Margaret Fulton came to Thompsons after suffering a fall at work. She works for the NHS as an Auxiliary Nurse. Mrs Fulton suffered serious injuries to her shoulder and knee after falling against a sink whilst caring for patients. Her fall had been caused by another member of staff leaving a television set in front of the sink thus causing a trip hazard.
Thompsons Solicitors were able to secure a highly successful outcome for our client who was badly injured in a fall caused by poorly maintained pavements. Our client who has asked not to be named was having a meal out in Glasgow’s Southside with friends. After her meal was finished she made her way home but tripped over a missing paving slab in the Battlefield area of the city. She fell badly injuring her hands and wrist. As a trade union member our client knew that she could call on Scotland most experienced team of personal injury lawyers at Thompsons. This service is included as part of her trade union membership.
Scottish Conservative Local government spokeswoman, Margaret Mitchell MSP recently highlighted a range of examples where compensation had been paid out by Scottish Councils. Over the last five years local authorities have paid a total of £33 million in compensation spread across 13,000 claims.
The Administrative Court in England recently decided upon the case of Airbus Operations Ltd & Another v Roberts  EWHC 3631 wherein it found that the defendant was in contempt of court as a result of his misrepresentation of his injuries sustained in a workplace accident. This was decided on the basis the defenders produced surveillance evidence which if not obtained and shown to the court would have meant that the claimant would have likely obtained a substantial sum of damages which he was not entitled to.
Following the recent changes to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority’s (CICA) compensation scheme designed to compensate innocent victims of violent crime the Government has introduced their new hardship fund.The £500,000 fund is a discretionary fund which provides relief from hardship to very low paid workers who are temporarily unable to work as a result of their injuries sustained in violet crime against them. This fund only applies to those in very low paid employment, although this is not defined, and to those not entitled to statutory sick pay or sick pay through an employer scheme. Victims will also only be eligible for payment from the fund if they report the accident to the police as soon as is reasonably practicable and application is made within four weeks of the incident. If a victim has an unspent conviction themselves, then they are not eligible to apply. The biggest exclusion however is that it only applies to victims in England and Wales cutting victims of crime in Scotland out of the fund completely.
We recently reported that the Coalition Government planned to reform the Criminal Injuries Compensation scheme to the detriment of individuals who are assaulted at work. We were then pleased to report that the Government did an 11th hour u-turn on the proposed changes which was welcomed by Thompsons and trade unions alike. Unfortunately, we are now returning to a report of bad news as the reforms have been passed by a parliamentary committee and are set to be approved by Parliament shortly.
The incoming president of Apil the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers challenged the Government to face up to its responsibilities for injured people.Karl Tonks is reported to have said to delegates at the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers Conference recently that the legal system must ensure that compensation is delivered to those who need, deserve and are entitled to it.
A personal injury solicitor was reported as speaking out against the practice of insurance companies putting pressure on victims of personal injury to accept lower awards of compensation than they be entitled to.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority exist to make redress to innocent victims of crime who have become injured due to a criminal act (usually an assault).Since the scheme was launched, no win no fee compensation lawyers have been helping victims obtain compensation from the authority.