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Scientists believe that when asbestos fibres enter the lungs it increases the chances of genetic changes taking place that in time may lead to malignant cells developing. However scientists are not entirely clear about how this process actually works and this uncertainty has led to legal problems arising when claimants seek compensation for their injuries. In particular, the degree of exposure is often a contentious issue and whether or not relatively small exposures to asbestos will give rise to legal...

A coroner's inquest has heard how a retired man from Hampshire died after being accidentally bitten by his Springer Spaniel during a game of tug-of-war. Although the wound was immediately treated the man became unwell the following day. He was subsequently admitted to the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester, but doctors were unable to save him and he tragically died three days later. The cause of death was given as multi-organ failure resulting from septicaemia. The pathologist explained that the wound became infected...

We have recently helped a local Somerset woman recover personal injury compensation from her employer, Somerset County Council. The accident was caused by the negligence of the council and led to our client sustaining serious shoulder injury for which surgery was required. Dealing with her claim under a no win – no fee agreement we submitted a detailed Letter of Claim to Somerset County Council, highlighting why we were holding the Council legally liable for her injuries. Arrangements were also made for...

The number of reported dog bites is one the increase … but it’s not just dogs we need to worry about in the South West. Statistics reveal that injuries caused by animals, particularly dogs, are on an upward spiral. Statistics published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre reveal that hospital admissions due to animal bites and strikes are on the increase. They resulted in 10,574 admissions in 2014 to 2015, representing an increase of 7.7% on the previous 12-months. These incidents...

Stress at work claims are on the increase and our specialist team of injury lawyers are at the forefront of this development.   With over 420,000 work related illnesses due to stress every year, stress is now 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...

Our experienced personal injury solicitors are here to help victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases recover the compensation they are entitled to receive. In an article entitled ‘Asbestos: the killer that still surrounds us’, The Telegraph recently reported on the continuing dangers posed by asbestos and mesothelioma. The full article can be read here. It gives a valuable insight into the perilous dangers of asbestos and its continuing threat to the nation’s health. Mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases Asbestos was once...

An Act of Treachery Injury solicitor, James McNally, looks at the Governments latest reform of accidents at work legislation and doesn’t like what he sees: Some laws are passed with a great deal of pomp and ceremony. “Look at us”, shout the Government of the day. “Look at what we have done for you!” Every headline and news report leads with politicians explaining to the masses why this is good news and how it can only hope to benefit the voting public. Then...

Injury solicitor, Sam Robson, has succeeded in winning compensation for two people who have tripped on defective flooring at Primark’s store in Romford, Essex We have succeeded in recovering compensation on behalf of two people who suffered accidents at Primark in Romford, Essex. Both accidents were caused by defective flooring at the store. Whilst these PI claims should have been relatively straightforward, Primark’s insurers initially refused to concede liability for the accidents and forced us to issue court proceedings. Photographic evidence established that...

A Barnstaple woman who suffered a fractured wrist and head injury when she caught her foot in a pavement pothole in Torrington, North Devon in November 2011 has won nearly £10,000 in compensation. Karen Utley, who lives in West Yelland, near Barnstaple was getting out of a friend’s car in Mill Street, Torrington when she tripped and fell. She sustained a fracture to her wrist as well as head injuries. She decided to pursue a personal injury claim and consulted Slee Blackwell...

Personal injury solicitor and Devon Freewheelers volunteer, Mike Clarke, reports on the cash crisis facing a vital service Devon Freewheelers EVS, a registered charity providing motorbike delivery of urgent and emergency blood, organs, and other medical supplies to NHS hospitals in the West Country suffered a drastic shortage of vital funds towards the end of 2012. The service, which is run entirely by volunteers, including the highly-trained advanced motorcyclists who deliver the supplies, had a disastrous couple of months fundraising in...