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From changes in the law to high profile cases, you can trust Croftons Solicitors to stay right up to date with any legal news that could affect our clients.

Independent whiplash medical panels imminent

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling wants his plan to reform the whiplash claims process to be implemented by April 2015. Currently, whiplash claimants are able to support their case with medical evidence from a doctor of their own choosing. Under the new system, anyone making a claim will be allocated a medical professional at random underContinue Reading

How construction employers should make scaffolding safe

It is no secret that construction sites are among the most high risk working environments for employees, and last month a company in Wales was fined after failing to ensure staff were safe when working on scaffolding. Croftons Solicitors look at what employers in the construction sector must do to create a safe environment forContinue Reading

How has Alex Salmond developed an RSI?

Former Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Alex Salmond has reportedly been suffering from a repetitive strain injury caused by too many handshakes. The politician has been spotted wearing a hand brace following his failed bid to secure Scottish independence earlier this year. SNP sources suggest Mr Salmond shook hands with “thousands and thousands” of peopleContinue Reading

What can Katie Melua teach us about tinnitus?

The singer Katie Melua made headlines last week after revealing she had found a spider living in her ear. Before the creature was discovered, the star had thought that the buzzing she could hear was an early sign of tinnitus, but this was later proven to be incorrect. Despite this, the irony is that musiciansContinue Reading

Coroner suggests return to dog licences after fatal attack

A coroner has called for the law surrounding dangerous dogs to be changed, after a Manchester teenager was fatally attacked by four animals at a friend’s house. Alan Walsh said the case of Jade Anderson should prompt ministers to bring back dog licences in an attempt to deal with irresponsible owners. Dog licences have notContinue Reading

How your employer should protect you from RSIs

If your employer does not have the correct safety procedures or risk assessments in place, you could be at risk of developing a repetitive strain injury (RSI). These conditions can affect people in many different lines of work, from office staff to manual labourers. In any environment, business owners have a responsibility to ensure theirContinue Reading

Department for Transport reveals decrease in road fatalities

The Department for Transport’s annual report into the number of fatalities on UK roads has revealed that there were 1,713 deaths last year. This is a 2.3% decrease from 2012’s figures, and marks the fewest fatal accidents in one year since the turn of the millennium. The figures below show how the DfT has brokenContinue Reading

Has coaching Djokovic given Boris Becker tennis elbow?

Six-time grand slam tennis champion Boris Becker caused a stir at the US Open when he was pictured with a large lump on his elbow. The German has been coaching world number one Novak Djokovic since last year, and the pair were preparing for a second round match with Paul-Henri Mathieu when press photographers noticedContinue Reading

Businesses warned over misuse of health and safety laws

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned businesses to apply health and safety regulations properly and avoid using them as an “excuse”, after uncovering a number of strange misapplications of the law. There are concerns that businesses are getting around explaining company policies by simply telling customers that decisions have been made on healthContinue Reading

Police force scrutinised over 26 workplace accident claims

A UK police force has revealed its employees made 26 successful accident at work claims over the last 12 months. A Freedom of Information request unearthed the data kept by West Midlands Police (WMP), prompting allegations that they have failed to provide a safe working environment for officers. Claims were made for a wide varietyContinue Reading

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