Monthly Archives: July 2013

MPs say insurers encourage false whiplash claims

A group of MPs have accused the motor insurance industry of encouraging fraud and exaggeration in car accident claims, including false whiplash claims. This comes after AXA insurance called for MRI scans and X-rays to be used to diagnose whiplash for a compensation claim to be made. MPs on the Transport Select Committee said that […]

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Calls for MRI scans to diagnose whiplash

There have been calls for MRI scans and X-rays to diagnose whiplash injuries and reduce false whiplash claims. Melanie Lidstone-Land, expert personal injury lawyer at Swain & Co explains, “Whiplash is a soft tissue injury. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the injury, it would be difficult for MRI scans to show evidence of whiplash.” […]

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Man burned by hot oil in accident at work

A Lincolnshire firm that manufactures frozen potato products has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a man was burned by hot oil in an accident at work. Harvey Hopwood, 62, from Melton Mowbray, was working for PAS (Grantham) Ltd when he sustained 10% burns to his shoulder, upper arms, neck and […]

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Drivers admit to not taking regular breaks

In a recent survey carried out by road safety charity Brake and Direct Line, more than half of drivers polled admitted to not taking regular breaks whilst driving on long journeys. 55% of drivers did not follow guidance to take rest breaks every two hours on a long trip. Plus, 35% of drivers of the […]

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Serious neck injuries caused in accident at work

A 39 year old man sustained serious neck injuries in an accident at work involving unguarded machinery. CRF (UK) Ltd, a Shropshire steel engineering company, has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for serious safety failings. The man, who has not been named, was working with a twin pillar drill when the […]

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Police officer killed on training exercise

Greater Manchester Police and one of its officers have been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a police officer was killed on a training exercise when he was shot by a colleague. PC Ian Terry, 32, died during a firearms training session at a disused warehouse in June 2008. The training exercise […]

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The Changing Face of Personal Injury Claims

31 July 2013 heralds major changes in personal injury law which affect both client and lawyer. Swain & Co Solicitors LLP, despite these changes, remain committed to providing the highest level of service for all our existing and future personal injury claims clients. For that reason we believe it is important to advise clients of these changes […]

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Firms prosecuted after man is left paralysed in accident at work

A construction company and a roofing company have been prosecuted by the HSE after an accident at work left a man paralysed from the waist down. Giovanni Mastrodomenico, 56 and from Swindon, fell through a waterproof membrane into an unguarded hole whilst working on the Marlborough Park development in the town in August 2011. He […]

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Leeds engineering firm prosecuted for fatal accident at work

An engineering firm in Leeds has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after safety failings resulted in a fatal accident at work. Graham Britten, 46, was killed whilst carrying out maintenance in a vacuum furnace at AETC Ltd in Yeadon. The main isolation valve closed suddenly trapping Mr Britten’s head. He was […]

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