Litigation Writs 14/10/97

A woman who claims she suffered personal injuries after being treated with blood products is suing the National Blood Authority, the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, Brighton Health Authority, Raigmore NHS Trust, West Suffolk Health Authority, Bio Products Laboratory, the Department of Health, South Thames NHS Executive, and Anglia and Oxford NHS Executive for over £100,000 compensation. Marion Whiffin, of Limerick, Republic of Ireland, claims she suffered personal injuries through their negligence and breach of statutory duty in the provision of medical care, services and advice, and in the provision and administration of blood products. She was treated at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in March/April 1990, Newmarket General Hospital and West Suffolk Hospital in December 1984 and June/July 1986, and Raigmore Hospital in April 1993.

Writ issued by Bolt Burdon, London N1.

Widow Doreen Cornell, whose husband Charles died from bladder cancer in 1995, is suing the British Coal Corporation. Cornell, of Barnard Castle, Co Durham, claims her husband's death was the result of negligence and breach of statutory duty on the part of British Coal. She is bringing her claim under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 and the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1934.

Writ issued by Lawford & Co, Nottingham.

Peter Cummings, of New Arley, Warwickshire, is suing Harry Powney, also of New Arley, over injuries he received in a 1995 road crash. Cummings, who was a passenger in the vehicle that crashed and which was being driven by Powney, claims that the injuries he received mean he will, inter alia, be permanently handicapped on the labour market.

Writ issued by Hodge Jones & Allen, London NW1.

West Oxfordshire District council and Tewkesbury Borough Council are heading for a High Court showdown over legal costs run up in a case which started six years ago. West Oxfordshire has issued a writ accusing Tewkesbury of failing to honour a deal to share the costs of the action and is now seeking damages. The writ says Tewkesbury also agreed to indemnify West Oxfordshire for its share in the costs but that it has failed to honour its part of the deal.

Writ issued by Sharpe Pritchard, London WC1.