Monthly Archives: April 2015

Never mind the accident, what about the nuisance calls?

I recently had a minor car accident – a delivery driver pulled out of a side road. My car was a bit of a mess, but I was unharmed. His insurer has accepted liability and the claim is proceeding fine. However, every day I receive calls at home from aggressive salespeople trying to persuade me to bring a personal injury claim. I have repeatedly said I wasn’t injured, but they don’t listen. Next day I get more calls. I am growing increasingly fed up about this – and wonder how they got my phone number? AB, Saffron Walden, Essex Your experience is not uncommon and the mostly likely reason is that your insurance company has sold your contact details – in some cases for £500 or more – to a firm...
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Australian rugby player, 25, dies following head injury in ‘tragic accident’ on field

NICHOLAS TOOTH, A 25-year-old second row with Quirindi Lions in New South Wales, Australia, died yesterday after suffering a head injury in a regional fixture on Saturday. Tooth clashed heads with a Narrabri Blue Boars opponent in the Central North 1st grade match and was treated at the scene before being airlifted to hospital in Newcastle, the ABC report. “It really was just a tragic accident, Nick went in to tackle an opponent and his head clashed with shoulder and he went down,” says Charles Murray, president of the Quirindi Lions club. “There was no foul play, nothing untoward about it at all, sadly it was just a very tragic accident.” “I’d seen him grow up from a child through junior rugby and grow into a young man,...
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MH370 Malaysia Airlines Search Area To Be Doubled

The search area for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be doubled by a further 60,000 square kilometres if the Boeing 777 is not found by May, officials have said. So far 61% of the 60,000 square kilometer (23,000-square-mile) search area has been scoured off Australia's west coast. The remaining 39% will have been searched by the end of May, said Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai, who vowed that Malaysia, Australia and China remain committed to the search. Read the full article via MH370 Malaysia Airlines Search Area To Be Doubled....
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woman reveals how ski accident left her with phenomenally-advanced mental abilities

A young woman has revealed how an accident during a ski vacation left her with phenomenally advanced mental abilities after she developed an incredibly rare condition known as acquired savant syndrome. In an essay written for xoJane, the anonymous woman recounts the day that she received her life-changing injury, which took place during a family ski vacation at an unnamed location during the winter break of her senior year in college.'About halfway down the hill, at a speed that was definitely too fast, on a hill that was turning icy quick, I caught an edge and went flying,' she explained.

'I blacked out when I hit. And the...
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Varadkar promises medical negligence reforms

New measures to speed up the processing of medical negligence cases and cut legal costs will be introduced by the end of the year, according to the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Legislative changes would include the introduction of pre-action protocols and periodic payment orders to the victims of medical negligence, Mr Varadkar told delegates at the Irish Medical Organisation conference in Kilkenny. Issues relating to birth defect payouts would also be examined. Media excluded from GP meeting on under-6s contract Childbirth malpractice cost HSE €67m over five years Consultant members of the IMO had earlier warned the Minister of an escalating crisis over rising indemnity costs for doctors. “We have no problem with the right awards being made to patients but please do something about the legal costs,” said...
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Elderly man airlifted to hospital after farm accident

A man in his 80s was injured after a tractor struck him on a farm in Co Clare. The accident took place near the Loop Head Peninsula on Thursday. The National Aeromedical Coordination Centre asked the Irish Coast Guard to provide a helicopter so the man could be transported to hospital. A spokesperson from the Irish Coast Guard centre in Kilkee told the Irish Farmers Journal that he is receiving treatment in the Midwestern Regional Hospital. His injuries are serious but he is believed to be recovering. Get the full article via Elderly man airlifted to hospital after farm accident....
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David Lee Roth Earns 14 Stitches Following Baton Accident

Earlier this week, Jimmy Kimmel Live! shut down Hollywood Boulevard for Van Halen's first-ever live televised performances with original/current frontman David Lee Roth. It was a memorable two-night stint for the iconic hard-rock singer, made even more remarkable by the singer bloodying his nose while furiously twirling a metal baton. Roth soldiered on, wearing a bandage – though, according to Kimmel, the singer ended up receiving 14 stitches as a result of his glammy theatrics. "The world of baton-twirling is very dangerous," Kimmel cracked. The band's hits-heavy setlist featured anthems like "Panama," "Runnin' With the Devil" and "Hot for Teacher." ("You know that teacher they were so hot for? She just went through menopause," Kimmel quipped during his monologue on Monday.) The March 31st taping coincided with the release of Tokyo Dome...
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Germanwings accident international standards for investigation are not being followed

Airline pilot organisations have expressed their shock at the Germanwings Airbus A320 crash on 24 March – but also their distress that international standards for investigation and the release of information are not being followed. The European Cockpit Association (ECA) says it accepts that the information released suggests the co-pilot probably acted deliberately to destroy the aircraft, but maintains that the failure to respect agreed accident investigation protocols is damaging the process of investigation itself and endangering aviation safety. In France, a judicial prosecutor always works in parallel with air accident investigators to assess evidence at a crash site. The expert accident investigator – in this case the French BEA – is the junior partner in the early stages of the task, and must await the...
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