his duties, he had to weld steel plates in the noisy steel fabrication plant at Winsford, Cheshire.

However, Stephen was never advised that he should have some protection for his hearing, and none was ever provided. Consequently, Stephen developed tinnitus and lost 50 per cent of his hearing – he now must use hearing aids in both ears.

After seeking legal advice, Stephen was tested by audiologists, and a hearing damage compensation claim was made against his former employers. He has now received 12,000 pounds in compensation after Henry Smith Constructional Engineering accepted liability for the hearing damage.

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Fatal Asbestosis Settlement Settled at 47,500 Pounds

September 26, 2010

The family of a man who passed away from asbestosis has been awarded 47.500 pounds in compensation by his former employer’s insurance company.

Donald Bracher, formerly of Chulmleigh, Devon, died in January 2008 aged 76, after battling asbestos for five years. The illness was contracted during his 50 years of service with local Barnstaple firm, Shapland and Petter, through working with asbestos in an unsuitable environment.

Donald was employed to cut windows in asbestos-insultated fire doors, with no protection against the inhalation of asbestos fibres, and often in a small workspace with inadequate ventilation. It was claimed that up until the day Donald retired in 1996, there was no warnings given to him by his employers about the dangers of working with asbestos.

The action brought by his son, Kenneth, was against the insurance firm of Newman Tonks Ltd – the company which bought Shapland and Petter in 1999 – which themselves are no longer in existence. Nonetheless, the company’s insurers agreed to pay the compensation for the pain and suffering Donald had gone through.

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