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The Cost of Going to Court

Holyrood’s Justice Committee has begun its scrutiny of the Civil Litigation Bill and has launched a call for evidence seeking views on the cost of going to court.

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Statistics Reveal Fall in Number of Personal Injury Cases

There was a fall in the number of personal injury cases initiated in the Scottish civil courts in 2015-16, according to the latest civil justice statistics from Scotland’s Chief Statistician.

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Protecting EU Consumers from Dangerous Products

The European Commission has recently published its latest report on the Rapid Alert System for dangerous products.

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Compensation for Medical Negligence

The care received in hospitals in the UK is generally of a high standard, but sometimes mistakes are made, which can have tragic consequences for patients and their families.

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Fatal Accidents in the Waste and Recycling Sector

The waste industry can be a hazardous sector to work in, with 5% of workers sustaining a non-fatal work-related injury every year, and a further 5% developing an illness they believe to be work-related.

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Workers Continue to Lose Their Lives

Fatal accidents at work are unfortunately an all too common occurrence.

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New Sheriff Appeal Court Opens

Scotland’s new Sheriff Appeal Court now has jurisdiction to hear civil appeals from sheriff courts.

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Growing Political Support for Occupational Cancers Campaign

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) No Time to Lose campaign has recently received the backing of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Skin (APPG), which raises awareness of skin-related issues at Parliament.

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Ireland Experiences Rise in Personal Injury Claims

The Injuries Board in Ireland saw a 7% increase in new personal injury claims in the first six months of 2015 compared to the same period last year, taking the total number of new claims received to 17,132.

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Waste Company in Court over Worker’s Death

A waste management company has been fined for safety failings after a worker was killed when he was struck by a vehicle at a Watford waste transfer station.

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Lanarkshire Woman Wins Supreme Court Damages Claim

A Lanarkshire woman who took her battle to claim compensation for her son’s birth-related injuries all the way to the Supreme Court has finally been awarded damages amounting to £5.25 million, reports the BBC.

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Irish Injuries Board Gives Update on Claims

The Irish Injuries Board has given a summary of personal injury claims processed during the first six months of 2014.

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Government Responds to Bonomy Report

The report from the Infant Cremation Commission, chaired by Lord Bonomy, into policies and practices surrounding infant cremation in Scotland was recently published.

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Farming Business Sentenced After Roof Fall Injury

A Perthshire farming business has been fined for safety failings after a worker was injured when he fell through a roof light of a cattle barn.

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IOSH backs tougher penalties for 'rogue' bosses

Tougher penalties for employers who fail to fulfil their duties in protecting employees from injury and illness should be welcomed, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has said.

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Christmas party-goers urged to help save lives

Road safety charity Brake and Direct Line are appealing to party-goers to help prevent Christmas tragedies by standing up to designated drivers who break their promise by drinking alcohol. This puts their passengers and other road users at risk.

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Sheriff Principal Taylor publishes civil litigation review

A package of proposals to change the system of expenses and funding of civil litigation has been unveiled following an independent review by the former Sheriff Principal of Glasgow and Strathkelvin, Sheriff Principal James Taylor.

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Creation of a forum for adults placed in care

Proposals to create a National Confidential Forum (NCF), which will provide an opportunity for adults who were placed in institutional care as children to recount their experiences, including abuse, have been supported by the Health and Sport Committee.

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Worker may lose lower leg after injury

A Bradford man may need to have his foot and lower leg amputated as a result of a crush injury caused by the safety failures of his employers more than a year ago.

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ABI welcomes young driver safety proposals

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has welcomed the announcement from the Government that they are to publish a Green Paper on young driver safety. The ABI has long campaigned to change the way young people learn how to drive in order to reduce death and injury on the roads and make young drivers safer.

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