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Specialist abuse lawyer, Rachel Thain, highlights a culture of 'organised and systematic' abuse at Veilstone and Gatooma care homes in Devon against vulnerable adults with learning difficulties We have been horrified by the unfolding story of widespread abuse of adults with learning difficulties at care homes in North Devon, culminating in thirteen criminal convictions. In 2011, following a tip-off from a whistle-blower, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) launched an investigation into Veilstone near Bideford and its sister home, Gatooma near Holsworthy. The concerns related to numerous incidents...

Bullying and harassment at work can have a devastating impact on a person’s health and wellbeing.  And in certain, albeit limited circumstances it can also lead to an employer being legally liable to compensate an employee. Bullying is not against the law. However, harassment is unlawful under the 2010 Equality Act when it is linked to factors such as race, religion, gender, disability or pregnancy. Bullying and harassment can take place in a number of ways, including:- face-to-face communications; by letter; by email, or by telephone. If someone...

The rising problem of stress at work Work related stress and occupation stress are on the increase. With over 420,000 work related illnesses due to stress every year, stress is the most common cause of absence for non-manual workers. Among the occupations most affected by stress are: health, social work and education. The most common symptoms of stress include: Irritability changes in eating habits sleeping problems chest pain depression and mental health issues high blood pressure and other medical ailments Stress at work...

The Mirror has recently featured a case we are dealing with involving a toddler who was savaged in the face by dog, despite the owner assuring the mother it was safe to stroke The incident occurred at a car dealers in Heanor, Derbyshire. The little girl, who was just 18 months old, suffered terrible facial injuries. The mother, who was getting her car serviced at a BMW dealership, noticed that a man was waiting in the reception area with his dog which,...

A case summary of an elderly client who suffered a fall while living in a care home. A legal action (funded on a No Win, No Fee basis) established that the care home was at fault for the fall and a compensation package was negotiated in an out of court settlement Our client was an elderly lady suffering from Dementia. She was living in a care home, which had a duty to provide her with adequate care and support. However, her family...

Work related stress, anxiety and depression is a huge problem for Britain’s workforce as shown by the latest results from the 2016 Labour Force Survey (LFS). The survey has revealed a number of worrying trends suggesting that stress at work is now a major threat to the health of the nation, accounting for very nearly one half of working days lost due to illness. The results include the following statistics:- The total number of cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2015/16...

This is a case study of a dog bite claim where some clever detective work by expert solicitor James McNally paid off, resulting in our client receiving compensation for her injuries. Our client, who for confidentiality reasons we will simply call “Carly”, was driving along a lane which ran alongside a farm when she noticed cows were loose on the road.  Concerned for the wellbeing of the cows and for the safety of other road users she decided to alert the farmer....

The Guardian is reporting that ambulances were called to trampoline parks more than 300 times in a single year. Because these parks are rapidly growing in popularity the number of trampoline accidents is expected to rise, placing further strain on an already overstretched NHS.  For most, trampoline parks seem like a perfectly innocent and light hearted way to have fun; appealing to a wide range of people - adults as well as children. However, the risks associated with trampoline parks can leave the unwary with more than they bargained for. The...

A case summary of a No Win - No Fee dog bite claim we took over from another firm of solicitors and successfully recovered compensation for our client Our client was working on reception for a national sports club when she noticed a large estate car pull up outside her place of work. She went outside to check the identity of the driver. She spoke to a man who told her he was a Sound Engineer contracted to work on the site and that he was delivering...

It is often difficult to know how you will stand under English law when you suffer injury or are involved in any sort of accident abroad. When considering whether a compensation claim can be brought for a personal injury suffered abroad a consideration of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 is essential. The Package Travel Regulations apply only to a package contract that includes the following five features: 1. it must be sold or offered for sale within the UK 2. it must...