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March 2019 3 NEWS www.yourindependent.co.uk £3150 Committed to providing the highest standard of care and service to each family that we serve Pre Paid Funeral Plans Available 125-127 Tonge Moor Rd, Bolton BL2 2HR £2450 £2250 Tel: 01204 302000 It’s hard to talk about Wills... Bury Head Office 2 Manchester Road, Bury Lancashire, BL9 0DT. T: 0161 764 5266 Little Lever Office 58 Market Street, Little Lever Bolton, BL3 1HN. T: 01204 709959 www.clough-willis.co.uk @BurySolicitor We all know that talking about death can be hard, but if you don’t take steps to make a Will, there is no guarantee that your wishes will be carried out when you die and you could leave behind a trail of problems for loved ones to negotiate when you’re gone. Our Private Client Solicitors have years of experience helping people just like you draft and execute wills correctly. Call us now on freephone 0800 083 0815 to arrange a free, initial meeting and for a free quote THREE Bury FC fans have admitted invading the pitch during an away match last month. At Cheltenham Magistrates Court, the trio pleaded guilty to going onto the pitch during a 2-1 victory away at Forest Green Rovers on January 19. Although the men admit the offence they want to contest any order banning them from at- tending Bury matches. The defendants, Lewis Tansey, aged 19, his dad Sean Tansey, aged 46, and Antony Grindrod, aged 39, were all bailed to re- turn to court on March 11 for sentence and for a full hearing into their opposition to any ban. The magistrates heard that during the League Two match last month, Bury support- ers were in the West Stand at New Lawn. But there were also a small number of Bolton Wanderers supporters in the North Stand who unfurled their club flag. This led to ‘a series of insults and hand gestures’ for around 20 minutes before Forest Green Rovers scored a goal at 3:30pm, the prosecution said. The three defendants then climbed over the barrier to con- front the Bolton supporters. Tansey junior was apprehended by stewards. Grindrod was seen on CCTV picking up a grey stool, waving it above his head, then slam- ming it down on the barrier. Tansey senior was seen running towards his son and trying to pull him away from the stew- ards but was then detained as well. Fans admit pitch invasion EVERYONE has the right to go to work each day and return home safely. And yet thousands of people are injured at work every year because of their em- ployer’s negligence or breaches of health & safety regulations. Most accidents at work are pre- ventable and every employer has a duty to provide their workers with a safe working environment, a safe system of working, safe working conditions, suitable equipment, training and supervision and com- petent staff. Leaving aside the pain and suf- fering of the injury, every accident can have serious financial impli- cations for the victim. Even a few weeks off work because of an ac- cident can cause severe problems. What happens if your employer doesn’t pay wages whilst you are off work – how do you pay your mortgage and other outgoings? Chris Macwilliam, Partner and Personal Injury specialist at Clough & Willis Solicitors answers the ten most frequently asked questions about work place acci- dent claims. What type of accidents can I claim for? You can claim for many differ- ent types of accident at work. Ex- amples include injuries sustained whilst operating machinery or whilst lifting, falling from steps/ ladders or falling from height, slipping or tripping at work, stock falling on you, injuries sustained whilst driving a fork lift truck or BOLTON Council has launched a consultation on proposals for Farnworth’s town cen- tre masterplan. New proposals to redevelop Farnworth town centre for future generations include creating new homes, opening a new community hub in the heart of the town cen- tre, and improving connectivity to Farnworth Park. Other suggestions include ex- ploring alternative uses for pub- licly owned buildings and bringing library services into the heart of the town centre. The initial concepts have been drawn up by urban regeneration specialists BDP. People can fill in an online questionnaire here: www.bolton. gov.uk/consultations. Paper ques- tionnaires will also be available in locations throughout Farn- worth and Kearsley, including: 14 Brackley Street, Farnworth and New Bury UCAN Centres, Farnworth Library, the Age UK Resource Centre on Cross Street, and Farnworth and Kearsley lei- sure centres. The original designs followed six months of community engage- ment with residents, councillors, businesses and partners to under- stand the needs and wishes of the local community. Bolton Council’s Executive Cab- inet Member for Regeneration, Cllr EbrahimAdia, said: “We want people to have their say – come along to the consultation events or fill in the questionnaire. “Again, we want to reassure people that at this stage these are initial options and we will listen to what emerges through a consul- tation with residents, businesses and partners.” Bolton Council and BDP will analyse the feedback from the public consultation and review the proposals considering the com- ments received. The team will also look in more detail at the delivery of the proposals before a final master- plan for the town centre will be produced for formal approval by the Council. The findings will be used to shape a final masterplan docu- ment in Spring 2019. For more information e-mail FarnworthTownCC@Bolton.gov. uk Consultation launched on town centre masterplan Accident at work Questions & answers for being hit by a fork lift truck. The list is endless. Will I have to go to court? The vast majority of accident at work claims settle without the need to go to court. How long do I have to make a claim? Normally you have 3 years from the date of the accident to lodge your claimat court. The sooner you begin your claim the better. Will my employer be insured? Almost certainly. Employers must have insurance to cover claims made by their workers for accidents at work. The insurance company will deal with the claim for your employer. Will I lose my job if I make a claim? Bringing a claim against your employer should not make any difference to your job security. You are entitled by law to make a claim. Your employer should just pass the claim over to its insur- ers to deal with and there should not be any repercussions at all. If your employer sacks you for bring- ing a claim it will almost certain- ly be an unfair dismissal and you can take your case to an Employ- ment Tribunal. How much compensation can I claim? There aren’t any fixed amounts of compensation as each case de- pends upon the nature of the in- jury and how it affects you. You can receive compensation for the injury you sustain, past and future loss of earnings, medical and care costs, rehabilitation costs, out of pocket expenses etc. If your ability to work is restricted as a result of your accident you can also be com- pensated for that. Is No Win No Fee available? Most specialist personal injury solicitors will act on a “No Win No Fee” basis. How much of my compensation will I keep? If your claim is being dealt with on a No Win No Fee basis you should be able to keep at least 75% of your compensation. How long will it take? Each case is different but most cases take between 9 months and 2 years to settle. But it is possible to get some payments throughout the claim to cover things like lost wages, medical expenses etc. Will it cost my employer a fortune and maybe cause it financial problems|? Your employer will be insured and any compensation and costs awarded will be paid by the in- surance company and not by your employer. If you need further information about an accident at work con- tact Chris Macwilliam for a free, no obligation interview on 0161 764 5266

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