Injury Compensation News

Injury Compensation for Mesothelioma Cancer at Work from Asbestos is set at £11m

March 21, 2012

A Californian man, who contracted cancer after working with brake linings that contained asbestos, has been awarded almost £11m in a injury compensation for mesothelioma cancer at work from asbestos in a court hearing.

Gordon Bankhead (66), was employed at the Sea-Land Shipping Company for over 30 years. During this period, his responsibilities included inspecting the brakes on heavy duty vehicles, and grinding, blowing out and fitting new brakes where needed.

It was his exposure to the asbestos in these brake components, which lead to Gordon being diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer in March 2010. In the case against his former employers, evidence was shown to the jury that the Sea-Land Shipping Company was fully aware that asbestos was present in the linings of the brakes, but failed to provide warnings to its customers and employees.

As a result, the jury subsequently approved an award Gordon and his family an overall settlement package of £11m to compensate him for his economic loss, pain and suffering and punitive damages.


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Injury Compensation to Police Officers Tops 12 Million Pounds

March 16, 2012

Payments of injury compensation to police officers injured in the line of duty have totalled more than 12 million pounds in the past five years, according to details released through a freedom of information request.

The figure of 12,109,426 pounds was arrived at after 43 of the 47 police forces in England and Wales answered a request, and includes payments of in jury compensation to police officers working in the Civil Nuclear Constabulary and British Transport Police. In addition to the four police forces who did not respond to the request in sufficient time, no consideration was made for numerous compensation claims for injuries to police officers which are still in progress.

The three police forces with the highest levels of injury compensation to police officers over the past five years were Greater Manchester Police, Hertfordshire Police and West Midlands Police who, between them, accounted for 4.8 million pounds in compensation payments, while the biggest individual sum of 550,000 pounds was paid to a civilian police employee who slipped on an icy car park and fractured her elbow.

There are many different reasons for injury compensation to police officers to be claimed, and “headline” awards do not always tell the full story. In the event that youhas sustained an injury in the line of duty for which you were not totally to blame, it is in your best interests to seek independent and impartial legal advice from an experienced personal injury solicitor.

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Film Set Injury Compensation Paid to Cameraman

March 11, 2012

A cameraman who was hurt in a fall from height accident while working on the set of the new Keanu Reeves film – 47 Ronin – is to receive film set injury compensation after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The unnamed 62-year-old was working on the film set at the Shepperton Studios, Middlesex, in May 2010, when he fell through an unguarded opening in the ground. Despite falling over 3 metres, the cameraman escaped with bruises and a suspected broken rib.

The HSE investigation found that, although temporary guard rails had been put in place on some of the set, set-edge protection had been omitted in certain areas to ensure that the set maintained an authentic look of eighteenth century Japan.

Warrior Productions Ltd – the company responsible for the UK production of the film – was fined 300 pounds for breaching of Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and ordered to pay the cameraman 300 pounds compensation for a fall from height.

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