22.4.10

Sponsored blog post: Slipping and tripping accidents, a heavy toll on employees and the public

According to the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, nearly 11,000 workers in the UK suffered serious injuries from a slip or trip in their workplace, accounting for a third of all reported major work-related injuries. Taken together, slipping and tripping accidents are likely to cost employers over £500 million, from lost revenue coupled with other costs relating to injured workers, including hiring temporary staff and statutory sick pay.

Preventing slips and trips in the workplace can save employers substantial amounts of money from the costs of claims. In many cases simple measures can be taken to reduce the chances of an accident occurring. Probably the most cost-effective way of reducing slipping and tripping accidents is through awareness training of staff members so that they understand the common hazards, and the steps to take to reduce the risk of slips and trips, both for themselves and for their colleagues or members of the public who might be in the same area.

Signage, posters and other notices, often a favourite of businesses looking to comply with health and safety laws can, if used indiscriminately, be of almost no use in alerting people to slipping and tripping hazards. Overuse of signage reduces the impact, and in many cases people will ‘tune out’ notices if they encounter them too frequently – which means they might not be aware of a very real risk.

Slip and Trip Accident Claims

Obviously when it comes to slips and trips, preventing the accident by identifying risks and taking appropriate action is the best policy. But if the worst happens and you are injured in an accident, through no fault of your own, then a specialist personal injury claims solicitor can help to make the process of claiming compensation understandable and stress-free.

Camps Solicitors are a firm of accident claim lawyers who help people who, through no fault of their own, have been injured by slipping on or tripping over a hazard to make claims for compensation on a No-Win No-Fee basis.

Author: Neil Worrall

Review of BabyBarista at The Planet Harris Book Blog


"Expanded from his BabyBarista Times blog, this first novel from Tim Kevan is an uproarious diary of intrigue, backstabbing and dubious moral attitudes, set in the allegedly morally upstanding world of law courts and Chambers. BabyBarista himself is a Machiavellian young pupil barrister whose early claims of naivety are quickly rubbished when it becomes clear that he will stop at nothing to ensure he, and not one of the other four pupils in his chambers, is granted tenancy at the end of the year.

BabyBarista’s first pupilmaster, known simply as TheBoss, hands him a copy of ‘The Art of War’ by Sun Tzu on his first day but it is clear from the off that nobody is going to put Baby in a corner anyway. Without the ancient strategic text, Kevan’s narrator would have been a formidable enough proposition; armed with it he acts out ever-darker and underhand schemes to achieve his ends. Nonetheless, BabyBarista remains charming and entertaining enough throughout to guarantee we’re still rooting for him come the denouement. This is, in part, due to his wry observations on the pomp and circumstance which lays like a veil over British legal proceedings. Why wear 200 year out of date wigs and gowns in court, he wonders, when modern defendants might have more faith in somebody wearing a superhero outfit? Why should prosecution and defence counsels spend hours arguing to and fro to reach an out-of-court settlement when they can decide the matter with a quick game of Battleships and spend the rest of the day drinking champagne?

There are shades of Francis Urquhart, echoes of Yes Minister’s Sir Humphrey and a degree of Iago to this would-be-Rumpole, but many of the external cultural references are actually drawn from television comedy. One of the most entertaining scenes consists of BabyBarista’s pre-courtroom war of words with a more experienced counsel he refers to as TheCreep. TheCreep attempts to undermine Baby’s confidence by haranguing him on the train heading for their court appearance, but is rebuffed at every turn by the Catherine Tate catchphrase ‘Bothered.’ Worryingly, this episode and many others are told so convincingly that I began to pray I never need defending by a junior, or even senior barrister. Some of Kevan’s counsels do not appear to come armed to the battle of wits that is crosscourt debate.

As the novel rattles towards deadline day pretty much every character either falls apart, usually as a result of BabyBarista’s machinations, or reveals themselves to be even more loathsome than they first appeared. With one notable exception. OldRuin is unmistakably the conscience of the piece, full of avuncular advice and driven by an awareness that life is not about avoiding mistakes or behaving perfectly, it is about what we learn from our errors of judgement, morally as well as practically. Without this virtually lone advocate of human decency the novel would be less effective and our sympathies for BabyBarista himself might falter, the more he becomes embroiled in smearing his rivals. What OldRuin allows the reader to understand, however, is that Baby might not need throwing out with the bath water; he just might realise that skulduggery can only get him so far. Is he redeemable? Quite possibly, but then, a rehabilitated BabyBarista would rule out any possibility of a sequel, wouldn’t he?

Tightly written, interspersed with enough out-of-chambers action to keep the layman riveted, peppered with keenly-observed, if rarely likeable characters, and genuinely laugh-out-loud funny in places, Tim Kevan’s debut is an absolute delight."

21.4.10

Review of BabyBarista in 'Pit Pilot Surf Magazine'

"Tim Kevan is a testimony to the importance of surfing in life. He gave up a lucrative job as a barrister to move to the coast, surf and write this novel. Babybarista is a scandalous story of a trainee at the Bar. It’s full of naughty storylines and rips the law trade to pieces. You can fully see why you would want to jack it all in for a few waves, and it’s great fun reading such a damning indictment of the class-riddled world of the Bar. Hilarious and addictive."

7.4.10

Sponsored Guest Post: Spinal Cord Injury Compensation Claims

A spinal cord injury can have devastating effects for the victim of a non-fault accident, as wells as for the victim’s family. The ability to walk and move as we please is something we can take for granted, so suddenly losing this freedom can be a terrible blow. An injury to the spinal cord can be one of the most catastrophic types of injuries. This is due to the likelihood that any damage to the nerve fibres will affect their ability to transmit signals from the brain to the rest of the body - resulting in a permanent disability.
The spinal cord is a long thin bundle of nervous tissues that extends from the brain down the first 18 inches of the spinal column. It is the main pathway for the transfer of information between the brain and the peripheral nervous system and any damage to the spinal cord can cause paralysis and other problems with movement or function. A spinal cord injury can be caused in a variety of situations. The force from even a relatively minor impact such as a car accident, an accident at work or a trip or fall can be enough to damage the spinal cord, leaving the unfortunate victim either partially or completely paralyzed.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a spinal cord injury and someone else was to blame, you may be eligible to make an accident claim – provided the accident took place within the last three years.
An expert personal injury solicitor can help to guide you through the complex process of making a claim for spinal injury compensation, focusing on the issues that are important to you – sure as making sure that any claim that is made covers the cost of any specialist medical care that either you or your injured family member might require.
Author: Neil Worrall