Litigation Writs 10/2/98

The families of two men who died after a walkway collapsed at the Port of Ramsgate three and a half years ago have launched a compensation claim in the High Court. Denise Keersmaekers' husband, Juliaan, died from his injuries when the walkway collapsed on 14 September 1994 at the port. Keersmaekers and her children Elke, 21, Bart, 19 and Ruben, 18, all of Belgium, are suing Port Ramsgate. In a separate action, Ines Cecere, the representative of the late Trinidad Cecere, also of Belgium is also suing Port Ramsgate.

Writs issued by Waltons & Morse, London EC3 and Pritchard Englefield, agents for Pannone & Partners, Manchester.

Financial director Catherine Deverson, who says she was wrongly sacked from her job with Smartnet of London, is seeking damages for alleged breach of trust and confidence and for injury to her reputation plus payment of four months' salary due under her contract.

Writ issued by Monier-Williams & Boxalls, London WC2.

David Guerin, of Northolt, is suing the New Hampshire Insurance Co for £75,000. He claims he took out a policy with the company in 1987 covering him against being permanently disabled from his usual job through accidental bodily injury. He says that in November 1991 he was injured at work and as a result underwent three operations which were only partially successful and have left him unable to follow his usual occupation. He claims the insurers denied liability and have failed to pay him the £75,000 he says is due to him.

Writ issued by Francis & Francis, Wembley.

Abbey Life Assurance Co of Bournemouth, is being sued by Harvinder Plaha, of Bromley, for £73,453, interest of £28,078 and continuing interest of £16.10 a day over their alleged failure to pay out following a heart attack.

Writ issued by Bhagwandeen & Co, London EC1.

Syed Quli of London NW1, is suing Eagle Star Insurance Co for £100,000, which he says is owed under a permanent total disability policy following an accident in September 1991. Quli is also claiming £20,000 as benefit payable under an insurance policy which he took out in 1989 and renewed each year. He alleges breach of policy by Eagle Star in its refusal to pay him sums due.

Writ issued by Bhardwaj & Co, London W1.