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Slee Blackwell’s head of Personal Injury, James McNally, has been approached by the BBC to assist with an ongoing investigation into accidents involving mobility scooters. Figures previously released by the Department of Transport showed that there were 4 reported incidents involving mobility scooters per week and although MPs have previously raised the issue of making driving tests for mobility scooters compulsory no such legislation has yet been passed. James and his team at Slee Blackwell have dealt with a number of mobility...

We deal with No Win - No Fee injury claims against landlords on a nationwide basis. Here is a case study of one such claim where a tenant was injured due to property disrepair whilst innocently making a cup of tea: Our client (who for confidentiality reasons we shall call 'Miss V') was a tenant at a property owned by the Defendant. An accident occurred when she was boiling a kettle in the kitchen at the property. Suddenly and without any warning...

We recently won a compensation claim on behalf of a woman who suffered a serious leg injury after slipping on a wet floor. A resident of a property suffered injury when she slipped on wet tiles after entering the building where she rented a flat. The accident occurred as she walked through the main entrance of the building, slipping on the floor tiles covering the threshold. Although the floor was wet and dangerously slippery there were no warning signs on display to alert...

Occupational skin cancer on the rise The number of work related skin cancer cases in rising alarmingly. As a result health professionals are becoming increasingly aware of the dangers posed to workers, particularly those in certain high-risk occupations. Skin cancer prevention is consequently moving towards the top of the agenda with plenty of good quality information and resources being made available on line by organisations such as the National Institute for Healthcare Excellence - see for instance https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ph32 Help is also available for...

Client wins a higher than expected sum of compensation in his public footpath injury claim We were delighted to negotiate a settlement of a client's public footpath injury claim for a sum that exceeded the amount his barrister had said the claim was likely to be worth. The deatils of the case were as follows: Our client was walking along a public footpath after having played at a local park with his young grandson. While walking he failed to notice a raised area on the...

While sea sickness is sometimes an unavoidable consequence of travelling the world’s oceans, there are forms of gastric illness arising on board ship that are completely preventable. On a holiday cruise where passengers are in close proximity in a confined environment, it is vital that the highest standards of hygiene are maintained. If cleanliness standards slip then bacterial or viral infections can quickly spread around a ship in an unforgiving manner. Holiday sickness can turn even the best planned holiday into...

James McNally, a personal injury lawyer at our Taunton office, reviews the rise in holiday illness claims Holiday illness compensation claims are becoming increasingly common. In years gone by us Brits were told not to drink the water when venturing abroad. Anyone who did so and was struck down with a ‘bug’ had only themselves to blame. Things have moved on since then and people are far less accepting of holiday sickness, especially when it is preventable and arises as a result of...

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...