Monthly Archives: October 2014

Lives at risk because drivers are too vain to wear their glasses

VANITY MEANS thousands of motorists are endangering lives on the road by refusing to wear glasses when driving, a recent survey has found. The poll asked 1,000 drivers who wear spectacles whether they used them when required. The results showed that one in eight drivers who are legally required to wear glasses when behind the wheel decided not to, meaning thousands of poor-sighted drivers could be using UK roads on a daily basis. It’s younger rather than older drivers who are the worst offenders. Those under 44 years of age were 15 times more likely to leave their glasses behind when driving compared to the over-55s. The survey, carried out for Focus eye clinics, found that 43% of those who admitted to ditching specs when driving...
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Man breaks his neck in freak accident on roller coaster

A man has been paralysed after breaking his neck in a freak funfair accident at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Robert Sycamore, 58, was injured while riding on a 50mph roller coaster and is now on a life support machine. Firefighters had to him free from the ride and he was rushed to the Royal Preston Hospital. Mr Sycamore was visiting the resort with his family and chose the 70-year-old Grand National wooden roller coaster as the first ride of the day with his great nephew Harry Parlour, 13. But as the carriages sped along his body became limp and he slumped into the cart. It is understood former JCB driver Robert suffered from spondylitis, an inflammation of the vertebrae in the back.

Axa prosecutes fraudster following claim

A man has been found guilty of fraudulently attempting to claim £100,000 in damages for a personal injury allegedly sustained at work. A private prosecution, brought by Axa Commercial Lines and Personal Intermediary, secured a conviction for Paul Gustar on two counts of insurance fraud. The jury at Truro Crown Court took just 42 minutes to unanimously find Gustar guilty. On handing down a three year jail sentence to Gustar, suspended for two years, His Honour Judge Harvey Clark said: "This insurance company is entirely justified in bringing this prosecution [and] its purpose has been to deter insurance fraud. I must pass sentence in recognition of this." Noting that Gustar's wife was of a "fragile state of mind" and relied to a significant...
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How to protect your business from a personal injury claim

A workplace injury can be defined generally as any injury or illness that is sustained as a direct consequence of an employee undertaking their normal duties. Injuries and illnesses at work can be caused by a wide variety of different circumstances, and can be sustained in a range of different work environments, from construction sites and factories to offices, restaurants and bars. Whatever the working environment, the employer has a duty of care to not only be fully aware of potential hazards and risks, but provide adequate training and safety rocedures to minimise the risk of serious injury and illness.

Common types of workplace injury

Depending on the working environment and the type of work being done, injuries at work can vary. Here are some of the more...
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Total CEO killed in Moscow airport accident

Total CEO killed in Moscow airport accident - Europe - Al Jazeera English

Christophe de Margerie, the chief executive officer of Total SA, the French oil company, has been killed in an accident at Moscow's Vnukovo airport, according to official sources. A representative of the transport investigative committee said the French-made Falcon 50 business jet, headed for France, collided with the snow-removal machine during take-off, TASS news agency reported. Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his condolences over the incident, calling de Margerie a "true friend of our country". He praised the 63-year-old oil boss as "an outstanding French entrepreneur who originated many major joint projects that formed the basis of many years of fruitful cooperation between Russia and France in the energy sector." "In Christophe de Margerie, we lost a...
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Rally Driver dies in accident after car plunges into water

The man killed when his rally car plunged into water was named as Ryan Bradley today. The Co Derry man was taking part in the Down rally outside Castlewellan, Co Down when his Mk 2 Escort crashed into a wall leaving the Lackan Road and dived into Lough Island Reavy reservoir. His co-driver, named locally as Gerard Mullan, managed a miraculous escape from the car and he was rushed to Newry’s Daisy Hill hospital. His condition wasn’t thought to be life threatening tonight. The fire brigade launched a boat and police divers went to the rescue but nothing could be done to save the Kilrea man who remained trapped in the crashed car for a number of hours before rescue workers were finally able to free him. The tragic man’s heartbroken parents Sharon and Joe...
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Worker sues John Lewis over brain injury fall

A John Lewis worker who was left with a brain injury after slipping on a wet floor is suing the department store for more than £50,000. Ronald Catchick claims he still has headaches, dizziness and memory problems after he fell at the Watford branch. Mr Catchick, 67, from Chorleywood, is claiming damages from John Lewis for personal injury following the “blow to the head”. The claim states that in June 2011 Mr Catchick was walking through the men’s locker room when he slipped on water that had accumulated on the floor. He was left with post-traumatic amnesia and bleeding on the brain. He was admitted to Watford General Hospital and transferred to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. He was discharged after four days but could...
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Limerick teenager awarded €25k in damages following accident

A SCHOOLGIRL who was injured in a road accident on the outskirts of Newcastle West more than four years has been awarded €25,000 in damages. The girl, who is now aged 17, was a rear seat passenger in a car being driven by her mother at Rooska, Newcastle West on April 29, 2010. According to court papers, the car in which she was travelling slid into a ditch and hit a tree after her mother was forced to swerve in order to avoid a car which was travelling at speed in the opposite direction. Limerick Circuit Court was told the girl, who was aged 13 at the time, was examined by her GP a number of days after the accident as she developed neck and back pain. She...
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Jules Bianchi suffers severe head injury in crash in Japanese GP

Jules Bianchi underwent surgery after suffering a severe head injury during an accident at Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix. Bianchi crashed into a recovery vehicle on lap 43 of the race as it was lifting Adrian Sutil's crashed Sauber out of the way. A medical team arrived on the scene soon after and took him to the circuit's medical centre before he was taken by ambulance to Mie General Hospital. "The CT scan shows that he has suffered a severe head injury and he is currently undergoing surgery," an FIA statement read. "Following this he will be moved to intensive care where he will be monitored. Mie General Hospital will issue an update as soon as further information becomes available." The FIA statement also described the events surrounding...
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Inside Tracy Morgan’s Road to Recovery After Accident

Almost four months after the six-car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that sent Tracy Morgan to the hospital and killed a fellow passenger, the famed comedian is still "struggling to recover," his lawyer said. Benedict Morelli, Morgan's lawyer, was shocked and "very upset" when Walmart filed a response to his client's lawsuit in New Jersey federal court earlier this week, partially blaming the injuries on Morgan and the other passengers for not wearing their seatbelts. The company's filing stated that if the passengers had been wearing safety restraints, “all or a portion of the injuries could have been diminished or minimized.” "All of my clients have had traumatic brain injuries and they are all extremely injured," Morelli told ABC News. "It is actually an embarrassment that they are putting in an answer...
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