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Fractures, head injuries common in e-scooter collisions

UCLA researchers have found that people involved in electric scooter accidents are sometimes injured badly enough -- from fractures, dislocated joints and head injuries -- to require treatment in an emergency department.

The researchers examined data from 249 people who were treated at the emergency departments of UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center between Sept. 1, 2017, and Aug. 31, 2018. The study found that about one-third of them arrived by ambulance, an indication of the severity of their injuries.

West Los Angeles is the epicenter of the electric scooter phenomenon -- Santa Monica was one of the first U.S. cities in which the scooters were widely used -- but the vehicles are now available in more...

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Singer songwriter brings High Court copyright infringement action over One Direction song

A SINGER SONGWRITER’S damages claim against parties including all five original members of boy band One Direction for alleged copyright infringement has been mentioned before the High Court.

The action has been brought by David Lewis Smith, who claims the One Direction release Night Changes infringes his musical work.

As a result of the alleged infringement the plaintiff, represented by Smyth & Son solicitors of Drogheda seeks various reliefs including damages.

As well as the four current members of the band Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, the proceedings are also against Zain Malik who left One Direction in 2015.

The claim is also against parties including UK songwriter Jamie Scott and US...

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Volvo recalls thousands of cars

The announcement came just two weeks after  Volvo recalled 219,000 vehicles  to fix potential fuel leaks in the engine compartment.

On Wednesday, the company informed XC60 customers who own 2018 and 2019 models that "a faulty component on cars equipped with power tailgate" could potentially cause "personal injury".

"In cold climate, the tailgate lifting arm may separate, causing noise or loss of function," it said, stressing that it had not received any reports of "significant injuries".

Source: The Local

"This is preventative action to avoid any future issues," Volvo said.

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Prince Philip crash victim faces surgery to have metal plates implanted

Emma Fairweather said that she wants Philip, 97, “to know the full effect this is having on my life,” adding, “I’ve never had surgery before and I’ll have this titanium plate for life.” The support worker — whose job has been put on hold for the next month — was in the car with two other people at the time of the incident, including a 9-month-old baby who was not injured.

The woman who was injured in a car accident when Prince Philip’s  SUV hit her Kia last month  in Sandringham, England, is set to undergo surgery.

The  Daily Mail reported on Sunday, February 3, that 46-year-old Emma Fairweather will need to have a titanium plate inserted in her wrist after it did not heal...

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Personal injury settlement is among the largest ever paid to an individual

The crash occurred April 24, 2016, at about 1:25 p.m. Taylor was driving westbound on Seneca Street downtown in a black Porsche Carrera, according to accounts from multiple police reports. At the same time, a Seattle Fire Department ambulance was driving northbound on Fourth Avenue with its lights and sirens on. The ambulance entered the intersection at Seneca and Fourth through a red light at the same time as Taylor. The driver of the ambulance told officers that he “either stopped or slowed” at the intersection and believed it was clear before entering.

About halfway through the intersection, the ambulance hit Taylor’s Porsche on the driver’s side, spinning it around, up onto the sidewalk and up against a tree, according to police reports.

Girl with cerebral palsy settles case for €6m

A seven-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who had sued over the circumstances of her birth at a Galway hospital has settled her High Court action for €6m. Faye Walsh, Mr Justice Kevin Cross was told, has spastic quadriplegia, is non-verbal and can only communicate with her family by making noises and smiling. She is a full-time wheelchair user and will require 24-hour care for the rest of her life. Counsel for Faye, Denis McCullough SC, told the court it was their case that an obstetrician should have been notified earlier and the vacuum-assisted delivery of Faye at University Hospital, Galway, on August 15, 2011, should have been done earlier. Outside court, the Walsh's solicitor Michael Boylan said it was the end of a two-week trial and a four-year battle for the Walsh family. Faye Walsh...
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Woman with terminal cancer sues GP over alleged negligence

A 37- year old mother of two with terminal cancer has launched a High Court action against a GP claiming alleged negligence over a visit to the doctor after she found a small lump under her arm while in the shower.

Christine Rossiter, Mr Justice Anothony Barr was told, has only months to live after a tumour was found in her breast in 2016 and she has developed secondary cancer including in her brain.

The young mother told the High Court today that she feels like a "ticking time bomb" after a new tumour was found in her brain last year.

Ms Rossiter has sued GP Norma Donlon over a...

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Up to 6,000 women will need repeat cervical smear tests

The Health Service Executive has confirmed that up to 6,000 women will likely be called for a repeat smear test following the identification of an issue with HPV tests.

The HSE said in November 2018 Quest Laboratories advised CervicalCheck of a "specific problem in relation to standard HPV tests that have been carried out outside of the manufacturer's recommended timeframe since secondary HPV screening was introduced."

It said that action was being taken to investigate the issue, review any clinical impact or risk, and communicate with women to inform them in the first place.

The HSE said it has established an expert clinical team which would establish the facts and that it would "shortly be in a position to communicate with the women affected."

It...

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Prince Philip crash victim ‘considering personal injury claim’

The mum-of-two told The Sunday Mirror that she hadn't received a personal apology from Philip - and was instead read a bizarre 14-word statement by a police liaison officer.

Emma was reportedly told by Royal aides to "keep quiet more than ten times", and had to wait three days for an apology.

She revealed she was considering legal action after docs told her she could be forced off work for TWO months.

She said: "I think he should be treated the same as anyone else. How could you say no to prosecuting him if he's broken the law?"

“It has been such a traumatic and painful time and...

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Grieving mother opens up about new cyberbullying laws

Grieving mother opens up about new cyberbullying laws

Earlier this month Jackie gave a talk at Youthreach in Clondalkin and she has been invited to speak on suicide awareness and bullying in a Tallaght school. She has also found support and solace through a Facebook page she set up, Let’s Bring In Coo’s Law, which has seen families from all over the world contact her.

Jackie tries not to be over-protective with her sons Dean, 19, and 15-year-old Lee but finds it difficult. She added: “I am watching them. I can’t help it. I’m just so scared because I can’t go through something like that again.

“Nicole’s last text message to me was, ‘I...

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