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Pauline Smith
    • Pauline Smith

    • Personal Injury Executive and Senior Associate
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Can I claim compensation after being attacked by a dog?

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Britain is considered to be a nation of dog lovers, and the best estimate is that there are approximately nine million dogs in the UK, with 26% of the population owning one as a pet. Dog owners are responsible for making sure that their dogs are...

Britain braced for 'Beast from the East'

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We’ve all seen the weather reports about the impending cold snap that is approaching from Siberia, alarmingly labelled “The Beast From The East”. Some meteorologists, whilst not exactly taking this with a...

What to do if your car is damaged by a pothole

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I don’t know if anyone else has noticed this, but my daily drive to work currently feels like I’ve signed up to an “off-roading” driving experience, due to the sheer volume of potholes and defects which appear to have developed...

Ski accidents - how to stay safe on the slopes

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Christmas is over, and whilst for some the holiday season is some way off, for skiing enthusiasts, winter marks the start of the most exhilarating time of year for them – their chance to hit the slopes, and experience the sheer glory of Mother Nature...

US teen snaps spine due to incorrect seatbelt position

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I read in the media this week the story of 13 year old Matthew Parks of Louisiana, who suffered a "Chance fracture" to his spine when his family's vehicle was involved in an accident, and ended up in a ditch in August this year. ...

MP's crucial debate on dangerous dogs

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Today, the 15th of October 2013, sees a busy day in Parliament as MPs prepare to debate the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill 2013-2014. A key part of this debate will centre around changing existing legislation concerning dangerous dogs. ...

Children miraculously escape serious injury

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This week I read of not one, but two alarming incidents, where the small children of two families thankfully escaped serious injuries, in separate accidents. In York city centre last week shoppers were enjoying the sunshine, and some organised summer...

Lucky escape for cyclist

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A man out for a cycle ride with a friend in Peterborough a couple of weeks ago, got more than he bargained for when the wheel of his bike hit a tree root and he fell off, impaling himself on a tree branch. The man, whose name ironically, is Adrian Wood,...

Drop in fatal injuries to workers

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The HSE have last week published data revealing a drop in the number of fatalities for workers . The figures revealed that within the period April 2012 to March 2013, 148 employees died, compared to 172 in the previous year. Compared to other...

Manchester school children in "runaway" bus scare

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Last week, 28 schoolchildren from Mottram Primary School in Manchester had a lucky escape when the bus that they had boarded in readiness for a school outing to Bridgewater Hall careered down a hill with no driver on board. The bus thankfully only travelled...

Food Safety Week 2013 - You are what you eat

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The Food Standards Agency have launched their "Food Safety Week" taking place between the 10th and 16th of June, following on the back of some quite frightening statistics. More than a million people in the UK alone suffer from food...

Wigan Council say "Twenty's Plenty"

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My local Council, Wigan, is putting pedestrians' safety first, with a formal proposal to introduce a mandatory 20 mph limit on most of the residential roads within the Borough. They have formally given notice within the local press and in...

Girl burned in cocktail fireball

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I read about a case recently, of an 18 year old girl, Charlotte Swaby, who suffered burns as a result of an alcoholic cocktail that had been purchased for her in a bar "exploding" in her face. The incident, which occurred over three years...

How safe are you in hospital?

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I read an article in the tabloids last week which said that Blackpool and Wyre NHS Trust had started a scheme whereby they issued slippers to all their in-patients as a result of them having many claims made against the Trust because of patients falling on...