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Compensation for delay in referring patient for physiotherapy

Compensation recovered for a Claimant who had a delay in referring her for physiotherapy which only took place some months later which had caused her condition to actually become worse.
For further details on this or indeed any other clinical negligence claims contact:

Simon Bransby at or call 01603 877064

Abdominoplasty error leads to compensation payment

A five figure sum recovered for a young lady who had routine plastic surgery but had not been properly assessed and the hospital had not taken her through a proper consent process.  She has been left with scarring and a psychiatric reaction. 
For further details on this or indeed any other claims contact Simon Bransby at or call 01603 877064

£30,000 compensation claim for HIP replacement hospital error

In excess of £30,000 recovered for a hip replacement which was carried out negligently when a globule of cement was dropped into the hip causing a thermal burn to the femoral nerve and required remedial surgery  After an initial period of disability the Claimant had made a reasonably good recovery but needed care and assistance from his partner in the early days. 
For further details on this or indeed any other clinical negligence claims contact:

Simon Bransby at or call 01603 877064

Childbirth failure leads to compensation payment

Compensation recovered for a lady who had a swab left inside her vagina following a routine childbirth.  Fortunately the swab was detected quite early on but still resulted in a period of pain and suffering and extreme discomfort. 
For further details on this or indeed any other clinical negligence claims contact:

Simon Bransby at or call 01603 877064

Compensation of £50,000 for hospital failure to convey test results

This is an interesting case where the Claimant was suffering symptoms of an overactive thyroid. Tests were carried out by the hospital which revealed he did in fact suffer from this condition but they never communicated the results to him and he was only told some three years later. In the meantime he had lost his job due to concentration issues linked to the problem.Settlement reached for over £50,000 to reflect this.
The case was complicated by the fact that although the Claimant had lost his job, he was able to obtain some part-time work and a large part of the fact he could not work was due to the current economic climate, which the Defendants alleged but we were able to say he had lost his original job as a direct result of the negligence and therefore the Defendants had to pay the price.The settlement reflected that most of the Claimant’s loss of earnings were in fact recoverable.
For further details on this or indeed any other clinical negligence claims contact:

Simon Bransby at s…

Bus accident leads to five figure compensation claim

Significant five figure sum recovered for Claimant who was injured when his car was hit but a bus.  The case was particularly interesting as he muddled by trying to carry on working but eventually had to give up, suffering a psychiatric injury which was not of immediate onset. 
Arguments from the Defendant as to what caused the psychiatric injury were put forward but the compensation agreed reflected the fact the Claimant was able to recover all of his loss of earnings. 
For further details on this or indeed any other personal injury claims contact Simon Bransby at or call 01603 877064

Injury at school leads to compensation payment

Compensation recovered for a child who was injured in a PE class which was improperly supervised by a teacher.
The Defendants had denied liability for a number of years and the case involved having to employ a leading expert on physical education within schools.
For further details on this or indeed any other personal injury claims contact:

Simon Bransby at or call 01603 877064

Injury with saw leads to compensation payment

Five figure sums recovered for 2 Claimants, one of whom was not properly trained in the use of a saw, and suffered serious injuries to his hand and another, a cleaning lady who recovered compensation when she tripped over a “Henry” style hoover which she was using and fell down stairs.

The cleaning lady was a particularly interesting case as she was a foreigner and often required the help of an interpreter. 
For further details on this or indeed any other personal injury claims contact:

Simon Bransby at or call 01603 877064

Hair Extension compensation claim

Compensation recovered for a model who had hair extensions applied which caused her hair loss and aggravation of her scalp.  The award included loss of earnings for missed modelling sessions as well as a cancelled holiday. 

This was quite a complicated claim as there was a clear dispute between the parties as to the facts of the case. The Claimant said that she had relied upon the hairdresser’s experience and expertise in telling her what the best product was to give her the effect that she wishes for but they failed to take into account a number of factors, carry out a strand test, properly counsel her about the risks.
The hairdresser then ignored her complaints that there was a problem for too long meaning that by the time the extensions were removed they had caused irritation to her scalp and hair loss, requiring use of hair growth tablets, special shampoo and precluded her from being able to use a hair dryer, or any hair products such as hair spray, hair gel and such like. Inspite …

How much holiday can I take?

There is a minimum right to paid holiday; if you work five days per week you are entitled 28 days for someone working five days a week. This is capped at a statutory maximum of 28 days for all working patterns. Part-time workers are entitled to the same level of holiday pro rata. You start building up holiday as soon as you start work. If you started work on or before 25 October 2001 (14 April 2002 in Northern Ireland) there are no legal rules about how your holiday builds up
Your employer can control when you take your holiday and provide in your contract for you to have more holiday than you are entitled to under current law. You get paid your normal pay for your holiday. Once you finish a job, you get paid for any holiday you have not taken.  Bank and public holidays can be included in your minimum entitlement. You continue to be entitled to your holiday leave throughout your ordinary and additional maternity leave and paternity and adoption leave.
You must give your employer advance…

What is a Home Buyers Report?

This is a survey of a property you may be looking to buy that’s much more detailed than the basic valuation. It’s for your benefit, rather than the mortgage lender.
It will highlight potential problems with a property, such as subsidence, damp or woodworm. This can help you decide whether to go ahead or not with the purchase, or whether to look to renegotiate the price.
It is always a sensible (and we would say essential) precaution to have a survey of your purchase property especially if the property is an older build. 
A recent Which? Survey disclosed:
‘Those who missed problems spent an average of £2,500 putting them right. One in ten spent more than £10,000. Mark Morris from Newbury told us: ‘Since moving in, I’ve found the rot and damp was much worse than I thought. I’ve also spent several hundred pounds making the electrics safe.’ A quarter said that if they’d known in advance, they would have tried to renegotiate the price, and more than one in ten said they wouldn’t have bought at…

Government to support buyers of new build homes

The Government has today announced it will in March launch a scheme which is aimed at those looking to purchase new-build homes.  
The ‘NewBuy Guarantee scheme’, will allow lenders to offer large mortgages on new-build homes without running the risk of losing money if the property falls into negative equity and is repossessed. Essentially the loan will be guaranteed by the developers and government (taxpayers).
It is hoped this will enable would be movers looking to buy a new-build property up to the value of £500,000 to overcome the problem of finding  large sums of money to put down as a deposit.  The scheme is looking at underwriting 95% mortgages.
It is reported, Nationwide building Society, one of the lenders which will take part, is currently working with the government to work out exactly how the scheme will operate.
The Council of Mortgage Lenders said discussions are on-going, and when the final details are announced the £500,000 cap could vary around the country.
MJP Conveyancin…

Flood risk alert for future home owners and coveyancers

Buying a property that may be within the range of a flood plain has become even riskier due to the news that around 200,000 homes at risk from flooding could face problems getting insurance from next year.
Properties that have a 75% chance of flooding in any one year are those most at risk. Boston and Skegness in Lincolnshire is the constituency with the most homes at significant risk of  flooding with 7,550 properties under threat, followed by the Vale of Clwyd (7,339 homes), Folkestone and Hythe (7,196), and Windsor (7,125). Some properties in Great Yarmouth also fall into this category.
The reason for this is that an existing deal with the Government expires in 2013 and time is running out for ongoing talks about a new safety net arrangement.
The Association of British Insurers’ director-general Otto Thoresen said: "Insurers want to make sure that every home has access to affordable insurance, should the worst happen, and we're concerned that those people most at risk will …