Q&A with Ian Kay, Partner and Solicitor in our Personal Injury Department

Question: Which of your offices deal with personal injury and what areas of personal injury do you cover? Answer: Whilst our personal injury department is based in our Garston and Liverpool City Centre offices, we are able to take personal injury instructions from any of our other locations. Over the last four decades we have served the Read More …

Polythene firm fined after its safety failings left employee with permanent injuries

A Widnes based polythene manufacturer, which makes film for the food industry, has been ordered to pay £40,000 following its prosecution for safety failings. The accident occurred on 21 January 2014 during a night shift when the employee was operating a multi-winder machine that converts logs of stretch film polythene into smaller hand sized reels. Read More …

Tripping accidents

Local authorities are principally responsible for the maintenance and repair of highways and carriageways ( pavements and roads) and if a person is injured in a fall involving a defect in a pavement or road then a claim for compensation can be made. Some pavements and roads are not the responsibility of the local authority Read More …

Ministry of Justice Propose Ban on Referral Fees

The Government announced last week it’s intention to ban referral fees in personal injury matters. This is seen as part of the Government’s tough stance on tackling what it describes as “compensation culture”. Fees are often paid by solicitors to claims management companies or insurers, in turn for a referred personal injury case. These fees Read More …

Health and Safety Laws Backed by Government

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) last week welcomed the Government’s move to for an end to the “epidemic of excuses” wrongly citing health and safety. Defending the UK’s health and safety laws, Employment Minister Chris Grayling was critical of the tactic of using health and safety as an excuse for unpopular decisions. The Read More …

Department of Transport Road Casualty Figures

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) have reported that for the first time since records began, the number of deaths per year on British roads has fallen below 2,000. They credit the reduction to a strong road safety strategy. The Department for Transport figures show 1,857 people died in road accidents during Read More …

Miraculous Escape – Sentencing

We reported horrfic details on 20 July of a worker who was described to have miraculously cheated death when he was involved in an accident at work. The worker suffered terrible injuries when he was dragged through a gap just 125mm wide, the size of a CD case. Sentences have now been handed down. At the trial Read More …

‘Red Tape Challenge’

We wrote recently about the Government’s attempts to limit health and safety liabilities. Employment Minister Chris Grayling has now launched what he describes as a “Red Tape Challenge” for members of the public to report instances of ridiculous decisions made on the grounds of “health and safety”. The challenge has been focussing on four distinct Read More …

Motorway Accident at Work

A construction company and subcontractor have been fined a total of £202,000 as a result of an accident in which a worker was killed on the M25. The worker was waiting to reinstate fencing when a lorry jack-knifed, trapping him between another vehicle and a barrier. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the accident Read More …

HSE Cost Recovery Consultation

A consultation period opened last week during which The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will look at a scheme for recovering costs they have incurred by parties breaching health and safety legislation. The HSE hope the consultation period will last no longer than three months. With the Government already agreeing the scheme in principle, it Read More …