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52-year-old forced to give up work following work place act of violence

A 52-year-old former nursing assistant, working for the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has been awarded more than £13 thousand in compensation for injuries sustained at work that put an end to his career.  Lincolnshire resident, Andrew Eurich from Stickney, had been working at the Ash Villa Care Home for seven years when he was forced to quit – a job that he had thoroughly enjoyed.  Together with a colleague, Mr Eurich had been accompanying a patient in the child and adolescent mental health service unit, when the patient struck out forcefully, causing the nursing assistant to injure his back upon falling against a fire door.  The pair had been using standard restraining techniques when the incident occurred, but it was just not enough to restrain the patient.  The fall tore cartilage in Mr Eurich’s lower back causing him to be taken to hospital.

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Rotherham man receives compensation for hearing loss

A council worker from Rotherham has been awarded £6 thousand in compensation for damage done to his hearing whilst working for Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council in the 1960s and 1970s.  65-year-old David Carr had been exposed to excessive noise during his time of employment.  Mr Carr had worked as an HGV and JCB driver for the council, as well as a mower and road worker.  During this time he could spend up to five hours a day being exposed to excessive noise from tools such as drills, vibrator rollers and jackhammers, the results of which caused him irreversible damage to his hearing.  He was also subjected to prolonged engine noise, and was eventually diagnosed with industrial deafness and tinnitus in both ears following a workplace check up.

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Prison service compensate assaulted gardener

The prison service has awarded a former gardener an undisclosed sum following an assault at HM Prison and Young Offenders Institution Onley, near Rugby in Warwickshire.  The gardener, David Thomas from Northants, was attacked by several inmates who had been smoking cannabis. Mr Thomas was in the process of returning to work after a period of absence due to illness, and discovered upon his return that former safety procedures had been changed.  Instead of working under the supervision of a manager, he was instructed to supervise the group of inmates on his own.  He described the group of inmates as aggressive and irritable, and claimed that they were mocking him when he attempted to get them to carry out their work duties. 

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Fire fighter injured in motor vehicle accident

A 45-year-old fire fighter, who was injured in a car accident in Bristol, has received undisclosed compensation for the injuries he sustained.  Nigel Morley, from Winterbourne in Bristol, was waiting to pick up a friend’s son from the railway station in Swan Lane, when a speeding Peugeot 106 rounded a bend on the wrong side of the road and crashed into his Citroen Dispatch.  Mr Morley sustained whiplash to his back and neck, rendering him unable to walk properly for several weeks.  He was signed off his work for four months and upon his return, was unable to carry out his normal duties.  For the following five months upon returning to work, Mr Morley was assigned only light duties.

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Holidaymaker receives £23 thousand in compensation following slip

A holidaymaker has been given compensation of £23 thousand after slipping on wet stairs whilst on holiday in Turkey.  The injured party had been returning to his hotel from visiting the hotel’s facilities which was adjoined by an underpass accessed by a flight of stairs.  The stairs were being hosed down and cleaned at the time the claimant was returning to the hotel when he slipped and fell, causing fractures to his wrist bone and damage to his cartilage.   The claimant stated that a member of the resort’s staff had been hosing down the stairs causing a ‘waterfall’ effect, and that there was no signage to alert passers-by that there was a danger of slippage.

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Family receive compensation for deceased electrician

The family of 85-year-old former electrician, Henry Smith, has secured substantial compensation after his death from mesothelioma in 2014.  Mr Smith had worked for a Coventry electrical company for 43 years and for the first 16 years of his employ, had worked in factories where the staff handled asbestos.  Mesothelioma is an asbestos-related disease that caused Mr Smith’s lung cancer leading to his death.

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NHS 111 criticised following child deaths

NHS England has recently published a report following investigations into the death of a one-year-old boy when NHS 111 failed to recognise his symptoms.  William Mead from Cornwall died in 2014 of blood poisoning.  The report said that both a GP and NHS 111 had failed to recognise his symptoms, and had told William’s mother, Melissa Mead, that his condition was not serious.  Mrs Mead was told by NHS 111 “not to worry”, and the report states that William’s life could have been saved if the symptoms had been treated.

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9-year-old killed as a result of misdiagnosis

A nine-year-old boy lost his life after being sent home from an Accident and Emergency ward suffering from undiagnosed sepsis.  Dame Julie Mellor, Health Service Ombudsman, highlighted the case in a report recently published, claiming that doctors at Whiston Hospital, Merseyside sent Thomas Hull home after diagnosing him with a “mild chest infection”.  She claims that he was seen by a medic who was trying to free beds up in the unit, and states that more mistakes were made during his consultation.

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Alton Towers owner prosecuted

The owner of Alton Towers, Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd, is to be prosecuted following the Smiler rollercoaster crash last year.  The crash left five people with very serious injuries, with two women losing a leg and three others seriously injured.  The company will appear in front of North Staffordshire Justice Centre on 22 April charged under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.  The accident occurred when the moving carriage collided with a stationary carriage on the same track, and has been attributed to human error.

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Man dies of septicaemia following operation

Staff at the Royal Derby Hospital grossly failed to care for Simon Tulitt, 62, who died of septicaemia three days after an operation for colon cancer on 31 May 2013, an inquest heard.   Derby and Derbyshire assistant coroner, Paul McCandless told the inquest that the neglect had “directly contributed” to Mr Tullit’s death.  Investigations found that correct antibiotics had not been administered to the patient from Yoxall which could have avoided Mr Tullit contracting E-Coli septicaemia, a recognised complication of the surgery.

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Electric issue sparks fire in family home

Southampton City Council has moved a family to emergency accommodation following a fire that took place in their ninth floor flat in Graham Street, in St Mary’s, on Saturday at 8pm.  The fire started in an electrical fuse box at the premises and it took fire fighters an hour to get the blaze under control.  The fire took the efforts of crews from three stations to extinguish.

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Care home boss admits manslaughter

Care home boss, 47-year-old Yousaf Khan, was sentenced to three years and two months in jail by Nottingham Crown Court after he admitted to manslaughter.  Khan, of Nelson Road, Nottingham, was in charge of Autumn Grange care home in Sherwood Rise in 2012, where Ivy Atkin died of dehydration and malnutrition.  Social services have called on relatives of care home residents to report any concerns they may have following the death of 86-year-old Ivy.

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A&E pressure Kettering

The Accident and Emergency department of Kettering General Hospital is experiencing the busiest week in its history to the extent that the NHS trust is cancelling and rearranging non-urgent operations and appointments to allow doctors and nurses to support the struggling department. Dr Andrew Chilton, the hospital’s Medical Director, has said: “The message to patients with conditions that don’t need to be seen at hospital very urgently is please do not come here”.

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NHS Trust “unsafe”

Services at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust have been deemed “unsafe” by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and an inspector has recommended that the hospital should be placed into special measures.  It was found that there was a lack of staff in maternity and A&E and reported that nine babies had died in the womb in one year.  Inspectors also found that patients attending A&E were not always being adequately triage scored and that timely treatment was not always forthcoming.

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“Inadequate and insufficient” mental health care

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have been accused of failing to handle adequately the transportation of a mentally ill patient from St John’s hospital in Leeds to a mental health hospital in April 2015.  North Yorkshire Coroner, Michael Oakley, described the arrangements as “inadequate and insufficient” as he recorded an open verdict at the hearing.  40-year-old Michael South from York stole the ambulance and crashed into a double decker bus on the A64 at Flaxton.  He died at the scene.

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Loss of fertility services

Difficulty in recruiting Embryologists at the University Hospital of Hartlepool has resulted in the withdrawal of fertility services by North Tees and Hartlepool Trust at the end of March 2016.  The closing of the facility, which carries out approximately 250 In Vitro Fertilisations (IVF) cycles per annum, will mean that patients who are struggling to have children being referred to units in other hospitals. 

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Dog owner fined £1,000

A dog owner from north Wales has been ordered to pay a young girl £1,000 in compensation after his dog attacked her in a bar. The German Pointer had been wandering around inside The Cuckoo Club last August when a nine-year-old girl bent down to stroke it. CCTV footage from inside the bar shows the dog snapping at the girl’s face, leaving her with serious bite marks on her nose.

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Birthing errors see £11m payout

An NHS trust has paid out £11.5 million in compensation to a boy that now suffers with cerebral palsy as a result of birthing complications. Now 5-years-old, the boy was delivered at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, where hospital staff admitted that had he been born 11 minutes earlier, he would not have suffered any harm. It was heard that his umbilical cord prolapsed during birth, which resulted in a lack of oxygen to his brain. Had this been recognised by midwives earlier, there would have been no lasting damage to his health.

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Plans to change cycling injury compensation claims

As part of his autumn budget this year, Chancellor George Osbourne has announced plans to radically change the rules surrounding compensation claims for cyclists.  Currently, cyclists can claim compensation for damage to equipment and injury through the courts using “no win, no fee” solicitors.  The proposals are expected to save the insurance industry around £1 billion a year, savings that should be passed on to the customers.  This should save customers around £40 to £50 per annum.  If the proposals go ahead in the new year, insurance brokers ETA Cycle Insurance do not believe that the savings will be guaranteed to be passed on to the customer.

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Concerns over winter A&E

According to emergency doctors, A&E departments across the country are not equipped to deal with winter pressure. Concerns were raised following the weekly update of A&E performance by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. It revealed that 9 in 10 hospitals have increased bed numbers, yet continue to struggle with the rising demands. The RCEM’s weekly report covers more than 40 hospital trusts, providing a brief performance snapshot.

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