NHS worker Meeta Patel, who suffered a fractured lower spine after a colleague moved her chair away in a prank, is suing hospital bosses for £58,000 in compensation. Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust denies liability for the accident insisting the prankster’s motives were not part of his job.

Evening Standard, Page: 14   The Daily Telegraph, Page: 11

Posted 11/10/2017

 

The role of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is to be reviewed, amid claims that hundreds of child abuse victims are being denied payouts. The CICA pays more than £140m in compensation to blameless victims of crime each year, but the scheme has come in for criticism after it emerged that some people who were sexually abused in childhood were not eligible for payouts because officials claimed they had consented to the crime.  Separately, the godson of Sir Edward Heath has called for an official inquiry into police handling of child sexual abuse allegations against the former prime minister.

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 2 The Times, Page: 21 Daily Mail, Page: 20 Daily Mirror, Page: 2 The Guardian, Page: 10

Posted 02/10/2017

 

 

 

Writing in the Independent, Matthew Claxson, a partner at Moore Blatch, argues in favour of new laws to clarify the rights and obligations of cyclists and offer greater legal indemnities to those who are caught up in collisions whilst cycling in a designated lane. “A new Road Safety Bill that both addresses the deficiencies in the existing law, and recognises the vulnerability of cyclists on the road, would go a long way to making sure that the law is fit for the twenty-first century, not the nineteenth,” he concludes.

The Independent

Posted 20/09/2017

An environmental campaigner who was deceived into forming a relationship with a police spy is refusing to pay Scotland Yard a £7,000 legal bill. Helen Steel fought a four-year legal battle against police chiefs who eventually apologised for the abuse and emotional trauma she suffered from the deception. As part of the battle, she pursued a legal challenge to force the Metropolitan police to disclose that her former boyfriend, John Dines, had been an undercover officer. She incurred the bill for the police’s legal costs after she withdrew the appeal.

The Guardian, Page: 10   The Times, Page: 4

Posted 29/08/2017

A woman with terminal cancer has won an undisclosed payout from GPs who repeatedly diagnosed her with muscle pain. Tina Hammonds, 45, paid for a private MRI scan which revealed terminal bone and breast cancer. She claimed clinical negligence against the unnamed surgery, which did not accept liability.

Daily Mirror, Page: 20

Posted 12/06/2017

 

Two Britons have been arrested in Majorca on suspicion of encouraging holidaymakers to make dishonest compensation claims. The pair were held by Civil Guard officers in what are believed to be the first arrests of their kind in Spain, and are now expected to face a judicial investigation. Their arrests follow a campaign by hoteliers in Spain, and other holiday hotspots such as Greece and Portugal, against the growing problem of bogus claims, particularly involving all-inclusive resorts.

The Mail on Sunday, Page: 34

Posted 11/06/2017

 

British Airways is facing mounting pressure to compensate travellers caught up in the chaos of its IT meltdown amid suggestions that thousands will not be refunded the cost of their holiday. Lawyers are predicting that the total compensation bill for BA may come to as much as £150m, but many people will not receive more than a maximum of €600 (£522) in compensation.

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 1

Posted 31/05/2017

The family of murdered schoolgirl Arsema Dawit have had their bid to sue the Metropolitan Police, for neglecting their warnings about her murderer, thrown out by Judge Charles Freeland QC at Central London county court. He told the family: “The police do not generally owe a duty to members of the public in the detection and prevention of crime. The general sense of public duty that motivates police officers is unlikely to be improved by the imposition of such liability on their duty to investigate crime”.

Evening Standard   The Sun, Page: 16

Posted 23/05/2017

 

 

GPs’ should be “cautious” about vouching for patients who claim they are fit enough to run a marathon, according to the profession’s legal advisers. The Medical Protection Society (MPS) said more people were signing up for marathons, triathlons and desert “fat camps” when they were simply not fit enough. Dr Pallavi Bradshaw, of the MPS, warned that vouching for patients who had poor fitness levels could leave doctors open to claims of negligence.

The Sunday Telegraph, Page: 11

Posted 23/04/2017

 

More than 800 UK women are taking legal action against the NHS and the makers of vaginal mesh implants, used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence after childbirth. Some women have been left in permanent pain, unable to walk, work or have sex. Carl Heneghan, a professor of evidence-based medicine at the University of Oxford, warns manufacturers have to provide little evidence before their product is clinically approved and made available on the NHS and experts believe if the women are successful in their legal case, the NHS payout for compensation could be tens of millions of pounds.

The Independent   BBC News   The Times, Page: 22   Daily Mail, Page: 34   The Sun, Page: 20

Posted 19/04/2017