Sentinel

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 …

Who should look after your best interests when you can’t?

Date: February 25, 2018 by IDU

There was a lot of news coverage recently following remarks by retired Court of Protection judge Denzil Lush. Mr Lush expressed his personal concerns about the ‘risks’ posed by the creation of a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), claiming they were fraught with opportunities for abuse and that he personally would prefer the alternative of …

Improved quality of life is the aim of compensation for victims of serious personal injury

Date: February 20, 2018 by IDU

Accidents can change lives in an instant. But after the accident, rescue by emergency services, emergency treatment by the NHS, what then for the victims and their families? Anyone can be at risk of a life-changing accident simply by going about their everyday lives.   Very serious injuries, such as spinal cord or brain injuries, …

Settlement for lower leg amputation

Date: February 15, 2018 by IDU

It’s a sad fact that motorbike and cycle accidents and injuries tend to increase during the summer months. More bikes are dusted off and taken on the road but despite the increased numbers and campaigns urging drivers to ‘think twice – think bike’ cyclists and bikers still seem to be unnoticed by other road users …

Compensation for shattered dreams

Date: February 10, 2018 by IDU

Those on two wheels are especially vulnerable, especially in traffic-choked cites. So too are pedestrians, as in the tragic recent case of cyclist Charlie Alliston who knocked down and killed 44-year-old mother of two Kim Briggs as she crossed Old Street, east London, on 12 February 2016. In that case Alliston was riding a “fixie” …

The importance of making a Will

Date: February 05, 2018 by IDU

Everyone over the age of 18 should make a will. That’s especially true if you have children or you’re living together (co-habiting) and not married. There are a number of myths and misconceptions around inheritance issues which mean some people think making a Will isn’t necessary.   It’s too complicated and expensive It is possible …

Your rights in redundancy

Date: February 01, 2018 by IDU

Being at risk of redundancy is a stressful experience for individuals and a decent employer should consider how they can support their employees by offering help with skills training and job searching and encouraging awareness of their employee’s rights and options in these circumstances.   Organisations facing financial difficulty may want to effect dismissals as …

How much can your employer quiz you about your past?

Date: January 30, 2018 by IDU

No employer would publish a job advert that contained discriminatory wording and most employers are aware that they need to be careful not to indirectly discriminate against protected groups when it comes to describing the requirements of a role. For example, very few job adverts specifically state that a job is ‘full time only’ given …

The pitfalls of private health when things go wrong

Date: January 30, 2018 by IDU

They vast majority of healthcare professionals and workers are dedicated individuals performing their duties to the very best of their ability. However, in a number of recently reported high profile cases, doctors and other healthcare professionals have been found liable directly for their own negligent treatment of patients.   More often than not, if they …