The Telegraph reports that drivers could see their car insurance rates rise sharply in the near future, due to an increase in insurers’ costs. The increase has been fuelled by larger pay-outs from the courts for people who receive life-changing injuries in car accidents.
Instead of just one large payment for injuries such as paralysis, courts have started awarding more Periodic Payment Orders (PPOs). PPOs are considered helpful when assessing future care needs.
A man who developed homosexual sex and gambling addictions after taking Requip, a GlaxoSmithKline drug for Parkinson’s sufferers, has had his award upheld by a French appeals court.
52-year-old Didier Jambart was awarded £159,000 in damages by the court, according to The Independent.
The family of 13-year-old Sophie Howard, from Cambridgeshire, who was killed by a falling branch in a public park in June 2011, have received an undisclosed payment from Yaxley Parish Council.
The tragedy happened on a week-day in Middletons Road Recreation Ground, near Peterborough, when Sophie was in the park sitting under a tree with some friends. She was not at school that day because of nationwide industrial action.
A multicultural nursery has been fined £16,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,500 by recorder Malcolm Morse at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday. The court found that the owner, Irshan Ahmed, tried to cover up the reason why a three-year-old boy fell from a first-floor fire-escape staircase and suffered a head injury.
The small boy, Eshan Ahmed, who lives in Aston, fell head-first from the outside staircase onto the concrete below in March last year, after running from staff at Little Hippos Nursery and Day Care Centre in Summer Lane, Birmingham.
With Bradley Wiggins’ recent Tour de France and Olympic Time Trial wins, and Team GB’s cycling team having a fantastic home Olympics, cycling is becoming more and more popular as both a leisure activity and a means of transport. As its popularity increases, there will no doubt be more legal ramifications.
As such, Prolegal have kindly taken some time to answer a few of the more common cycling questions relating to the law.
Three people who contracted Legionnaires disease in Stoke-on-Trent have instructed law firm Irwin Mitchell to take legal action now that the “probable source” has been found, according to the BBC.
The number of sufferers from the outbreak has risen to 20 cases, with two deaths and 18 people requiring hospital treatment.
This morning’s blog post about a woman awarded almost £112,000 after slipping on some mushy grapes in a grocery store and fracturing her wrists got the Contact Law office talking about slightly silly personal injury cases, large claims and big payouts.
This week, Onkar Singh Gill, a grocer from Middlesex engaged in a seven-year-long legal battle, has been ordered by the Appeal Court in London to pay a large amount of compensation to a female customer who slipped on some fruit outside his shop.
According to the Daily Mail, in November 2005 the customer, 57-year-old Samira Hassan, was looking at fruit on tables outside the shop in Greenford, when she slipped on some grapes lying on the pavement, despite wearing ‘sensible shoes’.
Last November, the High Court ruled that the Catholic Church can be held liable in abuse cases involving priests. Yesterday, the Appeal Court gave a majority ruling upholding that verdict.
The Guardian reports the case was brought by a 47-year-old woman from the Portsmouth diocese, known only as JGE, who alleged she was raped and sexually assaulted by a priest, Father Wilfred Baldwin, now deceased.
Five people are reportedly taking legal action over Edinburgh’s recent Legionnaire’s Disease outbreak which left two people dead.
The BBC reported on Friday that health officials believe the outbreak has peaked at 42 confirmed and 47 suspected cases. (more…)