Mother seeks medical negligence compensation for her son

One disabled boy’s mother is seeking medical negligence compensation from the NHS after errors that allegedly occurred during his delivery resulted in his disabilities.

Born in September of 1992 at Nuneaton Maternity Hospital, Jake Dewis had developed an abnormal heartbeat during his delivery, states his mother Rachel’s injury claims as presented to court. As a result of this mis-diagnosis there was no immediate order of a forceps delivery.  As a result Jake suffered cardiac arrest during the delivery, with court documents describing his appearance at the time as “not breathing” and “grey and floppy.”  While Jake was resuscitated and then provided with the requisite intensive care, he had suffered severe injuries due to oxygen starvation which disabled him for life.

Jake was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy as a result of the time he spent not breathing just after his birth.  An umbrella term for any number of children’s physical disabilities caused by neurological damage, the symptoms include being unable to walk or stand without aid.  Additionally many children such as Jake born with Cerebral Palsy demonstrate learning disabilities.  Additional issues Jake has had to deal with since birth include problems with his vision.  Despite all of these debilitating conditions, however, Jake has found the time and energy to attend a local college to undertake an art course there.

Jake’s mother Rachel is currently seeking personal injury compensation on behalf of her son’s medical needs.  As she holds the medical staff responsible for not properly diagnosing Jake’s arrhythmia during birth, she is hoping to receive at least £300,000 in damages from the NHS.   A West Midlands NHS spokeswoman stated that while the case was something they were aware of, she declined to comment further on any cases pending legal review.

Many industry experts believe that the injuries that Jake sustained as a result of the alleged medical negligence could be worth much more than what Rachel is seeking in compensation.

Worker suffers serious personal injury claim at work

One print worker who hails from Oxford suffered a serious accident claim when one of his hands was drawn into a machine designed to stack booklets.

After it admitted to breaching two Health and Safety regulations, which had led to the work accident claim, Bicester-based BenhamGoodHeadPrint Ltd, located on Launton Road in the Chaucer Business Park, now faces fines of £4,000.  Additionally the firm was ordered to pay over £3,000 in costs as well.

The Magistrates Court in Banbury heard testimony how the forty year old print worker was attempting to clear booklets from the machine due to a jam when it started up again without warning.  His thumb was drawn underneath one component of the machine, a moving roller, which caused severe cuts and lacerations that were so serious the man needed stitches in addition to six weeks away from work for recovery time.

The Health and Safety Executive’s investigation found that the machine was missing a safety guard.  If the guard had been present, the HSE concluded, access to the machine’s moving parts would not have been possible, therefore making the man’s personal injury at work impossible.

One inspector for the Health and Safety Executive commented that the the highly dangerous nature of print machinery was highlighted by the unfortunate incident.  Furthermore the inspector added that with the proper planning and preventative measures in place, the accident claim could have been easily avoided.

The company has since gone on to install guards on the machine in the days following the accident in order to keep hazardous moving parts away from their workers.

It is unclear at this time if the injured worker will be making any kind of personal injury compensation claim for his pain, hospital bills, and lost work, but industry experts say they would not be surprised if such a claim were to be filed sometime soon.

Man hurt by falling equipment filing personal injury claim

After being injured by medical equipment that fell from an air ambulance passing by overhead, one man has decided to file a personal injury claim for damages.

On the 17th of June of this year, 24 year old Kevin Manning had been playing playing some footy with friends on Teeside in Thornaby when the accident claim occurred, according to a report by the Gazette.

Mr Manning reported that the group pointed out the North East Air Ambulance helicopter as it flew overhead on its way to Durham Tees Valley Airport from Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital.  There was several loud noises that emanated from the helicopter before pieces of equipment began to rain down upon them, included in which were several bottles.

Before he was struck and rendered unconscious by a case of equipment for measuring blood pressure, Mr Manning stated that he watched one of the falling bottles fall upon a nearby car.

After the incident, paramedics were called to the scene.  Mr Manning was not taken to hospital for his injuries but he did receive treatment on the scene.

The accident victim told reporters that he was fully recovered after only a few days, but if he had instead been struck by one of the bottles that had fallen from the air ambulance he may have been killed.

As he has not yet received any kind of apology for the incident, Mr Manning also stated that he will be seeking personal injury compensation for the incident.

Crews of air ambulances will be subject to a retraining regimen as a preventative measure to ensure such accidents do not occur in the future, as confirmed by one accident report.  The report however stated that Mr Manning’s injury claims will be with the company that had hired the aircraft, PDG Helicopters.

With more than four decades of experience in charter and commercial flights, PDG has locations in Glasgow, Inverness, Dublin, Wolverhampton, and Aberdeen.

Personal injury compensation for child car accident claim

One teen aged car accident claim victim who was struck by a police cruiser during an emergency response will soon be the recipient of a large personal injury compensation settlement.

In December of 2006, then 13 year old Greg Love had been riding his bike less than 200 yards from his Bournemouth home when he was struck by a police cruiser travelling at high speed.  Having been thrown into the air, Greg suffered serious injuries to his head which required three weeks of recovery time whilst he was in a coma. Greg’s injuries were so severe that he now requires twenty-four hour care around the clock both now and for the rest of his natural life.

On behalf of Greg, his family made a personal injury claim against the police in order to pay for his needed extensive care costs. His personal injury lawyers told the court that the police cruiser that struck him was responding to a disturbance without activating its sirens because they were inoperative. Greg’s legal team also told the court that despite the cruiser had received a message that the emergency was well under control, it was still travelling at a rate of speed 20 mph higher than the posted 30 mph speed limit.  A report conducted by the Independent Police Complaints Commission had previously chosen not to assign any blame to the driver of the vehicle.

While the Dorset Police Authority has denied any liability for the car accident claim, it has agreed to settle outside of court with Greg and his family. The London High Court has just recently approved the settlement.  While the exact compensatory figure that Greg has been awarded for his accident has not been revealed to the public, expectations are that is significantly large due to how serious his injuries were as a result of the traffic accident claim.

Pupil wins victory in school accident claim battle

One pupil who was the recipient of debilitating injuries after he was impaled in the eye with a paint brush has recently been victorious in ongoing school accident claim battle.

When he was just ten years old, Thomas Brown suffered a devastating personal injury claim in a freak accident whilst attending school. While his class was working on decorating stage scenery for a school showcase, young Thomas had been kneeling on the floor and engaged in the use of a long paint brush to color several pieces of paper.  He was bumped into by a fellow student, which sent Thomas falling forward and impaling himself on another pupil’s paint brush.

Thomas, who was impaled in the eye by the paint brush, was caused even more serious injury when it lodged in his brain.  Since that fateful day he has been without sight in one eye; he has also developed permanent disabilities such as problems with fatigue, memory, and concentration, which medical experts say are highly likely to be due to the damage to his brain from the paint brush.  The injury has not only affected his childhood but also his quality of life, drastically limiting the pupil’s earning potential in the future.

Thomas’ school was recently found liable for the occurrence of the accident, says one court.  While the school disputed the claim that there was a lack of both adequate assessment of risk prior to and class supervision at the time the accident occurred, the Judge made the conclusion that the risk of injury was foreseeable, and thus preventable, by several different methods involving the use of the paint brushes that were responsible for the injury.

Ultimately the court’s decision will lead to Thomas being able to receive personal injury compensation for his wound. Industry experts have no indication of how much the pupil will be awarded, but similar cases have seen awards as high as £2.5 million.

Two men injured in work accident claim

Two men received injuries in a work accident claim when the stone staircase they were dismantling collapsed, sending them plummeting to the ground.

The accident claim occurred in September of 2007 when Frank Dever and Paul Irvine were hard at work in Largs where they were performing maintenance at the former Priory House Hotel.  That particular day the two workers were tasked with the removal of a stone staircase by breaking each individual tread with a sledgehammer, as each heavy step weighed anywhere between 120 and 150 kg.

However throughout the course of their demolition work, the staircase’s structural integrity became compromised.  As a result it collapsed, sending the two workers on a four metre fall into the basement of the hotel.  As falling debris followed their swift descent, both workers suffered injury claims – one of them seriously so.

Mr Irvine became trapped under one particularly large stone fragment which fractured three of his vertebrae in addition to every one of his ribs. One of his lungs was punctured in the incident, and he also suffered injuries to his hand and foot.

Personal injury claim experts expect Mr Irvine to seek compensation for his injuries, since many similar cases of serious workplace injury have resulted in court cases as well.

The company that both men had been employed by at the time of the incident, Ossian Construction Ltd, have faced prosecution from the Health and Safety Executive for regulatory breaches that led to the accident. The firm entered a plea of guilty for violating the Health and Safety at Work Act for neglecting to have a safer system in place for their employees whilst engaged in demolition activities.  As a result of the prosecution, they now face a £6,000 fine for the injuries their two employees suffered from the accident.

Car accident claim victim wins personal injury compensation

One motor accident claim victim has been awarded the right to receive a personal injury compensation claim by the High Court after he was left with serious disabilities in a hit-and-run traffic accident claim.

Former carpenter Mr Daniel Ince had been in the middle of crossing an Ealing road in September of 2004 when he was struck by a passing motorist, reported the Ealing Gazette.

Mr Ince’s severe injuries were caused by what is thought to have been a BMW traveling in excess of the speed limit, which then failed to stop after colliding with him and knocking him to the ground.

Even six years after the initial accident, Mr Ince’s head injuries were so severe that he lives in a brain injury rehabilitation ward to this very day.  Mr Ince will most likely never be able to live without constant, around the clock care for the rest of his life.

Though it is true the motorist who struck Mr Ince failed to stop, a nearby firefighter had been able to identify the driver after giving testimony at the HIgh Court hearing.

Mr Ince filed a claim against the insurer of the unnamed motor vehicle operator with the help of Mary Phelan, his mother.  The motorist’s insurance company has since admitted three quarters liability for the accident.

After this admission of liability, Mr Ince is now entitled to what will most likely be a large figure in personal injury compensation.  In other cases where brain damage has occurred, the usual norm has been to award compensation in the millions of pounds.

In the event of you or someone you know becoming involved in an accident where the other party flees the scene, the Motor Insurers’ Bureau recently made the recommendation that all reasonable efforts should be made to take down the other car’s registration number.

Additionally in order to protect the victim in the future, any incidents that occur should be immediately reported to the authorities.

Farmer suffers electrical shock work accident claim

One farm worker suffered a work accident claim after he received a severe electrical shock recently.

During the fall of 2009 Mr David McMullan had been working at the Cambridgeshire-based Crouchmoor Farm when the accident claim occurred. Mr McMullan was hired to operate the farm’s irrigation equipment.  The farm itself is owned by one of the largest growers of potatoes in Britain.

Mr McMullan’s injury claims originate from an incident in which an irrigation pipe he had lifted up accidentally came into contact with a power cable running overhead.  As it carried a massive amount of electrical current – approximately 33,000  volts – Mr McMullan suffered a serious electrical shock at the time.

The 20 year old Mr McMullan, who hails from Northern Ireland, suffered both serious internal injuries as well has severe burns.  Additionally his big toe needed to be removed by an amputation surgery following the electrocution incident, and his recovery time for the whole ordeal consisted of a nine week hospital stay.  While as of this time there is no indication whether Mr McMullan will do so or not, many farm workers who suffer such debilitating and life-altering injuries go on to file personal injury compensation claims against their employers.

Mr McMullan’s employers, Waldersley Farms Ltd, has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive for the electrical accident.  The firm entered a plea of guilty regarding their breach of the Electricity at Work Regulations.  As a result the farm company faces a fee of £10,000 for their role in the accident.

One HSE spokesman remarked that it is the duty of employers to ensure that their workers are made aware of the presence of any power lines that exist overhead, provide training to their employees in an effort to prevent any accidental contact, and also conduct regular assessments of risk to minimise any issues before they happen.

Accident solicitor warns motorists on winter weather

As many of us are now travelling in the dark on our way to and from our places of work, and school-aged children will leave for their schools during the pre-dawn hours as well, one accident solicitor has warned motorists on the dangers of reduced visibility and other issues related to winter driving conditions.

There is an increased risk of road accident claims occurring to children after 3 in the afternoon in the winter and autumn, according to statistics released from the government, and this time coincides quite often with workers returning home after a long day. A great number of children will be out and about during the late afternoon and early evening hours, whether they are out walking back from school or just playing outside, but as the days grow shorter children may face a higher risk of suffering from injuries sustained in a traffic accident claim.  This is especially true if the children are not wearing any type of gear that increases their visibility in low-light conditions.

Not only children have heightened levels of risk, however, according to statistics; motorists are also more prone to injury claims stemming from accidents as they drive on unfamiliar or dark roads. The risks of being in a fatal accident is considerably heightened in country areas at night with it being three times as likely to have an accident between the hours of 9:00 in the evening at 2:00 in the morning.  Even those motorists with perfect vision are reduced to having 20/5o vision during night time hours.

One accident solicitor stated that statistics released by the Department of Transport show that during the 12 months preceding March of this year, road accidents that resulted in personal injury claims numbered over 161,000.  Over 23,000 of those accidents resulted in either serious injury or death for those involved.

Essex man awarded £35,000 personal injury compensation

In a turn of events that could turn even the most ardent Bob Cratchit into an Ebenezer Scrooge, after receiving serious injuries from a falling Christmas tree one Essex man recently received a personal injury compensation award of £35,000.

Great Baddow native Malcolm Tuffin was in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, on holiday with friends when the town square’s hundred foot Christmas tree teetered and fell upon the crowd due to high winds.  As it landed in the square five people, which included Mr Tuffin, were injured.  The Essex native suffered life threatening injuries to his legs, upper body, and head from the accident claim and was rushed to a nearby Czech hospital.

Soon afterwards he was transferred via air ambulance to Chelmsford Essex’s Broomfield Hospital, spending a month there in intensive care. After undergoing several extensive surgeries after the incident, Mr Tuffin was confined to a wheelchair for months while he was on the mend.  Even now Mr Tuffin cannot walk unaided and relies on the use of a walking stick even now.

Like Ebenezer Scrooge confronting the Spirit of Christmas Past, Mr Tuffin spent seven years in efforts to secure compensation for his personal injury claim. Finally he has been awarded a sum of £35,000.  The ruling was handed down recently by the Czech Supreme Court when it found both the local council and the company that was the organiser of the town square’s Christmas market had been negligent in neglecting to ensure the tree had been embedded in a secure manner.

While there has been no confirmation as of this time, the Czech company that had been in charge of the Christmas Market for the Old Town Square in Prague are rumoured to be considering to appeal the Supreme Court’s position.  Additionally there have been no reports that Mr Tuffin has been visited by any Spirits of Christmas Present and Future.