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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 …

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 …