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A Glasgow mother has issued a stark warning this week after her toddler suffered severe burns after spilling oven cleaner over his legs.  Two year old Aaron Cadder suffered third degree burns after he came into contact with the household product at his grandmother’s house.  He required to undergo surgery for skin grafts and will now be scarred for life.  He also suffered an allergic reaction to the substance which caused his face to become red and swollen, although luckily this was not burned by the cleaner.

It’s coming up for 5pm on a Friday, if you’re one of the 1.8 million workers in the UK who are employed on a zero-hours contract, it’s likely that instead of closing up shop and getting ready for the weekend, you’re on your way to work.  Unfortunately, unlike your fellow workers in secure employment, you might receive a message from your employer, telling you you’re no longer needed, and you simply have to turn around.  Or you might arrive at work, and are told that in fact they’re not as busy tonight as they thought, and you’re sent home.  You are not then paid for the shift that you had been scheduled to do.  This can leave you facing bills, childcare costs and travel expenses without the weekly income you budgeted for.  It can also leave you missing out on social events you turned down, as you thought you would be working. 

Over the next few months thousands of us will be taking that airport selfie with our passport in one hand and pint in the other before we jet off somewhere exciting, exotic, or relaxing.  Unfortunately thousands of us will also be left abandoned at airports due to delayed or cancelled flights. Airports are exciting for an hour or two at a push as you await your departure. Any longer and they become a cramped, overpriced, over crowded, hell on earth.

Devastating fires are becoming ever more prevalent in our news stories and statistics show that fires in Scotland are on the rise. Between 2014 and 2015 there were 25,002 fires attended by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service resulting in 41 fatalities. During 2015 to 2016 there were 26,613 fires attended which resulted in 45 fatalities and 1,256 non-fatal fire casualties. During 2016 – 2017 there were 27,240 resulting in 44 fatalities and 1,189 non-fatal casualties. These figures show a staggering 9% increase in fires between 2014 and 2017.

This week marks the start of a campaign by the Royal Mail and Communication Workers Union to raise awareness of the risk to postal workers from dog bites and attacks. This is an annual awareness event which takes place in the summer months to raise public awareness of the issue of dog attacks on postal workers and to encourage responsible dog ownership.

Recently, certain high profile murder cases have drawn attention to a feature of Scottish criminal procedure which can cause additional distress to the family members of victims. With any unexplained or suspicious death a post mortem will be required to determine the cause of death, but in cases of murder or culpable homicide, the defence can instruct a second and independent post mortem. In Scotland, this can lead to significant delays in releasing the victim’s body to their family to allow a funeral to take place, particularly when the investigation is lengthy and an arrest is not made for some time.

As many will recall, Sir Bruce Forsyth sadly passed away on 18 August 2017 after battling ill-health. He was survived by his wife and his 6 children. Nearly a year after his death, the terms of his Will have allegedly been revealed. 

It was recently reported that Bruce Forsyth did not leave any of his substantial estate to his children. According to reports, his Will directed that £100,000 is to be placed in a Trust, with each of his 9 grandchildren receiving their share when they reach the age of 21. His two appointed Executors are to inherit £20,000 each. The remainder of his estate is then to be passed to his wife. It is believed that his estate was over £11 million.

It has long been established that success in pursuing a case for personal injury in Scotland depends on whether or not it can be proven that there was a breach of the general duty to take reasonable care.  This test is relatively broad.  However, in respect of claims for medical negligence, the test is much narrower.  It is a more complex area of law and requires a higher standard.  This, of course, is a policy decision.  Medical professionals are also human.  They have bad days, like everyone else and the argument is that they should not be held liable for every trivial error made.  Trivial errors are part of everyday life.

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