The Telegraph's legal expert, Solicitor Advocate Frank Maguire of Thompsons Solicitors specialises in winning compensation for clients in personal injury cases. This week he explains why much maligned Health and Safety legislation is a vital part of workers' rights.
The Telegraph's legal expert, Solicitor Advocate Frank Maguire of Thompsons Solicitors is an expert at winning compensation for clients in personal injury cases. This week he looks at the options available to victims and their families affected by the hospital acquired infection C Diff.
Lawyers representing Elizabeth Miller who was diagnosed with MRSA in 2001 while recovering from a heart operation at Glasgow Royal Infirmary argue that failure to implement the hospital's own hand washing hygiene policy led to the infection.Mrs Miller, 71, wants to sue Greater Glasgow NHS Board for £30,000 compensation, claiming her life has been turned upside down since she contracted the bug.
Thompsons are assisting the families of the C-Difficile (C-Diff) Vale of Leven Victims in obtaining justice. Thompsons and the families of the victims met with Cabinet Minister, Nicola Sturgeon to find out the results of the Independent Review carried out by a team led by Professor Cairns Smith from Aberdeen University. This review was requested by the Health Secretary. Although the meeting, the apologies from both the Health Secretary and the Health Board and indeed the results of the review were welcomed by the family members they are of the opinion that this is merely a step in the right direction.
The Telegraph's legal expert, Solicitor Advocate Frank Maguire of Thompsons Solicitors looks at the serious problem of wildlife crime which is a local as well as national issue. Wildlife crime includes everything from unwittingly destroying a bird's nest when cutting your hedge, to badger baiting and even deer poaching which is now more common in urban areas like Greenock than in the hills and glens.
The recent House of Lords decision in the case of Spencer-Franks v Kellogg Brown and Root Limited and others is of importance for its widening of the scope of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. It is also important for one other reason and that is that it illustrates the fallacy which underlies the argument that, what are described as being "low value personal injury cases" should not be raised in the Court of Session.
Solicitor Advocate Andrew Henderson, a partner with Thompsons Solicitors warns that hard fought gains in the field of Health and Safety provisions to safeguard workers could be a victim of the credit crunch.
The Telegraph's legal expert, Solicitor Advocate Frank Maguire of Thompsons Solicitors looks at the problems pet owners could face if their much-loved animal causes an accident, or attacks someone.We have all heard horrific stories about pitbulls attacking children and dogs bred for fighting.
And they immediately demanded a meeting with Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon to press their calls for a full public inquiry, which claimed the lives of nine patients and infected more than 50 others at the hospital earlier this year.Solicitor Patrick McGuire of Thompsons said: "At the moment the families are not thinking about a compensation claim. That is not what they are interested in.
There were 6480 deaths in the UK associated with C-Diff in 2006, this number is predicted to be greater in 2007 and the prospects for 2008 remain bleak with the news that 54 people have been treated for the bug at the Vale of Leven Hospital, Dumbartonshire, in the six months between December and June.