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Law Bulletin - November 2007

House of Lords rejects pleural plaques claim [Liability]

The appellants had been negligently exposed to asbestos at work and developed pleural plaques.

Force of pushing heavy loads on wheels – Court of Appeal and manual handling [Liability]

The claimant and his colleagues moved four large machines from a delivery bay to positions inside the factory.

Kicking down a stiff door: PUWER and causation [Thompsons’ cases]

The claimant worked for the MOD. His colleagues were having problems closing a door in the ammunition store.

Using a hoist on your own [Thompsons’ cases]

The claimant was a home carer at the patient’s own home. The patient was very heavy and paralysed.

Solicitors negligence: claimant cannot sue for loss of chance where there is no chance [Practice and Procedure]

The claimant had been working at a hospital under a training contract.

First case on the new Ogden Tables? [Damages]

The claimant, 42 years old at the date of the accident and 47 at the date of trial, suffered multiple injuries in an RTA

Big award for rear end shunt [Damages]

The claimant was shunted from behind at low speed by a car driven by the defendant. Liability was admitted.

Motorist can reclaim cost of hire car [Damages]

The Court of Appeal has revisited some of the issues that were previously considered in Dimond -v- Lovell (2002).

Mitigation of loss [Damages]

The claimant suffered an injury to his middle and ring fingers that required surgery to repair tendons.

Client attacked by bouncer recovers damages [Damages]

While this case was settled rather than proceeding to a judgment, it is worth mentioning for the benefit of others who might be pursuing claims for assaults by club bouncers.