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Newly-released figures from Transport Scotland reveal that two hundred people lost their lives to road accidents in Scotland last year.The number of fatalities, which rose from 172 in 2013, means that no comfort can be taken from the fact that the total number of RTA personal injuries fell by two percent, particularly as the number of road accident serious personal injuries also rose, up one percent to 1,694.
American firm Boston Scientific has recently been ordered to pay £65 million in medical negligence compensation to a patient fitted with a faulty mesh implant.This news is of particular relevance to Scotland as two of the implants designed and manufactured by Boston Scientific have been used by NHS Scotland to treat patients in geographical areas such as Glasgow and Clyde, Fife, Dumfries and Lanarkshire.
Thompsons Solicitors are already dealing with almost 100 claims regarding cycling accidents in Edinburgh, all of which are directly linked to the tram tracks, and our personal injury solicitors believe City of Edinburgh Council could be facing a compensation bill which is going to run to hundreds of thousands of pounds.
At least once per week each of us is faced with a call from a completely unsolicited call. We just sit down for dinner, or to watch our favourite T.V show and we receive a call from someone wanting to sell us something. The most common call is PPI but there is an increasing number regarding home improvements. The Information Commissioner received 175,000 complaints about cold calling last year. More staggering is that, according to the consumer rights group WHICH, only 2% of people make a complaint. Fortunately the government has now made it easier to impose punishments on those companies who continue to intrude on our precious private time.
A construction company has admitted health and safety failings following a fatal accident on a building site in Glasgow.A 31-year-old man was killed when a steel frame fell on top of him on 15 October 2009 while assisting in the construction of houses and flats at a new-build site in Maryhill.
Clydebank Asbestos Group has proudly, and poignantly, unveiled a memorial to all those who have died as a result of asbestos exposure in Scotland.The memorial, designed by artist Jephson Robb, has been erected close to Glasgow Road at the bottom of Hume Street. It is engraved with the names of more than 500 people who have lost their lives to asbestos-related diseases.
The fall in the number of serious and fatal injuries in road accidents in Scotland may, in part, be attributable to the strong levels of devolution in the country, according to motoring charity The RAC Foundation.The figures would certainly seem to support this assertion. For example, in Wales, where there is only limited devolution, the number of serious and fatal injuries fell by only 15% in 2013; in comparison the numbers of serious and fatal injuries in the same period fell by 35% in Northern Ireland and 33% in Scotland.
A fatal accident at the premises of an animal feed company in Scotland was deemed "entirely foreseeable" by a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector.In the accident which occurred in February 2011, a 33-year-old employee of Transpan Limited was buried under tonnes of wheat which fell from a lorry he was helping to unload.