Archive for: December 2015

Observers, Analysts Respond To Autumn Statement Proposals On Personal Injury

Editor Neil Rose of Legal Futures, the move to increase the small claims court’s limit from £1000 to £5000 to address minor soft tissue motor accident injuries gives the advantage to insurers alone. This would enable them to settle cases off-court in a lump-sum repayment.

Law Society President Jonathan Smithers said victims will be forced to go through the small claims court without legal advice, giving insurers that could have legal consultation and representation with their resources the upper hand.

Meanwhile, insurers said to handle the large queue of personal injury claims, contesting them with legal representation would increase its £2bn loss yearly for fraudulent and exaggerated personal injury claims.

The proposals come after Chancellor George Osborne announced his plan to revolutionise the UK’s compensation culture. Senior EAD Partner Steve Cornforth said the Chancellor is fighting a “mythical” compensation culture that “the media and insurance companies created to alarm us all without substantial evidence of its existence.”

The Select Transport Committee had criticised the Chancellor’s Spending Review as it downplayed the role of victims. The STC said the Chancellor’s consultation were only with insurers.

Whiplash injuries, including injuries with facial scarring, will face a cap of £5000. Observers and analysts said this would only be “throwing the problem into the long grass”. A guaranteed solution cannot be ensured by the move, they said.

 

About 420,000 Children Die Each Year Due To Tainted Food

About 600 million people die in the world every year because of contaminated food. According to the World Health Organisation, about one-third of those deaths are related to children.

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UN’s Health Agency found that about one in 10 people get sick yearly because of contaminated food, viruses, toxins and chemicals.

WHO Food Safety Division Chief Kazuaki Miyagishima said:

“Until now, we have been combating an invisible enemy, an invisible ghost.”

Foodborne pathogens can destroy weak immune systems quickly. Small children are the ones at great risk. Children below the age of five may only account for nine per cent of the global population but about 40 per cent of illnesses caused by unsafe or toxic food their numbers account form.

Children who may have consumed toxins in food could have violent episodes of diarrhea and vomiting. These children are also at risk of cancer, kidney or liver failure, brain and neural disorders, according to the report.

Most cases occur due to the consumption of raw or undercooked meat. Salmonella, e.Coli or campylobacter bacteria found in old eggs and dairy products are mostly responsible for the diseases.

Mould on grain contains the Taenia Solium tapeworm and aflatoxin, which could cause liver and kidney cancer.