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Edinburgh Legionnaires’ Disease 2012 Outbreak – Latest News

The Legionnaires' disease outbreak in summer 2012 was a worrying time for Edinburgh residents, mainly due to the lack of information given by local authorities at the time. Four people died and there were 56 confirmed cases, making it the worst Legionnaires' outbreak in a decade.

NHS Lothian's Incident Management Team published a report into the incident this week, which said that since the outbreak, 'the City of Edinburgh Council's Food Health and Safety Service has enhanced its ability to inspect risk systems and its capability to respond to Legionella outbreaks'.

The NHS Lothian Report

Neither the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) nor the Incident Management Team at NHS Lothian have been able to identify the source of the outbreak. The NHS summarised the outcome of the investigation as follows:

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What should I do if I have a slip, trip or fall accident?

The winter season brings a great deal more of a certain type of accident – slips, trips and falls. More than a third of all accidents reported to the Health and Safety Executive are as a result of slips and trips. Slippery pavements, wet shop floors and dark nights all make leaving your home slightly more dangerous. Although such falls may seem minor, a serious one may leave you seriously injured and even with lasting effect. Whilst some of the incidents are genuine accidents for which no one can be blamed, often they are caused by carelessness or negligence on the part of someone with a legal responsibility to prevent them. In the latter circumstance, the injured party may have a right to receive compensation and recover the cost of loss of earnings and any medical treatment required.

What should I do if I have suffered a slip, trip or fall injury?

In order to have the best chance of success in reclaiming compensation, there are some things you can do.

Record the Accident - If you are seriously injured you should make sure you receive medical attention as soon as possible. Otherwise, you should report the incident to the person responsible and log it in the accident book if possible.

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All Change for Personal Injury Cases in Scotland?

The Scottish Civil Justice Council (SCJC) has published a report on the responses it received to a consultation on the use of pre-action protocols in personal injury cases.

Pre-action protocols involve procedures, which take place involving both parties to the personal injury claim before court proceedings are raised, which will establish whether the settlement can be achieved without the need for litigation.

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Lawford Kidd Personal Injury Solicitors Ranked Top Three in Scotland by Legal 500, 2014

Edinburgh-based personal injury law firm Lawford Kidd have been recognised by leading legal directory, the Legal 500, as top of their field.

Of the law firms in Scotland, they made it into the top three rankings. Senior Partner David Sandison was delighted with the Legal 500 confirming Lawford Kidd's place in the top Personal Injury Firms in Scotland.

This is in addition to current independent assessments, including: top ten in the 2014 Chambers Directory in Scotland; Partner David Sandison recognised as a legal expert by the Legal Business Report; accreditation by APIL; and membership of the Motor Accidents Solicitors Society.

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Hospital apologises for baby’s death

An NHS Trust has admitted liability for the death of a baby, who was stillborn in August 2011, reports the BBC.

Deborah Horner gave birth to her stillborn daughter Abbie in St James’ Hospital in Leeds. She had previously had a miscarriage and this fact, together with her age (43) meant that her pregnancy was considered high risk.

However, the care she received in the run up to her delivery was described as falling “far short of the high standards of care” the hospital normally provided, reports the BBC. Record keeping was inaccurate, and a foetal heart trace reading was misinterpreted.

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