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It is again the time of year when lists are being written and checked twice.  It’s also the time of year when I am made aware of clients and friends adding their names to the expanding list of those who have been caught out by internet fraud.

On their own list, the police have busted more than 1,000 scam websites selling everything from fake Ugg boots to supposed Tiffany & Co jewellery so far in the run up to Christmas. Over 1200 of these websites, run by organised criminal networks have been taken down.

The Council say that an accident like this has never happened before.

It is likely that the case will come down to whether the accident was reasonably foreseeable by a competent school teacher with pupil safety in mind.

As well as acting for victims of accidents we at Thompsons also help those who are the innocent victims of assault or other crimes of violence.

The police will investigate the crime and press criminal charges; we will fight for compensation for the victim from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

I didn’t do this for the goodness of my own health……I am made of rubber! No sooner had I done this then I hear about a Thompson’s client, Sharon Kerry, injuring her back while repeatedly bending over to put money in her employers safe. 

I help thousands of people with accident compensation claims every week and really have seen it all.  However, sometimes even I am surprised at how poorly health and safety in the workplace is enforced.  Last week for example, Inverurie firm International Paper (UK) Limited were fined £6000 for an accident in which one of their workers lost an arm.

Some of you may remember the tragic drowning of seven year old Luke Hutton in September 2007 at the Olympia Leisure Centre in Dundee.  The organisation and training of lifeguards at the centre was insufficient and the alarm was raised only when another child reported Luke missing.  His body was found in a covered wave pool following a search.  Fatal accidents like this upset me firstly because they are avoidable by proper implementation of health and safety and secondly because no level of compensation will ever reflect Luke’s families sorrow.  The operators of swimming pool were fined £40,000 last week for breach of Health and Safety Laws.

However, advertising for jobs exclusively through the internet has the potential to discriminate against those not so computer literate a report published by the Commons Scottish Affairs Committee has found.

The criticism is aimed mainly at local authorities and runs parallel to the Equality Bill, which aims to increase opportunities for disadvantaged groups, currently making its way through Parliament.  The Equality Bill while offer routes for those discriminated against to bring legal action and seek compensation from companies and organisations not in compliance.

Libel is the English equivalent of what is known as defamation in Scotland and something is libel or slanderous when it is a false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person.  Successful cases often attract millions in compensation for famous persons but as here the amount of compensation remains undisclosed as a condition of settlement.

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