Proposal at the Scottish Parliament for a Scottish Employment Injuries Advisory Council Bill

A recently-proposed Member’s Bill at the Scottish Parliament would, if enacted, set up a new Scottish Council to “research, shape and scrutinise the social security available to people injured in the course of their employment”, with a continuing duty to advise and recommend changes. The proposal will only proceed to the three-stage Scottish legislative process if it attracts cross-party support from at least 18 MSPs in addition to its proposer, Mark Griffin MSP (Scottish Labour).

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Scottish Parliamentary Committee hears evidence on extending recovery of NHS charges to disease claims

On 3 November 2020, the Health and Sport Committee of the Scottish Parliament continued its stage 1 consideration of the Liability for NHS Charges (Industrial Disease) (Scotland) Bill, taking evidence from: the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), the Forum of Scottish Claims Managers (FSCM), a Professor in occupational and environmental health and from a pursuer’s solicitor.

If enacted, the legislation would allow for the recovery by the state of charges incurred by the health service in treating pursuers with industrial diseases where they obtain compensation for the disease (but only when the cause of action arises after commencement).

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Scottish Discount Rate and PPO Bill introduced to the Scottish Parliament

Today, the Bill to amend Scots Law on the Personal Injury Discount Rate and also to enable Scottish courts to impose Periodical Payment Orders when making an award of damages in personal injury cases has been published by the Scottish Parliament. Continue reading