Category Archives: Injury

Elderly Man (70) dies in two-vehicle collision in Galway

An elderly man has died following a collision in Galway yesterday afternoon. The incident occurred on the Monivea Road near Carnmore at around 2pm. A 70-year-old man was fatally injured when his car was involved in the collision with a truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to University Hospital Galway. The driver of the truck was uninjured. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Galway Garda Station on 091 538000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station. If you have been affected by the issues raised in this story, please visit our Personal Injury Claims page. Source: The Journal  ...
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Court of Appeal deliveres decision on rights of voluntary patients

In February 2018, the Court of Appeal delivered its judgement in an appeal against a ruling of the High Court that the refusal of medical staff to release a voluntary patient from a psychiatric institution when he expressed a wish to leave was not unlawful.

When the matter came on for hearing, the Court was told that following a psychotic episode at his home on August 26, 2011, PL became a voluntary patient at St Patrick’s University Hospital; he was admitted to the Special Care Unit (SCU) where on the following day he was examined by a consultant psychiatrist. A care plan was devised, which involved close observation and medication. PL remained a voluntary patient until September 13, 2011, when he expressed a desire to leave the hospital....
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Dealing with Spinal Cord Injuries

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries Spinal cord injuries can happen as a result of a vehicle, motorcycle, pedestrian, bicycle, or premises liability accidents. Damage to any part of the spinal cord or the nerves surrounding it can cause permanent changes in ability, sensation, or strength in body areas below the location of the injury. There are two definitions for the types of spinal cord injuries a victim may suffer. Paraplegia is when the victim’s legs, pelvic area, and truck have been affected. Quadriplegia is when the upper body, including the hands and arms, have also been affected. An incomplete spinal cord injury can leave the victim with varying degrees of loss of function and sensation, while complete injuries leave the victim with total loss of function and sensation. When a person has suffered a spinal cord...
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David Haye forced to withdraw from Tony Bellew rematch after ‘freak accident’

David Haye has been forced to postpone his rematch with Tony Bellew after tearing his biceps during training. The injury-prone heavyweight, 37, has withdrawn from the match-up scheduled for December 17 at London's O2 Arena but is not considering retirement and hopes to instead fight his rival on March 24 or May 5. "I am devastated to announce my much-anticipated rematch against Tony Bellew has been postponed until Match 24 or May 5, subject to scheduling," Haye said. "Despite the recent injury rumours, I was in perfect condition with an incredibly strong training camp, weighing lighter than I have for more than five years, I couldn't wait to get back in the ring. I was ready to rewrite the ending of the Haye-Bellew saga." What Haye described as a "freak accident" occurred last Thursday,...
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Pilot had to chase runaway aircraft

air Accident The 54-year-old male pilot, who had 405 hours of flying experience, had also failed to chock the aircraft. Chocks are wedges of sturdy material set against the wheels to stop accidental movement. The upshot of the incident in Mullinahone Airfield, Co Tipperary, on July 5 was that the pilot was uninjured but the aircraft was “destroyed”. In a report on the incident, air accident investigators said they were aware “of a number of similar accidents that have occurred in the past”, including one that led to a fatality in Australia. That particular incident had prompted investigators to comment that “hand-swinging an aircraft propeller is recognised across the aviation industry as a hazardous procedure” and “should only be undertaken when no other alternatives exist to...
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Donegal man to make it up the aisle after accident

A Donegal man paralysed by a freak accident is going ahead with his wedding next month after refusing to postpone his big day, despite still being confined to hospital. Alan Patterson was paralysed ten months ago after an accident on a trampoline. The hockey player, who played with Instonians in Belfast, dislocated his spine and was in intensive care for weeks. The Killygordon man has been in hospital since and a series of fundraising events have been held for him in Donegal and in Northern Ireland. The 27-year-old is getting married to his fiancée Hilary Bradshaw in Armagh on June 10th but Alan is determined to get himself out of the Belfast hospital he is in after his wedding and in an unusual step Alan has advertised...
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Mel B explains why she was forced to pull out of X Factor

Mel B has explained in court documents why she was forced to pull out of The X Factor finale in 2014 - and claims she used her return to the programme to send a message to estranged husband Stephen Belafonte. The Spice Girls singer, 41, made headlines when she dropped out of the Saturday night show, saying at the time she’d been ill for days and was following doctors’ orders. In a statement delivered to Los Angeles Superior Court, the popstar claims she took an overdose of Aspirin. Belafonte, 41, has claimed someone's trying to paint him as a "bad guy." Source: Mel B explains ...
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Back injuries are among the most common in the horticulture industry 

Many owners and managers of horticultural businesses treat their workers' compensation policies like other types of insurance: it’s often out of sight and out of mind. However, also like most coverage plans, workers' compensation is an important consideration for any company and demands more attention than it may receive. Specific laws and regulations vary by state, but many state governments require coverage for wage replacement or other accommodations in the event of an employee injury that leaves them unable to work at their full ability. Bill Brandl, director of workers’ compensation claims with Sentry Insurance, says the basic goal of workers’ compensation is to provide medical benefits and/or wage replacement as needed by state requirements. “What that means, ultimately, is that when someone’s injured and they go to...
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Rio Tinto to pay injured worker a record $2 million compensation

Mining giant Rio Tinto has been hit with an unprecedented $1.3 million payout order for an injured mine-worker it unlawfully stood down just days after he won a damages claim against the company. The compensation, which comes on top of the $638,000 in damages, represents the highest amount awarded for an employer's breach of the Fair Work Act. It follows what the mining union says is a 'David and Goliath' battle spanning three years. Rio Tinto subsidiary Hail Creek Coal stood down Michael Haylett at the Queensland mine in November 2013, four days after the company was ordered to pay him damages for negligence that contributed to a spinal injury he suffered in 2009. The company argued Mr Haylett was unfit for work despite him having worked...
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Personal injury lawyers target Snapchat as reason for potential car crash

Personal injury lawyers have been asking people if they've been in a car accident that may have involved Snapchat.

Attorneys have set up websites to explain local laws on distracted driving, sent out press releases about Snapchat's potential involvement in certain accidents, and written blog posts about the dangers of the app.
At issue are the app's "speed filter" feature that tracks how fast someone is traveling while they take a selfie. Because Snapchat photos and videos disappear after viewing, they demand more concentration, one lawyer argues. "If they are behind the wheel of a car and they want to view a Snapchat picture, 100% of their attention has been removed from the road," California litigation attorney David Azizi writes on his blog. Some lawyers make a...
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