Litigation Writs 15/10/96

Truro motorist John Summers, injured in a crash in which a loaded lorry fell on top of his car, has launched a compensation claim against WA Turtle, of Sudbury, Suffolk, and lorry driver Timothy Brooks, also of Sudbury. The writ says that Summers was driving his Cortina along the A1071 towards the A134 when a Volvo lorry, owned by Turtles and driven by Brooks, tipped over with its load of two heavy generators on top of his car. Summers suffered pain and bruising and a severe headache. In addition, he is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. The writ says he may be handicapped in the labour market as a result of the crash. Brooks has since been convicted of careless driving.

Writ issued by Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave of Russell Street, London WC2.

The parents of a man who died from Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease – dubbed the human equivalent of mad cow disease – have launched a £50,000-plus High Court damages claim against the UK Medical Research Council and the Secretary of State for Health. John Struthers died, aged 28, in 1993, after being given human growth hormone injections made from pituitary glands taken from dead bodies, according to the High Court writ issued by his parents, Alan and Georgina Struthers, of Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria. They claim their son was given growth hormone injections contaminated with CJD and accuse the UK Medical Research Council and the Secretary of State for Health of negligence.

Writ issued by Irwin Mitchell.

A man from Membury, near Axminster, Devon, has launched a rare High Court damages claim against the Civil Aviation Authority, accusing it of malicious falsehood. The claim by Brian Friend is contained in a High Court writ issued against the CAA, and Kenneth Anderson, Captain John Mimpriss, Captain Patricia Richardson, John Page, John Saull, and Russell Williams, who are all members of the of the CAA Safety Regulation Group. Friend is claiming damages for wrongful dismissal and breach of contract on 1 December 1992 of his employment with the authority. Friend is also claiming damages for inducement of breaches of contract, and conspiracy to induce and conspiracy to cause him economic loss by malicious falsehoods.

Writ issued Baker and Duke, Ilminster, Somerset.