I read recently that a mother, who received compensation to care for her disabled son, was then asked to pay back £375,000 after her son died. It sparked a debate amongst my friends as to whether or not asking for the money to be paid back was the right thing to do.
The daughter of formal Scotland football internationalist, Colin Hendry, is supporting a campaign launched by the Mail on Sunday newspaper to ‘Stop Cosmetic Surgery Cowboys’.
A couple of years ago there were warnings in the press about a new hair trend – The Brazilian Blow Dry. This treatment promises to tame unruly frizz and curly hair in just three hours and claims to leave you with a ‘perfect blow-dry that lasts for months’. First of all hair cuticles are opened up with a special shampoo before a product is applied to hair and then straightened at high temperature to activate the chemicals which achieve the end result.
Have you been unlucky enough to have been a victim of in-app purchasing by your offspring? It is very easy to give a screaming a child an iphone to try and distract them for five to ten minutes but that ten minutes of peace and quiet can cost a lot more than you bargained for! We have all read the horror stories of toddlers who have managed to spend thousands of pounds by accidentally pressing things on their parents touch sensitive iPads, iPods or iPhones.
It has been reported that the NHS has paid out over £1 million compensation since 2009 to men who have had the wrong testicle removed by surgeons.
Following the release of the report into the extent of Jimmy Savile’s alleged abuse there is now the important issue of how his victims will be compensated. As he is no longer with us, Savile cannot be prosecuted, nor can he be libelled. If the allegations can be proved, on the balance of probabilities that the abuse occurred at the alleged places, then a claim can be made against the employers for vicarious liability. There is also a claim being brought in negligence which would require the victim to establish that the employer owed them a duty of care and that the employer knew and ought to have known that Savile was a risk to the victims in light of complaints they had received about his conduct and should have protected the victims against the risk that he posed. However, if the abuse took place when Mr Savile wasn’t in employment? A claim can then be directed against his Estate which is alleged to amount to over £4 million.