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The UK Department for Transport has released a forecast for post 2010 casualties. The purpose of the paper is to reduce casualties that may occur in car accidents.

The forecasting models have been updated annually, and the results have shown that the forecasting methodology is broadly reliable. The report for next 20 years generally predicts reduction in car accident casualties, both fatal and serious. It predicts that car accidents will still cause fatal casualties, but on average there is going to be one-third less than the average number of fatal casualties on 2005-2007.

Well folks it's getting to that time of year again when little Thom gets excited about building snowmen, me and Mrs Thom pretend to be fictional characters while devouring our son with presents and Granny Thom pulls on her granny-grip shoes.  Yes, winter is here and the snow has arrived a lot earlier than usual. 

Thomas Brown sustained horrific injuries in a classroom accident when a paintbrush pierced his eye and went into his brain. Thomas was only 10 years old at the time of the accident and was left with brain damage as a result of the injuries he sustained. I was pleased to see recently that Thomas was awarded the compensation he deserves. 

Me and my friends at Thompsons are happy to see any initiatives which help reduce the number of road traffic accidents.  This week is Road Safety Week and it is organised by Brake, the road safety charity, but is a community event open to all, with thousands of participants including schools, companies, emergency services, and community groups. The theme for 2010 is 'Kids Say Slow Down'.

I was flicking through my motorbike magazine today when I read about Ruth, a fellow biker, who was involved in a nasty motorbike accident that was not her fault.  She suffered an injury to her knee and had to get bone, hamstring and tendon grafts.

My friend Patrick McGuire who is a partner at Thompsons and represents the families of the 18 victims of the Vale of Leven outbreak of C-Diff has slammed Scotland’s “Dirty Dozen” hospitals for failing to meet cleanliness standards which have been designed to prevent another outbreak of the killer bug.

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week was launched earlier this week. Figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that around 20 people lose their life every year as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning and many more people suffer personal injury as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. 

I was alarmed to read the results of a recent study undertaken by the University of Edinburgh. They found that tiny particles used in a range of every day products, including shampoo and computers, effects the lungs in harmful ways. The researchers found that the manufacturers of such products use nanoparticles in the making of these products which workers come into contact with and pose a risk to their health.

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