Motorcyclist claims ‘substantial’ compensation award

One motorcyclist has claimed a ‘substantial’ but undisclosed personal injury compensation award after being involved in a life-threatening accident with a supermarket delivery van, it was recently reported.

Paul Parkin, a thirty year old man from Lundwood, near Barnsley, was struck by the delivery van in April of 2009, knocking him from his motorcycle and suffering such extensive injuries that doctors made the decision to leave him in a medically induced coma for a period of four days. The injured man spent an additional six weeks in hospital following the accident, enduring in excess of twenty surgical procedures to repair the damage done to his body; Mr Parkin is still going under the knife even three years later in order to correct lingering issues left over by the accident as well.

As a result of his life threatening injuries, Mr Parkin decided to launch a motorcycle accident claim against the supermarket’s insurance company. The injured man’s personal injury solicitors prevailed in court, earning him a substantial compensation package, though the particulars have not been made known to the public.

Mr Parkin said in a recent interview with the Star newspaper that he had been given no choice but to give up his job in the wake of the debilitating crash. However, thanks to the damages award, the injured man need not worry about how he will pay for his incredibly expensive rehabilitation costs without a source of steady income.

Displaying an indomitable will and spirit that is quite common to those enduring life-changing injuries, Mr Parkin also said that he has the determination to return to work one day and to return to having an active and independent lifestyle, despite the sometimes excruciating pain he is nearly constantly in.

Boy shocked by faulty hair dryer, awarded £1,750 in damages

One young boy was recently awarded £1,750 in personal injury compensation after he was given a nasty electric shock by a faulty hair dryer at an East London leisure centre, it was recently reported.

Harley Sutton-Dorner, five years old, had been at the Belhus Park Leisure Centre with his family, enjoying a day’s swimming, at the time of the incident. Young Harley’s injuries occurred inside the changing rooms at the centre, located in South Ockendon, Thurrock, as he was electrocuted upon picking up and turning on a hair dryer. An article appearing in the Thurrock Gazette newspaper reported that the five year old sustained an electrical burn to one of his side that nearly set his clothes ablaze, escaping more serious harm only due to the insulation offered to him by the plastic shoes he was wearing at the time, as they prevented the electric jolt he received from grounding itself through his feet – a fate that others facing electrocution injuries are not so lucky to avoid.

Danielle Sutton, Harley’s twenty seven year old mother, said in an interview that her young boy has been suffering from nightmares since the accident to the point where he wouldn’t set foot near any location where he would have to go swimming for nearly six months following the incident. Impulse Leisure Ltd, the owners and operators fo the leisure centre, admitted to breaching health and safety violations at a hearing at Basildon Magistrates’ Court, incurring fines and court costs at a combined total of £7,425, while separate personal injury claims made by the family saw the young boy awarded £1,750 in damages.

The company also issued an apology to the young boy.

Employee to make work accident claim after factory incident

One factory worker will be making a work accident claim after a machine he was working trapped and burnt both of his arms – an incident that has led to his employer being fined by the Health and Safety Executive.

Employed by Marling Leek Ltd in August of 2011 when the accident occurred, Stewart Wood, a dye operative,  had been operating a machine at the company’s factory that is used to manufacture safety harnesses and seatbelts when the machine developed a problem. Due to meshing becoming entangled within one of the machine’s parts, it fell to Mr Wood to clear the problem, but as he reached inside the still-moving machine his left arm was pulled within the mechanism, trapping him inside – his right arm soon joined it as he attempted to extricate himself from the machine.

According to an article that appeared in the Sentinel newspaper, Mr Wood remained painfully rapped by the machine before one of his colleagues became alerted to the problem and helped to free him. The injured factory worker sustained sever burns to his arms from the machine’s heated rollers, necessitating a three week hospital stay in order to recover, and due to the lasting damage he sustained, Mr Wood is now making a personal injury claim against his employer.

The HSE investigated the circumstances surrounding the man’s injuries, discovering that Mr Wood had not been given any health and safety guidance since 1999, when he first joined the company. The machine had been with the factory even longer – 25 years – and could have been made safe by very simple measures, thus preventing the accident; for the firm’s failures to do so, it now faces a fine of £5,000.

The company was fined £5,000 at court yesterday for health and safety breaches in regards to the accident. The firm has reportedly made safety improvements since the accident occurred.

Leicester woman falls, breaks ankle, receives £3,700

One woman from Leicestershire who fell at the Highcross shopping centre and suffered a broken ankle recently received a personal injury compensation award of £3,700 for her pain and suffering.

The injured woman, whose name was not made public at her request, fell after a slip on the bridge spanning the John Lewis store and the mall’s car park. The Highcross car park has been a hotbed of injuries recently, with an additional three women are making slip-and-trip accident claims for injuries they sustained in 2011 as well.

The woman who just received her compensation had actually slipped more than once on her way from the car park to the bridge, but had recovered sufficiently to avoid injury the initial time. However, once she reached the bridge, she slipped once more, falling to the floor and suffering torn ligaments and a broken ankle.

The surface of the car park is especially dangerous when it is wet, according to the three remaining claimants, as more than one reported their injuries to have occurred after a recent rain. One of the three women who suffered injury, known only as Mrs Ravat, recounted her experiences on 21 December of last year, where she lost her footing upon returning to her car at the end of a shopping trip with her daughter, leaving her with not just a nasty bump on her head but also a right femur that was fractured so badly that she needed emergency surgery to repair.

One spokesman for Highcross said that the shopping centre is aware of the incidents that have been occurring in the centre’s car park. However, the spokesman declined to comment further, claiming that it would not be appropriate to comment on any individual case while conducting their own review and investigation into the matter.

No compensation for tennis player wearing ‘wrong’ shoes

The Court of Session has recently dashed the personal injury compensation hopes of one man who tripped and fell while playing tennis because he was wearing the ‘wrong’ shoes, it was recently reported.

Terence Connelly fell during a game of tennis at the David Lloyd club, based in Renfrew, over a decade ago, suffering severe arm injuries. Mr Connelly blamed his fall on both the carpeted court he was playing on and the rib-soled tennis shoes he was wearing at the time of the accident, which occurred in 2001.

For the last eight years, Mr Connelly has been attempting to make accident claims against Whitbread PLC, the owner of the club, on the grounds that the club should have known that players wearing anything but smooth-soled shoes faced a very real risk of injury by doing so. However, the three-judge Court of Session, comprised of Lord Justice Clerk, Lord Philip, and Lord Bonomy, said that the injured man hasn’t got a leg to stand on, as there was no way for the club owner to foresee such an accident, upholding the decision of Paisley Sheriff Court to dismiss the case in March of 2009.

Mr Connelly’s injuries came from an incident that occurred in late October of 2001, when he and a friend had been playing tennis at the club. While there was indeed a sign near the tennis court which informed players should not play without wearing proper footwear, the sign did not specifically state which type of shoes would be ideal. The injured man, who ha no experience with playing on such a specialised carpeted surface before that day, had been wearing rib-soled tennis shoes, which led his feet to ‘stick’ as he was playing the match, causing him to fall heavily on his arm after his foot jarred suddenly to a halt and catching him by surprise.

Man wins work-related injury claim against former employers

One man has recently prevailed on his work-related injury claims that he made against his former employers after they accepted liability for the permanent damage he sustained after years of using vibrating tools on the job, it was recently reported.

Graeme Kelly, an electrical engineer who worked for De La Rue Currency, a company based in Team Valley, developed both Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome after the decades of work he undertook for the company. De La Rue accepted liability for neglecting to provide Mr Kelly proper protection from these injuries in an out of court settlement for an undisclosed sum that has been called ‘substantial.’

In an interview with a local newspaper following the settlement, Mr Kelly, who had habitually used vibrating tools for the lion’s share of his working life, said he had never in a million years suspected that so much damage had been done to his hands. The electrical engineer began to notice that he had gradually began to suffer a slow degradation to his ability to carry out tasks with his hands that required a high degree of manual dexterity, culminating with feelings of numbness in both of his hands in 2009, which led to being diagnosed with hand arm vibration syndrome, while a limited range of motion in his fingers indicated carpal tunnel syndrome shortly thereafter.

While the man’s symptoms have diminished due to surgical procedures carried out on both his hands, this will only restore a limited measure of his dexterity, medical experts say.

Northampton woman receives £50k in compensation

One woman from Northampton recently prevailed on her medical negligence compensation claim winning a £50,000 personal injury compensation award after enduring a surgical procedure she did not need.

While it’s not nearly as much as the £4 million in compensation awarded for a similar medical negligence claim, the £50,000 goes to Claire Millward, a thirty seven year old Delapre native that had been told she needed a radical hysterectomy after being erroneously informed that her smear test revealed a form of cervical cancer that could only be treated through surgery. However, this was not the case whatsoever, and the woman – a mother of one who had been hoping for a larger family someday – is now tragically unable to bear any more further children as a result of the hysterectomy.

Mrs Millward launched a medical negligence claim against the Northampton General Hospital, which admitted full liability for the misdiagnosis and needless medical procedure. The smear test’s results had been reported incorrectly, a hospital spokesperson remarked, which could have had a contributory affect on delaying the woman’s actual diagnosis of glandular neoplasia, which is an abnormality of the glandular cells.

The now tragically barren woman reported bursting into tears after being informed of the error in her diagnosis. Her life had been altered dramatically by the medical negligence of just a handful of people, Mrs Millward said, and the Northampton General Hospital agreed, apologising for the mistake and stating with assurance that their procedures have since been reviewed in order to prevent any reocurrence of such a terrible accident.

£3,775 in compensation for slip-and-trip at local Asda

A total of £3,775 in personal injury compensation has been paid to one shopper after her slip-and-trip at her local Asda supermarket left her with a serious ankle injury, according to the Hull Daily Mail newspaper.

Cindy Thompson, twenty four years old, had been shopping in East Hull’s Mount Plesant store when she tripped over some metal studs that were protruding from the floor, a remnant of the store’s recent refurbishment. The Hull, East Yorkshire native was rushed to hospital immediately following the incident, where it was determined by medical staff that a ligament in her ankle had torn; prior to the accident, Ms Thompson had been moving through the store before she tripped suddenly and sprawled against the trolley she had been pushing at the time, only to be struck by debilitating pain in her ankle – an ‘extremely helpful’ Asda staff member assisted her while she remained at the store until she could be taken to hospital, she added.

Ms Thompson decided to launch a personal injury claim against the store after she took legal advice. She was given a £3,775 compensation award for her pain and suffering.

All supermarkets and shops have a duty of care towards their customers and any other members of the public that may come inside, said one member of the injured woman’s legal team in a statement after the compensation award was made. Asda was unavailable for comment at the time of the publication of the news article.

Wrongfully arrested builder awarded £10k in damages

One builder who, upon being mistakenly arrested  for taking photographs of a bank, suffered a cracked rib and bruising across his body, has received a personal injury compensation award of £10,000.

Anthony Finnegan, a forty nine year old amateur photographer and builder by trade from Castlefields, Shressbury, had been snapping photos in Shrewsbury town centre of period buildings when police officers approached him, demanding a reason from the man as to why he had been taking photographs of a bank. In a recent interview with the Guardian newspaper, Mr Finnegan recounted how he was searched by police before being thrown to the ground, where an officer wedged a knee into his back, forcing his face down into a puddle while the he was handcuffed.

The builder sustained cuts and bruises all over his body as well as a cracked rib from his rough treatment at the hands of the police. His ordeal lasted seven hours and resulted in his release from his cell when all his criminal charges were dropped. Mr Finnegan wasted no time in taking legal advice from personal injury lawyers specialising in civil rights violations and decided to launch a compensation claim naming West Mercia Police as defendants in the legal proceeding.

Police officials have since admitted full liability for the wrongful arrest. Included in the terms of the settlement are both a compensation award of £10,000 and a promise to erase any of Mr Finnegan’s arrest records as well, though a West Mercia Police spokesperson would not comment further due to the ongoing nature of the legal process.

Multi-million pound negligence compensation for Londoner

One Londoner has recently been awarded a medical negligence compensation payment in the multiple millions of pounds after medical professionals missed her pneumonia diagnosis, it was recently revealed.

Morwenna Ganz, a twenty six year old native of Teddington, sustained serious brain damage twelve years ago after her worried parents took her to hospital.  Morwenna, who had slipped into a coma just prior to being admitted, had been examined at a St Marks Road, Teddington surgery by medical professionals who neglected to properly diagnose her pneumonia, instead believing she was simply fighting off a viral illness.

The young woman, with the the help of her parents, launched a personal injury compensation claim against the surgery’s doctors.  Morwenna’s legal team argued successfully that if her condition had been correctly diagnosed and been treated in a timely manner, the debilitating brain damage she suffered would never have occurred.

While the exact sum of Morwenna’s personal injury compensation payment has not been made public, the High Court in London agreed with the young woman’s legal team and saw fit to award her with a compensation package understood to be in the millions of pounds.  The money will be put to good use by Morwenna, as her injuries left her without the ability to communicate without the aid of sign language and a specially adapted computer; the young woman has plans to use the payment to fund the purchase of crucial equipment needed to improve her quality of life and to ensure that can afford the around-the-clock, twenty four hour a day care that she will need for however long she may live.