Asbestos raises its ugly head in schools

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As many as 75% of schools still contain asbestos – but does it remain dangerous if \’properly managed\’? Reproduced with kind permission of Guardian Media Group.  Headteacher Estelle O\’Hara knows only too well how school life can be turned upside down when asbestos has to be removed. Maintenance work on the roof at Poppleton Ousebank primary school, York, became a … Read More

Jamie Hanley responds to pleural plaques decision

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Jamie Hanley, Partner of Morrish Solicitors, today responded to the government\’s announcement on December 17 that they are now prepared to make a payment if a pleural plaques sufferer dies after having submitted an application. In appropriate cases the payment will be made to the deceased\’s estate. The MOJ website FAQ page has published a clarification on the award of … Read More

£10,000 for injured rider

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22 December 2010 – A rider received £10,000 compensation after he sustained injuries at work. In May 2008, Johnathon Frazer of Malton, a member of the National Association of Stable Staff, had been instructed to ride out on a horse which he had reported the previous day was difficult to control. Normally a horse is properly exercised in the barn … Read More

Hidden asbestos remains unidentified in school buildings

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Leeds 20 January 2011 – A solicitor whose firm recovered over £1m in injury compensation for educators last year has hit out at the coalition government’s failure to properly audit the condition of asbestos in schools nationwide, much of which remains hidden and poses an unacceptable risk to teachers and pupils. Julie Winn, a Morley resident and Partner at Leeds-based … Read More

Injured driver, unable to work again, gets £70,000

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Leeds, England – A lorry driver received a £70,000 settlement for injuries suffered when a textile bale fell on him while he was securing the container doors during a delivery. The driver, a member of Unite the Union, waited while the consignee opened the sealed container, and used a chain to fasten the right hand door in place. While walking around … Read More

Injured driver, unable to work again, gets £70,000

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Leeds, England – A lorry driver received a £70,000 settlement for injuries suffered when a textile bale fell on him while he was securing the container doors during a delivery. The driver, a member of Unite the Union, waited while the consignee opened the sealed container, and used a chain to fasten the right hand door in place. While walking around … Read More

£6,125 compensation for flight attendant

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A flight attendant received £6,125 compensation settlement for severe, long-lasting injury to her thumb when trying to operate a defective trolley on a flight to the UK from abroad. The attendant tried to pull out the trolley, which was laden with drinks cans, from stowage under the galley counter. Its castors stuck and she had to force it forwards. The … Read More

0.2% of medical negligence claims are successful

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It is authoritatively shown that around 10 to 11 % of hospital admissions each year end in an ‘adverse outcome’ due to a medical incident. The British Medical Journal and the Public Accounts Committee respectively present figures for 850,000 and 974,000 patient safety incidents happening each year. The BMJ estimated that fifty percent of actual incidents were preventable, while the … Read More

Morrish Solicitors secure £10,000 for injured ATL member

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An ATL member received £10,000 settlement for injuries suffered when she fell while visiting a Wickes Building Supplies store. Her fall, near a display area by the cash tills, was caused by a piece of wood believed to have come from one of the stores pallets. She contacted her union, which referred her case to Morrish Solicitors. Her injuries to … Read More

ATL member settles £2000 for injured knee

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Morrish Solicitors secured a £2000 settlement for an Association of Teachers and Lecturers member for a knee injury she sustained on defective flooring at work. The member\’s classroom was an old style laboratory with original lino tile flooring which had started to crumble in places, and she had previously pointed out the hazard to her employer. She had been clearing … Read More

Morrish Solicitors secure compensation for ATL National Organiser

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ATL National Organiser, Collette Bradford, slipped on liquid in Kings Cross Station on the way to work in the London Office. The liquid had leaked onto the platform whilst rubbish bins were being washed and no warning signs were erected. She suffered injuries to her shoulder, elbow, wrist and thigh. The defendant refused to admit responsibility and court proceedings were … Read More

More firms will move to Bradford

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Friday 11th December 2009 From the Telegraph and Argus A senior lawyer whose firm recently opened an office in Bradford city centre believes more professionals will beat a path to the city in the next few years. Duncan Gardiner, the Bradford-born partner in charge of the new office of Morrish Solicitors on Broadway, said the specialist Leeds-based legal practice saw … Read More

£6,125 compensation for flight attendant

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A flight attendant received £6,125 compensation settlement for severe, long-lasting injury to her thumb when trying to operate a defective trolley on a flight to the UK from abroad. The attendant tried to pull out the trolley, which was laden with drinks cans, from stowage under the galley counter. Its castors stuck and she had to force it forwards. The … Read More

Schools failing to manage asbestos problem

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A new report has concluded that schools are failing to tackle the problem of asbestos in older buildings adequately. Approximately 75 per cent of UK school buildings are thought to contain the deadly substance, yet the Asbestos Training and Consultancy Association (ATaC) found that a voluntary sample of education institutions they assessed were failing to manage the problem. Dr Mary … Read More

Asbestos Campaigners Celebrate

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24 February 2010- Asbestos in Schools campaigners were today celebrating following a meeting with Schools Minister Diana Johnson MP. At the meeting the Schools Minister agreed to the setting up of a steering group to look at all aspects of risk, management and training for asbestos in schools. The first meeting of the steering group will take place next month. … Read More

Pleural plaques: Jack Straw statement

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Justice Secretary Jack Straw has made a statement on the government\’s decision on the question of compensation for pleural plaques. The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice (Jack Straw): This ministerial statement sets out the government\’s decision on the question of compensation for pleural plaques, following its consultation on the issue. A full summary of the submissions we … Read More

Morrish Solicitors secure £10,000 for injured ATL member

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An ATL member received £10,000 settlement for injuries suffered when she fell while visiting a Wickes Building Supplies store. Her fall, near a display area by the cash tills, was caused by a piece of wood believed to have come from one of the stores pallets. She contacted her union, which referred her case to Morrish Solicitors. Her injuries to … Read More

Asbestos campaign ruling ludicrous says Morrish solicitor

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A leading lawyer in asbestos diseases today criticised the Advertising Standards Authority\’s decision to uphold a complaint against the Health and Safety Executive\’s asbestos awareness campaign, calling the move \’ludicrous\’. Martin Bare, a leading personal injury lawyer and former President of a major national lawyers association, condemned the decision, saying \”It seems ludicrous that the ASA uphold this complaint on … Read More

£9000 for TSSA member

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A TSSA member in Oxfordshire received £9000 compensation from the Motor Insurers Bureau for damages he suffered in September 2004 in a road traffic accident where the other driver was untraceable. He was riding his Harley Davidson with a pillion passenger, and lost control of the motorcycle as he tried to avoid a car whose brake lights failed as it … Read More

Dianne Willmore dies the day after winning her asbestos appeal

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The day after the Royal Courts of Justice upheld the verdict that Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council negligently exposed Dianne Willmore to asbestos at school when she was a child, the teacher passed away. She had earlier been awarded £240,000 by the High Court in Liverpool. Michael Lees, an asbestos activist and widower whose late wife, Gina died of mesothelioma in 2000, said \”[Dianne] … Read More

£9000 for TSSA member

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A TSSA member in Oxfordshire received £9000 compensation from the Motor Insurers Bureau for damages he suffered in September 2004 in a road traffic accident where the other driver was untraceable. He was riding his Harley Davidson with a pillion passenger, and lost control of the motorcycle as he tried to avoid a car whose brake lights failed as it … Read More

Morrish Solicitors secure £5.5m compensation for brain damaged girl following 18 year battle for justice

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A girl has been awarded £5.5m compensation after a catalogue of errors leading up to and during her birth at St Luke’s Hospital in Bradford in 1994, left her with irreversible brain damage. The girl, now 18 years old, was starved of oxygen in the days leading up to her birth.  Her mother was initially admitted to hospital following a … Read More