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Seth Lovis & Co's personal injury solicitors in London can represent you in compensation claims for UK-wide work accidents, catastrophic injuries, accidents abroad and any personal injury incident which has led to your financial loss, pain and suffering.

Here you can read relevant news items regarding case law, health and safety investigations, and road and workplace safety as they happen across the UK.

National road safety charity Brake is calling for the introduction of new laws that would ban the use of hands-free phones in cars, vans, trucks and other road-going vehicles.

Brake has already successfully campaigned for an end to handheld mobile phone use behind the wheel and is looking for the government to take action to help reduce the number of road traffic accidents caused by distracted driving, with around two in five crashes caused at least in part by distracted driving. It is thought that drivers who are talking on the phone are around 400 per cent more likely to cause an accident than those not doing so.

An English jockey has instructed personal injury solicitors to help him pursue catastrophic injury compensation from the fellow rider he says is responsible for his spinal injury.

The 37-year-old sustained the injury in 2009 while taking part in a race in New South Wales, Australia. His personal injury solicitors state that the accident has left him reliant on the use of a wheelchair and without hope of ever riding again.

According to the claimant's personal injury solicitor the rider allegedly responsible for the accident broke "the two length rule" of jockeying by failing to leave a two-horse space behind him while pulling out on a bend.

There are concerns that UK soldiers could have grounds for future military injury claims over a hotly-disputed anti-malaria drug that is given to many service men and women.

A number or members of parliament have now come together to demand information on how many Armed Forces personnel have complained about the drug.

The drug in question, known as Lariam or mefloquine, has been proven to cause mental health issues in some users; with suicidal thoughts, depression and anxiety among the most serious symptoms. In fact, the side effects are so serious that US Special Operational Forces have decided not to give the drug to their personnel.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics on fatal workplace accidents in the UK show that although occupational safety standards in the UK are ahead of those of other EU member states, there is a vast amount of work still to be done to ensure UK workers remain safe.

Worryingly, it is possible that some complacency has set in the UK; although there were six more deaths in 2013/14 than in 2012/13 the 'rate' of fatal workplace accidents per 100,000 workers is almost the same as that measured in 2012/13, a figure which was basically unchanged from 2009/10.

It is reported that divorce settlement proceedings mean that a soldier who sustained serious injury in Afghanistan risks losing the majority of the £1.1 military injury compensation he received in February 2013.

The soldier was awarded the military injury compensation as a result of a brain injury he sustained after being hit by a roadside bomb in Helmand province while travelling in a Land Rover as part of a British military convoy.

Unfortunately for the injured veteran, UK divorce law means that his estranged wife is entitled to make a claim on his military injury compensation, particularly as she is reported to be the main carer of their two children.

A company that manufactures plastic sheeting has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after one of its employees was involved in a serious industrial accident.
ITW Limited, based in Fforestfach, Swansea, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and face a fine £20,000 on top of court costs.

The injured employee had to have one of his fingers surgically removed after his hand was caught and dragged into machinery. In May 2012, the worker was attempting to fix a break in plastic sheeting by rethreading it into a pinch roll when his hand was caught by the rollers.

A toddler from South Yorkshire may be entitled to burn injury compensation after suffering distressing burns to his feet while on a family holiday.

The three-year-old from Rotherham sustained his injuries as a result of stepping on a heated metal plate while playing crazy golf in Ibiza.

The family had only been on holiday for several hours at that point and immediately had to take the child to a medical centre in a nearby village where a painful area of damaged skin had to be removed. The boy was also given painkillers and a topical treatment for his burn injury.

In a tragic case, personal injury solicitors representing a four-year-old girl are aiming to secure her a significant sum of catastrophic injury compensation for the life-changing brain injury she suffered in a 2013 Boxing Day road traffic accident.

The Welsh girl's mother had been driving when the incident occurred; it is believed that she "drove too fast", "failed to observe safety warnings" and crashed her VW Polo into a wall; tragically, she died three days later.

Personal injury solicitors representing the four-year-old's catastrophic injury compensation claim at London's High Court say that the deceased mother's motor insurers are liable to pay damages. They argued that the mother failed to observe proper speed and failed to strap the girl properly into her safety restraint; after the accident she "was found hanging" from her car seat "folded at the waist and suspended by the waist belt of the seat." It is further alleged that the girl's "upper body was not restrained by the shoulder straps."

More than 70 doctors and health professionals have sparked public debate about the safety of rugby in schools by calling for a ban on tackling in school rugby over fears of the head and spinal injury risks.

The open letter, addressed to government ministers, children's commissioners and chief medical officers, highlights concerns over the risk of head and spinal injury in rugby. The signatories call for non-contact versions of the sport to be implemented in preference to the playing of what is described as a "high-impact collision sport".

"Injuries, which include fractures, ligamentous tears, dislocated shoulders, spinal injuries and head injuries can have short-term, life-long and life-ending consequences for children," states the letter.

The Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC) is currently seeking evidence from interested parties regarding vibration white finger (VWF) and the use of jackhammers to underpin foundations in construction. The information collected will help to implement a review of current scientific and medical evidence relating to VWF's classification as a Prescribed Disease A11 (HAVS).

Ultimately, the IIAC wishes to establish the role of jack hammers in causing VWF in these circumstances.

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