R Kelly: New Evidence Showing Sexual Abuse Handed To Law Enforcement

When he found what he thought was a recording of R Kelly in concert, but it instead turned out to show a man, appearing to be R Kelly sexually abusing girls, he and his attorney stated.

When Gary Dennis was cleaning out an old videotape collection he was not expecting to find what could prove to be the final nail in the coffin of a once great R&B singer.

When he found what he thought was a recording of R Kelly in concert, but it instead turned out to show a man, appearing to be R Kelly sexually abusing girls, he and his attorney stated.

Gary would not discuss the specifics of the tape during a news conference in New York on Sunday afternoon. Attorney Gloria Allred said it appears to show a separate incidence from the 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse Kelly faces in Chicago. She did however acknowledge she could not be “100% certain” that the man in the video is R Kelly.

Dennis, an assistant at a nursing home, said he was cleaning out a box of old VHS tapes in his home when he found the footage. He said he has never met Kelly and does not know how the tape came to be in his possession. He said that because the tape also has a sports game on it, he believes it may have come from a friend.

“To my shock and surprise, R Kelly appeared to be on the tape but not in concert, instead he was sexually abusing underage African American girls.” Dennis said.

Allred said they assume the girls in the video were underage because they did not appear to have developed.

Steve Greenberg, an attorney for Kelly said the question being asked should be “what are these people doing possessing what they obviously believe is child pornography in their VHS collection and what are the authorities going to do”.

The charges Kelly faces in Chicago are in connection to three girls and one woman. Prosecutors have said they have a video of Kelly abusing one of the girls.

Greenberg said it was “now just open season” on Kelly.

The singer has been trailed for decades by allegations he victimised women and girls. He was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008, related to a tape prosecutors said showed him having sex with a girl as young as 13.

He and his attorneys have repeatedly denied allegations of sexual misconduct, and he has pleaded not guilty to the charges filed in Chicago.

Accident Compensation Claims

Been Involved In An Accident That Wasn’t Your Fault?

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident we can help you get the support rehabilitation and compensation you deserve.

The injuries sustained in the accident can often lead to you having to take unpaid time off work which can lead to money worries, something that no one should have to deal with on top of their injuries. We can successfully recover the wages that you have lost due to taking time off work, giving you one less thing to worry about.

Injury Lawyers UK have a team of specialist solicitors that can help make the process of making a claim stress free and efficient. We’ve helped thousands of people get back to normal life after their accident and can help you too.

HOW MUCH COMPENSATION COULD YOU RECEIVE?

All accident claims are different and there is no way of accurately predicting how much your case could be worth until we find out more details about the case. But our solicitors will always make sure they take every possible cost into account when negotiating your claim. Some of these include:

  • Loss of earnings from time off work
  • Future loss of earnings due to halted career progression
  • The care you’ve already received
  • The care you may need in the future
  • Adaptations that may need to be made to your property or vehicle
  • Travel expenses
  • Treatment and rehabilitation costs

As well as many other expenses that can be claimed back. We deal with nearly all accident claims on a no win no fee basis, so you don’t need to worry about being left out of pocket. If you want to find out more about what your claim could be worth speak to a solicitor now by calling 0800 1123 156

HOW LONG DO YOU HAVE TO MAKE A CLAIM?

Standard procedure limits you to three years after the date of the accident or diagnosis to start a claim for compensation. This limit is in place to ensure that its clear to see what injures you sustained due to the accident.

If you’re approaching the time limit you should not delay in getting in touch, the claims process can take a while to get started so its vital you act quickly to ensure your claim can be successful.

There are a few exceptions to the three year limit which are:

  • Psychological trauma – if the accident caused a serious brain injury and is a loved one if making a claim on their behalf, then there is no time limit for making a compensation claim.
  • Manufacturing or design fault – If the equipment you were using had a fundamental defect, the time limit may be increased.
  • Overseas work accidents – Accidents that take place overseas may result in the time limit for making a claim being shorter depending on the circumstances.

HOW DOES A NO WIN NO FEE AGREEMENT WORK?

You’ve probably heard the phrase no win no fee used before, they’re also known as conditional fee agreements. They are simple, you won’t have to pay a penny win or lose.

We understand all of this might make you worried about incurring hidden costs. We assure you there are none, we instead secure our payment from your opponents insurers when we are successful with your claim.

In the unlikely event that we lose your no win no fee personal injury claim we promise we will still not charge you a penny. We have insurance policies that cover us in those circumstance. We don’t like to be negative at Injury Lawyers UK but its important you have a full understanding of how a no win no fee agreement works.

7 UK Regular Armed Forces personnel medically discharged a day during 2017/18

486 Naval Service personnel were medically discharged, equating to 15 per 1,000 personnel. This is not a significant change from 2016/17 when the rate was 14 per 1,000 personnel.

Data released by the government shows that between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018 there was a total of 2,451 medical discharges across the armed forces. Which equates approximately to 7 UK Regular Armed Forces personnel medically discharged each day during 2017/18.

486 Naval Service personnel were medically discharged, equating to 15 per 1,000 personnel. This is not a significant change from 2016/17 when the rate was 14 per 1,000 personnel.

1,769 Army personnel were medically discharged, equating to 21 per 1,000 personnel. This is a significant decrease compared to 2016/17 when the rate was 22 per 1,000 personnel.

196 RAF personnel were medically discharged, equating to 6 per 1,000 personnel. This is a significant increase since 2016 when the rate was 4 per 1,000 personnel.

For all three services the main causes of medical discharge were Musculoskeletal Disorders and Mental and Behavioural Disorders. This was in line with findings from previous years. There was a statistically significant increase in the proportion of medical discharges due to Mental and Behavioural Disorders among Naval Service and Army personnel.

Musculoskeletal Disorders and Injuries were responsible for 56% of Naval Service medical discharges, 57% of Army medical discharges and 46% of RAF medical discharges.

Mental and Behavioural Disorders were responsible for 18% of Naval Service medical discharges, 26% or Army medical discharges and 36% of RAF medical discharges.

In the Naval Service, Females, Other Ranks and Royal Marines are at a significantly higher risk of medical discharge.

75 females were medically discharged, a rate of 24.8 per 1,000 personnel compared to 411 males at a rate of 14 per 1,000 personnel.

170 Royal Marines were medically discharged, giving them a rate of 23.7 per 1,000 personnel, nearly  double the rate (12.5) of Royal Navy personnel medically discharged (316).

In the Army, Personnel aged under 25, Other Ranks and Untrained personnel are at a significantly higher risk of being medically discharged.

453 untrained Army personnel were medically discharged giving them a rate of 57.3 per 1,000 personnel compared to their trained colleagues who had a rate of 17 per 1,000 personnel.

In the RAF, Females and Other Ranks are at a significantly higher risk of medical discharge.

59 females were medically discharged, a rate of 12.7 per 1,000 personnel compared to 137 males at a rate of 3.2 per 1,000 personnel.

80,000 people in the UK pose a sexual threat to children online

In the last five years the number of child abuse images referred to the agency have surged 700% according to new statistics. During 2017-18, the National Crime Agency safeguarded 2,037 children.

The National Crime Agency also revealed on average at the end of 2017, there were 438 arrests made and 596 children safeguarded each month.

The National Crime Agency has released data stating that at least 80,000 people in the UK are believed to pose a sexual threat to children online.

In the last five years the number of child abuse images referred to the agency have surged 700% according to new statistics. During 2017-18, the National Crime Agency safeguarded 2,037 children.

The National Crime Agency also revealed on average at the end of 2017, there were 438 arrests made and 596 children safeguarded each month.

Sajid Javid the home secretary said he would make it his “personal mission” to tackle child abuse and described his shock at the scale of the problem.

The Home Office has also warned that live-streaming of abuse is a growing problem due to faster internet speeds, smartphone technology and the ease of transferring money across borders online.

It’s also reported that images are getting more graphic, with abuse of babies and children under 10 more regularly documented.

Figures also indicate that police in England and Wales recorded around 23 online child sexual offences every day in 2017-18 up from 15 a day in the previous 12 months.

Simon Bailey, the national policing lead for child protection, has called for the internet giants such as Google and Facebook to do more to stop the spread of sexual abuse images and videos.

There have been repeated calls for offenders who download indecent images of children to get tougher sentences, something most people in the UK agree with.

The government has invested £600,000 in a project that trawls the web to identify pages with suspected abuse content, a move supported by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), which assesses and removes online child abuse material.

Susie Hargreaves, chief executive of the IWF, said: “Sadly, our most recent annual report showed that the severity of the images we identified were and it appeared that offenders were becoming more sophisticated in their crime.”

Javed Khan, chief executive of children’s charity Bernardo’s, said: “We welcome Sajid Javid’s commitment to ramp up the government’s efforts to tackle online child sexual abuse.

“The government must now deliver its promise to make the UK the safest place to be online by forcing online companies to ensure effective safeguards are in place to help better protect children.

“Any delay to acting now could put a generation of children in danger online.”

7 Simple ways to avoid falls when working at height

Do as much work as possible from the ground. If a task can be completed from the ground there’s no need to put yourself and others in danger by instead carrying out the job from a height. This can include preparing materials at ground level prior to completing the work giving you less to do while at a height.

Ensure you can get safely to and from where you’re working at height. Employees should have easy and safe access to the area you need to carry out work on. This could include scaffolding and working platforms, not just a ladder on an uneven surface.

Ensure equipment is suitable, stable and strong enough for the job, maintained and checked regularly. You should be able to rely on the equipment you use to assist you and keep you safe, not add to the risk of injury. Faulty equipment could cause more serious injuries to occur especially when working at height.

Make sure you don’t overload or overreach while working at height. Stretching to reach objects and carrying too much can often cause you to lose your balance which could lead to you falling of the working area. Make several journeys carrying less or reposition yourself closer to the object when trying to reach it.

Take extra precautions when working on or near fragile surfaces. Fragile surfaces such as glass and rusted sheet metal are often not strong enough to support the weight of a worker and can collapse without warning. These surfaces may not always be obvious to see so a full inspection should be carried out to ensure all weak spots are identified.

Ensure you’re protected from falling objects. While working at height you may also have colleagues working above you, you should ensure there is suitable protection from any falling objects coming from above. This can include safety netting and personal protective equipment such as hard hats.

Consider your emergency evacuation and rescue procedures before you start the task in hand. You should have an emergency plan that comes into action should an accident occur while working at height. This should detail how injured workers are cared for in the immediate aftermath of an accident. This could be the difference between life and death.

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Injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault?

Matthew Waterfield

We are Injury Lawyers UK, we are here to help you get the support, treatment and compensation you deserve following an accident. Like many in our team our Senior Partner Matthew Waterfield has been dealing with personal injury claims for over twenty years.

 

Being involved in an accident can be a very traumatic experience for not only you but your loved ones also. This trauma can me increased massively if the accident wasn’t your fault and you’ve had to take time off work due to your injuries.

If you’ve been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault we can help you make a full and fast recovery and get the compensation you deserve.

Been involved in a accident that wasn’t your fault?

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident we can help you get the support rehabilitation and compensation you deserve.

The injuries sustained in the accident can often lead to you having to take unpaid time off work which can lead to money worries, something that no one should have to deal with on top of their injuries. We can successfully recover the wages that you have lost due to taking time off work, giving you one less thing to worry about.

Injury Lawyers UK have a team of specialist solicitors that can help make the process of making a claim stress free and efficient. We’ve helped thousands of people get back to normal life after their accident and can help you too.

How much compensation could you receive?

All accident claims are different and there is no way of accurately predicting how much your case could be worth until we find out more details about the case. But our solicitors will always make sure they take every possible cost into account when negotiating your claim. Some of these include:

  • Loss of earnings from time off work
  • Future loss of earnings due to halted career progression
  • The care you’ve already received
  • The care you may need in the future
  • Adaptations that may need to be made to your property or vehicle
  • Travel expenses
  • Treatment and rehabilitation costs

As well as many other expenses that can be claimed back. We deal with nearly all accident claims on a no win no fee basis, so you don’t need to worry about being left out of pocket. If you want to find out more about what your claim could be worth speak to a solicitor now by calling 0800 1123 156.

How long do you have to make a claim?

Standard procedure limits you to three years after the date of the accident or diagnosis to start a claim for compensation. This limit is in place to ensure that its clear to see what injures you sustained due to the accident.

If you’re approaching the time limit you should not delay in getting in touch, the claims process can take a while to get started so its vital you act quickly to ensure your claim can be successful.

There are a few exceptions to the three year limit which are:

  • Psychological trauma – if the accident caused a serious brain injury and is a loved one if making a claim on their behalf, then there is no time limit for making a compensation claim.
  • Manufacturing or design fault – If the equipment you were using had a fundamental defect, the time limit may be increased.
  • Overseas work accidents – Accidents that take place overseas may result in the time limit for making a claim being shorter depending on the circumstances.

How does a no win no fee agreement work?

You’ve probably heard the phrase no win no fee used before, they’re also known as conditional fee agreements. They are simple, you won’t have to pay a penny win or lose.

We understand all of this might make you worried about incurring hidden costs. We assure you there are none, we instead secure our payment from your opponents insurers when we are successful with your claim.

In the unlikely event that we lose your no win no fee personal injury claim we promise we will still not charge you a penny. We have insurance policies that cover us in those circumstance. We don’t like to be negative at Injury Lawyers UK but its important you have a full understanding of how a no win no fee agreement works.

  • Read how we helped John after his life changing accident at work
  • I’d been a scaffolder for all my life, I enjoyed the work and working outside as part of a team. This was until I had a nasty fall from scaffolding three stories up. I landed feet first causing serious injuries to my left ankle and leg.

    When the accident occurred I had been under a lot of pressure to get a job finished on time and had been working double shifts to ensure this was possible. This had been normal practice at the company I worked for. I feel like the accident wouldn’t have happened if I was not under such extreme pressure and working long hours.

    I was unable to work for more than a year while I recovered and had several major operations on my ankle, at one point there was a high chance of me losing it all together. I can now walk with a stick with a slight limp, better than I had feared would be possible.

    Throughout this time I was supported by Injury Lawyers UK, they helped me receive the first class medical treatment I needed. They fought tirelessly to secure the maximum amount of compensation possible to ensure I wasn’t left with money worries in the future as I’ll never be able to work as a scaffolder again.

    They had quickly managed to secure an interim payment from my employer to ensure I could make ends meet before the final settlement was paid.

    Everyone who I dealt with at Injury lawyers UK was very friendly and helpful, my file handler and the senior partner visited me at my home several times to discuss the case and see how I was recovering. They took all the stress out of the claims process which helped me focus on my recovery.

    Injury Lawyers UK secured me £400,000 of compensation for my injury, this has enabled me to pay off my mortgage and reimbursed the money I have lost out on due to my injuries. I may never be able to continue in my dream job anymore but they have helped me look forward to my future.

What makes a claim successful?

For a claim to be successful we will need to establish which party was responsible for the accident occurring. This could be the local authority or the land owner if you suffered an injury in a slip or trip, the driver of a vehicle if you was involved in a road traffic accident, or it could be your employer if you was injured in an accident at work.

Ask yourself the following questions and if you answer any of them with a yes, its likely you’ve suffered an injury that could be worthy of a compensation claim.

  • Are you seeing a doctor or receiving medical treatment for an injury sustained in the accident?
  • Have you been making repeat hospital visits to treat the injury?
  • Have you taken time off work to recover from the injury?
  • Have your injuries stopped you from returning to work in the same role or working the same hours?

Talk to one of our solicitors to find out if you have the ingredients to make a successful claim for compensation by calling 0800 1123 156 or complete an online enquiry form.

What is hand-arm vibration?

What’s hand-arm vibration?

Hand-arm vibration is vibration transmitted into your hands and arms when you use power tools, it can cause hand-arm vibration syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) affects the nerves, blood vessels, muscles and joints of the hand, wrist and arm. It can become severely disabling if ignored, vibration white finger is classed as HAVS which can cause severe pain in the affected finger/s.

Carpel tunnel syndrome is a nerve disorder which may involve pain, tingling and numbness and weakness in parts of the hand and can be caused by, among other things, exposure to vibration.

What is personal protective equipment?

All employers have a legal obligation to protect their employers from hand-arm vibration syndrome and carpel tunnel syndrome. If you feel like a task or job you’re carrying out is putting you more at risk of suffering then you should ask your employer if the job can be done a different way. If this is not possible you should:

  • Ask to use suitable low vibration tools
  • Always use the right tool for each job (to do the job quicker and expose you to less hand-arm vibration)
  • Check tools before using them to make sure they have been properly maintained and repaired to avoid increased vibration caused by faults or general wear
  • Make sure cutting tools are kept sharp so that they remain efficient
  • Reduce the amount of time you use a tool in one go, by doing other jobs in between
  • Avoid gripping or forcing a tool or a work piece more than you have to/li>
  • Store tools so that they do not have very cold handles when next used
  • Encourage good blood circulation by:
    • Keeping warm and dry, eg wear warm waterproof clothing
    • Giving up or cutting down on smoking because smoking reduces blood flow
    • Massaging or exercising your fingers during work breaks
  • Report any problems with your hands promptly to your employer or the person who does your health checks
  • Use any control measures your employer has put in place to reduce the risk of HAVS
  • Ask your trade union safety representative or employee representative for advice

Uninsured Drivers In The UK

Uninsured Drivers in the UK

In the UK it’s a legal requirement for drivers to insure their cars before driving them. Regardless of this some people still decided to drive without insurance. Road traffic accidents can already present you with a wide range of problems and cause a lot of stress, this is only amplified if another party involved doesn’t have a valid insurance policy.

You’ll have fears that you may lose your no claims bonus or have to pay for repairs to your car out of your own pocket. Thankfully more and more insurance companies now protect your no claims bonus should you be involved in an accident with an insured driver.

It’s thought that over 1 million cars are driven in the UK without valid insurance. The Motor Insurers’ Bureau analysis revealed that in London one in eight cars are uninsured which earns the capital the title of the worst place for uninsured driving in the UK. This is causing insurance premiums to rise for those who do choose to get valid insurance, which in turn could be causing more people to drive uninsured due to the high costs.

The trouble is the police simply doesn’t have enough time or resources to catch all those driving without insurance. There has been an increasing number of calls for the police to turn to modern Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) to increase the number of drivers being caught. The technology to read number plates is widely available and already used to monitor drivers speeds, simple modifications to the system could see more cameras checking if cars are insured. This technology is already used in some places and could be rolled out easily and effectively.

Can you still claim for injuries caused by an uninsured driver?

The simple answer is yes, however claims involving uninsured drivers can be significantly more complex and there’s more chance of a claim failing. Although if you use a solicitor with experience in dealing with uninsured driver claims you should be able to receive compensation. Injury lawyers UK have over 20 years’ experience in dealing with claims involving uninsured drivers and can help you get the compensation you deserve. Get in touch with us by completing an online enquiry form or to speak to a solicitor now call 0800 1123 156.

What should you do if you have an accident with an uninsured vehicle?

As with all accidents the information you gather immediately can prove vital in securing the maximum amount of compensation. To ensure you have the best chance of a successful compensation claim you should:

Report the incident to the police

Any road traffic accident should be reported to the police within 24 hours of the occurrence. This is no different if the other driver doesn’t hold a valid insurance policy. It would be useful to inform the police that another party involved didn’t have insurance when reporting the accident. If a report is not made to the police within 24 hours it may be impossible to make a successful claim.

Collect details

Whenever you’re involved in a road traffic accident you should gather the details of the other parties involved. This should include their name, address and contact details of the driver and any passengers in their vehicle at the time.

If anyone saw the accident occur gather their name, address and contact details, this should help us prove who was at fault and caused the accident.

Document evidence

If possible you should document as much evidence as possible, this will help us prove the accident occurred and the cars which were involved. Pull out your phone and either start taking photos or video the scene of the crash, capture the number plates of all cars involved and try and match the cars to their driver. You should also try to gather as much of the following list as possible:

  • Details of when the accident took place (date and time)
  • Details of where the accident took place (which road etc)
  • Road conditions- for example, the weather at the time of the accident, the road signs, the visibility, whether the other car had lights on or not
  • Details of damage- this includes damage to both your car and the other vehicles involved in the accident
  • Sketch of the accident scene outlining where point of contact was
  • Anything that the other driver said at the scene – this information can be important at a later date if legal proceedings were to occur
  • Any police report numbers

Electrical Accidents at Work – Facts and Statistics

Electricity is part of everyday life, without it many tasks in our day to day life would be impossible. It’s also a big part of our working lives with most job roles containing an aspect of using electrical devices to complete tasks. Other roles come into direct contact with electricity such as electricians.

What is an electrical accident?

An electrical accident is an accident that exposes the user to a direct electrical current. More often than not this can lead to an electric shock, which occurs when an extremity such as a finger, hand or arm is placed across an electric current.

Electric shocks can vary drastically in severity, mild electric shock will leave a slight tingling sensation. Moderate electrical shocks can cause the muscles to contract, this can make it very difficult to pull away from the electrical current. Severe electric shocks can lead to respiratory or heart failure.

Electrical fires are also classified as electrical accidents, these occur when the electrical current ignites flammable materials. These fires are extremely dangerous as if you try to put out the fire by pouring water on them it could result in an electric shock.

Electrical burns are a severe electric shock causes tissue to burn, these burns can be external or internal. Internal burns are the result of the electrical current taking a path through bone and burns deep tissue.

There’s a huge list of reasons why the accident has occurred, but they are commonly caused by poorly maintained electrical equipment, faulty or exposed wiring and unchecked electrical appliances.

Electrical Accidents in the UK

During 2015/16 just electrical fires caused 1380 fatalities or injuries, that’s an average of 4 a day. The leading cause of these fires are cookers and ovens causing 679 of the fatalities or injuries. Over half (54.4%) of all fires in England during 2015/16 were caused by electricity.

Of this 54.4% (15,432) the most common cause was due to misuse of equipment or appliance (7,392). Appliance or supply fault followed closely behind causing 6,226 of the fires.

During 2017/18 three people lost their lives due to safety-related electrical incidents in Great Britain, during the same period 315 people suffered serious injuries. Both of which are down from 7 and 351 respectively during 2016/17 and there has been a general downward trend in the number of serious and fatal accidents where electricity has been involved.

How can employers prevent electrical accidents?

Employers have an overriding duty of care to protect the people they employee, they should do their best to minimise the risk of an accident occurring by:

Conducting regular risk assessments

All workplaces and employers should conduct regular risk assessments, employers should ensure they look into and assess the danger that electricity may pose to its employees. Once they have identified the risks an action plan should be put in place to combat the risk. This could mean replacing old equipment and cabling or re-configuring the layout of an office.

This isn’t a one off job and should be repeated on a regular basis, once a month is normally suitable. This will enable you to identify how the risks are changing over time and means you can keep the risk as low as possible.

Ensure all electrical equipment is maintained and in a good condition

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is the process of examining electrical products and equipment to ensure they are safe to use. It’s not a legal requirement to have equipment tested, but it’s encouraged to ensure that the equipment is not a risk to those using it.

It’s a simple visual examination to try and identify any defects that may not have been noticed unless testing takes place, potentially posing a risk to the user.

Ensure any working area is safe to work in

Workplaces should be designed to minimise the risk employees face while completing their day to day tasks. This can be achieved a number of different ways including: identifying electrical sources, ensuring electricity is turned off when working near power supplies and wiring or using suitable personal protective equipment for the job.

If you’re working in a public place then you should also ensure the safety of the public, this can be done by erecting barriers at an appropriate distance away with warning signs and putting up signs where there are live electrical circuits.

Provide appropriate personal protective equipment

Employers should provide their employees with the correct personal protective equipment. This equipment will need to be in good condition and suitable for the job its required for. Staff should also be provided with the training and guidance needed to use the equipment effectively.

Provide employees with up to date training

Employers should provide their employees with the correct and up-to-date training for minimising the risk of an electrical accident occurring. This should include: how to report faulty equipment, what warning and hazard signs mean and how to react in an emergency situation.