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Posts tagged “Accident Injury Solicitors”

Our team of Personal Injury Solicitors in Preston have written about accidents in theme parks a few times in recent months – from accidents at Alton Towers, to Aqualandia Water Park – but our team have read about another sad accident which has recently occurred. 
Jade Graves, a 29-year-old mother from Hull, was the victim of another theme park accident that our team of Personal Injury Solicitors just had to tell you about- to hopefully prevent the same sad incident occurring to anyone else. 
Whatever profession you find yourself in, whilst at work, as an employee, you are owed a duty of care by your employer. This duty of care is governed specifically by the Health and Safety at Work Act, of 1974. This Act states that employers are to follow a set standard towards employees which include the following: 
- To ensure there is a safe system (also referred to as ‘plant’) of work, that is safely maintained. 
- To provide adequate training, specific to the tasks being carried out. This also includes being trained on how to use certain systems, programmes and machinery. 
- To provide protective clothing and equipment, where required. For example, supplying protective gloves when handling chemical products to prevent contamination or burns. 
- To appoint a competent Health and Safety Officer within the work place, who issues concerning health and safety can be reported to. 
- To ensure there is sufficient information, and instruction, available in relation to the work being carried out. There should also be appropriate supervision in place. 
Follow the link to the Act, for more information: http://www.hse.gov.uk/legislation/hswa.htm. 
We hear about deals and no deals and import and exports and immigration and it goes on and on but what hasn’t been discussed much is how a no deal Brexit could affect how cross-border motor claims are dealt with. 
You may have heard of the Green Card Scheme which allows for cross border travel whilst protecting victims injured in their home country by a foreign registered vehicle. The Fourth Directive is another handy tool which assist victims who are injured whilst abroad. The problem we face is that whilst the Green Card Scheme should survive because its not an EU initiative the Forth Directive is, so it is likely to face disruption if Boris doesn’t get anywhere with Brexit negotiations. 
As a younger driver, I’m constantly hearing things about what I should and shouldn’t do in my car: don’t run the aircon for too long, don’t leave the windows open during the day, or even, don’t park facing the sun. Whilst I’m sure some of tips are very helpful, some of them definitely have to be taken with a pinch of salt. 
But, are some tips more than just a myth? 
A seemingly more common way to holiday now-a-days is to head off in the trusty old caravan. With an ever-increasing need for space -saving ideas, and clever furniture hacks, caravans seem to tick more boxes for people than ever. 
But, if you’re going to holiday in the country this year, with your caravan in tow, make sure you’re driving safely – and legally. 
Our team of Personal Injury Solicitors Lancaster don’t own their own caravans (yet – we’re always hopeful for the future!), but they do have some tips and tricks about things to do when you’re towing a caravan, or things you shouldn’t do! 
It can cause a bit of a panic on the roads when you’re driving or walking and hear the sound of sirens heading your way. Most of us will do our best to move out of the way, slowing down, or even stopping, to ensure that the Fire Engine/Police Car/Ambulance can get to their destination. 
However, just because we all try to move out of the way, doesn’t mean that this is always possible. Sometimes, it can be quite a struggle, and on some occasions, unfortunately, people have suffered a catastrophic personal injury. 
Take for example the case of the lady who heard the sirens, and saw the blue flashing lights, but still wasn’t able to get out of the way in time, and was hit by a police car. 
The incident occurred during rush hour, around 5:20pm, with the woman, aged 57, being taken to hospital by Air Ambulance. She died the following morning, around 9:30am. 
As with all incidents involving police officers, the Independent Office for Police Conduct, as well as the Directorate of Professional Standards, have been informed. 
Our team of Personal Injury Solicitors in Preston’s thoughts are with the woman’s family and friends at this sad time. 
Our team of Personal Injury Solicitors in Preston have written about accidents in theme parks on more than one occasion, and we often talk about different types of personal injuries you can suffer: road traffic accidents, slips, trips or falls, accidents at work, and medical negligence. However, we don’t often talk about what happens if you are injured abroad. 
When you are on holiday, normally you want to be relaxed, sitting sipping your pink gin, and, or reading your favourite book. Some people, however, they want an action-packed adventure, where they get their thrills daily – bungee jumping or walking up Everest (or something that feels as big as Everest, at the time) are just a few of the activities you may decide to partake in. For those of you who were wondering, our team of Personal Injury Solicitors in Preston prefer the former! 
For those of you who are injured on your relaxing (or not, relaxing) holiday, claiming compensation might be the last thing on your mind BUT It is definitely something you should think about! 
A pair of yellow flip flops
Food safety is vital in ensuring that potential consumers are kept safe when purchasing goods that they intend to consume. There are various sources where important information can be found on how this is to be achieved. 
Firstly, our solicitors in Lancaster look to what the law itself says. The Consumer Protection Act, of 1987, states that retailers are to sell products which are free from bacteria that may cause food poisoning. 
Further guidance comes from the Food Standards Agency who, in conjunction with the Chilled Foods Association, have published specific guidance on such matters in their ‘Best Practice Guidelines for the Production of Chilled Foods’. The Chilled Foods Association release annual reports, which can be viewed at “https://www.chilledfood.org/”, on issues surrounding the standards that chilled food should be at. 
As is the case with many young people, having their ears pierced is an exciting step; until they feel the pain for hours later, that is. What they fail to recognise, amidst the excitement, is what safety precautions should be taken when having a procedure, such as a body piercing, carried out. 
To become a body piercer, the relevant training course should be undertaken. Practitioners are then required to apply with the local city council for a licence to be registered, and will then be subject to various inspections to ensure all is in order. 
‘You’ve missed a bit’, a phrase our solicitors in Preston, and we suspect many of you reading this blog, have had entrenched in our brains and down our ears by loved ones whilst on holiday to stop the sun burning us. Whilst we are all careful, sun burn is something that sometimes, is to be expected in the hot weather. Our accident injury solicitors, and again many of you, however, would in no way expect chemical burns to be something we need to watch out for. Nor was this the case for one family who were enjoying a holiday in Lanzarote. 
We all know that, when on holiday with young children (and in many cases, the adults too), the first thing they want to do is a ‘belly flop’ straight into the swimming pool to cool off. Esme Law, aged four, was the same and was enjoying playing in the pool at the Villa the family were staying at. 


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