Litigation Writs 20/06/95

A High Wycombe artist whose work has suffered as a result of injuries to his little finger is suing Brent and Harrow Health Authority. He accuses it of negligence in its treatment of him at Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow. John Easterling claims that because of lack of effective treatment he can no longer carry out fine and intricate art work. The writ says he went to the hospital's casualty department on 11 May 1992 after injuring the little finger of his right hand, and that after a preliminary examination was told to wash the wound himself. It says that at his insistence a doctor administered a "desultory pin prick test" and the wound was stitched. However, the writ claims four days later he went to Wycombe General Hospital where his wound was found to be badly infected, and he was given antibiotics. On 18 May he went to Stoke Mandeville Hospital where a divided nerve was discovered, and on 22 May he underwent an operation. The writ says he is likely to be permanently disabled as an artist because of the injury.

Writ issued by Timothy Kench & Co, Prestwood. E385.

Paratrooper Stephen McKane is suing the army over injuries he received while serving in Northern Ireland. McKane, of Colne, Lancashire, says he was injured in an accident on 7 May 1992 when he slipped as he climbed on to a personnel carrier. In addition to compensation for injuries as a result of the fall, he is seeking damages for subsequent injuries he claims he suffered because of the MoD's allegedly negligent care of him after the incident.

Writ issued by Sterratt & Co, Barnoldswick. M949.

A soldier who had to give up his army career because of a personality change caused by brain injuries he suffered in a road crash is suing coach driver Raymond Reynolds, of Aycliff, Co Durham, for damages. His writ says the accident happened as he was walking along the verge of the A344 near Stonehenge and resulted in severe injuries, including a head injury, a fractured left arm and lacerations. He was in a coma and suffered bleeding and swelling of the brain. Afterwards he had difficulty in retaining information, was slow to respond and forgetful, and was discharged from the army in December 1994, the writ states. It is likely his personality change will be permanent and he is likely to remain at a disadvantage on the labour market, the writ claims. Writ issued by Bird & Lovibond, Uxbridge. D370.

Soured romance ends in court

A Tunbridge Wells man is at the centre of a bizarre case pending in the High Court in which he is being sued, among other things, for the return of a double bed he once shared with his former girlfriend. Publisher Mary Attree, 47, of Orpington, is heading for court with a claim against 51-year-old Derek Ford for the return of £10,600 which she claims she loaned to him and the bed they shared during their three-year romance.

Lords consider planning appeal

The House of Lords is to decide about consent for an appeal in the case of Shimizu (UK) v Westminster City Council. The appeal, if it goes ahead, will entail a probe into sections of the 1990 Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act which require consent for the demolition of unlisted buildings in conservation areas. The petitioners own a building in London's West End and have applied for planning consent for demolitions, not consented to in an earlier application. Westminster City Council failed to respond to the application within the statutory eight weeks and the Secretary of State refused listed building consent. In May 1993 the Lands Tribunal ruled the work would be an alteration to a listed building and a potential liability to pay compensation arose. The Court of Appeal overturned the decision last December.