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.

Hit and Run Accident Compensation Tops Four Million Pounds

A cyclist, who suffered catastrophic brain injuries after being the victim of a hit and run accident, has been awarded four million pounds in accident injury compensation by the High Court in London.

Patrice Gougam (55) of Enfield, Middlesex was cycling on the Great North Road (A1000) in November 2009, when he was struck by a Land Rover driver by Michael Elliot (66) of Potters Bar, Hertfordshire. Mr Elliot drove away from the scene and, when he later gave himself up to police, stated that he had no knowledge of the accident.

Patrice, who before his accident was a professional tennis coach, was in a coma for three weeks and spent the next six months in hospital. In total, he remained in hospital for twenty-one months after the hit and run accident and still requires round-the-clock care.

The High Court was told that the hit and run driver was being medically treated for glaucoma and cataracts at the time of the accident and should not have even been driving on that fateful day in November 2009. He was subsequently charged with dangerous driving, for which he was jailed for eight months, and banned from driving for three years.

Revealing the four million pounds award of bike accident injury compensation against Michael Elliot and his insurers, the judge praised Patrice´s wife Virginia, who had managed to work part-time, care for Patrice and find a home with disabled access so that the couple could stay together.

Ruined Holiday Cruise Compensation Award Offered

Holiday makers who were on the Costa Concordia cruise ship which capsized on January 13, 2012, after straying off-course and hitting a submerged rock have had 11,000 Euros (14,460 dollars/9,180 pounds) compensation for ruined cruise offered to them by Costa Crociere SpA – the Italian subsidiary of Carnival Cruises.

The offer of compensation for ruined cruise was made after negotiations between the company and consumer groups in Italy, and compensates any passenger who was saved from the stricken ship that did not suffer any physical injury. Those that did will be approached individually, according to the statement released by the cruise company.

The ruined cruise compensation award offercover the psychological trauma that passengers may have suffered on that disastrous evening in January, and for any personal effects they may have lost when the cruise ship sank. However, some consumer groups are not happy with the extent of the compensation offer, and are advising passengers aboard the ship to seek professional medical advice before accepting it.

Those of the 4,197 crew and passengers who do take the compensation for ruined cruise will get their money within seven days, however the offer comes with the proviso that acceptance disqualifies passengers from making future compensation claims for injuries against Costa Cruises or any of its associated companies.

GP Over-prescription Claim Investigated

The Medical Council is looking at a number of GP over-prescription claims against a Dublin GP who allegedly over-prescribed psychoactive benzodiazepines.

It is claimed that Dr Mohammed Ahmed Khan, with a practice on Wicklow Street, Dublin, prescribed up to four times the recommended dosage of drugs such as Valium to patients suffering from anxiety and depression. The Medical Council are also looking into allegations that Dr Khan failed to make adequate enquiries as to whether any of the patients he was prescribing these drugs to were already being treated by another doctor.

Dr Khan has also been accused of poor professional performance due to his alleged failure to refer some of his patients with a dependency on benzodiazepines to drug treatment centres or specialist substance misuse practitioners and due to his reliance on prescription drugs where an alternative form of treatment may have been more beneficial to the patient or in their best interests.

The Medical Council is the regulatory body for doctors to practise medicine in the Republic of Ireland.  Its statutory role, as outlined in the Medical Practitioners Act 2007, is to protect the public by promoting and further ensuring high standards of professional conduct and professional education, training and competence among registered medical practitioners.

Hospital Work Injury Claims Prevalent in Kettering

Kettering General Hospital Trust has announced that it has paid out more than 300,000 pounds in hospital injury compensation to its own staff in the past five years – the biggest proportion of which was attributable to falls at work compensation.

Claims for injury at work were made on over 40 occasions between 2006 and 2011 for injuries sustained by staff at the hospital due to falls, manual handling injuries, lifting accidents, abuse by patients and incidents involving sharp objects such as needles.

Liz Libiszewski, nursing and quality director at Kettering General Hospital, explained that statistics for injury at work claims settled in any given period do not offer relevant information on safety during that period. “Legal claims – particularly disputed ones – can take several years to settle, so any set of figures would include claims which were a number of different years old,” she said, adding that the establishment’s safety record “is comparable with other hospitals”.

The Trust´s chief executive, Lorene Read went on “Kettering General Hospital takes staff safety very seriously indeed and we have many measures, training schemes and policies and procedures in place to prevent accidents. These include compulsory induction and refresher training courses in lifting and moving patients and other objects, health and safety at work training, and training around the correct use, and disposal, of syringes and needles.

The Trust is insured for hospital work injury compensation claims above the 10,000 pounds excess it has to pay itself.

Golf Injury Compensation Claim for Woman

A woman who was hit in the face by a badly struck golf ball as she was leaving her local golf course has been awarded 7,500 pounds in golf injury compensation.

Rachel Davis was walking back to her car after playing nine holes of golf at the Branston Golf and Country Club in Staffordshire when a golf ball struck her in the face, causing her to fall to the ground. The force of her fall caused damage to her teeth, cuts to her lips and bruising elsewhere on her body. Rachel received immediate medical treatment in hospital for her injuries but was forced to take the following week off of work.

After seeking legal counsel, Rachel made a claim for golf injury compensationagainst the Golf and Country Club. An investigation by East Staffordshire Borough Council was also begun, in which it was found that there were no warning signs in place to advise golfers of the hazard and that a fence which had been erected to prevent accidents of this nature was too low and in a state of disrepair

The Golf and Country Club was prosecuted by East Staffordshire Borough Council and was discovered to be in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The Club was fined 5,000 pounds with a further 3,515 in costs, while Rachel was awarded 7,500 pounds in golf injury compensation.

Asda Worker Awarded Slip Compensation

A former Asda employee has been awarded 27,000 pounds in slip compensation after injuring her back when falling on a broken egg in the store´s warehouse.

Irene Heslop (65) from Fallowfield, Greater Manchester, suffered her injuries in March 2007 while working as a bakery assistant in the Hulme Asda shop in Greater Manchester. Doctors diagnosed her with a suspected spinal fracture which left her not able to walk long distances or lift heavy objects.

As her condition worsened, Irene asked that Asda put her on lighter duties in order that she could return to work. The company refused, and Irene went on to draw Statutory Sick Pay until the six month period expired after which time she was given industrial injury benefit at 24 pounds per week.

After seeking legal guidance, Irene made a compensation claim against the Asda store in Hulme which was supported by doctors at the Manchester Royal Infirmary. After performing their own investigation, Asda recognised that Irene´s lifestyle had been seriously curtailed by the accident and agreed to a 27,000 pounds personal injury compensation settlement.

Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) Compensation Likely in the UK

Thousands of breast implant recall compensation claims could come from women worried about the Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) recall in the UK.

When the recall was first revealed in March 2010, the advice provided at the time by the French medical device regulatory authority AFSSAPS was for women who were concerned over their PIP breast implants to undergo an ultrasound scan to check for suspected ruptures of the implant sac.

Subsequently it was revealed that the recalled breast implants, which have a higher incidence of rupturing than is usual, also contained an unauthorised silicone gel which could cause an inflammatory reactions in certain women. Now health officials in France are informing all women who have received PIP recalled breast implants to have them removed.

Though the UK´s medicines watch dog – the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency – insists there is no risk of cancer from this lower grade silicone gel, one woman in France is known to have died due to anaplastic large cell lymphoma and many women in the UK have suffered unusual and painful symptoms once the silicone gel has secreted into their lymph nodes.

With the maker of the recalled breast implants having gone out of business since the recall, breast implant recall compensation claims are being directed against the clinics and surgeries which originally performed the breast implant operation – not only for the physical ailments caused by the ruptured implants, but for the emotional distress of suffered by the affected women who may not yet be aware of how badly their health has been affected.

Car Park Slip Compensation for Shop Car Park Victim

A woman, who slipped and fell on her way from a supermarket car park to the stores, is to receive an undisclosed amount of shop injury compensation after the shopping centre owners admitted liability for her injuries.

Gweneth Bowler (64) from Quorn, Leicestershire, broke her right shoulder and hip when falling on a wet surface that had formed within the covered bridge area connecting the Highcross Shopping Centre car park with the stores.

Following the slipping incident, which happened in January 2011, Gweneth wrote to Leicester City Council about her fall and injuries which prompted a health and safety investigation into the hazard. The investigation showed that the surface of the bridge posed a high risk of slipping when the weather was wet and that there was evidence of inadequate cleaning.

After seeking legal guidance, Gweneth then sued the owners of the shopping centre – Hammerson PLC – who accepted liability and negotiated an undisclosed settlement of shop injury compensation to account for the pain and suffering that Gweneth experienced at the time of her injury and her ongoing inability to drive and lift items of any weight.

Faulty Shoes Foot Injury Compensation Settled On

A man whose feet erupted in blisters due to the high irritant content in a new pair of shoes has settled his foot injury compensation claim against the makers in an out-of-court compensation settlement.

Chris Heleine (51) from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, had bought the Sperry Top-Siders shoes from the Leeds branch of Hip Menswear in April 2009 before going on vacation to Spain. However, within hours of donning the shoes, his feet had erupted into big blisters and he was rushed to hospital.

Medical staff at the hospital in Menorca burst the blisters and drained the fluid that had collected underneath but, following the initial treatment, Chris had to return to the hospital each day for a week to have his dressing changed as the high humidity in Menorca could have resulted in both feet becoming infected.

On his return to the UK, Chris took legal guidance, and his solicitors arranged to have the chemical content of the shoes analysed. The results of the analysis showed unusually high levels of 2-Mercaptobenzothiazole – a classified irritant and the causing factor of Chris´ blisters.

Chris took a foot injury compensation claim against the manufacturers of the shoes – American company Collective Brands – and, after they carried out their own independent chemical analysis, the company admitted liability for Chris´ injuries and paid a four-figure sum in settlement of the foot injury compensation claim.

DePuy Compensation For “Poster Girl” For Faulty Hip System

A retired gymnast, who promoted the DePuy ASR Hip Replacement System prior to the product´s worldwide recall last year, is making a personal injury compensation claim against the product´s manufacturers Johnson & Johnson following difficulties with her own DePuy hip replacement system.

Penny Brown (51) of Bath, Wiltshire, had a hip replacement procdure in 2004 to relieve her from the constant pain of osteoarthritis. At the time of the procedure, the DePuy ASR hip replacement system transformed her life to such a degree that she agreed to become the “face” of DePuy and promote their hip replacement systems throughout the UK.

Between 2004 and 2008, Penny was DePuy´s “patient brand” and her image was used throughout the world. Penny also gave interviews about the advantages of the DePuy ASR hip replacement system and counselled patients about to have implant surgery. However, in 2009, Penny started to notice a groin pain which was diagnosed as being caused by the hip replacement system and, as the wear and tear increased, felt a clunking sensation whenever she walked anywhere.

In May this year, Penny was advised that she would need further surgery which would mean the removal of the DePuy ASR hip replacement system and a replacement system installed.  She underwent her additional operation last month, and has been bed-bound and unable to work ever since. “My life has been devastated” Penny told her local newspaper, “I not only feel let down personally but also feel guilty that I might have encouraged others to have the ASR implanted.”

Pedestrian Brain Injury Compensation Settlement for Victim

The family of a father of two, who suffered brain damage when hit by a speeding car, has agreed a 300,000 pounds pedestrian brain injury compensation settlement with the negligent driver´s insurers.

Zahid Hussain (30) of Blackburn, Lancashire, was crossing the street near his home in March 2007 when he was struck by a silver Volkswagen Golf and was left fighting for his life after sustaining four fractures to his skull and swelling on the brain.

Although Mr Hussain has partially recovered from his injuries, he still suffers cognitive and psychological problems and has been forced to move from the family home in Blackpool to his parent´s home in London.

In the High Court in London, Judge Alison Hampton QC was told that the two parties had agreed on the amount of compensation that should be paid and, approving the settlement commented that “I hope the money can be put to good use, and in the best interests of the claimant.”

Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Settlement of 1.4 Million Euros Approved in Court

A young woman, who was found to have cerebral palsy shortly after her birth, has had a cerebral palsy birth injury settlement of 1.4 million Euros approved in the High Court.

Deborah French (24) was diagnosed with cerebral palsy shortly after her birth in August 1987 at Wexford General Hospital. Her parents brought a claim for birth injury compensation against consultant obstetrician Harry Murphy and the South Eastern Health Board, alleging that Dr Murphy had been negligent in the hours in the run-up to and during Deborah´s birth.

The case was settled without admission of liability by the defendants, a course of action supported by Mr Justice John Quirke as he approved the cerebral palsy birth injury settlement, stating that the conflicting opinions offered by medical experts may have put the family at risk of getting nothing in a trial.

The judge recommended that the funds be transferred to Deborah´s parents – Ann and John French – in annual increments of 100,000 Euros.

Avoidable Toe Injury Nets Postal Worker 16,000 Euros

A postal worker, who damaged the big toe on his right foot when a package of floorboards fell onto it, has won his claim for avoidable toe injury at the Circuit Court in Dublin.

Edward Pyne, aged 61, of Balbriggan, County Dublin, brought his claim against An Post after the accident in November 2006 left him needing several operations for an ingrown toenail which had resulted from the injury. He also argued that he had sustained from several infections which had developed in the injured toe.

Circuit Court president, Mr Justice Matthew Deery was shown how An Post should have supplied steel toe-capped boots as part of a postal worker´s uniform, but Edward had previously worn out the pair that had been most recently given to him three years previously. Consequently the shoes he was wearing on the day of the avoidable toe accident offered insufficient protection against such an accident happening.

An Post denied responsibility for Edward´s claim, but Mr Matthew Deery heard testimony that many of Edward´s colleagues at the Balbriggan Post Office also failed to wear the obligatory steel toe-capped footwear, and had An Post provided better supervision of their staff, the accident could have been avoided.

Upholding Edward’s avoidable toe injury compensation claim, Mr Justice Matthew Deery stated that he was satisfied that An Post had failed to provide adequate protective footwear for their staff, and awarded Edward 16,000 Euros in personal injury compensation.

Supermarket Car Park Injury Awarded for Schoolboy

A sixteen year old schoolboy, who sustained deep cuts in his thigh when climbing over a supermarket car park fence, has had a supermarket car park injury settlement of 36,800 Euros approved in the Circuit Civil Court.

Michael Hogan of Firhouse, County Dublin, was just eleven years of age when the accident occurred in 2006. Climbing over a supermarket car park fence at the Firhouse Shopping Centre, he caught his leg on a protruding and unsafe nail, which tore a deep V-shaped wound into the inside of his left thigh.

Michael´s injuries were so severe that he had to have a double layer of inner flesh stitched together while under a general anaesthetic and, although he has recovered now, will be left with a permanent scar as a reminder of his injury.

Liability for the supermarket car park injury was not contested by the owners of the Firhouse Shopping centre – Colverton Limited – and Mr Justice Matthew Deery heard that the defendants had made a settlement offer of 36,800 Euros. The judge approved the supermarket car park injury compensation offer, ordering that it should be invested in court funds until Michael´s 18th birthday in March 2015.

Taxi Accident Girl Awarded 3 Million Pounds

A 22-year-old woman, who suffered severe brain injuries when she was hit by a taxi when only 14 years of age, has had a 3 million pounds compensation settlement approved by the High Court in London.

Vicki Hart was crossing a road in January 2004 when the taxi driver failed to see her due to wet weather conditions and knocked her down. Vicki suffered many injuries including a broken neck, a fractured skull and brain damage which later caused a major stroke. Doctors said that it was likely at the time of the incident that she would die, however Vicki survived her injuries – although now experiencing profound disabilities which mean she requires 24-hour care.

A 3 million pounds brain injury compensation settlement was agreed upon with the insurers of the negligent driver and, in London´s High Court, Judge Mr Justice Spencer said that he had “no hesitation” in approving the compensation agreement – praising both Vicki´s mother, Karen, and her step-father for their commitment and devotion to Vicki.

Fairground Injury Compensation Awarded to Young Girl

An unnamed 13-year old girl, who suffered bruising and abrasions after falling beneath a faulty fairground safety restraint bar, is to receive 750.00 pounds in personal injury compensation from the operator of the ride.

The girl had been at the Copmanthorpe Carnival in York, where she went on a ride called as the “Cliffhanger Miami Trip, where riders sit in a row and are taken up, down and round at speed. Soon after the ride began, her restraint bar became loose and the girl slipped underneath it – falling four metres onto a concrete surface and narrowly missing moving steelwork.

The girl was brought to nearby Selby Hospital suffering from bruising and abrasions and sent home after treatment. Following a Health and Safety Executive investigation into the incident, Terry Reynolds, 28, of Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, was found guilty of negligently operating the ride and in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 by failing to take reasonable care of those affected by his work activities.

Selby Magistrates’ Court gave Reynolds a three-year conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £750 fairground injury compensation to the injured girl.

Wrong Side of Road Car Accident Compensation Settlement Agreed

A pensioner, who received severe injuries when she was involved in a car accident with a foreign driver who was driving on the incorrect side of the road, has settled her car injury compensation claim with the driver´s insurers.

Ann Roberts (79) of Battenhall, Worcestershire, had been travelling between Leominster and Ludlow on the B4361, when French motorist Alain Le Den collided with her because he had been driving on the wrong side of the road.

Ann, a former teacher, had to air lifted to Birmingham´s Selly Oak hospital, where she was treated for several broken bones and a collapsed lung. She also hada brace attached to her skull to assist keeping her neck from sustaining further damage.

Mr Le Den´s French car insurance company agreed with the police reports and Ann´s evidence that their client was negligent and agreed an out-of-court settlement to provide her with car injury compensation for the injuries she sustained in the accident.

PTSD Compensation for Father after Daughter´s Death

A father, whose daughter was killed by a careless driver who had just passed his driving test, has been awarded 25,000 pounds by Cardiff Court of Civil Justice for the psychological injury he suffered due to the fatal accident.

Terence Jones, of Ebbw Vale, Powys, told the court and His Honour Judge Seys Llewellyn QC how the death of his daughter, Louise (16), along with three friends in November 2006 had caused him to suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the aftermath of the incident.

In a civil case taken against the careless driver – Craig Ramshaw (22) – Mr Jones claimed that he was a secondary victim and was supported in his claim by psychiatrist Dr David Thomas. Dr Thomas gave expert testimony that Mr Jones had required psychiatric treatment since the accident at Llangynidr Moors.

The judge advised Mr Jones that no amount of money could compensate for the loss of a daughter, but agreed with the plaintiff that he had suffered a psychological injury and awarded him personal injury compensation of 25,000 pounds – the settlement to be made by Mr Ramshaw´s car insurance company.

Hotel Bedbug Bite Compensation of 3,200 Pounds Awarded to Sisters

Two sisters, whose stay in London was ruined by the bites they received from bedbugs present in the bedding at their hotel, have each been awarded 1,600 pounds in compensation in an out-of-court settlement.

Melanie Carmen (59) from Whitstable, Kent, and Joy McDonagh (51) from Sidcup, Kent, stayed three nights in London at the Airways Hotel in Victoria in February 2010 to celebrate Joy´s 50th birthday. However, after their first night in the hotel, both were covered in bites from an infestation of bedbugs.

They reported the issue to hotel staff and requested that they were moved to another room. However, there were also bedbugs in the change of room and, after two further nights of poor sleep, the women had a total of 138 bites between them.

After seeking legal guidance, Melanie and Joy sued the Airways Hotel for personal injury compensation and without accepting liability, the hotel settled out of court – paying each 1,600 pounds to cover the women´s medical expenses and loss of earnings as they were unable to immediately return to work after their visit to London.

Broken Leg Holiday Accident Woman Compensated

A tourist, who broke her leg and suffered head injuries when falling down a pool maintenance shaft while holidaying in Turkey, has been compensated by the holiday firm through who she booked her vacation.

Michelle Dragon (49) from Southend, Essex, had been on holiday with some friends in the resort town of Marmaris in 2006, and was returning to her room at the Club Sarba Hotel when the accident happened. A shaft which was used for storage and pool maintenance had been left uncovered by hotel staff and Michelle – not aware that the grill had been removed – fell down into the shaft, knocking herself unconscious and breaking her right leg.

Due to her injuries Michelle spent ten days in a Turkish Hospital, during which time she underwent two operations in order to attach metal plates to her broken leg in order for her to travel home. On her return to the UK, Michelle underwent eight months of rehabilitation – having to re-learn how to walk again with a metal brace attached.

In 2008, Michelle was capable of returning to work – although only for 25 hours per week – but, in 2009, she had to undergo a further operation to take a bone graft from her hip to fuse her damaged ankle. At the time Michelle´s doctors were afraid that she may lose her leg, but Michelle recovered sufficiently to walk with the assistance of crutches.

After taking legal counsel, Michelle sued the travel firm through which she had booked the holiday – Goldtrail Holidays – and although they had gone out of business in 2010, a settlement was reached with their insurers for an undisclosed six-figure sum.

Farm Fatalities Continue to Rise

A conference in Dublin, organised by the Health and Safety Authority, Teagasc and the Farm Safety Partnership Advisory Committee has heard that the number of farm fatalities has already reached 16 this year, and is on its way to passing the twenty year high of 26 farm-related deaths in 2010.

Main speaker at the event, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney, heard that the highest proportion of deaths on farms was due to accidents with machinery, but that other hazards – such as the handling of livestock and the prevention of falls – also had to be tackled.

The Minister responded by telling those present that “People working on farms need to be more conscious of safety requirements, in particular since in many instances they are working on their own. A significant change in mindset is required if we are to prevent further serious farm accidents”.

He went on to say “By continuously talking about and being aware of farm safety we can together bring about a change of culture and farmer thinking in this area”, and concluded his speech by saying “changing farmers´ attitudes is ultimately about self-regulation”.

The conference, which was hosted in Castleknock heralded the first time that an international meeting on agricultural occupational health and safety had been held in Ireland, and representatives from the United States, Norway, Denmark, Italy and Great Britain were also in attendance.

Wrongful Death Compensation for Family of Iraqi Victim

An Iraqi family, whose son was supposedly killed by British Armed Forces in Iraq, has won its fight for wrongful death compensation from the Ministry of Defence.

Saeed Shabram, 18, of Basra, Iraq, had been held by British troops on suspicion of looting in May 2003, and was taken with his cousin, Menem Akaili, into the Shatt al-Arab River by soldiers in an act of “wetting” – an unofficial action intended to humiliate the perpetrators of petty crime in the area.

Bystanders took Menem out of the river, but Saeed´s body disappeared. Saeed´s father employed a diver to search for Saeed and, after a four hour wait, Saeed´s lifeless body was pulled from the river – bloated and covered with bruises.

After seeking legal counsel, the Shabram family sued the Ministry of Defence for wrongful death and just before the case was to be heard in London´s Royal Courts of Justice, lawyers for the family announced that an out-of-court settlement had been agreed.

Without accepting liability for the wrongful death of Saeed, the Ministry of Defence agreed to pay 100,000 pounds to his family and a further unreported sum to Menem.

Van Accident Victim Awarded 177,575 Euros

A woman who was hit by a van while crossing a busy Dublin street has been awarded almost 178,000 Euros in van accident victim compensation in the High Court.

Amy McKernan (36) from North Ewington, Oxfordshire, was crossing the street at the junction of Wicklow Street and Clarendon Street on May 7th 2002, when she was struck by a van driven by Yuk Fong from Dublin. The force of the collision threw her onto the bonnet of the vehicle, before she landed on the road surface – sustaining facial and back injuries.

In her van accident victim claim against Mr Fong and the owner of the van – Mr Yau Tsali Li – Amy claimed that the van was driven at excessive speed, as she had seen the van pulling away from the Chinese restaurant outside which it had been parked and felt she still had plenty of time to cross the road.

Yuk Fong and Yau Tsali Li denied the van accident victim claims, and counter-claimed that Amy had contributed to her own injuries by failing to keep a proper lookout. However, as Amy was about to step onto the footpath when the accident happened, Mr. Justice John Quirke at the High Court determined that Amy had established negligence in the driving of the van, whereas the defendants had failed to show that Amy had in any way been responsible for the accident and her injuries.

Car Accident Brain Damaged Mother Wins Multi Million Pound Settlement

A 48-year-old single mother, who was catastrophically injured in a road traffic accident in 2009, has settled her claim with the negligent driver´s insurance company in a settlement which experts believe to be worth many millions of pounds.

The woman, who requested not to be named, was driving along Miles Gray Road in Basildon, Essex, when she was involved in a head on collision with the Ford Ka driven by 76 year old Ernest Bromsgrove. Tragically, the pensioner had suffered a heart attack and lost consciousness as he was driving, and the collision caused in his death.

The anonymous woman was so badly injured that she had to be airlifted to the Queens Hospital in Romford for emergency treatment and now suffers from permanent paralysis on the left hand side of her body and is confined to a wheelchair. Due to the incident, the woman driver also suffers from eyesight problems and has difficulty communicating with her family.

The pensioner´s insurance firm accepted liability for the woman´s injuries and negotiated a personal injury compensation settlement with the victim´s legal representatives. The details of the out of court settlement were not elaborated on however, as it has to provide life time care for the victim. is anticipated to be many millions of pounds.