Litigation Writs 04/07/95

Policewoman Michaela Hawkes, 28, of Littlehampton, has launched High Court action over whiplash injuries she received in a 1989 road accident. Her writ says she was a front seat passenger in a car driven by Vanessa Phillips, of Southampton, when it was in collision with a car driven by Rowland Hart on the A27 near Fontwell. As a result of the crash she suffered whiplash and a back injury. She says she has had to take time off from work as a result and that she now suffers headaches and pain, and is at risk of suffering a disc prolapse.

Writ issued by Russell Jones & Walker, London WC1.

Two soldiers who claim they suffered post traumatic stress disorder after the Falklands War are suing the Ministry of Defence. The writs of Nigel Beasley, of South Allington, Devon, and Mark Downton, of Maes-y-Coed, Pontypandy, Caerphilly, accuse the MoD of failing to diagnose and treat their post traumatic stress disorder. Beasley and Downton are seeking aggravated damages, exemplary damages and interest.

Writs issued by Mackenzie Persuad, Southall.

The Royal Jordanian Airline is suing the Civil Aviation Authority for damages following a collision between an RJA plane and an Aer Lingus plane at Heathrow Airport in 1989. The airline blames the CAA for the crash, accusing it of negligence, and breach of contract and statutory duty. It is seeking a contribution or indemnity under the Civil Liability (Contributions) Act 1978 in respect of money paid by it to Aer Lingus by way of compromise and Aer Lingus' insurers over the damage. The airline claims the CAA is jointly liable.

Writ issued by Beaumont & Son, London E1.

Unidine Stacey, of Southport is suing Wirral Health Authority. Stacey, 68, says she had an operation for the removal of cancer from her right breast in 1986, and then had radiotherapy between 5 March and 3 April 1986 at the Mersey Regional Centre for Radiotherapy and Oncology at Clatterbridge Hospital, Wirral. The writ claims she was not warned of side effects, but that after the treatment she noticed a burning sensation in her breast and has suffered permanent damage. She accuses the health authority of negligence and failing to exercise the degree of skill and care to be expected of competent medical staff.

Writ issued by Lees & Partners, Birkenhead, Wirral.

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