A brave Padiham man who amazed doctors by walking again after suffering severe brain damage in a road accident has celebrated a milestone birthday. Ryan Cooper was in a coma for six months after being hit by a car as a child in 1999 and doctors feared he may never be able to walk or even feed himself again. But inspirational Ryan, who confounded surgeons with his astonishing recovery, marked his 21st birthday in style at a party surrounded by friends and family at Lowerhouse Canteen. The computer game fan, who has a wheelchair but can now walk with a stick, had an Xbox cake and even a cheeky surprise when a stripper turned up to help celebrate his coming of age. The former Ridgewood pupil, of Bear Street, Lowerhouse, said: “It was a...Read more
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House purchases continue to account for vast majority of new mortgage approvals The latest figures from the IBF Mortgage Approvals Report, published by the Irish Banking Federation (IBF), show that 1,494 mortgages to the value of €252 million were approved in the three months ending February 2014.* The following are the key elements:Read more
- A total of 1,494 mortgages were approved in February, of which 1,397 (93%) were for house purchase.
- The number of mortgages approved showed a year-on-year increase of 32.6% and a month-on-month fall of 5.9%.
- The value of mortgages approved in February was €252 million of which €243 million (96%) was for house purchase.
- The value of mortgage approvals increased by 40.8% year-on-year and fell 8.7% month-on-month.
It is unlikely racing legend Michael Schumacher will ever recover from the skiing accident that has left him in a coma, according to Formula One's former chief doctor. Doctor Gary Hartstein, who was F1 medical delegate until 2012, said: "As time goes on, it becomes less and less likely that Michael will emerge to any significant extent." Writing on his blog, he said "serious lapses" in the early treatment of Schumacher "almost certainly" worsened his condition. Dr Hartstein said he had learned "from usually impeccable sources who have access to this information" that mistakes were made soon after the seven-time world champion hit the right side of his head on a rock in December. "I think that serious lapses in judgement were evident during Michael's initial management ... these lapses could (and almost certainly...Read more
The Courts and Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2013 changed the monetary limits on the jurisdiction of the Circuit Court and District Court in civil proceedings to €75,000 and €15,000 respectively. In personal injury actions, the revised monetary jurisdiction limit of the Circuit Court will be €60,000. The new limits came into effect on 31 July 2013. The purpose of the increased limits is to reduce the number of personal injury cases in the High Court and to reduce legal costs for parties in relevant actions. Insurance Ireland opposed the increased limits, cautioning that they would increase the case load of the District and Circuit Courts without the necessary supports being put in place. It remains to be seen whether costs...Read more
divorce from a German princess after years of legal dispute. Lawyers for the Aga Khan and his ex-wife, Gabriele Renate Inaara Zu Leiningen, released a statement Friday saying their marriage ‘‘ends by consent’’ after the Paris Court of Appeals approved a divorce settlement. The lawyers said terms of the settlement are confidential. The two married in 1998 and had a son, and started divorce proceedings several years later. This article is courtesy of Aga Khan divorces German princess after dispute - Europe news - Boston.com....Read more
The Supreme Court in the UK has given a landmark ruling that a woman should not be bound by an agreement to settle her personal injury claim. Joanne Dunhill had settled her case for £12,500 after she suffered a severe head injury in a collision in Sheffield with a motorcycle in 1999. The claim was settled in January 2003 without the insurer for the motorcyclist, NIG, admitting liability.Read more
House sales in January and February were only 12% below the average in the decade before the credit crunch. get the full story via Average house price sees greatest rise in 21 months | Financial Reporter....Read more
FRAUDSTERS who tried to con an insurer out of around £20,000 by falsely claiming for injuries received in a crash that never happened have been found out by a telematics device. The personal injury claim was filed with Aviva after three claimants reported that two vehicles had been in a collision in Liverpool. But the telematics 'black box' fitted to one of the vehicles supposedly in the shunt proved that the vehicle was more than two miles away from where the accident was said to have occurred. The telematics system can record a vehicle's location with pinpoint accuracy and also monitors its condition. read the full story via technology beats fraudulent motor insurance claims. | Stoke Sentinel....Read more