• April 27th, 2016

Tort Law

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Answer ALL parts.

a) Homer was employed as a factory worker by Springfield Desserts, which specialises in the manufacture of doughnuts. Due to carelessness on the part of Springfield Desserts, a large fryer used to cook the doughnuts exploded. A piece of debris hit Homer, causing serious injuries. Selma, who is Homer’s aunt, was also employed by Springfield Desserts. At the time of the explosion, Selma was sitting in her office, situated several hundred metres away. Selma witnessed the explosion via a web cam located on the factory floor and immediately feared that her favourite nephew had been killed. Homer and Selma have both been diagnosed with a recognised psychiatric illness.

Advise the parties as to any claims in tort they might have against Springfield Desserts.

b) Paul wished to invest in the stock market, so he sought the advice of his accountant, Ringo. Paul was advised that PC Universe plc would be a good investment choice. However, Ringo warned Paul to seek further advice before purchasing any shares. Paul read in the Financial Bugle (a respected financial newspaper) that shares in PC Universe plc were under-valued and were likely to rise significantly since the company was poised to announce record profits. Paul invested in PC Universe plc. Shortly afterwards, they were put into liquidation and Paul lost all his money.

Advise Paul as to any claims in economic loss he may have against Ringo and The Financial Bugle.

c) Anthony and Declan were both heating engineers; during the course of their 20 year careers they each worked for No More Chills Co. for 15 years and Hot Stuff Heating Ltd. for five years. Both of these employers carelessly exposed Anthony and Declan to asbestos during the course of their employment. No More Chills Co. was recently declared bankrupt. Anthony has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and Declan with asbestosis.

Advise the parties as to their rights and responsibilities.

d) Ronnie was employed as a fork lift truck driver by Bricks R Us, a manufacturer of building materials. On a number of occasions, Ronnie had complained to his manager that a safety screen on the front of his fork lift truck had been removed. Bricks R Us refused to install a new safety screen. While operating the fork lift truck, a number of concrete slabs fell on Ronnie, causing severe head injuries. Ronnie had always refused to wear a safety helmet. The head injuries suffered by Ronnie caused a severe psychiatric illness, which made him prone to bouts of anger and aggression. When travelling on a bus, another passenger accidentally stepped on Ronnie’s foot. Ronnie stabbed the passenger and was eventually sentenced to life imprisonment for murder.

Advise the parties as to what defences, if any, are available.

e) Following a collision with a car driven by Elizabeth, John suffered a serious lower back injury and as a result was forced to resign from his job as a golf coach, where he earned £100,000 per year. He has taken on a part-time job in a fast food restaurant and now earns £10,000 per year. John experiences constant pain and discomfort and is no longer able to play golf.

Elizabeth has accepted liability for the injuries suffered by John.

Advise John on how the courts will assess the level of damages he is entitled to.

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