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01 June 2005
The claimant, James, asked his neighbour, Butler, a general labourer, to help put up a conservatory. He paid him for his help. Butler tightened a screw of a piece of the structure with his finger so as to secure it temporarily while he went to get a screwdriver. In the meantime the part of the structure fell and struck James in the eye.
A brewing company sent a publican to manage a pub in a rough area to increase its profit. He worked very long hours and 18 months later suffered a heart attack.
To hold lawful demonstrators in a cordon for hours was breach of the European Convention on Human Rights 1950 Art 5(1) and was false imprisonment.
Middlesborough office won a trial on the issue of an absence of a proper risk assessment for procedures to deal with the inevitable occurrence of jams of cardboard boxes in machines where the claimant injured his hand retrieving some jammed cardboard.
In a VWF case the defendants appealed against an award of damages of £13,520, where the claimant had been employed by the defendants between 1970 and 1998 using vibrating tools.
The claimant suffered a whiplash-type soft tissue injury to his neck and shoulders in a road traffic accident.
Technology moves on, and can now extend to question about whether a claimant’s pain is real or fake.