Increases in the Number of Plastic Surgery Compensation [9th Jan 2012]
Latest figures from the Medical Defence Union have indicated that compensation cases against the plastic surgery industry are increasing over the last 5 years with nearly half of these proving successful. This compares to just 30% of general medical compensation claims. The Medical Defence Union represent more than 50% of the UK's doctors and surgeons when they are accused of malpractice or negligence. Their research shows that 80% of claims are for procedures for weightloss, facelifts, breast surgery, eyelid and nose operations and some damages payments are as high as £500,000. The MDU have said that patient expectations of a perfect outcome and a rise in the number of operations being performed was to blame for the increase in claims. Surgeons have commented that the figures show that surgeons in the cosmetic industry need proper regulation and back up a recent study by into Patient Outcome and Death conducted in 2010. Cases highlighted in the report include a man who suffered burns when having an eyelid operation and women who have had the wrong size breast implant used.
A Kurdish family who spent a year being detained in Scotland have won a compensation payment of six figures. Yurdugal Ay and her four children aged between seven and 14 at the time, arrived in the UK in June 1999 after failing to win asylum in Germany. In 2003 they were removed back to Germany but not after they had spent one year, living in one room in the Dungavel Detention Centre. The family complained that were counted each night by guards and that they lived in cramped conditions. Their solicitor has commented that this is a reminder that the UK is far from perfect in the way they treat asylum seekers and in particular children. The UK Border Agency has pointed out that new legislation introduced in 2011 gives families the right to return to their own countries without any further action being taken against them. They also get to stay in new accommodation which is run in conjunction with Barnado's.
Thousands of prisoners may be in line for compensation payments after delays in the criminal justice system means their release dates are postponed. The probation union Napo has claimed that 6,000 prisoners are being held in prisons beyond their release date across England and Wales. Those most affected are prisoners who have been recalled to jail after breaching their parole, those who are due to move to an open prison and those serving sentences which had not been determined due to the seriousness. For the recalled prisoners the wait could be as long as three or four months according to Napo and the cause is insufficient staff to process the paperwork and prepare case files. Many of these prisoners were now taking legal action for wrongful detention and could be eligible to claim compensation. In 2010/2011 more than £70,000 was paid out.
New figures have revealed that local authorities across Scotland have paid out more than £1.7 million in compensation for damage caused by potholes in the last five years. The money has been paid out to drivers who have suffered damage to their cars due to the state of the roads. The information was revealed by the Scottish Conservatives and shows that Glasgow City Council paid out the most in compensation with payments totalling more than £355,000. The Conservatives have said that this is an astonishing amount to pay out and that there will have been many motorists who have not claimed. They also point out that the actual compensation amount is added to the cost of dealing with each claim. Transport for Scotland have commented that they have a budget which is 11% more than last year for road maintenance and that more than £700 million is invested over the spending review period.
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