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Man gets £11,000 in Damages after an Accident at Work

Factories and warehouses can often be hazardous places to work in and too often companies do not have adequate health and safety procedures in place. This can lead to very serious injuries such as loss of limbs, burns and scaring and even lead to fatality.

Warehouse Worker Gained £11,000 in Compensation

Recently a warehouse worker from St Helens was injured at work and with the help of Hattons Solicitors gained £11,000 in damages.

He was working with an electric pickup truck in a warehouse attempting to manoeuvre between two other stationary trucks. As he was watching another truck come towards him, the wheel of his truck hit a hole in the floor causing the truck to jerk and he wrenched his arm.

The man reported the accident to his workplace and filled in an accident form, which was important as there was then an official record of the injury happening.

Warehouse Accident Caused Long Term Pain

Unfortunately he suffered severe pain in his right elbow, neck and shoulder and after 4 weeks of trying to deal with the pain at work, was signed off. After suffering with the pain for a few months he decided to make a claim for compensation as he started to lose earnings and realised that the injury could be long term.

These kinds of factory and warehouse injuries can be far too common, with workers not receiving the right training to use industrial equipment safely. Hattons Solicitors also recently gained £12,500 in compensation for a man in Ipswich who suffered a fractured leg in an accident at work where an electric truck collided with him.

Make a Claim Sooner Rather Than Later as Time Limits are Strict

There are strict time limits on how soon you can make a claim for compensation after an accident at work, so it is best to pursue your claim sooner rather than later, as this will assist in preserving evidence.

Should you choose to use Hattons Solicitors to represent you they will first ensure your injuries are assessed thoroughly – not just in the short term – but in the long term, so that any lasting effects are identified and ultimately properly compensated for, if your claim is successful. Where necessary, they will also arrange private medical treatment, such as physiotherapy, to assist your recovery. They will ensure you recover all your losses and are properly compensated as a result of any accident that is the fault of your employer.

If you have any questions about an accident at work that you may have had, you can call Hattons friendly professional team on 0800 298 9690 or fill in the claim now form.

Dementia and Power of Attorney

What is dementia?

Dementia is a disease of the brain, the most common being Alzheimers Disease, but it can also be caused by other vascular issues cutting blood supply off to the brain, potentially following a stroke or other less common illnesses. The term describes many symptoms, ranging from the very minor, to very serious cases.

Dementia in England

In their 2012 report, the Alzheimer’s Society state:

  • That 648,895 people in England currently suffer from dementia, with the UK total being some 800,00 people.
  • This equates to just 1 in 1400 people aged between 40 and 64, but reduces to 1 in 25 people between 70 and 79, and 1 in 6 people aged over 80.
  • Two thirds of cases were reported in women.
  • Two thirds of people with dementia live in the community, with just one third living in care homes.
  • The report speculates that over the next 40 years, these numbers will double.
  • Only 40% of people currently suffering with dementia get the problem diagnosed.

Power of Attorney

A Power of attorney is a legal document whereby a person (donor) appoints another (the attorney) to assist them in aspects of their day to day life, should be they end up affected by the above issues.

Type of Power of Attorney

There are two types of Power of Attorney available that are advisable as smart planning for the future.

1. Property and Affairs

This document allows an Attorney to manage the finances of the Donor should they lose competency to manage their own affairs. This can range from the very simple such as paying day to day bills for the Donor, to the very serious such as selling a house, or making arrangements to pay care home fees, should the Donor have to go into a home.

2. Health and Welfare

This document allows an Attorney to be involved in all aspects of the Donor’s health and welfare, again should they lose the capacity to manage these affairs for themselves. This can be an especially useful document for an Attorney if decisions need to be taken regarding the Donor’s care, allowing them to put forward the Donor’s position to the relevant authorities, who otherwise may treat the Donor simply as another statistic, taking cheaper options that may not necessarily be what the Donor would need or want.

Other Attorney documents are still legally valid to be registered if they were signed and witnessed prior to October 2007.

The Effect of a Power of Attorney

A Power of Attorney gives a Donor peace of mind that should the worst happen to them, they have already appointed someone they trust to manage their various affairs.

In many ways, it is the same as having an insurance policy guarding against a risk, which is statistically proven to be increasing.

Don’t Delay in Organising Power of Attorney

As with most insurance policies, the earlier you have them in place the better. The Power of Attorney can only be granted by the Donor whilst they have the mental capacity to do so.

Should this capacity be lost, other options are available to would be Attorneys, but these are usually far more expensive, and take longer to arrange than the Power of Attorney document.

If you would like more information about Power of Attorney please click here.

Should you wish to go ahead with, or receive further information about a Power of Attorney, please contact us on 0800 298 9690 or fill in the call back request form to the right of this screen.

Legal Funding Now Available at Hattons Solicitors

Hattons Solicitors are pleased to announce that as of 2nd April 2012 they will be able to offer limited legal funding on certain types of family law case.

This legal funding status comes as a welcome addition to Hattons Solicitors private client case work. The legal aid funding applies to cases of an urgent nature such as an emergency interim residence application, prohibited steps and specific issue orders and injunctions.

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Miner Vibration White Finger

Are You A Miner Who Claimed For Vibration White Finger?

It has come to light that many miners who previous claimed for vibration white finger could have received negligent advice from their former solicitors.

Under the British Coal Vibration White Finger Litigation scheme, launched in 1999 by the Department of Trade and Industry, nearly 180,000 former coal miners brought claims for the damage done to their hands. This was as a result of excessive use of vibratory tools in the course of their employment meaning that they received compensation.

Up to 50,000 Miners Could be Affected

However, many did not get their full entitlement and their claims were under settled.

Many miners, perhaps as many as 50,000, were not properly advised by their legal representatives of their possible entitlement to damages for “services”. This means that their claim did not compensate them for their need for assistance with everyday tasks that they could no longer do because of their condition, such as DIY, gardening, window cleaning, decorating and car maintenance.

Were you one of those claimants?

If so, you may have a claim against your former solicitors for their failure to give proper, and in some cases, any, advice on your entitlement to a services claim.

The value of such a claim can be substantial, running into many thousands of pounds, as the loss claimed is calculated on an annual basis until the age of 70.

Following a case in Leeds County Court there is now a set procedure for ex-miners who did not claim for services damages, as a result of the inadequate advice of their former solicitors, to sue those solicitors.

There is, of course, no automatic right to compensation under what is termed the “VWF Professional Negligence Litigation”. Therefore Hattons Solicitors are offering legal advice to help potential claimants. The claimant needs to establish that the advice on services was not given or was inadequate, and that there was in fact a claim for services as the condition was serious enough, and the individual was struggling with certain tasks.

Hattons Can Advise You On Your Options

Hattons Solicitors can advise you of your best options and answer any concerns or questions that you have before processing any professional negligence claim.

We work closely with our clients to keep them informed about their claim and our clients can also be reassured by having access to our online file view system to find out where their case is up to at their own convenience.

Click here to visit our Vibration White Finger section

For more advice on this issue of Vibration White Finger Professional Negligence, contact our friendly team on 08000 111 560 or fill in the Claim Now form to the right of this screen and we will call you back.

PIP Breast Implant Problems

Many women have been left emotionally distressed after the media’s recent investigation and coverage into the PIP Implant scandal.

PIP Implants Estimated 7% Chance of Rupture

Between 2001 and 2010 the PIP breast implants were manufactured and supplied by the French company Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP), and it has been alleged that they have a 7% chance of potential rupture. It has been reported that this compares with only around 1% of other implants chance of rupture.

Industrial Silicone Used In PIP Implants

The disturbing thing is that the problems have happened due to the company PIP trying to cut costs by using an industrial, as opposed to a medical grade, silicone. This industrial silicone is alleged to have been used as a mattress filler, which PIP’s legal team refutes.

Naturally many patients are understandably worried about the health implications with 40,000 women potentially affected. Although the NHS are offering to provide scans to try and detect problems and if so remove the PIP Implants free of charge, many private cosmetic clinics are refusing to follow suit. This has left many women not knowing who to turn to. In fact there have been rumours that some cosmetic surgeons are refusing to review a patient’s implants until the person signs a contract waiving any current or future claims against the clinic, which is particularly worrying for women if future problems occur.

Surgeons/Clinics Could Be Sued for Breach of Contract

Certainly where the implant is one of the later industrial silicone made implants and where there are signs of it rupturing women could be able to seek legal action because the implant is a ‘defective product’ and not of satisfactory quality.

If a breach of contract is proven then the remedy is in damages to put the patient in the position that they would have been in had the clinic/surgeon not breached their contract and had they not been sold defective implants. Despite the fact that the goods are now inside your body and surgery is needed to replace them, this does not leave the law ineffective and the same rules apply. Any expenses incurred and damages for the further surgery and effects of the medical issues caused by this scandal may also see compensation for personal injuries being paid to the victims.

Hattons Solicitors clients can be assured of a professional expert team who will sensitively listen to your problems, and clearly tell you what action can be taken.

At present we are awaiting confirmation as to whether or not a group litigation order is going to be made and we shall provide expert legal advice and representation in these uncertain and worrying circumstances.

Hattons Can Advise You On Your Options

We have a highly experienced legal team who are here to help.

Hattons Solicitors can advise you of your best options and answer any concerns or questions that you have before processing any claim.

We work closely with our clients to keep them informed about their claim and our clients can also be reassured by having access to our online file view system to find out where their case is up to at their own convenience.

Click here to visit our medical negligence section

If you would like legal advice concerning a PIP breast implant please call our legal team on 0800 298 9690 or alternatively fill in the Claim Now form and we will call you back.

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