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New scheme offers compensation hope to mesothelioma sufferers

In a scheme that has just been announced, those who were diagnosed as suffering from mesothelioma as early as 2012 will now be able to apply for compensatory payments from the government. It has also been noted that the surviving families of those who have died from the disease will also be able to apply for workers' compensation. Along with a £7,000 sum towards legal costs, the government has put in place support arrangements to help 800 claimants in 2014, with 300 packages available thereafter.

An exceptionally aggressive cancer, the disease is caused by exposure to asbestos, which was banned in 1999 but can lie dormant for decades. The minister of state for Work and Pensions has expressed his delight that the scheme has been launched, noting that the deliberate ignoring of the issue by both the insurance industry and politicians has left many tragic victims to suffer 'years of injustice."

Security recordings influence personal injury case

A 61-year-old lollipop lady who suffered life-changing head injuries after being hit by a car may receive a multi-million pound award in court. The driver of the vehicle that hit her initially rejected liability, but CCTV cameras recording the scene suggested that she was responsible for the incident.

The mother-of-two was injured as she was on duty helping children. Reports say that a woman in a Peugeot 307 struck her while she was crossing the street. The lollipop lady suffered life-threatening injuries, underwent emergency surgery, spent months in a high-dependency ward and suffered amnesia. She now requires round-the-clock residential care.

Fundraiser dies during charity bicycle ride

A 38-year-old man who was cycling to raise cash for a mental health charity was killed when he was hit by a car. The bicycle accident happened during a 24-hour fund raiser that involved a 248 mile journey through Sussex and Kent. The cyclist had written that he wished to complete the trip in order to increase awareness of the support and services offered by the organization. He also hoped to raise £1,000 for the charity, which works to reduce the stigma currently attached to mental health issues.

The Ashford resident was near Chesterfield in Whitstable and cycling on the A2990 at 4 a.m. when he was involved in a crash with a Peugeot 206. The driver of the car was an 18-year-old woman who was subsequently arrested by police. She was accused of causing death by driving dangerously and was also suspected of driving while impaired. An investigation is under way and, police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the incident. The woman has been released on bail until the 26 July, according to reports.

Council loses fight against injured cyclist

A man who was severely injured after hitting a pothole has been awarded almost £70,000 by the High Court. The 57-year-old man was involved in the cycling accident in which he suffered a 'severe head injury" in 2009. He brought a claim against the County Council of Hertfordshire alleging that they had neglected to fill the 'defect" in the Rickmansworth road although it had been noted in 2008.

The man, who had worked as a fundraising director for a charity, was bicycling with two others when he rode into the pothole. Although he was wearing a helmet, he suffered a fractured skull, damage to his brain stem and broke his left arm. He was treated at Watford's General Hospital, and a neuropsychologist wrote a report, which was provided to the court, noting that the accident caused 'cognitive impairments" including 'significant deafness", which had negatively impacted his workplace performance since the accident. The man subsequently found it necessary to move to a less stressful, although similar, position that resulted in a loss of income.

Worker's arm crushed in recycling machinery

A 19-year-old man was flown by air ambulance to hospital after his arm was trapped and crushed in a recycling machine in a plant in Bootle. The agency employee was injured at work when he was using a crushing machine that is designed to mash recyclable products into large cubes.

The man received medical attention from paramedics at the scene before being transported by the North West Ambulance Service. A spokesperson for the service said that a rapid response unit and a doctor, as well as a paramedic and two fire crews were sent. The Hazardous Area Response team, an incident management team and a search and rescue unit were also in attendance.