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Claimant: Valerie Burton, 5Incident: Chemical injury
Injuries: Claimant admitted to hospital for emergency heart treatment as result of exposure to aerosol adhesive spray while she was working as shoe shop window-dresser. Agreed damages included element of compensation for 'profound shock' suffered as result of claimant's fear of hospitals. She alleged cause of her illness was exposure to a spray which contained trichlorethane and butane. Cans were marked with health warning. She was ultimately medically retired from her job
Award: £50,000 agreed
Judge: Robert Jackson QC
Counsel for plaintiff: Tracy Forster
Solicitors for plaintiff: Howard Thomas & Petrou, Tulse Hill
Sayer v Suffolk Health Authority & anr - QB 11 February 1997
Claimant: Michelle Sayer, 30
Incident: Fall at work coupled with medical negligence
Injuries: Claimant, a mother of two, fell at delicatessen where she worked. Later treated at
Ipswich Hospital but judge said doctors had wrongly taken 'conservative approach' to injuries rather than operating immediately. Result was that claimant's left leg ultimately had to be amputated above knee. Judge rejected claims that limb was already doomed due to congenital deformity and said he was satisfied that on balance of probabilities operation could have saved it. Prior to accident claimant could play sports such as badminton and carry on relatively active life and could walk up to ten miles with no appreciable difficulty.
Judge: Mr Justice Collins
Counsel for plaintiff: R Lynagh QC
Solicitors for plaintiff: Prettys, Ipswich
Pollard v Spousal (Midlands), - QB 13 February 1997
Claimant: Carol Pollard, 48 years and Claire Pollard, 14
Incident: Claim over death of husband from asbestosis
Injuries: David Pollard, died aged 54 from mesothelioma brought on by exposure to asbestos while he worked as pipe lagger on installations, including power stations and hospitals, between 1958 and 1960.