Monthly Archives: July 2015

Mark Pollock has personal injury damages claim against friends upheld

Adventurer Mark Pollock, who was left paralysed after falling through the upstairs window of his friends house, is in line for multi-million-pound compensation after a judge has upheld his personal injury claim against Enda and Madeline Cahill.

The 39-year-old Commonwealth Games medal winner, who was the first blind man to reach the South Pole, was staying with the couple in their London home in 2010 when he fell through an open window, suffering catastrophic spinal injuries.

His legal team, led by Mr Christopher Wilson-Smith QC, blamed Mr and Mrs Cahill at London’s High Court, saying the window should never have been left open.

Mr Justice Davis ruled that the open window created an obvious risk for a blind person, particularly on...

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Etihad sued after man claims he suffered back injury avoiding contact with obese man

A man is suing an airline, claiming he got a back injury after being forced to sit next to an obese man who coughed a lot.

James Andres Bassos has taken Etihad Airways to court in Queensland saying he was forced to twist and contort his body for long periods on a 2011 flight from Sydney to Dubai.

Mr Bassos' District Court claim states the 'grossly overweight' passenger was spilling into his seat, was coughing frequently and had fluid coming from his mouth.

After five hours he asked to be moved but airline staff had allegedly refused.

Half an hour later, Mr Bassos complained again and he was moved to a crew seat.

However, he had to return to his seat next...

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Millionaire’s daughters to inherit fortune but his will has terms and conditions

A multi millionaire New York property mogul has dictated the terms of his will from beyond the grave seeing his daughters hit with stringent rules in order to inherit his wealth Maurice Laboz, who died earlier this year, decided daughters, Marlena, 21, and Victoria, 17 - would inherit $10million (£6.43 million) each when they turn 35. However the 77-year-old ensured they would be able to get some early bonuses as long as they attended a good university, marry right, get good jobs and do not have children out of wedlock. Laboz told the executors of his will his daughters could each receive half a million dollars if they marry before 35 on the condition their husbands sign a sworn statement that they will not touch the money. Source: Millionaire's daughters to inherit...
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Cow attack, injury, the latest in animal accidents

A 12-year-old girl suffered serious injuries when she fell from a trailer after being attacked by a cow in rural Te Awamutu on Sunday - the latest in more than 4000 incidents where people were hurt by cattle in the last year. A St John spokeswoman said crews attended the incident about 11am and the girl was flown to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition. A spokesperson for the Waikato Westpac Rescue helicopter said the girl and her mother were moving stock, when one of the cows reacted adversely causing the girl to fall onto the tow-bar of a trailer that was attached to the farm-quad being ride by her mother. She suffered neck and back injuries and the helicopter was dispatched due to the possibility...
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Mark Pollock is suing his friends after falling out a window at their home

A blind man is suing his close friends after he fell out of a window at their home while trying to find the bathroom.Mark Pollock, 39, from Dublin, has been left in a wheelchair after suffering a ‘catastrophic spinal injury’ as a result of the 25ft fall onto a patio.Mr Pollock, who is the first blind man to ever reach the south pole and is a Commonwealth Games silver medallist, is now taking legal action against Enda and Madeline Cahill for leaving the window open on the second floor of their home in Henley-on-Thames.
Source: Mark Pollock is suing his friends after falling out a window at their home | Metro News...
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The older the tractor, the more likely the #accident

Most road accidents involving tractors in seven European countries involved vehicles older than 12 years, according to statistical analysis by the EU-wide machinery association CEMA Some 56% of all road accidents with tractors resulting in injury (and 69% of all road accidents with fatal injuries) happen with tractors which have been in use for more than 12 years, the European Committee of Associations of Manufacturers of Agricultural Machinery (CEMA) has found. "By contrast, the average risk of becoming involved in an on-road accident appears to be considerably lower for new machines. Considering, in addition, that new tractors are, on average, used a lot more intensely than older equipment, the effective on-road accident risk for tractors which have been in use for less than 13 years...
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Turf Club investigate Mikey O’Connor’s claim he was denied injury allowance

Mikey O’Connor said he was unfairly refused payment from the Qualified Riders Accident Fund

The Turf Club is investigating the accuracy of comments made by amateur jockey Mikey O’Connor who has claimed the integrity body has unfairly refused to pay him from theQualified Riders Accident Fund after he sustained injuries in a fall.

After riding a winner at Killarney on Thursday, the Co Cork-based amateur was quoted as saying: “I injured my shoulder in a fall in April but thinking it was okay, I continued riding for four or five more rides. It turned out I’d chipped a bone on my shoulder and also had muscle wastage.

“The Turf Club refused to give me the injured jockeys’ allowance on...

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Google’s self-driving car is involved in its first injury-causing accident

Google says one of its self-driving car prototypes has been involved in an injury-causing accident for the first time.
In the collision, a Lexus SUV that the tech giant had outfitted with sensors and cameras was rear-ended in Google’s home city of Mountain View, California, where more than 20 prototypes have been self-manoeuvring through traffic. The three Google employees on board complained of minor whiplash, were checked out in hospital and cleared to go back to work following the July 1 collision, Google said. The driver of the other car also complained of neck and back pain.
Source: Google's self-driving car is involved in its first injury-causing accident - but it was a human's fault!...
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Doctor injured in boating accident claiming personal injury damages from NHS 

Dr Kathleen Feest suffered the injury during a boat trip from Cardiff Bay to the Bristol Channel

'Serious spinal injury'

But Dr Feest suffered a “serious spinal injury” during the hour-long trip and she is now suing her employers at the time, the South West Strategic Health Authority. For its part, the health authority is pointing the finger of blame at the owners and operators of the Celtic Pioneer, Bay Island Voyages. The firm denies that any injuries suffered by Dr Feest were caused by the carrier, its employees or agents. And it also argued that, under international laws covering carriage of passengers by sea, the health authority’s claim had in any even been brought too late. That argument at first succeeded, but three judges at London’s Appeal...
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Damien Duff wants to make Rovers debut against St Pat’s in #Tallaght

Damien Duff signs for Shamrock Rovers
Damien Duff wants to make his Shamrock Rovers debut on August 7 – against the club he rejected.The Republic of Ireland legend is targeting the Dublin derby with St Pat’s Athletic at Tallaght Stadium.And Mirror Sport can reveal how Duff set his heart on Rovers as far back as June 8 when, alone, he disguised himself among the Hoops singing section in the East Stand for the 4-1 Monday night win over Derry.
Duff is still coming back from the ankle ligament injury that prematurely ended his spell with Melbourne City in February.But he will train with his new team-mates this morning having signed an 18-month deal.Duff said: “I’m not just here to see out my time as a...
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