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New phone app could cut whiplash fraud?

It has been claimed that a phone app that enables doctors to take a photo of an accident victim and upload it into expert reports could cut whiplash fraud. There is increased pressure on doctors to make identity checks to prove that the person they were examining was the claimant. The app would enable the…
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Joined up strategy needed to cut falls by elderly

A NHS Confederation report has said that to cut the falls by elderly people there needs to be a joined up strategy that is driven at a local level rather than a national level. Swain & Co.’s community care solicitors agree with the report, as prevention needs to be the top priority as the elderly…
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NHS Cuts could see more hospital readmissions

Nurses are angry as they are being told to work for longer, for less pay and contribute more to their retirement. Plus, they are also facing job cuts as the government austerity measures are axing more and more frontline jobs. Ultimately we could see nurses still left in the profession overstretched, even more than they…
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Brain damaged Hampshire born man on his way home

Terry Dukes put his thumb up to his parents via video link, showing he knew he was coming home thanks to the generosity of the Sultan of Brunei. Terry has not spoken to his parents since his accident where he sustained head injuries following a trip on a pavement in South East Asia, where he…
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Asbestos compensation pay-out for Somerset widow

The widow of David Bean, a former engineer for Bristol Water, is to get £290,000 compensation for his death from cancer caused by his exposure to asbestos. Mr Bean had no protective mask of clothing giving to him when he visited pumping house stations housing boilers, some the size of houses, which were covered in…
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Whiplash fraud register could be accessed by solicitors

Insurers have indicated that they may be willing to agree to solicitors’ demands to share information on known fraudsters. In a bid to tackle whiplash claims, The Association of British insurers (ABI) is preparing a new register which will collate all members’ fraud records for the first time in one place. Solicitors would like access…
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Research says induction cuts risk of babies dying

The British Medical Journal has analysed 1.2 million births in Scotland between 1981 and 2007 finding that there is less risk of babies dying after labour is induced, but a higher risk of admissions to special-care baby units. They also found that there was no increased chance of a Caesarean section. The study looked at…
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Swain & Co. opt against premium charge calls

We could not help to notice that more and more solicitors are choosing to use premium rate numbers like 0845, 0844, 0870 and so on. It is believed that this might be a tactic to make the firm look bigger than it actually is. But with the ever popular sites aimed to give the public…
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67-year-old banned for drink driving on a mobility scooter

A disabled man from Portsmouth has been banned from using his mobility scooter for 12 months after being caught drink driving. Kenneth Fitzpatrick was seen driving on a pavement with a passenger clinging to the front of his scooter when police stopped him. It soon became apparent that he had been drinking, and when breathalysed…
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Dementia sufferer was tasered by police

A 59-year-old man was tasered by police when they were faced with a significant level of violence, says Humberside Police. Swain & Co.’s specialist community care solicitors support the Alzheimer’s Society’s concerns that this incident is truly alarming, where a Taser gun has been used on a vulnerable person. This gentleman was suffering from a…
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