I was reading in the papers the other day that a woman has won £28,000 compensation after injuring herself falling in a nightclub.Angela Spalding slipped on a wet dance floor and fell breaking her wrist. The former chef has been unable to work since the accident and has suffered depression, anxiety and panic attacks as a result.
I was pleased to read this week that William Prentice, the have-a-go-hero who tried to stop a runaway taxi, recovered £9,000 in compensation. Mr Prentice was lauded by the Sheriff for acting in a public spirited manner. He was waiting in a vehicle to collect his parents-in-law from the theatre when he noticed a taxi rolling down a slope with nobody at the wheel. Unfortunately, the negligent driver had left the taxi parked without the handbrake on. Mr Prentice, was concerned that the taxi would collide with pedestrians who had gathered outside the theatre and ran into the centre of the road and threw himself into the path of the taxi. As he tried to slow it down, he injured himself. However, he successfully managed to bring the vehicle to a halt.
A farmer has been awarded compensation after one of his cows died after choking on a balloon. Children at a Primary School in south-east London released hundreds of balloons in aid of comic relief. Little did they know the dangers of doing so! One of their red helium balloons ended up over 50 miles away in Kent and sadly a 13 month old bullock choked to death on its string.
Mr Spalding a plumber was awarded compensation after he was injured when working in the library of the University of East Anglia. Mr Spalding sustained injury to his teeth and face after he slipped whilst trying to get out of a confined space.
The Japanese Government has ordered Tokyo Electric to pay one million yen in compensation to every family within 30 km of the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The compensation is around £7,365 per family and the total compensation bill is expected to be very hefty as there are around 12 towns and cities within the radius. Over 50,0000 households are to receive the payment by the end of next week.
The Guardian has reported that the NHS is facing an ever increasing compensation bill for mistakes made by maternity-unit staff which result in a baby dying or suffering brain damage or a disability.Doctors and safety campaigners are fighting for urgent action to stop the recurring mistakes that lead to a preventable tragedy. The compensation is being claimed for the failure of obstetricians or midwives misinterpreting a cardiotocogram scan of a baby’s heart rate. Midwives and obstetricians need better training to avoid mis-reading the scans. Sadly around 500 babies are thought to die every year with many more suffering brain damage.
A woman who is suing the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde for compensation for injuries caused when her smear tests were incorrectly interpreted has been allowed to continue with her case.Helen McGlone is arguing that if her smear tests has been properly interpreted she would not have had to undergo such radical surgery. The NHS are arguing that surgery would have been needed in any event as the cancer was at an advanced stage.