NHS pays out on medical negligence claim for brain damage

The NHS has recently paid out on a medical negligence claim for brain damage to a mother from London whose son suffered severe oxygen deprivation prior to his birth, accident claim experts say.

Ronak Patel, now twenty nine years of age, was deprived of oxygen before his birth in North West London’s Northwick Park Hospital, leaving him with an inability to stand or sit without the aid of others and with limitations to his vision and speech.  Mr Patel also has no use of his legs or arms as a result of the oxygen deprivation, according to the personal injury claims made on behalf of him by his mother.

According to a recent article appearing in the London Evening Standard newspaper, hospital staff neglected to diagnose Mr Patel’s mother, Smita Patel, with appendicitis while she was pregnant.  This diagnostic failure led to Mr Patel’s injuries.

Mrs Patel, fifty seven years of age, told the London Evening Standard that her family has battled long and hard to secure her son compensatory damages in order to provide him with the 24 hour a day care and expensive medical equipment he will need for the rest of his life.  The dutiful mother originally launched her personal injury compensation claim in 2005 against the NHS Trust for North West London Hospitals, with Mrs Patel’s legal team making the argument that the immediate performance of an appendectomy on the expectant mother upon admittance to hospital would have prevented her son from suffering from oxygen deprivation.

While the NHS Trust was initially only willing to pay 55 per cent of the total damages sought after by Mrs Patel, a settlement was reached for 90 per cent of the figure.

Former soldier pursues £400k accident claim for paintball injury

A former solder is pursuing a £400,000 accident claim for an injury he received during a paintball game where he lost the ability to see in one of his eyes after being shot in the face, personal injury compensation experts recently reported.

Allan Weir took a paintball pellet to the face from less than 6 feet away.  The pellet, which was travelling at a speed of about 280 feet per second, caused his right eyeball to burst in its socket, according to the Edinburgh native.  Mr Weir, a father of two, still suffers intense pain from the incident, according to his personal injury claims, and has found it a struggle to find work in the aftermath of the event.

A former member of the Scots Guards,  the 28-year-old had been working at a paintball company as a marshal when he was shot by a fellow worker in 2008.  His colleague, Calvin Blyth, had not realised the paintball gun was loaded when he pulled the trigger, experts say, and as a result he was sentenced to carry out 150 hours of community service following his conviction in 2009 at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on a charge of culpable and reckless conduct.

However, Mr Weir has now brought an accident claim against Ratho, Edinburgh-based APE Paintball for personal injury compensation.  The injured man’s allegations include the failure of the firm to provide its marshals with training on how to handle paintball weapons properly.  The firm strongly denies Mr Weir’s claims, alleging that the injured man instigated the incident by firing a shot of compressed air at Mr Blyth.

Mr Weir, who said that since the shooting he has fallen heavily into debt, remarked that he has encountered many problems adjusting to the loss of his eye, including not being able to drive or work.  He faces other serious consequences from the shooting, as he can not do much with his right eye except make out vague shapes.

Police worker paid £120k in compensation… for ‘bruise?’

The West Midlands Police came under fire recently after it was revealed that one of its workers was given a £120,516 personal injury compensation award for what has been referred to as a ‘bruise.’

Accident claim experts say that the police force has been heavily criticised for the massive payout, especially in the face of the £126 million in cuts it faces.  However, police bosses say the case’s details do not reflect the complex nature of the injuries suffered by the worker, and police representatives said that while an initial injury may be recorded as relatively minor, the long-term effects of the injury can include debilitating pain and serious damage to the injured individual.

According to the same Freedom of Information Act request that uncovered the personal injury claims from West Midlands Police, it has been revealed that £12 million in damages has been paid to police across England and Wales since 2006.  Sadly, the £120,516 payment was nowhere near the most expensive one, as Hertfordshire Police paid £550,000 to one worker who broke their elbow after slipping on some ice and developed chronic pain syndrome as a result.

Catherine Hickman, spokesperson for West Midlands Police spokesman, said that the police force has liability insurance for instances such as the ones revealed by the Freedom of Information request.  While she declined to reveal any detailed information regarding the case of the bruise, instead Ms Hickman stated that statistics do not always reveal how complex payments can actually be sometimes, though personal injury compensation payouts are only made to workers in the wake of medical evidence presented to its solicitors, insurers, and in-house legal team in order to make a determination.

Injured police receive £12m in personal injury compensation

Work accident claims made by police officers injured in the line of duty have resulted in more than £12 million in personal injury compensation awards, according to a recent freedom of information request.

A total of £12,109,426 has been paid out since 2006 by forty three Welsh and English police forces, including the Civil Nuclear Constabulary and the British Transport Police, accident claim experts say.  However, the freedom of information figures are not inclusive of the lion’s share of claims made last year, as these cases have yet to be settled, and as four police forces did not respond to the freedom of information request in a timely manner, the likelihood that the true figure may be substantially more is high.

Hertfordshire Police paid the highest single payment, as a civilian police employee received £550,000 after slipping on an icy car park and breaking their elbow.  Other cases include that of a Humberside Police sergeant who received £14,000 in damages after claiming that their tinnitus was caused by an overly loud cell door buzzer and £2,000 that was awarded by another officer who had been rushing to respond to an emergency call and put his hand through a glass pane, injuring it.

Nearly £2.6 million alone was paid out by the Greater Manchester Police due to work related injury compensation, which was the highest sum reported.  The Hertfordshire Police Force and West Midlands Police rounded out the top three most expensive, with payouts of £1.2 million and £1.1 million respectively, according to the freedom of information request.

Lollipop lady’s husband seeking compensation for her accident

After a lollipop lady from Tyne and Wear was struck by a car, her husband has made a car accident claim on his wife’s behalf.

According to a recent article appearing in the Shields Gazette newspaper, Eleanor Harman had been on duty in South Shields on Beach Road when she was knocked over by a motorist while the fifty nine year old was on duty.  Mrs Harmon had been wearing a high visibility jacket and holding her lollipop at the time of the collision with Margaret Boyles, a sixty nine year old grandmother from South Shields, traffic accident claim experts report.

Mrs Boyles, of Fox Avenue, has since appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court where she was convicted of careless driving.  The elderly grandmother was told to pay court costs of £500, a £95 fine, and also has had four penalty points added to her driving license.

In the immediate wake of the accident, the injured lollipop lady was rushed to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle where she spent two days in the hospital’s intensive care unit.  She was then transferred to the Walkergate Park Centre’s brain injury specialist ward.

In order to cover the high costs associated with his wife’s future rehabilitation and lifelong care, Mrs Harman’s husband, Harry, has since launched a personal injury compensation claim against Mrs Boyles’ insurer.  The lives of Mr Harman and his wife will never be the same again, he told the newspaper, after she suffered serious injuries due to someone else’s careless driving.

Phones4U worker launches £300k work accident claim

A former employee of Phones4U has launched a £300,000 work accident claim against her employer after she sustained serious personal injuries while on the job, accident claim experts recently reported.

Eastbourne, East Sussex native, Louise Mennell, had been employed at her local Phones4U branch when a falling computer stack crushed her foot, according to the twenty two year old’s personal injury claims.  According to a recent article appearing in the Eastbourne Herald, Ms Mennell is now disabled permanently in the wake of the incident, suffering from complex regional pain syndrome, an uncommon medical condition that leaves the suffer with a continuous sensation of burning pain that can spread from the site of the injury to other body parts of well, and is understood to be linked with an autonomic nervous system dysregulation.

According to a writ heard in London’s High Court, Ms Mennell states that in addition to her physical injuries, the incident also caused her to develop serious psychological disabilities as well, such as depresion.  Ms Mennell’s personal injury solicitors are set to make the argument that due to the nature of her injuries, her ability to hold jobs in the future have been compromised to a significant degree.

Ms Mennell’s erstwhile employer, Phones 4U, has since made an admission of liability for the injuries she sustained in the incident.  However, the retail phone giant and the injured woman have yet to come to an agreement in regards to the level of compensation Ms Mennell should be entitled to receive.

Wheeled excavator involved in RTA, worker injured

One maintenance fitter was injured on the M1 motorway as the wheeled excavator he was operating was involved in an RTA by striking an overhead bridge, motor accident claim experts recently reported.

The man, whose name has not been released to the press due to concerns regarding his privacy, had been employed by Van Elle Ltd, a Nottinghamshire-based engineering contractor, when his vehicle’s boom struck the bridge and sent him careering through the open front screen of the vehicle and right over the steering wheel, according to his personal injury claims.  The man’s head then struck the front excavator blade of the vehicle,  sustaining injuries so severe that he spent two weeks in a coma and then an additional five months’ worth of rehabilitation.

The injured man has ultimately returned to work.  However, as he still has reduced function in his left leg and arm, he is still receiving physiotherapy.

Shortly after the incident, the Government’s Health and Safety Executive investigated the man’s injuries, discovering that not only had the employee not been given adequate training on how to use the excavator safely, but he had also not been wearing his seat belt prior to the accident.  It was additionally made known that the injured worker had only been behind the wheel as the regular driver was not available, leading him to stand in for him.

Pinxton, Nottinghamshire firm Van Elle Ltd, was prosecuted by the HSE at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court, which led to a fine of £12,750 and a total of £29,660 in court costs for the company after it admitted to breaching health and safety regulations related to the use of work equipment.

Paralysed woman pursues medical negligence compensation

One woman, paralysed from the waist down in the wake of a botched surgical procedure, is pursuing medical negligence compensation to the sum of £300,000 from Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, according to accident claim experts familiar with the case.

Personal injury compensation experts writing for the Plymouth Herald newspaper stated that Camborne, Cornwall native, Mary Dacey, had been transferred to Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital after her suspected subarachnoid haemorrhage worsened whilst at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.  Court documents say that the Derriford’s trainee surgeons attempted to carry out a lumbar puncture on Ms Dacey unsuccessfully, resulting in the middle-aged woman being unable to move her legs the day following the botched procedure, and that the procedure had been attempted even though Ms Dacey had been taking anticoagulant medication at the time, a substance known to contribute to an increased risk of haemorrhaging.

Healthy and fit previous to the incident, Ms Dacey now has no choice but to be relegated to the confinement of a wheelchair, a tragic turn of events for a woman who was the primary carer for her elderly mother prior to the botched lumbar puncture.  Adding insult to injury, the woman is now doubly incontinent, and substandard hospital treatment is to blame, according to a writ filed in the High Court of London.

When approached for comment, a Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust spokesperson declined, stating that it would not be appropriate to do so as the case was still working its way through the courts.  Legal industry experts agree that Ms Dacey could receive a substantial compensation award from the NHS in the event that liability is admitted by hospital staff for her life-changing injuries.

Driver flees scene of RTA with injured motorcyclist

The driver of a car has fled the scene of a RTA which left a motorcyclist seriously injured, leading police to appeal for information regarding the driver’s identity and location, accident claim experts say.

According to personal injury claims documents, the incident occurred on the night of 20 January at approximately 9pm when a motorcycle and a silver car were involved in a collision in Chigwell on the A113 Abridge Road near the Pudding Lane junction.  The 51 year old motorcycle rider was rushed to Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone.  The Hackney, east London man is listed as in a stable condition as the serious leg injuries he sustained in the accident are treated.

While the identity of the hit-and-run driver is a mystery, and therefore the insurer that covers his vehicle is not known, this will not preclude the injured man from seeking damages.  The Motor Insurers’ Bureau, an organisation funded by the insurance industry, is available to provide compensation to victims struck and injured by unknown or uninsured vehicles.

A spokesman for the Essex Police commented on the incident, remarking that the only known information regarding the vehicle that struck the motorcyclist is that it is believed to be coloured silver.  The front headlight and driver’s door of the vehicle will have fresh damage as well, the spokesman added, as he appealed for anyone with any knowledge of the location of the car to contact the Essex Police as soon as possible.

Individuals with information related to the car crash are welcome to place an anonymous call to Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111, or to get into contact with Chigwell Road Policing Unit on 101.

RTAs are inevitable, accident claim experts say

RTAs are simply an inevitability, according to accident claim experts, who pointed out that there were more than 31 million registered cars in the UK by the end of 2010.

Official figures say that 1.6 per cent of all hospital visits in the 2009-2010 year were the result of road traffic accidents.  This equates to a total of nearly 250,000 hospital visits, and many of the injuries sustained in these accidents become impetus for many personal injury claims.

While motor vehicles do offer many benefits to Brits, these injury figures are demonstrative of how there are accompanying risks to users of the road.  From 1999 through 2010, three million casualties have occurred on roads in the UK, according to the BBC, leading to 36,000 fatalities alone, with an annual road collision rate of approximately 730,000 instances every year.

Despite the term ‘road traffic accident,’ not all RTAs are indeed accidental.  Even in the case of the driver causing an unintentional accident, insurance companies and personal injury solicitors alike are more than happy to assign blame to the driver, along with the responsibility for footing the bill for any damage or injury that occurred as a result of the accident.

And it’s not just the drivers of motor vehicles that can be found responsible for RTAs.  Car passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians can and have been the proximate cause of many road traffic accidents either through carelessness and negligence or through conscious choice.

Industry experts say that you should always stay at the scene of an RTA until the police or emergency services arrive.  This is recommended not just because you may have suffered injuries in a traffic collision, but because it can be illegal to flee the scene of an accident – especially if you were responsible for the incident.