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Category Archives: Personal Injury

Rapist’s victims to sue motor insurance company

The convicted black cab rapist John Worboys victims are to attempt to sue his motor insurers claiming that the black cab was used as a weapon in the assaults on them. Swain & Co Solicitors welcome this action as it will test the limits of car insurance policies. The issue is whether insurance covers not…
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Outdated child neglect law fails to protect

Charities are calling for the law on child neglect, written in 1933, to be overhauled to protect children from being badly fed, left alone at home, not educated or belittled and bullied by their parents. The 1933 law requires that a child is physically harmed or injured before charges can be brought, yet child neglect…
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Jack Straw being sued for part in illegal rendition

Abdel Hakim Belhadj, a Libyan military commander, is taken legal action against former foreign secretary, Jack Straw. Legal papers have been served on the Labour MP following reports that he had personally permitted the illegal rendition of Belhadj, signing the documents that allowed him to be sent back to his homeland in 2004. Belhadj claims…
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Wounded soldiers receiving poor treatment

New figures have shown that in the past three years, 13 soldiers have launched compensation claims against the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth hospital, for medical negligence. The site cares for heroes airlifted from the front line, winning numerous awards for its work. Experts are suggesting that the complaints are arising…
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Legislation delay for asbestos victims

The 2010 act designed to help people gain compensation for industrial diseases, including those suffering asbestos-related diseases such a mesothelioma, is unlikely to be implemented until 2013, the government has admitted. The Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act was pushed through two years ago, giving claimants the right to proceed against insurers without having to…
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Patient discharges at night put patients at risk

Research by The Times has revealed that hundreds of thousands of NHS patients are being discharged between the hours of 11pm and 6am to relieve pressures on beds. Often at risk are the elderly and the vulnerable, where they are abruptly sent home without proper planning and often to empty homes. It has been suggested…
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Donor organ solution recalled

The most commonly used solution to store donor organs has been recalled following fears that it could be contaminated, The Guardian has reported. Viaspan is the most commonly used solution to store donor organs such as livers, pancreas and kidneys between transplant procedures, and has been recalled by its manufacturer due to concerns that it…
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Riot police alleged to have assaulted 15 year old in racist attack

It has been alleged that a metropolitan police officer assaulted a 15 year old black boy in the custody area of an east London police station, hours after his colleague was filmed racially abusing another black man at the height of the London riots. The officer has been placed on restricted duties pending the investigation…
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Rehab centres are failing accident victims

The NHS has come under fire again, this time with the rehabilitation and recovery of survivors of serious accidents. Specialist medical/clinical negligence lawyer Melanie Lidstone-Land of Swain & Co. explains, “The NHS has been accused of being overly specialised, meaning that rehabilitation centres can only deal with one trauma at a time, hindering the recovery of…
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Hair Dye Injuries

Swain & Co supports calls for tougher regulations on hair dye companies The cosmetics industry will soon find out whether Brussels will place regulations on the use of hair dyes. Melanie Lidstone-Land, a specialist personal injury lawyer at Swain & Co says, “In the coming weeks a report from the European Commission’s scientific committee will…
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