Legal News

Asbestos-related lung cancer claims and smoking

Date: April 01, 2019 by idu-net

  Asbestos is certainly a potential cause of lung cancer but around 85% of all lung cancers are believed to be caused by smoking. Many people therefore believe that making some sort of claim for compensation that will help them in easing the effects of their illness is not worth making, since they think a …

Support for life – not just the claim

Date: March 07, 2019 by idu-net

  Leysa Jane Hardy is not an IDU member, but her case is a good example of the expertise and lifetime support IDU members can draw on in similar unfortunate circumstances.  Paul Ashurst tells how she got the help she needed.     Leysa was involved in an atrocious road traffic accident that left her …

A brief guide to buying a home

Date: February 06, 2019 by idu-net

Through IDU Legal, union members have access to one of the largest law firms to be accredited under the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme.  A firm that has helped more people move home throughout Great Britain than any conveyancing solicitors and has been the preferred conveyancing partner of consumer organisation Which? since 2016. So they …

The dangers of choking to death in care homes

Date: January 22, 2019 by idu-net

The decision to entrust a loved one to the care of others is never an easy one to make.  Moving a relative into a residential care home or a nursing home can be a difficult and emotional experience.  The state of your relative’s health means that this decision may well be taken out of your …

New hope for justice for low level asbestos exposure victims

Date: December 17, 2018 by idu-net

Mr Bussey was a plumber, installing domestic heaters and boilers. As part of his work he had to saw, handle and manoeuvre asbestos pipes and rope. He was exposed to ‘safe’ low levels of asbestos (as defined in a Technical Data Note (TDN13) issued by the Factory Inspectorate in 1970) between 1965 and 1968 and …

The importance of Informed Consent

Date: November 22, 2018 by idu-net

Any doctor or healthcare professional should obtain their patient’s permission or agreement to undergo a course of treatment – now termed ‘informed consent’ following a Supreme Court judgment in the case of Montgomery –v- Lanarkshire Health Board in March 2015. This means that a doctor or healthcare professional should discuss all the treatment options (not …

Challenging an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

Date: November 07, 2018 by idu-net

Challenging an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)   In September 2014, the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms came into effect. From 1 September 2014, any child or young person referred to a local authority for assessment was considered under the new Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan assessment process.   Department for …

Making sure your wishes are respected

Date: September 25, 2018 by IDU

The tragic case of Oliver McGowan, who died at Southmead hospital in Bristol after being given an antipsychotic drug against his and his family’s wishes, highlights the complexity of what exactly is in the  ‘best interests’ of a person who lacks capacity. Oliver had epilepsy, cerebral palsy and autism and despite the family begging doctors …

Mesothelioma affecting increasing numbers of Women

Date: March 05, 2018 by IDU

Mesothelioma is a disease commonly associated with men who have worked with asbestos. Yet in the last decade it is reported that there has been a greater increase in the incidence rates of women suffering from mesothelioma (25%) as compared to men (6%).   Mesothelioma is a cancerous tumour which can affect the lining of …

Skin Cancer Risks for Outdoor Workers

Date: March 01, 2018 by IDU

We’ve all become more aware of the skin cancer risks associated with exposure to the sun (on the seemingly rare occasions we see it!). More of us are topping up on high factor sunscreens for our beach breaks and yet, according to the British Skin Foundation, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer …