Injured man’s family pushes for personal injury compensation

One injured man’s family is pushing for personal injury compensation after he fell and nearly died from a seawall in East Mersea.

Accident claim experts recently reported that 57 year old Colin Corrigan was feared to have died by his 53 year old wife, Julia, after he plummeted 25 ft from an East Mersea seawall path near the Coopers Beach Caravan Site this past August.  Paramedics and coastguards spent more than three hours in their attempts to rescue Mr Corrigan, who suffered injuries to his head, a punctured lung, five broken ribs, and one broken leg, according to his personal injury claims.

Mrs Corrigan has since launched a campaign to provide lights and railings along the path, calling on the the caravan site and Essex County Council to take steps to prevent such incidents in the future.

Stating that she wouldn’t wish the injuries her husband suffered on her worst enemy, Mrs Corrigan said that she simply wants the local authority and the caravan site to take responsibility and make it safer by placing railings on those seawall trail areas that are the most dangerous.   Pointing out the nearby pub, the wife of the injured man highlighted how the young children of parents sitting outside could all to easily wander off and lose its footing.

A Silver End native, Mr Corrigan, of School Road, is currently unable to work as a decorator and a painter due to his injuries, which have left him with permanent numbness in his left arm.  Meanwhile, East Mersea’s Colchester councillor, Terry Sutton, has come out to say that steps need to be taken, as the local authorities need to stop playing ‘pass the buck’ and provide people with the answers they want.

Worker’s injuries severe enough to necessitate amputation

One worker who had his leg run over by a dumper truck was injured severely enough to warrant the crushed limb’s surgical removal, according to the details of his work accident claim.

Bromley native Michael O’Donovan, forty one years of age, had been working as a building work assistant at Arsenal’s Ashburton Grove Emirates stadium, at the time of the accident, his personal injury solicitors recently reported.  The worker’s injuries were so serious that doctors performed a surgical amputation of his right leg in the wake of the incident, where he also suffered a fractured pelvis as well.

The Government’s Health and Safety Executive conducted investigative proceedings regarding the incident shortly thereafter, revealing that the three construction firms that had been responsible for the work site had neglected to ensure that there had been safe segregation between vehicles and pedestrians.  Hemel Hempstead based Sir Robert McAlpine Limited, was given a fine of £19,000 for its role in Mr O’Donavan’s life-changing injuries, and both Watford based Maylim Limited and Rickmansworth based Skansa Utilities Ltd, McAlpine’s two contractors, were fined £18,000 and £17,000 respectively, after all three admitted to breaching health and safety regulations at a hearing in Magistrates’ Court for the City of London.

The HSE inspector who was involved in the hearing spoke once the fines were handed down, stating that all construction sites must by necessity segregate vehicles and workers whenever it was practical to do so. The inspector also said that the incident could have been averted if there had been an adequate risk assessment of the safety risks.

Mis-read x-ray leads to massive personal injury compensation

A mis-read x-ray has led to one man receiving a massive personal injury compensation payout due to his missed spinal injury, accident claim experts recently reported.

Liam Careless, who was only 12 years of age at the time of his admittance to Tameside Hospital 11 years ago, had been feeling paralysis symptoms in his neck, prompting his mother to take him to the accident and emergency of the hospital to seek treatment.  There, hospital staff took an x-ray of the area in question, but later discharged Liam, informing him that the pain in his neck would dissipate in a few days, according to personal injury claims experts familiar with the case.

However, Liam continued to suffer severe pain in the area for the next several years.  It wasn’t until 2004 that the source of his agonising pain was finally discovered, as the initial x-ray had been mis-interpreted by medical staff, with the true cause being spinal cord compression.

Had Liam had been given a surgical procedure as soon as the issue had developed, his condition could have been alleviated, yet because of the delay in his diagnosis, Liam, now a young man, will have to suffer through the pain for the remainder of his life, in addition to having to live with mobility problems as well.

Liam brought a claim against the NHS Foundation Trust for the hospital for personal injury compensation, according to a recent report in the Manchester Evening News newspaper.  Now, thanks to a settlement out of court, the young man will soon be receiving a compensation award of six figures.

Illegal road race spectators could make accident claims

Legal experts say that three illegal road race spectators could make accident claims for injuries they received while they watched the illegal activity.

Swansea’s Baglan Energy Park was the site of the incident this past January, on Central Avenue, where Michael Palumbo’s six-litre Pontiac was poised to race against Jia Guo’s BMW M3 in an illegal drag race, according to personal injury claims experts reporting for Wales Online.

As the drag race commenced, which was to be for the length of 200 metres, Jia Guo’s BMW slipped on the wet road and veered quickly to the left, jumping the kerb and colliding with several spectators that had gathered to watch the race, injuring three of them quite badly in the incident.

Spectators Marcus Bounds and Hugh Bevan sustained a broken leg and an injury to his back respectively, while their fellow spectator Sian Pimm sustained injuries to her face and leg that have left her with permanent scars.

Both Jia Guo and Michael Palumbo were taken before Swansea Crown Court for sentencing in relation to the incident, with the driver responsible for the injured spectators given a suspended jail sentence of 32 weeks after entering a plea of guilty for dangerous driving, and is facing both an 18 month suspension to his licence and community service for a term of 22 hours.  After entering a plea of guilty to driving carelessly, Mr Palumbo was given a fine of £605 by the Judge in the case, who recommended the three spectators to pursue personal injury compensation claims in civil cases against the two men, stating the injured trio had ‘cast iron’ cases.

 

Hampshire bakery worker may make work accident claim

One Hampshire bakery worker may be making a work accident claim following an incident where his fingers were crushed in a machine used for moulding dough, personal injury compensation experts recently reported.

The young teen, whose name has been withheld from the media due to privacy and legal concerns, had been employed at Hampshire-based Belinda’s Bakery, in Poulner, at the time of the incident.  According to accident claim experts with knowledge of the incident, the teenager’s hand was caught in the machine and pulled in by two rollers that had been powered up and operating, suffering severe crush-related injuries to his right hand and abrasions and cuts to two of his fingers on that hand.

The Government’s Health and Safety Executive investigated the cause of the young man’s injuries, discovering that there were no safety guards present at the time of the accident which would have prevented access to the moving parts of the machine.  In the aftermath of the young employee’s injuries, these safety guards have since been replaced.

Peter Ellis of Belinda’s Bakery, fifty eight years of age, admitted to breaching Health and Safety regulations in a recent hearing at Southampton Magistrates’ Court following a prosecution by the HSE.  Mr Ellis was given a fine of £500 and further instructed to pay a total of £300 court costs for neglecting to have the safety guards present on the dough moulding machine that injured his young worker.

The HSE inspector who prosecuted the case spoke after the hearing, remarking that while Mr Ellis had done the right thing by reinstalling the safety guard in the wake of the accident, his employee would never had been injured in the first place if the guard had not been removed in the first place.

Beware accident claims caused by Christmas trees this season

While the warning might seem a bit odd, personal injury compensation experts have recently warned against the dangerous situations that you can get in to as a result of Christmas trees – and how some could even lead to having to make an accident claim.

Despite their seemingly innocuous nature and how lovely they look all decorated and lit up, Christmas trees can be the cause of any number of accidents.  In fact, 2007 alone saw around 1,000 injuries, says the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, which included eyes injured by low-hanging pine branches as celebrants reached for their gaily wrapped presents on December 25th.

However, some personal injury claims caused by Christmas trees can be even more serious than a poke in the eye.  During the 2010 festive season, one man was injured while on holiday in the Czech Republic when a Christmas tree over 100 feet tall fell on him as he was visiting Prague, the country’s capital city – which led the Czech Supreme Court to award him £35,000 in compensatory damages.

Those pesky pines and ferocious firs are not just causing damage to people.  In fact, many insurers say that there are several claims made for damaged furniture at the hands of an improperly handled or a fallen tree.

These industry statistics have prompted experts to issue the warning about being careful with your Christmas decorations this year, cautioning people away from clambering over furniture to hang decorations or fairy lights.  Others may make the safer decision to use a ladder to reach the higher boughs, but still end up tumbling from them because they lean too far out or lose their balance.

HSE prosecutes firm for worker’s fall from height injury

Work accident claim experts recently revealed that the Government’s Health and Safety Executive has prosecuted a construction firm based in Yorkshire, and their sub-contractor, for a worker’s fall from height injury.

A Hambleton, North Yorkshire man was rushed to hospital following a four and a half metre fall from a jury-rigged platform that had been precariously balanced upon a tractor’s fork attachment, personal injury claims experts said.  The thirty six year old, whose name has been withheld from the media due to privacy concerns, was in hospital for more than two weeks in order to treat his fractured right ankle and shattered left heel.

The HSE’s investigation discovered that the operator of the tractor, Stephen Ramsey, the worker’s employer, was a sub-contractor for Waddington Buildings Ltd in order to renovate a Billingham building at Brierton North Farm.  Accident claim investigators for the HSE, in their prosecution at Teeside Magistrates’ Court, related how the worker had been trying to measure and then fit guttering to the building when the tractor moved suddenly, which in turn caused him to lose his balance and suffer the fall from height.

Mr Ramsey, who trades as Up & Cover, admitted to breaching the Work at Height Regulations and was given a £1,000 fine with £250 in additional court costs.  Waddington Buildings Ltd was also fined £3,500 for neglecting to make sure that work taken on by their sub-contractor would be conducted safely, and was also subject to £900 in court costs as well.

Falls from height in both the agriculture and construction industries remain one of the largest causes of personal injuries and death, according to official figures.

Staffordshire couple wins medical negligence case for child

One couple from Staffordshire who made a personal injury compensation claim on behalf of their son for medical negligence, has been awarded a sum understood to be in the five figures.

Four year old Owen Thomas, who had been a newborn infant when the incident had occurred, had nearly choked to death on a six inch long endrotracheal tube which hospital staff had neglected to remove shortly after his birth.  Little Owen, who is hale and healthy today, had been fitted with the tube to aid in his respiration following complications during his birth as his mother delivered him at the Stafford Hospital, the young boy’s accident claims recounted.

Less than two weeks after Owen’s birth, the boy’s mother, Clare Thomas, saw cause for alarm when her newborn son appeared to be choking and turned blue.  Immediately slapping him on the back, the mother was aghast to see the endrotracheal tube, a piece of PVC tubing six inches long, popped from his mouth.

Cannock native Mrs Thomas, along with Kevin, her husband, launched a medical negligence claim against the NHS foundation trust for the hospital, claiming that her son could have lost his life if she had not been present to intervene and save little Owen’s live.

The family has since been victorious in their pursuit of compensation from the NHS trust, and while the exact sum has not been disclosed to the media, it is understood that the total amount is to be in the five figures.  One NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson did confirm that the claim had indeed been settled, and little Owen, who turns five this coming February, was lucky enough to not have any long-lasting debilitating ill-affects from his brush with death.

Pensioner wins accident claim, nets £160k in compensation

£160,000 in personal injury compensation has been awarded to one pensioner, after he made an accident claim for suffering an injury to his leg so severe that it necessitated its amputation, legal experts have recently reported.

Personal injury claims experts writing for the Your Local Guardian newspaper recently reported that Mr Edward Tuffey, 67 years old, suffered the injuries in May of 2006 at the Suffolk Road Recreation Ground in Barnes while he was walking his dog.  Mr Tuffey fractured his leg after he fell into a ten inch deep hole, and the pensioner had to have a plate and pins surgically implanted into his leg in the wake of the incident as it healed.

Mr Tuffey’s doctors kept the 67 year old man’s leg in plaster for approximately 12 months in the hopes it would heal before discovering that he was suffering from an infection due to a failure in the metal insert, which had broken within his leg.  After taking legal advice, Mr Tuffey, who had been employed as a window cleaner before his retirement, brought an accident claim against Richmond Council, with the courts granting him the six figure compensation award for his pain and suffering.

Mr Tuffey’s compensation award will go towards providing him with the care he needs in order to live his life, yet the 67 year old pensioner said that he would give up the entire sum if he could instead have his leg back.  The former window cleaner commented on the traumatic nature of the entire ordeal, stating that it was exceedingly difficult to assign an arbitrary price to a lost body part.

Injured horse rider makes motorcycle accident claim

After a motorbike struck her horse and caused her to fall, one injured horse rider has made a motorcycle accident claim and looks poised to receive personal injury compensation for her pain and suffering.

In October 2006, when the incident occurred, Michaela Devereux had been in the New Forest riding her horse alongside her husband when the married couple came across a motorcycle rider that was traveling towards them from the opposite way, according to personal injury claims experts familiar with the accident.  However, while the rider was approaching them, Mrs Devereux says that they lost control of the motorbike, causing a collision with her horse, causing the animal to bolt upright and toss her down to the ground at its feet, with the woman suffering serious injuries to her head as she tumbled from the saddle.

However, the rider of the motorcycle has instead claimed that the horse simply took fright as he approached, refuting Mrs Devereux’s claim that the rider and bike struck the horse.  Unfortunately for the rider, a court hearing in the final days of October came to the conclusion that there was sufficient evidence to indicate a collision did indeed occur, according to a recent issue of the Horse and Hound, with further evidence suggesting that the motorcycle rider had been traveling at an excessive speed.

Due to this recent ruling, Mrs Devereux now stands to claim the entire amount of her personal injury compensation, since the courts have decided that the motorcycle rider will bear full and complete liability for the accident.