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Accommodation Costs - the new Formula

14 Oct 2020

The method of calculating the amount of compensation a claimant should be awarded for the extra accommodation costs associated with their injury has long been in contention between claimants and defendants. The difficulty arises when a claimant has a need for more expensive accommodation that can be…

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Massive fine for employer in workplace fatal accident

01 Oct 2020

Leadec Limited, a specialist industrial services company has been fine £2 million and ordered to pay £30,000 costs following a fatal injury to Joseph MacDonald, one of its employees. The company pleaded guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Mr…

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Bereavement Awards for Cohabitees

30 Sep 2020

In May 2020 we reported the increase in the bereavement award for fatalities from the 1 May 2020. At that time we highlighted that it did not yet apply to cohabitees, but that change was anticipated. That change will now be brought in with effect from the 6 October 2020, when the Fatal Accident Act…

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The HSE Construction Health Inspection Initiative

30 Sep 2020

The HSE has announced that it will be carrying out its latest construction health inspection initiative this October with health and safety inspectors targeting construction sites across Great Britain. The initiative will run from Monday 5 to Friday 30 October and will focus on respiratory risks as…

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Claimant "nowhere near" proving causation

30 Sep 2020

Forbes have successfully defended a highways tripping claim on causation grounds. The claim arose as a result of an alleged accident on Christmas Eve 2015. The Claimant's case was that he had been out training with a friend in readiness for the start of his army career in January 2016. He…

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Shaukat v an Insurer

30 Sep 2020

The Claimant claimed that he was involved in a road traffic accident after 11 pm when he and his two passengers decided to go to McDonald's. On entering the McDonald's carpark, it was alleged that a van driven by an employee of the insured was driven into collision with the claimant's…

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