NELC pays out more than £45k in personal injury compensation

According to a recently published article in the Grimsby Telegraph newspaper, the North East Lincolnshire Council has made more than £45,000 in personal injury compensation payments to injured staff and pupils over the past three years.

Personal injury claims experts reported that the council has paid out £46,901 on 12 successful accident claims.  This is less than half the total number of claims that had been brought against NELC, as an additional 13 claims were unsuccessful during the same period of time.

A full 50 per cent of the claims that were successful involved slips and trips, while the remainder of the incidents involved either falls from height or accidents where people where struck by falling objects. One incident was particularly unique, involving injury precipitated by a trapped thumb.

One council spokesperson remarked that every accident that occurred while on school property was investigated fully, and that the NELC takes each and every claim in a completely serious manner. The spokesperson also stated that the council was completely committed to the prevention of injuries to staff, parents, and pupils whenever they are present on school grounds, with compensation payments being made out of a dedicated insurance fund in the event that the NELC was held to be responsible for an injury or an accident.

However, there was some good news for the council, as the figures revealed that claims made against it for accidents occurring while on school grounds had been falling in a consistent manner over the past three years.  In comparison to the eight claims that were made in 2008, the following year saw only three claims brought against the NELC, while only one claim was made in 2010.

Bristol sub-contractor sustains serious injury to his head

According to his work accident claim, one Bristol sub-contractor sustained serious injuries to his head while working on a building site.

Paul Hinton, fifty six years of age, was working as a sub-contractor on a domestic property in Bristol for Elegance Building Contractors Ltd when the incident occurred, say personal injury claims specialists familiar with the case.  Mr Hinton was injured when a stone weighing 10 kilogrammes fell from a scaffolding tower, plummeting three metres through the air before striking him on the head.

Mr Hinton who had not been wearing a hard hat as he was working at the building site, was taken by air ambulance to hospital in order for his severe head injury to be treated.  The sub-contractor missed more than six months of work in the wake of the accident, and his accident claim states that his head injuries have caused him to undergo permanent personality changes.

At a recent hearing at North Somerset Magistrates’ Court, it was revealed that the construction firm had neglected to fit their scaffolding with brick guards, which are devices which would have acted to prevent any errant building materials from falling off the scaffolding and dropping down to the ground underneath.  Bristol-based Elegance Building Contractors Ltd, located in Princess Victoria Street, admitted to being in breach of the Work at Height Regulations, and as a result of the role they played in the man’s injuries, the court fined the company £6,000 and also ordered them to pay a total of £4,733 in court costs.

After the hearing had been concluded, one Health and Safety Executive inspector remarked that the incident could have all too easily been avoided.

New car designs have resulted in more RTAs, says one expert

According to one recent report, new car designs have been a significant contributory factor to an uptick in the number of RTAs on British roads.

Over the past two years, the number of ‘blind spot’ car accident claims has risen by 48 per cent, according to a crash management firm’s analysis, with more than 150,000 accidents occurring every year due to motorists changing lanes without checking their blind spot.  With the European Union insisting on more strict safety regulations in order to protect vehicle occupants from becoming injured in motor vehicle accidents due to the lighter material used in modern car construction, support behind the driver and rear passenger compartments has thickened, resulting in larger blind spots through limitations in rear visibility.

The issue has become so prevalent that the Driving Standards Agency had no choice but to disallow the use of Mini convertibles during their motor vehicle tests in 2005 due to the fact that examiners had been complaining about the lack of rear visibility whilst operating the vehicle.  In order to counteract the issue, many of the larger car manufacturers have begun to introduce highly sophisticated camera systems in order to give the driver advance warning of how close other vehicles have come to the car and whether the vehicle has begun to drift out of its lane, features that industry experts hope will work to reduce the number of accidents on the road.

The recent  study, which collated data from 50,000 traffic accident claims, was based off accidents which occurred from as far back as 2009 to as recent as June of this year, according to industry experts familiar with the research.

Car dealership employee falls through skylight, suffers injury

The employee of a car dealership based in South Yorkshire may be considering a work accident claim after he fell through a skylight and sustained serious injuries in his fall, sources say.

A driver for Douglas Paul Cars had been instructed to fix a leak in the roof of the firm’s Maltby workshop at the time of the incident, personal injury claims experts familiar with the case reported.  The fifty nine year old employee, whose name has been withheld due to privacy concerns, unfortunately tripped and fell, crashing through a skylight and plummeting to the floor of the workshop, which was more than three metres below, and suffered fractures to his elbow and three fractures to his back in the incident.

An environmental health officer conducted an investigation after the incident, discovering that the firm had not taken any precautions to safeguard their workers while they were on the roof of the workshop.  The investigation also found that the company had not conducted a risk assessment of the potentially dangerous act of repairing damage on the roof of the building; in fact, another worker was dispatched to the already damaged roof in order to facilitate repairs to the ruined skylight after the original worker fell.

Paul and Elliot Green, company directors and father and son, appeared before Rotherham Magistrates’ Court recently, where they entered a plea of guilty for breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.  The two men were given a fine of £2,000 each and were both told they would need to pay £3,615 in court costs due to their role in the injuries sustained by their worker in the fall.

Council worker wins £4,600 in personal injury compensation

One council worker has recently won a £4,600 personal injury compensation award from his employers after he slipped and suffered a personal injury on the job that led to a work accident claim.

Wokingham Borough Council, the injured man’s employers, were also responsible for the legal costs associated with the accident claim, which led the entire sum to be paid to be a total of £9,000.  However, this was found to not be an isolated incident in regards to council workers.

Wokingham Borough Council has had to deal with nearly 30 incidents since 2008 that involved council staff and slips, trips, and falls, according to official figures.  A trio of these council workers were so seriously injured that they had been rushed to hospital for diagnosis and treatment.

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations Act went into effect on four of these incidents because those council workers who were injured were in excess of three days away from their positions as a result of their injuries.  The lion’s share of injuries were due to uneven floors, loose of frayed carpet, wet floors, ice, and snow.

Last year resulted in the Government’s Health and Safety Executive becoming involved in as many as 14 incidents and injuries of council staff members. Out of the three council staff that were injured seriously, all of them were initially injured by slips, trips and falls. The executive committee for Wokingham Burough Council approved the 2010-2011 Health and Safety yearly report that ruled no enforcement actions were to be taken against the local authority for being in breach of fire or health and safety regulations.

Mechanical services worker injured in scaffolding fall

One refrigeration and electrical services worker sustained serious injury after falling from a scaffolding at work, according to accident claim experts familiar with the case.

Charles Howie, an employee of  Spark’s Mechanical Services Ltd, had been working at a Fraserburgh fish processing factory, having been tasked with removing a refrigeration unit at the factory’s cold store at the time of the incident that led to his personal injury claims.  The worker had been in the process of removing the unit from the ceiling of the cold store and had already removed four of the bolts that secured the unit there when at least one of the four remaining bolts failed under the unsupported weight of the unit, causing it to slip from its mooring and crash into the scaffolding.

As a result of the collision, Mr Howie was thrown from the scaffolding and sustained serious injuries.  According to the worker’s work accident claim, Mr Howie suffered five broken ribs and a collapsed lung, which necessitated him remaining off work for a total of five months as he recovered.

The Health and Safety Exectutive launched an investigation into the accident, revealing that Mr Howie’s employers had neglected to organise adequate support for the refrigeration unit during its removal.  The HSE additionally found that there were no safety railings atop the scaffolding tower.

At a recent hearing related to the incident, Spark’s Mechanical Services Ltd admitted to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act and was assigned a £10,000 fine for their role in the man’s injuries.  One of the largest causes of serious injuries in the workplace, falls from height caused the deaths of 38 workers in the UK last year alone.

Paralysed woman wins £250k interim personal injury compensation

After she received a £250,000 interim personal injury compensation award, one woman has finally been able to leave hospital in the wake of an RTA that left her nearly completely paralysed.

According to the details of her car accident claim, Megumi Wilson, twenty six years of age, sustained life-changing injuries after she was struck by a hit and run driver while she was crossing Wye Bridge Street in Monmouth.  Because of the severity of her injuries, which necessitate her receiving 24 hour a day care, Ms Wilson has not left hospital in five years.

The uninsured driver of the vehicle, Gloucestershire native John Dummett, is now currently incarcerated to serve out a prison sentence after he fled from the scene of the accident.  Mr Dummett also set his car on fire in an attempt to dispose the evidence of the collision.

Ms Wilson, who is so severely paralysed that her only form of communication is through blinking her eyelids, has been a patient in Llandaff, Cardiff’s Rookwood Hospital for the past five years.  The injured woman has been seeking personal injury compensation from the Motor Insurers Bureau, which was set up in order to provide compensation to any accident victims injured by motorists who did not have insurance at the time of the accident.

The claim has not yet reached a settlement, though legal experts predict the final damages award may be in the multiple millions of pounds.  However, a High Court Judge has ordered that a £250,000 interim payment be made in order to make it possible for Ms Wilson to finally leave hospital and move into a private home in Monmouth.

Worker falls from height, may bring work accident claim

A worker employed by an engineering company may bring a work accident claim against his employer after he fell from height and suffered serious personal injury.

Ness Engineering employee David Thomson, twenty two years of age, had been involved in removing an RAF aerial mast that had fallen into disuse as part of a team when the incident occurred, according to accident claim specialists familiar with the case.  The work team had been working from the interior of the aerial tower in order to dismantle the mast piece by piece before lowering the removed items to the ground through the use of a tele-handler with an attached bucket.

However, one particular item proved to be too difficult to remove from within the tower, prompting Mr Thomson to climb into the bucket of the tele-handler so he could be raised into position outside where he could more easily remove the offending part.  As the bucket was being lowered back to the ground, one piece of metal that had already been removed from the aerial slipped, sending the young man tumbling from the bucket and down to the ground from a height of nine feet.

According to Mr Thomson’s personal injury claims, the worker sustained serious injuries in the fall, which included not only a number of cuts and bruises but also a broken arm and a fractured vertebra.  Mr Thomson missed nine weeks’ worth of work as he recovered.

The Health and Safety Executive conducted an investigation into the incident, revealing that the company, which had carried out a risk assessment for the removal of the aerial, did not include a worker standing in the bucket of the tele-handler in their assessment.  As a result of this oversight, Ness Engineering Ltd was given a £26,700 fine in the wake of the HSE successfully prosecuting the company.

London pensioner loses leg, makes claim for RTA

One London pensioner has made a claim for the RTA in which he lost his right leg after he was hit by a bus and run over in a bid for personal injury compensation from both the driver of the bus and the company that employed him.

Wembley native Edwin George, an eighty eight year old veteran who served in the Second World War, had been using a pedestrian crossing in Harrow’s College Road at the time of the incident, according to Mr George’s personal injury claims.  The bus in question, which was owned by Arriva, severely crushed Mr George’s right food in the collision, and due to the severity of the elderly veteran’s injuries, the decision was made by medical staff to carry out an amputation of the leg just below Mr George’s knee just a few days after the incident.

In a recent interview with the Harrow Observer newspaper, Mr George said that the results of the bus collision had been completely ‘catastrophic,’ as he had been both independent and healthy before the accident but now had no choice but to be reliant on support provided by his daughter and son in law.  The eighty eight year old pensioner has since made the decision to make a personal injury compensation claim against both Arriva and Mannivald Himma, who had been driving the bus at the time of the incident.

Mr. Himma has denied allegations that he had been driving with a lack of due care and attention.  The bus driver will be appearing at Hendon Magistrate’s Court in the near future.

An Arriva spokesperson was contacted in regards to Mr George’s compensation claim but declined to comment, citing the ongoing nature of the legal matter.

Family from Hertfordshire launches road accident claim

After their 12 year old son sustained severe personal injuries in a motorcycle accident, one family from Hertfordshire has launched a road accident claim for compensatory damages.

According to motorcycle accident claim experts writing for the Watford Observer newspapers, Chorleywood native Nathan Atkins, of Capell Road, had been travelling as a pillion passenger on the Honda Firestorm motorbike owned by his father when it collided with a Ford Fiesta.  Young Nathan was hurled from his father’s motorcycle as a result of the accident, blood seeping from his ears and nose, and was rushed to the Royal London Hospital for treatment immediately following the incident.

The 12 year old boy was then transferred to the specialised paediatric unit of the King’s College Hospital, where he was treated for more than three weeks as the injuries to his head healed.   Young Nathan’s family has since launched a personal injury compensation claim against Jenniver Slavik, the driver of the Ford Fiesta.

Ms Slavik, who lives in Carpenders Park in Leigh Road, was driving negligently, causing the traffic collision due to not keeping a proper lookout and driving directly into the path of the motorcycle, according to the family’s personal injury claims.

Mrs Slavik, who has already received four penalty points on her license and a fine, has already entered a guilty plea of driving with a lack of due care and attention.  The amount of compensation that may be involved in the personal injury compensation case has not yet been disclosed, but due to the severity of the young boy’s injuries, experts believe it could be as much as £300,000.