Funfair ride failure leads to accident claims from riders

A funfair ride failure has led to accident claims being filed by two of its riders after they were violently hurled from it.

One young four year old girl, who had been spending her bank holiday visiting an East Yorkshire seaside resort, was thrown from the Jungle River fun fair ride along with her fifty eight year old grandmother, according to their personal injury claims.

The grandmother and granddaughter, who are rumoured to be from South Yorkshire, were sent flying when their carriage was catapulted over the Bridlington resort’s promenade.  Personal injury compensation experts remarked that other fair goers could only look on in horror while the log flume ride ejected the pair from their seats inside the stylised hollowed out log that had appeared to have gotten stuck at the apex of a steep part of ride track.

The grandmother was so severely injured that she was taken to the Hull Royal Infirmary by air ambulance for a potentially life changing injury sustained to her leg.  In a stroke of luck, her granddaughter tumbled into the pool of water at the bottom of the ride, sparing her from the extensive injuries her grandmother suffered, before being taken to the Scarborough hospital to treat her less severe leg injury and her bumps and bruises.

The Government’s Health and Safety Executive, along with the police, are now conducting an investigation into the accident, which comes on the heels of another accident at the Chorley, Lancashire based Camelot theme park, where a young boy was similarly ejected from a ride.

No further information was available regarding the status of both the woman and her granddaughter in regards to their pending legal action.

Law firm criticises possible abolition of no win no fee

One law firm based in Birmingham has been critical of governmental proposals that could lead to the abolition of no win no fee legal arrangements, legal experts recently said.

Personal injury compensation experts DBS Law recently released the details of legitimate personal injury claims cases in an effort to demonstrate the unsuitability of the proposed changes to the  Legal Aid system currently working its way through Parliament.  The law firm states that the system currently in place makes it easy for anyone to bring a claim against a defendant regardless of their financial situation, which means ordinary Brits can fight against rich and influential insurers on an even playing field.

The Government’s proposal, which calls for the abolition of success fees currently paid by the defendant or its insurer upon losing a court case, is driven by pressure from the insurance company lobby, the law firm maintains. Removing success fees will put the ball in the insurer’s court in personal injury cases, DBS law maintains.

Rob Bhol, managing director for the law firm, remarked that it is rarely straightforward to make and win a compensation claim, as complex cases require the solicitor for the claimant to conduct a detailed investigation, which is both time consuming and expensive.  The current funding arrangements are the only way that solicitors can thoroughly search the evidence in each case, the managing director insisted.

Under the current system, the defendant pays the legal costs of a successful claimant. If the case is not settled before going to court, there is an additional success fee, which is paid by the insurance company of the defendant.

Compensation culture needs to stop, say accident claim insurers

After it recently emerged that accident claims for pavement slips and trips in areas of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire cost in excess of £5 million over the last four years, insurers said that the compensation culture in the UK must be put to a stop.

Due to new research conducted by the TaxPayers Alliance, 14 local authorities have had to pay out £5.01 million in personal injury compensation.  When legal fees were taken into account, the figure rose by an additional £5.5 million.

The most paid out by a single city was Leeds, who paid £1.28 million in personal injury claims, with legal fees of £1.28 million.  Second place went to Wakefield, which paid out £677,429 on compensation claims and legal fees of £635,603.

Midway down the list was Hull Council.  However, the local authority lost more money on legal fees and compensation than Lincolnshire County Council, North East Lincolnshire Council, North Lincolnshire Council, and East Riding Council combined.

While Hull Council only made a relatively modest £235,450 in compensation payments, the costs of its legal fees weighed in at an eye-watering £810,026, the research findings reported.  Like Hull Council, eight other local authorities saw their legal costs more than the amount of compensation paid to the injured, even as all 14 of them spent almost £86 million on walkway or pavement repairs.

James Dalton, the motor, property, and liability assistant director for the Association of British Insurers, called on the Government to take steps to curb compensation culture, calling it ‘out of control.’  Mr Dalton said that the Government must take action in order to bring down rocketing personal injury claims and the legal costs associated with them.

Golf club green keeper pursues work accident claim

After an industrial ball washing machine mangles a green keeper’s hand on a Warwickshire golf club, the injured worker may now be pursuing a work accident claim against his employers.

According to accident claim experts writing for the Coventry Telegraph newspaper, the green keeper, whose name has not been released to the public due to privacy concerns, had been attempting to clear a blockage on the ball washing machine when it started up suddenly and dragged his hand into the rotating apparatus inside during the course of his work for the Warwickshire Golf and Country Club, located at Leek Wootton.  The employee, who was reported to possibly be Hungarian in origin, sustained severe injury to both his ring and middle fingers and partially severed his index finger in the accident, according to personal injury compensation experts.

Club Company (UK) Ltd, the green keeper’s employers, were investigated by the Government’s Health and Safety Executive, which led to a hearing at Leamington Magistrates’ Court where they entered a plea of guilty for breaching Health and Safety regulations.  The operators of the golf club were given a fine of £13,500 for their role in the man’s injuries and were also ordered to pay court costs of £8,000 in total.

In the wake of the court hearing, one spokesperson from the environment department of Warwick District Council remarked that the accident had been completely avoidable if the golf club had only maintained safe working conditions. For entering their guilty plea in court early on during the hearing, and also for their full co-operation with the investigation, Club Company was given credit in court.

Migraine-plagued office worker wins £21k in compensation

One migraine-plagued office worker, who had constantly complained to her employer that the fluorescent lights in her place of work triggered the debilitating headaches, has recently won a £21,000 personal injury compensation award.

Personal injury claims experts say that Wrexham native Genevieve Bove, aged forty eight, had no choice but to resign from her position as an office worker after her insistent requests to change out the harsh lighting in her office, which caused her crippling migraines, fell on the deaf ears of her employers.

Ms Bove, who had been employed by the Association of Voluntary Organisations, a charitable organisation, at their Wrexham based headquarters at the time of the incident.  AVOR withstood charges of insufficient oversight of their paid officials at the Wrexham office by an employment tribunal, court documents report.

John Gallanders, head of the charitable organisation, repeatedly turned a deaf ear to the requests of Ms Bove, the tribunal was told.  Moreover, the AVOR chief stood accused of even engineering a meeting with Ms Bove in order to have a discussion about her legal claim by having the meeting in an office outfitted with the same fluorescent lights that he knew would bring on a migraine attack.

In the wake of the meeting, Ms. Bove then sought to launch an official grievance with the trustees of the charity against Mr Gallanders.  However, this grievance was handled incorrectly, which led Ms Bove to receiving a £21,177 personal injury compensation award for disability discrimination and constructive dismissal.

After the hearing that awarded her the compensation, Ms Bove made a statement to the media that the entire experience had done nothing so much as making her feel ill.  The former office worker also added that the situation, Speaking after the hearing Ms. Bove stated that the whole experience, which had been wholly unnecessary, could have been avoided by simply spending a few pounds to fit the office with a few replacement lights.

Dressage rider makes car accident claim for £300k

After an RTA ended his Olympic hopes and ruined his career, one talented dressage rider is making a £300,000 minimum car accident claim against the driver of the vehicle.

Sussex native Sonnar Murray-Brown, from Chichester, had been riding in the front passenger seat of his former friend’s Renault Clio at the time of the incident, traffic accident claim experts say.  The driver of the car, twenty three year old Lee Harris, collided head on with another car, resulting in severe injuries to Mr Murray-Brown’s legs.

The dressage rider, also twenty three, was informed by medical staff that it is not expected that he will be able to compete or perhaps even become a trainer.  The young man, who had been tipped as a possible team member for the UK, has since brought a personal injury compensation claim against his former friend, claiming that Mr Harris had been driving too fast, which caused him to lose control of the Renault Clio and effectively cause the accident that effectively robbed Mr Murray-Brown of his Olympic aspirations.

According to the claimant’s High Court writ, which was issued by his legal team, the injured young man had been a highly talented rider with quite good career prospects before the collision.  Mr Murray-Brown, who has since lost the prospect of becoming a horse breeder, also has no chance of becoming the operator of his own specialised dressage company, according to the writ.

Further documents submitted to the High Court that Dorset native Mr Harris, of Blandford Forum, has been charged with driving with a lack of due care and attention in the wake of the accident.

MOT tests may change due to car accident claim fears

As the Government considers changing the MOT test system from an annual one to once every two years, fears have begun to arise that doing so may lead to an increase in car accident claims.

According to the Government proposals regarding MOT tests, cars less than ten years old would only need to be tested every other year.  However cars more than a decade old would persist in needing an annual test.

Brand new vehicles would also see a larger gap between MOT tests, up from three years to four.  While already hard-pressed motorists would benefit from a potential cost savings, motoring groups have expressed fears that instituting the change could lead to a marked increase to RTAs.

A Government-commissioned study even seems to give credence to this concern, as the Transport Research Laboratory recently released figures that three per cent of road accident claims may be attributable in part to vehicle defects.  Switching to an MOT test once every two years could result in fifty five more fatal accidents on UK roads every year, say concerned motoring organisations.

The proposed changes could also have a deleterious effect on the economy, fear garage owners.  As the number of vehicles needing repairs decline, job losses may be an inevitability, garage owners caution.

Approximately 23 million tests are currently carried out every year at MOT testing centres across the country.  For every hundred vehicles tested, an average of thirty five do not pass their MOT test, according to official figures.

Despite the figures from industry experts pointing to the changes having a negative effect, it is unknown at this time whether the Government will revise its plan to institute the changes to its MOT testing scheme.

Bolton woman wins £3,500 from accident claim

After bringing an accident claim against her local  hair salon for an incident involving hair dye, one woman from Bolton has received a personal injury compensation award for £3,500 in damages.

Melanie Kenny, aged forty nine, was having her hair dyed at the salon when she suffered an extreme reaction to the dye used to colour her hair, personal injury claims specialists said.  Mrs Kenny’s face swelled up so badly that she was left temporarily blind in one eye, while her other eye nearly swelled shut as well.

The forty nine year old woman made a personal injury claim against the salon by claiming that her hairdresser had neglected in offering Mrs Kenny an allergy test in order to ensure she would not have any adverse reactions to the chemicals in the hair dye.  In a recent interview published in the Manchester Evening News newspaper, Mrs Kenny said that her scalp began to itch the day after she had visited the salon, and that soon her face and head swelled up, which left her looking as if she had just gone several rounds with a champion prizefighter.

The 49 year old woman, who received a £3,500 compensation award in a settlement out of court, has now begun an awareness campaign in order to ensure no one else suffers the same fate she did.  Mrs Kenny is calling for more stringent regulation of salons and their employees in order to present such recurrences in the future.

Due to the lack of any particular legislation within the industry, many similar incidents occur on a yearly basis, according to an industry spokesman.

Newcastle woman wins £500k in medical negligence case

After one district nurse neglected to identify an infection, one Newcastle woman has recently been awarded £500,000 in a medical negligence compensation claim.

According to the woman’s personal injury claims, Heaton native Angela Banks, forty six years of age, ended up being a virtual prisoner for thirty months as she received treatment at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.  Ms Banks was suffering from an infection in her pelvis and thigh that had originated in a pressure sore, accident claims specialists say.

As the infection continued to spread, Ms Banks’ doctors had no choice but to perform a surgical procedure removing a section of her bone.  Due to  medical complications, the Newcastle native needed to stay for an unprecedented 30 months.

Ms Banks, who was born with spina bifida and has been confined to a wheelchair in order to move about for her entire life, said that her thirty month long hospital stay was so awful she would have rather been in prison for the same amount of time.  She also described her time spent in hospital as ‘soul destroying.’

The NHS North of Tyne recently admitted its liability in regards to Ms Banks and her injuries.  As a result, the 46 year old woman was given a damages award of £500,000 in a settlement out of court.

One NHS spokesperson remarked that the incident had taught them some serious lessons, apologising for the substandard nursing care Ms Banks received.

A qualified professional dog trainer, Ms Banks said that the personal injury compensation award would go a long way in regaining her independence.  The sum will go towards provisions for specialised equipment and support she will need.

York accident solicitor sets up own practice after Ingrams sale

After her employer sold off its personal injury claims division, one accident solicitor from York has set up her own legal practice.

Law firm Ingrams, with offices in both Hull and York, has sold off the lion’s share of its personal injury compensation cases to Hull and Leeds based Neil Hudgell Solicitors.  However, one former Ingrams accident claim expert, Dianna Bamforth, has retained a portion of her clients in order to set up Ardent Law, her own practice, launching in October of this year.

Ms Bamforth remarked that her new firm’s next move will look into the redeployment of four solicitors that worked alongside her at Ingrams into other fields of law.  The former Ingrams partner added that she believed that there is a viable future for personal injury law in the York region, unlike her former colleagues at her previous firm.

While she worked as a Bradford solicitor as a trainee, Ms Bamforth attended classes at Park Lane Law College in Leeds.  She fully qualified in 2003, but two years prior to that she allied with business partners to launch Ingrams in York.

Neil Hudgell Solicitors, which has already purchased two practices, launched a website earlier in 2011 with an aim at buying the personal injury clients of law firms.  The firm, which has more buyouts in the pipeline, said that it is gearing up towards increased levels of specialisation before October’s ushering in Alternative Business Structures, which will allow supermarkets and insurance companies to offer legal services to consumers.

York based Ingrams, which employs 50 staff members within the region, remarked that its new focus will be on several different services, including residential and commercial conveyancing, debt recovery, employment law, civil litigation, probate, and wills.