Category Archives: Accidents Involving Children

A warning for all car drivers – apportioning blame between car driver and child pedestrian

A recent Supreme Court decision has provided useful clarification on how courts apportion blame in road traffic accident where a child pedestrian is knocked down by a car. A child stepped out from behind a school minibus into the path of an oncoming car. She was knocked over and sustained severe injuries. At Trial, the […]

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Can a child claim compensation caused by mother’s drinking during pregnancy? Vicki Wright, Solicitor at Swain & Co, comments on the current position.

It is widely known that drinking alcohol during pregnancy may damage the unborn baby. And yet, despite knowing the consequences, some women continue to drink excessively – with tragic consequences. So, what can be done?  The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a Government run agency responsible for compensating victims who have suffered injury as […]

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Asbestos in school was ignored.

Buxton Building contractors have been fined for ignoring the results of an asbestos report in a secondary school. The survey had been commissioned to identity whether asbestos was present in the school basement, but once identified, work continued on the building. 3 years later, the Health and Safety executive prosecuted the building company for safety […]

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Four year old died after stonemason installed fireplace negligently

A four year old died when a negligently installed fireplace toppled onto him. A stonemason, Kristian Childs, has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive. Mr Childs, trading as KD Childs Stonework of Luton, was subcontracted to install stone fireplaces in new homes, which included the one in Coulthard Close in Towcester, which was […]

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Leeds Council prosecuted for toddler’s head injury

A two year old girl suffered a serious head injury following an accident in a public place which saw a rotting flagpole collapse on her. Leeds City Council has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after failing to act on warnings from staff regarding the state of the flagpole. The two year […]

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