Paralysed student awarded compensation in wake of accident

One paralysed student from Sheffield was recently awarded personal injury compensation in the wake of a car accident, as the RTA has left her with injuries that will require lifelong care.

South Yorkshire native Rosie Mayes had been only twenty years of age when she was involved in a road traffic accident involving a car that was driven by her former boyfriend that left the road and collided with an embankment, coming to rest on its roof.  According to motor accident claim experts writing for the Bourne Local newspaper, Ms Mayes was trapped within the car wreck for one half-hour as emergency services strove to free her from the wreckage before rushing the injured York University student to hospital.

Ms Mayes, who had been pursuing a a history degree, suffered severe spinal damage in the accident, spent more than ten months in hospital as she recovered.  However, the young woman is now confined to a wheelchair due to her tetraplegia and now needs 24 hour a day care.

The insurance company for the driver of the car was named as a defendant in Ms Mayes’ compensation claim, resulting in a lifelong care cost award made to the paralysed student for what could turnout to be worth millions of pounds.  Ms Mayes’ father, who spoke to the press in the wake of the hearing at the High Court in Leeds where her daughter was awarded the right to compensation, described Ms Mayes as an inspiring figure, as she has returned to her studies at university, demonstrating the determination to continue to live her life regardless of her debilitating injuries.

Hampshire family launches £300k motor accident claim

A family from Hampshire recently launched a motor accident claim for the injuries sustained by a young schoolboy after he was knocked down by a car, with the boy’s parents seeking in excess of £300,000 in personal injury compensation, experts say.

Troy Brooks, eleven years of age, had been trying to cross Hampton Lane after leaving Blackfield Junior School so he could meet his mother when he was involved in the traffic collision. In the wake of the RTA, young Troy was rushed to the Southampton General Hospital for treatment, regaining consciousness after ten days in a coma only to discover that he had been left with permanent brain damage from a bleed on the brain, according to the family’s personal injury claims.

An article recently appearing in the Daily Echo newspaper reported that Troy’s family has made a claim against the Fawley native Sophie Lennards, the nineteen year old driver of the vehicle, for negligence by exceeding the speed limit and for not taking steps to avoid the collision.  Rona Brooks, Troy’s forty four year old mother, said in an interview with the newspaper that the family’s life was completely destroyed by the accident, and that their existence had been ‘worse than a nightmare’ ever since.

If successful in their compensation claim, the Brooks family could stand to receive a substantial damages award for not only young Troy’s pain and suffering but to provide for the child’s medical needs for the foreseeable future as a result of the injuries he sustained in the traffic collision.

Government encourages using new tech to reduce motor claims

In an effort to reduce the number of motor accident claims that are being made in the UK, the Government is examining whether encouraging the use of new technology, such as telematics-based insurance, to gather information on motoring habits.

Telematics, or ‘black box’ technology, has been offered by insurers in increasing numbers as of late, as the device, similar to a satnav, keeps track of a motorist’s performance behind the wheel and rewards good drivers with lowered rates – and bad ones with higher ones.  As the technology would purportedly lead to drivers behaving themselves behind the wheel in greater numbers in order to earn deep discounts, the Government is banking on it to reduce the number of RTAs that occur on UK roadways, which would in turn reduce the number of personal injury claims as well.

Many industry experts also say that the data gathered by insurers could also play a dual role in reducing the number of massive personal injury compensation payouts.  If a claimant can be proven beyond a doubt to have been engaging in motoring behaviour that contributed to their accident, the amount of compensation they are entitled to is reduced – and with insurers keeping records of motorists’ activities behind the wheel, claimants can be called out for exceeding the speed limit or driving recklessly prior to the incident for which they’re making a compensation claim.

The only downside, some detractors say, is that Brits may be trading their privacy for safety.  However, proponents of the technology point out that a motorist is in public whilst behind the wheel, and the telematics technology cannot exactly ring your mum to tell them you were out too late at the pub the night before.

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 car technician launches motor accident claim

After he was left with paralysis from the neck down from an RTA involving a high performance vehicle, one car technician is launching a motor accident claim against his former employers, experts say.

Stephen Harris, thirty one years of age, had been working at the Maidstone, Kent Ferrari Centre as a car technician when he lost control of the Ferrari 348 TS that he had been test driving, careering into another vehicle in the process.  While the other vehicle’s occupant emerged from the incident relatively unscathed, Mr Harris sustained severe injuries which left him in need of 24 hour a day care due to being paralysed, according to his personal injury claims.

Now, the injured former car technician is launching a personal injury compensation claim against the Ferrari Centre on the basis that they were negligent by permitting him to conduct test drives on the open road in such a high performance vehicle.  Mr Harris also states that Roger Collingwood, his former boss, had told the injured man to ensure the Ferrari was running smoothly by taking the car up to 100 mph.

When approached for comment, Mr Collingwood denied any and all negligence in regards to Mr Harris’ injuries.  He also remarked that every employee of the Ferrari Centre were always given instructions to remain in complete compliance with the rules of the road, which included to never exceed any speed limits set by the Government.

Personal injury experts report that the case is understood to be heard by the courts sometime after the New Year.

Nurse struck by hit and run driver asks for accident claim aid

One nurse who was struck by a hit and run driver has asked for aid in her motor accident claim by asking any witnesses to the incident to come forward.

45 year old Michelle Ledden had been outside her place of work at Rochdale Infirmary when the nurse practitioner was struck from behind in the back in January of 2010, according to her traffic accident claim. Unfortunately, investigations into the identity of the vehicle which struck her – which Ms Ledden believes to have been an ambulance – have been fruitless.

Now, the Milnrow, Rochdale native has high hopes that witnesses will soon be able to shed some light on the matter as she continues her battle for personal injury compensation stemming from the injuries she sustained while she had been walking along the pavement on her way out of the infirmary’s car park.

Ms Ledden had her back to the road as she stopped to chat with a former A&E patient when she was suddenly alerted by her colleague’s shout to the driver of the vehicle, followed by a ‘huge jolt’ as the vehicle struck her in the back after mounting the pavement where she was standing.

In the wake of the incident,Ms Ledden has been suffering pain and back spasms so excruciating that the nurse practitioner likened the feeling to being struck with a cricket bat.   A member of her legal team remarked that back pain can be agonising for the sufferer, especially because it can flare up seemingly unannounced – something that anyone suffering from a back injury would surely know.

Ms Ledden soon found that her injuries were too severe to allow her to continue working, even though she had attempted to carry on with her regular duties as a nurse practitioner.

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.

Teesside woman brings motor accident claim, wins £3m

After bringing a motor accident claim against the insurers of a taxi driver that severely injured her as a girl, one Teesside woman has recently won a £3 million personal injury compensation award at London’s High Court.

Vicki Hart, now aged twenty two, had only been fourteen years old when a taxi knocked her down while she was attempting to cross Guisborough’s Rectory Lane.  Ms Hart suffered life-changing injuries in the accident, according to her personal injury claims, including a broken neck, a fractured skull, and a blood clot in her brain which led her to suffer a serious stroke.

Ms Hart’s doctors were genuinely afraid that her injuries would be too severe for her to recover from.  However, the teenage schoolgirl survived, though the injuries she sustained have left her profoundly disabled, requiring 24 hour a day support and care.

Both Ms Hart and her family brought a motor accident claim against the insurance company of the taxi driver, with the end result of the High Court in London approving a compensation package with a £3 million sum.  The damages award will go towards providing Ms Hart’s extensive needs.

The family were pleased, said a member of Ms Hart’s legal team, with the outcome of the case, as the family had to rely upon very limited levels of care, since it had to be paid for by their local authority and primary care trust prior to the settlement award.  The family’s legal representative also said that Ms Hart’s quality of life will undergo vast improvements due to the size of the settlement as well.

The taxi driver’s insurance company declined to comment.

Yorkshire couple narrowly escape injury in RTA

After their rear window of their Fiat Punto was smashed by a cycle rack that had slipped from where it had been fitted on their car, one Yorkshire couple narrowly escaped injury on an RTA on the A58 (M).

According to motor accident claim experts writing for the Yorkshire Evening Post newspaper, Leeds natives Andrew Thomas and Elizabeth Cooper had been on their way to Devon for a planned cycling weekend at the time of the incident.  Thirty year old Mr Thomas, who lives with Ms Cooper in Leeds, had bought both two bikes and the rack itself from their local Halfords branch, personal injury claims specialists writing for the newspaper said.

However, not ten minutes after they had fitted the cycle rack to their car, the couple were startled when the rack dumped both bikes to the road, ripped off the rear spoiler to the vehicle, and smashed its rear window after it slipped.  Both Mr Thomas and Ms Cooper were forced to pull off onto the road as a result.

The faulty cycle rack could have caused serious injuries, said thirty seven year old Ms Cooper, who had been badly shaken by the accident.  In the wake of the incident, Halfords had initially offered a £100 ‘goodwill gesture’ to the couple, but have since remarked that they will be not only offer a discount on the two purchased cycles but will also be replacing the cycle rack and pay for the repairs needed to the couple’s car.

Luckily for both the couple and for Halfords, none of the other motorists sharing the road with Ms Cooper and Mr Thomas, as a collision with debris could have caused a quite serious incident that could have left to severe injuries.

Dangerous town centre junction will continue to have RTAs

After local highways bosses announced they will not be carrying out any work, one dangerous Lutterworth town centre junction will most likely continue to be a hotbed of RTA activity, accident claims specialists recently reported.

Lutterworth Town Council saw fit to appeal for an improvement to the traffic lights at the end of Bitteswell Road and Coventry Road after several accidents that led to motor accident claims.  Arguing that motorists who turned right into Bitteswell Road sometimes neglected to realise that they had to give way before Coventry Road’s oncoming traffic, the town council requested a filter light to be permanently added to the location.

However, highways officers informed the Town Council recently that they were declining to take action after visiting the site, despite the high number of road accidents that had taken place at the junction throughout the past five years.  Cllr Clive Weston remarked that the number of accidents is even higher, as any accidents at the junction that did not result in personal injury claims would go unreported.

Cllr Bill Piper also commented, stating that it wouldn’t be long before someone was slain at the junction.  While the councilor appreciated the lack of funds for placing new filter lights, besides repainting the white lines of the junction in order to make the rights-of-way and layout, there was little else the county council said it could do.

Cllr John Turner was critical of the reasoning behind proceeding any further with the discussion, though he did admit that there was a very real problem with the junction.   Adding that the council had asked the junction to be looked at twice now, the councilor remarked that he was unsure of how keen he was on spending increased officer time on the subject.