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Prison worker’s landmark victory

Prison catering manager, Susan Cox, has won her case in the Supreme Court, in what is being described as a ‘landmark’ victory.  The case, which was brought by the Prison Officers’ Association and solicitors acting on Ms Cox’ behalf, will change the legal definition of ‘employee’ and the law around vicarious liability.  Formerly, prisoners working with prison staff were not known as employees.  Since the court ruling, which took place on 2 March 2016, prisoners will be known as ‘employees’.  The claim was upheld following a decision by the Court of Appeal to allow Ms Cox to claim damages following an incident that led to serious injury in September of 2007.  The damages are being sought from the Ministry of Justice.

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Doctor claims damages from NHS

A doctor from Bristol has claimed damages from the NHS after suffering a “serious spinal injury” on a boat trip seven years ago. Dr Kathleen Feest had been involved in a team building exercise alongside 10 other colleagues when the accident happened.  The party had been on a 9m inflatable boat, called the Celtic Pioneer, which left Cardiff Bay for an hour-long trip to the Bristol Channel.

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Police payout £940,000 in compensation

New figures have revealed that Devon and Cornwall Police have paid out £940,000 in compensation in the space of three years.  The figures looked at payouts made between 2010 and 2013, with £847,000 having gone to members of the public, and £91,300 to injured officers. The largest payout was £75,000 to a member of the public following an assault by an officer in 2010.

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Coal mining museum fined over death

Two mining firms and a museum trust have been fined after a man was crushed to death by a dumper truck. 58-year-old Michael Buckingham, from Grimethorpe, had been operating the dumper truck to move waste as part of a £2.7million project to expand the area open to underground tours at the museum. He died in January 2011.

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