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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.
Barely does a week go by where a hit in run doesn’t feature in the news. For most civilised and law abiding motorists this is probably the most heinous motoring crime a person can commit. Road Traffic accidents occur every minute on UK roads. However, whilst anyone who causes an accident is likely to feel guilty and in due course there may be arguments as to who was at fault, most motorists have the decency to pull over and check for injury. For most, liability is the last thing on their mind; and the safety and wellbeing of others take the front seat.
Fatal Accident Inquiries can be held when a death occurs in the course of a person’s employment or whilst in legal custody. They can also be held when the death is sudden, suspicious, or unexplained, or occurred in circumstances giving rise to public concern as long, provided it is in the public interest for an enquiry to be held. The procurator fiscals office, under the authority of the Lord Advocate, has discretion regarding whether to hold such a hearing.