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The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents: WARNING!

A child was severely injured and spent three days in intensive care after biting into a laundry liquid capsule. RoSPA and the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children (RBHSC) have teamed up with the child’s mother to raise awareness about the serious risk such capsules may pose to children.

If your child has been in an accident please contact us today for a free assessment of their claim.

For more information please see our dedicated CHILDREN’S ACCIDENTS CLAIMS page.

Sex activity is ‘in every way a personal choice’ – the Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia submits

An female public servant claimed against the Australian Federal Government for injuries suffered during sex in a motel bedroom on a work trip. Evidence suggested that the woman was injured when a glass light fitting came away from the wall above the bed striking the employee in her face causing both physical and psychological injuries.

The employee may be compensated for her injuries by her employer if her injuries are suffered ‘during the course of her employment’.

The majority held at [38] that: ‘when an activity was engaged in at the time of injury, the question is: did the employer induce or encourage the employee to engage in that activity? When injury occurs at and by reference to a place, the question is: did the employer induce or encourage the employee to be there? If the answer to the relevant question is affirmative, then the injury will have occurred in the course of employment’.

In the circumstances, the sexual activity was outside of the employee’s course of employment.

If you have suffered injury at work you may be entitled to compensation from your employer. Please see our ACCIDENT AT WORK CLAIMS page for more information.

Please contact us today for a free assessment of your claim.

‘child prostitution’ – call for removal of ‘outdated’ phrase from legislation made by MP

A campaign has been launched by Ann Coffey, the Labour MP for Stockport, to remove the phrase ‘child prostitution’ form 16 pieces of legislation. Coffey claims that its use is a barrier to overhauling attitudes leaving children vulnerable to abuse, The Guardian reports. Coffey has tabled amendments to the Serious Crime Bill which is currently discussed in parliament. Her push for change of legislation has been welcomed by the office of the Children’s Commissioner.

Please see our Victims of Abuse and Child Abuse pages for information about how to make a claim if you or someone you know has been a victim of abuse.

Please contact Compensation Solicitors Online today for a free assessment of your claim.

Danger to Motorists and Cyclists – Study Shows Poor State of Britain’s Roads

light trails on the roundabout road

Local councils in England are to get a near-£6 billion fund to fight potholes over the next six years – according to a Government announcement. Minsters have been warned that these funds will be insufficient – some councils faced a backlog reaching £100 million to repair potholes in their area.

Bad road conditions cause significant risk to motorists and cyclists – being among the more vulnerable road users. Councils are responsible for maintaining their roads in safe condition and failure to do so may be a breach of their duty, and they will be liable for injuries suffered as a result of this. If you have suffered injury as a result of a road traffic accident caused due to a road’s poor state you may have a claim for compensation.

Please see our dedicated Road Traffic Accident Claims and Motorcycle Accident Claims pages for more information on how to make a claim.

Contact Compensation Solicitors Online today for a free assessment of your potential claim.

No CICA Compensation for Injured Foetus – The Court of Appeal rules

The Court of Appeal considered whether a child can make a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority for injuries caused by its mother’s excessive alcohol consumption during her pregnancy – she had been consuming eight cans of strong lager and half a bottle of vodka a day.

Despite it being accepted that the child had suffered injuries, the CA found that it could not claim compensation from the CICA. The child was not ‘any other person’ for the purposes of s.23 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.

Obesity ‘could be be a disability’ – the European Court of Justice ruled

The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg considered the case of Mr. Karsten Kaltoft – a Danish child minder who alleged that he had been fired for being severely overweight.

Stating that obesity could have an adverse effect on an employee’s ‘full and effective participation’ at work, the ECJ ruled that being severely obese may in fact constitute a disability.

If you feel like you have been discriminated against at your workplace due to your weight, please contact us for a free consultation on your legal position.

‘Jaw-dropping’ rise in NHS claims after scandals – REPORTS THE TELEGRAPH

20% rise in medical negligence claims has been seen last year with a total of £22.7 billion – nearly one fifth of the health service’s annual budget – being set aside to pay out compensation to people who have suffered harm due to poor care provided (as reported by the Telegraph – see here for their full article).

More than 16,000 people have made claims in 2012/13, which is a significant rise from the 13,500 of 2011/12.

If you suspect you have suffered injury as a result of medical negligence contact CSO for a free consultation. Our specialist solicitors provide the best support and can secure the best compensation for the injury you have suffered on a No Win – No Fee basis*.

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