14 years of suffering, £3m in personal injury compensation

Industry news roundup: week ended 23 Feb 2015:

Well it only took 14 years to get what she deserved, but a 24 year old who was injured in a pool accident at the age of 10 finally received her compensation.

It’s stories like this that make me wonder what in the world is wrong with the personal injury claims world. Poor Annie Woodland – she ended up suffering for over a decade as the t’s were crossed and the i’s were dotted because she nearly died during a school swim session. The long delay, apparently, was due to a dispute between whether Essex Council should be held accountable for her injuries even though she was under the cupervision of a contractor while she attended Gloucester Park Pool in Basildon.

The pool lifeguard didn’t manage to see the 10-year-old Woodland quite in time, managing to fish her out of the water but not before the young pupil suffering life-changing injuries. Now the 24 year old has been awarded some £3 million for her pain and suffering – and for the continuing care she will need since she suffered nearly dying from drowning in the pool, all because both the swim instructor and the lifeguard on duty couldn’t be arsed to keep track of the pupils using the bloody pool.

Still, all’s well that ends well, though the poor woman would most likely give up every last penny if it meant she didn’t have to spend the last 12 years of her life falling behind because of brain injuries related to her nearly fatal drowning. I can’t say that I wouldn’t make the same decision myself. I would much rather be whole and healthy than anything else in the entire world, £3 million be damned!

Of course, now everyone is going to say that this new legal development is going to have a so-called “chilling effect” on local authorities taking pupils on trips if they’re afraid of being held responsible for every little thing that happens on these outings. Well bollocks to that I say – if you’re going to be educating our children you should be responsible for them whenever they’re doing school-related don’t you think? It just sounds like common bloody sense!

 

 

Motorbike accident claim leads to £10m compensation award

Industry news roundup: week ended 16 Feb 2015:

A motorcycle accident claim that was made in the wake of a man sustaining crippling injuries has been decided in his favour – to the tune of £10 million or so.

So it may not give Macel Beasley back his full physical function, but the 31 year old can at least live a bit more comfortably after he’s been given the financial wherewithal to actually live his life in the wake of the motorbike accident that changed his life. Beasley, which now needs the use of a wheelchair and requires constant care after he was left with serious brain damage and a serious speech impairment, has just been given a lump sum payment of something like £4.27 million – something he plans to spend on buying a home specially adapted to his needs – and yearly tax-free annual payments of £175,000 to help pay for the 24 hour a day care he can’t survive without.

I’m not going to go into the details surrounding the injuries Beasley sustained. To be completely honest with you it’s rather gruesome – let’s just say that was cut off by a VW Golf and ended up in hospital, in a coma, for two weeks straight before he even woke up. On the way to hospital he was so injured his heart stopped not once, not twice, but three bloody times; it’s an absolute miracle this man is still alive. Long story short – once everyone took a good, long, hard look at the accident, it was decided that the driver of the VW Golf was 100% responsible for the accident. In other words, Beasley got his £10 million compensation package so he can begin to put his life back together, or at least as much as he’ll be able to do now with his permanent and life-changing industries.

Honestly it’s instances like these that break my heart. Sure, Beasley became a millionaire overnight. I can almost guarantee that if you asked him if he would trade every penny of it if he could regain his ability to walk, talk and think unhindered, he would jump at the chance. I know I would – and I’ll wager that you would as well, wouldn’t you?

 

 

How to blow £50k in accident claims cash in a month

Industry news roundup: week ended 9 Feb 2015:

Looking for a crash course to blow £50,000 in personal injury compensation fast? Just follow pensioner Angela Nangle’s lead and you’ll be right as rain.

You heard that right – a 62 year old woman from Brighton spent some £50,000 she had been awarded after an accident claim in order to not have to declare the money as income and risk losing her housing benefit. The story came to light in Brighton Magistrates’ Court recently after it was revealed Nangle took out some £3,000 a day from her trust fund between May 27 and June 29 of 2012.

The story begins in 2009 when she filed notice that she would be receiving a personal injury compensation award that exceeded £16,000. That’s the minimum that would see her losing her housing benefit – and that’s when she placed it in a trust fund so the cash couldn’t be taken into account. However something changed three years later when she didn’t declare any money in the account on a review form, and that sparked an investigation into the matter.

Finally the truth came out recently in court, with Nangle admitting that she had been taking the money out in cash instead of depositing it in a bank account. She knew that if there was any sort of paper trail she’d end up having to list it on a housing benefit claim. The 62 year old instead decided to blow the money any way she could – and I mean any way she could. I’m talking fine dining, expensive wine, and male companionship. That’s right: the pensioner was buying the company of male escorts with her compensation award.

Her reason for doing so? The money was too much trouble to manage, so she decided to get rid of it.

You know if she truly wanted to get rid of her cash I would have been more than happy to take the money off her hands. I could use a new car or two, or maybe a nice sailing yacht. Honestly what was this woman thinking? At any rate I hope she had a good time blowing all that cash like that. I know I would have.