MoJ abandons claimants, NHS ignores guidance

Industry news roundup: week ended 5 Aug 2013:

Seems to me this week that the news is full of people just simply not listening to each other and going off and doing their own wrongheaded way once more.

First up, did you hear how the Ministry of Justice has plans to regulate the personal injury compensation industry by moving a higher number of  claims into the small claims courts? This will supposedly reduce the strain on the nation’s judicial system and make it less expensive for the Government to operate, which is fantastic, but it seems that the Ministry has forgotten one very important thing: moving these cases to small claims leaves claimants responsible for their own legal costs, even in the event of a win.

Maybe you’re not aware of this, but it costs an arm and a leg to bring a legal proceeding, even in small claims courts. There’s a reason the no win no fee solicitor market is such a strong one: you’d be hard-pressed to pay for all the court costs and legal fees out of pocket otherwise. With the Ministry locking out so many possible claimants, there’s a serious risk that individuals in dire need of compensation will be unable to afford to bring a claim – especially if they’re out of work due to their injuries!

It’s a clear case of the Government just not listening to anyone and seeking out its own best interests instead of the best interests of its citizenry. Is it any wonder that most have absolutely no respect for those bastards down in Whitehall?

Almost to prove the point, there was another news story this week how shedloads of NHS trusts across the UK have been thumbing their nose at Government guidance for nearly ten years straight. Currently, the Government says it would rather NHS hospitals not permit personal injury solicitors from running adverts in hospital wards or in A&E departments, but there are 40 NHS trusts that are doing just that, despite the fact that the Government has been going on and on about it since 2014.

Honestly I can see why – some hospitals get £100,000 a year or more for running adverts. With the operating costs of your average hospital being what they are, it makes financial sense – on the other hand do you really want to be the unlucky person having themselves a nice, uncomfortable hospital stay due to an injury and have to be bombarded with legal adverts at every turn? Why, it would be enough for me to go mad after just a day or so!

Cook falls into curry pot, suffers serious burn injuries

After she fell into an industrial-sized cooking pot that held more than 50kg of boiling hot chicken curry, one female cook suffered serious burn injuries in what could lead to a work accident claim against her employer.

Sudesh Bala, aged forty seven, had been working within the kitchen by herself when the incident occurred, personal injury lawyers recently reported.  Mrs Bala had not been able to attract her co-workers’ attention nor free her self from the immense curry pot for an excruciating ten minutes, which led to her suffering horrendous and debilitating burn injuries across her buttocks, back, and lower body.

Accident claim experts report that Mrs Bala had been rushed to the Broomfield hospital in Chelmsford, where she was admitted to its special burns unit in order undergo extensive skin grafting treatments.  In the wake of her injuries, the forty seven year old woman not only needs to wear a special pair of tights which ensure that her skin does not peel off but also must take very strong painkillers.

Suffering from both extensive mental and physical scarring from the incident, Mrs Bala has not been able to return to work.  Shobha UK Ltd, the woman’s Luton based employers, has gone into liquidation since the incident.  However, thanks to the assistance of a  no win no fee solicitor, the injured woman has been able to seek compensatory damages from the insurers of the catering firm.

According to court documents filed on behalf of Mrs Bala, she claims that, even though she worked for the caterer for ten yers, not even once had she been given any kind of health and safety training whatsoever. Moreover, Mrs Bala also maintains that her former employer neglected to provide her any sort of protective clothing besides a simple and inadequate apron.