Litigation Personal Injury 17/10/95

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Litigation Writs 17/10/95

Ships engineer, Pietre Sannister, 49, of Hadleigh, Benfleet, Essex, is suing James Fisher and Sons, of Barrow-in-Furness, over back injuries he claims he received after an engine room fire in 1992. He claims he now has to wear a corset, take medication, is extremely restricted in activities and suffers from degenerative lumbar spondylosis as a […]

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