Month: February 2012

Tassimo Recall Likely to Lead to Burns Injury Compensation Claims

Claims for compensation for burns are likely to follow the recall of the Tassimo coffee maker in the United States and Canada, after the makers acknowledged that at least 160 cases of burn injuries and scalding were attributable to a design fault.

More than 1.7 million Tassimo coffee machines have been taken from store shelves in North America after the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found that the machine´s T-disc – the plastic pot containing the coffee – could explode and shower bystanders with scalding water. Thirty-seven occurences of second-degree burns have been reported to the CPSC, including the case of a two-year-old girl who was hospitalised after suffering burns to her face.

The Tassimo coffee makers, which are still for in the UK, have been marketed worldwide since 2008, and the Tassimo coffee maker recall has been extended to include 4 million Gevalia, Maxwell House and Nabob espresso T-discs still believed to be in circulation in American grocery stores. The recalled discs are for sale in packets of eight and sixteen and, like the Tassimo coffee making machines, are still available in stores in the UK.

Compensation claims for Tassimo burns are likely to be made against BSH Home Appliances Corporation – the makers of the Tassimo coffee makers – who are located in Irvine, California. Burn injury compensation for a burn from a Tassimo coffee maker should also account for any permanent scarring resulting from a Tassimo coffee maker burn and – especially when a child has been scalded by a Tassimo coffee maker – consideration should be made for any ongoing psychological injury.

RTE Employee Wins Work Fall Compensation Awarded to

An employee of RTE, who fell and hurt his elbow while trying to unsnag a curtain during a show rehearsal for The Saturday Night Show, has been awarded 18,500 Euros in work fall compensation at the Circuit Civil Court.

Arthur McMullan (59) of Goatstown, Dublin, was working for the national broadcaster as a props assistant when the accident occurred in the RTE studios in February 2010. Attempting to unsnag the stage curtain from a mirror ball, Arthur fell over a studio floor lamp and injured his left elbow.

In his claim for fall at work fall compensation, Arthur alleged that RTE were aware of the curtain consistently presenting an issue and, in support of his claim, the court was shown a video clip of a broadcast show in which presenter Brendan O´Connor had to hold back the curtains during a performance by doo-wop band The Overtones.

Judge Jacqueline Linnane at the Circuit Civil Court also heard Arthur´s compensation claim for falls at work support by a colleague at the RTE studios, who alleged that the curtains had been an ongoing problem for a number of years. Arthur´s legal representative also advised the judge that Arthur still felt pain in his elbow two years after the injury had been suffered.

After hearing the evidence relating to Arthur´s fall at work compensation claim, Judge Jacqueline Linnane awarded Arthur 18,500 Euros in work fall compensation.

Food Poisoning Compensation Claims Could Follow Watermelon Scare in Ireland

People sustaining food poisoning from contaminated watermelons could be entitled to make salmonella compensation claims following the news that the Food Safety Authority of Ireland are investigating four cases of illness which are believed to be attributable to imported fruit from Brazil.

One person is known to have died in England after eating a watermelon slice containing “Salmonella Newport”, with scores more food poisoning cases being investigated throughout the Europe. Typically, illnesses have commenced within three days of consuming a pre-packed slice of watermelon and symptoms of the illness including vomiting, abdominal pains, fever and diarrhoea last for four to seven days.

The advice issued by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland is to completely wash all fruit and vegetables before consuming them and, should the symptoms of food poisoning commence, seek medical attention immediately. Quick treatment with antibiotics will reduce the effect of the salmonella food poisoning and ensure a quicker recovery from the illness.

People who are found to be suffering from food poisoning attributable to watermelon slices are urged to get claims advice from a solicitor before making salmonella compensation claims directly to the Injuries Board. Inasmuch as the respondent in your claim is likely to be the retail outlet from where the poisoned watermelon was purchased, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland may establish a different negligent party in the course of their investigation.