Litigation Writs 11/04/95

Delivery driver Simon Wheatley, 42, of Winslow, Buckinghamshire, who received severe injuries when a sheet of glass fell on him is suing his employers Merlin Distribution, of Westbury, Wiltshire. The accident happened as he was delivering a glass conservatory in Doncaster last March. Ten eight foot by five foot sheets of glass fell on him as he climbed onto the freight section of the lorry, knocking him off. Wheatley suffered a serious fracture to his lower right leg, severe damage to his knee, fractures to his right ankle and upper arm and skin abrasions, and was detained at Doncaster Hospital for six days and then moved to Stoke Mandeville Hospital where he stayed for a further 23 days. As a result of his injuries he may never be able to work again. He accuses Merlins of negligence, claiming they failed to devise a safe system of unloading the glass, failed to train and instruct staff loading the lorry adequately, failed to take care for his safety and failed to provide a suitable system of work. Writ issued by Hughes & Co, Tring, Hertfordshire.

Cyclist Sandra Lavender, of Wadebridge, Cornwall, who was badly hurt in an October 1992 accident in Bedfordshire, in which she fell from her bike and was then dragged by a car, is suing the Bedfordshire motorist she blames for her injuries. Mrs Lavender, 31, suffered a severe head injury, severe burns and a fractured thigh in the accident and says the injuries have wrecked her ambition of becoming a PE instructress. Writ issued by solicitors Pannone Pritchard Englefield, London EC2.


A GP who claims an operation to remove a tumour from his neck left him with damaged nerves is now suing the consultant he blames for his condition. Dr Bhagwant Virdee, 48, of Gillingham, Kent, has issued a writ claiming damages from consultant surgeon Andrew Brown, of Barming, Maidstone, Kent. He claims that on 2 June 1992 an ultrasound scan revealed a mass in his neck, and on 24 June 1992 he was admitted to Somerfield Hospital in Maidstone as a private patient for surgery to remove the tumour. However, he claims that during the operation Mr Brown damaged three nerves and as a result he has been left with a significant degree of permanent damage. Writ issued by Leigh Day & Co, London WC1 V127