Personal Injury and Accidents Claims

Birth Injuries Boy Secures £1.35 Million in Interim Payments

Compensation awards made to gravely injured victims of clinical negligence often run well into seven figures – but they are no more than is needed when ever-rising care costs and life expectancies are taken into account. In one recent case, the High...

Mesothelioma - Latest Mortality Figures

Provisional statistics for 2014, published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), show that for the third year running more than 2,500 people died from mesothelioma as a result of past exposure to harmful asbestos fibres. Asbestos is most commonly found...

Family Wins Damages After Holiday Ruined by Illness

A family from Essex who suffered from gastric illness while on holiday in Egypt have won a five-figure compensation settlement from the tour operator. Rae Claydon and his partner Rachel went on holiday for a week in December 2014 to celebrate their...

Injured Teenage Fare Dodgers Find Out Why Crime Doesn't Pay

In affirmation of the legal principle that criminals will not be compensated for the consequences of their own illegal actions, the Court of Appeal rejected damages claims brought by two teenagers who jumped from a moving taxi in a bid to dodge a £10...

Machine Operator Secures Compensation for Shoulder Injury

A machine operator who was diagnosed with shoulder impingement syndrome as a result of repetitive heavy lifting while working at a paper mill in Canterbury has secured compensation for his injury. Richard Wrench had worked at Chartham Paper Mill throughout...

Don't Let the Prospect of Court Put You Off Claiming Compensation!

Victims of accidents or medical negligence sometimes unnecessarily hold back from claiming compensation because they fear the trauma of a court hearing. However, one case in which a boy's legal team achieved a £350,000 settlement of his claim against...

Widow of Minibus Fall Victim Wins Compensation from Council

The death following a fall of a man suffering from Parkinson's disease and dementia was caused by a minibus driver's failure to keep him under supervision at all times, a judge has ruled in ordering a local authority to pay his widow substantial...

Cleaner Receives Payout for Skin Damage

A woman cleaner who developed a severe skin condition as a result of exposure to an abrasive solvent cleaner has received compensation from her former employer. Susan Davies began to notice that the skin on her hands was really dry shortly after she started...

A Good Lawyer Can Win Even When Blame is Denied

Clinical negligence cases are by no means always cut and dried – but a good lawyer can win you compensation with or without an admission of blame. In one case, an NHS trust which vigorously denied liability for brain damage suffered by a baby boy...

Steam Age Railwayman's Family Wins Industrial Deafness Payout

Symptoms of injuries caused by hazardous workplace environments often take many years to develop – but one case involving a steam age railwayman who suffered industrial deafness shows that it may never be too late to claim compensation. After leaving...

Boy Wins Compensation for Injuries Suffered at Birth

The family of an eight-year-old boy who suffered devastating brain damage during his birth, due to the admitted negligence of hospital staff, have succeeded in obtaining a compensation package worth £9.5 million to pay for the lifetime of care he will...

Injured School Canteen Worker Wins £25,000 in Damages

Accidents in the workplace inevitably happen and rules are in place to ensure that, where an employer is at fault, workers are compensated for any injuries they suffer. In one case, a school canteen assistant who severely cut her wrist whilst drying up has...

Bar Owners Ordered to Compensate Businessman for Fall

In a case which serves as a warning to the leisure industry that health and safety rules should not be neglected, the owners of a bar where a businessman fell down a flight of stairs, suffering catastrophic injuries, have been ordered to pay him a very...

Victim of Violent Crime Wins More Than £380,000 Compensation

In awarding more than £380,000 in compensation to the victim of a violent crime, a Tribunal has ruled that his payout should not have been reduced to take account of his own criminal convictions, which lay long in his past. The man suffered a serious...

Son Awarded Compensation for Mother's Unnecessary Death

The High Court has been assured that lessons have been learned after a teenage mother died unnecessarily from a common illness following a call to an out-of-hours medical helpline. Her son was less than a year old when orphaned and the company which runs the...

Blind Adventurer Wins £2 Million for Fall From Window

A blind athlete and adventurer who fell out of a window during the Henley Regatta, suffering catastrophic spinal injuries, has won the right to £2 million in compensation. The Commonwealth Games medal winner, who was the first blind man to trek to the...

Back Injuries in the Workplace

Jobs that involve heavy lifting necessarily put strain on workers' backs – but the law requires employers to do all that they reasonably can to minimise the risk of injury. In one case, a warehouseman who wrenched his lower back whilst stacking washing...

Shopper Wins Compensation for Car Park Injury

A 60-year-old woman who was injured when she tripped in the car park of a branch of Tesco in Scotland has reached an out-of-court settlement with the company. Susan Amer, from Blairgowrie, tripped over a metal pole that was sticking up out of the ground...

Boy Left Disabled by Ambulance Delay Due Millions from NHS

A wrong judgment call made by an ambulance crew in the midst of a dire medical emergency has left a baby boy facing a lifetime of acute disability. However, thanks to tenacious legal action taken on his behalf, the Court of Appeal has upheld his right to...

Supreme Court Changes Rules on Timing of Compensation Calculations

When a woman who had previously been employed by the Prison Service died of mesothelioma, her husband made a dependency claim under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 for future loss of income. The Ministry of Justice admitted liability for the woman's death...

Kathleen Lodemore - Medical negligence

We acted for a client who was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She underwent surgery to remove the tumours and following surgery then underwent 6 planned sessions of chemotherapy.  Three sessions went without incident but on the fourth session the...

Office Worker Compensated for RSI

Repetitive strain injury (RSI), sometimes referred to as upper limb disorder, is a general term used to describe a potentially debilitating condition involving pain in muscles, nerves and tendons in the hands, wrists and arms. It is caused by overusing the...

Compensation Awards for Teachers

Figures provided by teachers' unions show that compensation totalling millions of pounds was paid out to members of the profession last year for injuries sustained in the course of their work. The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women...

Retired Woman Who Slipped on Icy Church Path Awarded Compensation

A pensioner who dislocated her knee and suffered ligament damage when she slipped and fell on her way into church in icy conditions has been awarded £60,000 in compensation. Angela McCluskey, a retired hospital cleaner and school dinner lady, had gone...

Doctor Who Fell Down Stairs Wins £450,000 in Damages

A doctor who conquered childhood disability to achieve success – but whose career was destroyed by a series of hospital blunders after he fell down the stairs at home – has been awarded more than £450,000 in compensation after succeeding in...

Diagnosed With an Asbestos-Related Disease? Take Advice Immediately

It is quite understandable that those diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease have other things on their minds than launching a compensation claim. However, as one High Court case illustrates, any delay in seeking legal advice can place the future of your...

Compensation for Clinical Negligence - Interim Payments

A cancer survivor who held a doctor responsible for years of unnecessary suffering has been awarded an interim payment of £100,000 to enable her to meet vital care needs until her full award can be assessed. The former solicitor and mother of four has...

Factory Worker Wins Compensation for Head Injury

A factory worker has secured compensation after an accident at work caused permanent damage to his hearing. The 54-year-old man was working on a factory production line when the accident happened. There were height restrictions in that part of the factory...

Widow of Asbestos Victim Wins Six-Figure Payout

Asbestos exposure carries with it a dreadful legacy that can stretch decades into the future – but it is important to remember that the passage of years need not deprive you of your right to compensation. In one case, a widow whose husband died as a...

Brain Haemorrhage Victim Wins £330,000 from NHS

Lawyers representing a 60-year-old man who suffered a brain haemorrhage the day after he was sent home from hospital have negotiated a £330,000 settlement of his clinical negligence claim against the NHS. The man had been born with learning and...

Victim of Paedophile Cub Scout Leader Awarded Damages

Unlike the rest of Europe, the UK has no statute of limitations for serious sexual crimes. Whilst victims of sexual abuse may derive some comfort from seeing perpetrators imprisoned, there is a general lack of awareness that they are often also entitled to...

Girl Achieves £10,000 Settlement After Dentist Fails to Spot Tooth Decay

A 16-year-old girl from Manchester has received £10,000 in damages after she had to have two teeth extracted because her dentist failed to spot that she was suffering from tooth decay. Matilda Bruchard suffered months of pain before the teeth that...

Compensation for Psychiatric Disorders - High Court Rules

Grief, distress, anxiety, sleeplessness, sorrow and the like often follow on traumatic events, but in order to win compensation it is necessary to go further and prove the existence of a recognised psychiatric disorder. In one very unusual case, a man who...

Football Goalie Secures £39,000 for Negligent Treatment of Broken Wrist

The consequences of negligence on the part of hospital staff can be dreadful, but a good solicitor can at least help to make them more bearable. In one case, a woman who endured years of needless agony after breaking her wrist during a football match has...

Machine Operator Forced to Retire Early Awarded Compensation

A paving machine operator who was compelled to retire after an existing spinal condition was exacerbated by a workplace accident has secured more than £60,000 in compensation. The man, who had 14 years' experience as a paver operator, was employed by...

Care Worker's Compensation Claim Upheld

A care worker who was injured when she slipped on ice has finally had her compensation claim upheld by the highest court in the land. The woman was employed as a carer in Glasgow. It was part of her job to tend to sick and vulnerable clients in their own...

Girl Injured at Birth Secures £7.5 Million From NHS

An eight-year-old girl, who faces a lifetime of acute disability due to negligent management of her birth in hospital, has been awarded £7.5 million in compensation in settlement of her case against the NHS. Despite warning signs that she was in...

Training Exercise Led to Prison Officer's Retirement

A former prison officer who was compelled to retire as a result of injuries he sustained during a training exercise at work has been awarded £185,000 in compensation. Robert Warren had worked as a prison officer for 30 years when the accident...

Victim of a Negligent Operation? Don't Suffer in Silence!

Victims of clinical negligence are sometimes reluctant to complain, but they need not suffer in silence and seeking expert legal advice is the first step in obtaining just recompense. In one case, a man who was in so much pain after a flawed operation that...

Widow Gains Compensation for Husband's Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos-related diseases can strike people down decades after exposure. However, a High Court award of more than £100,000 in damages to a factory worker's widow shows that you should never assume that it is too late to seek justice. The woman's...

Scaffolder Wins £150,000 for Ladder Fall

A scaffolder has secured compensation of £150,000 after a fall from a ladder left him with permanent injuries. The man, who is in his 40s, was descending scaffolding at a block of flats which was being refurbished when the accident happened. He placed...

Injured Afghanistan Veteran Wins Six-Figure Compensation

A soldier who felt let down by his regiment after he was left in constant pain by a freak accident that occurred whilst he was serving in Afghanistan has secured more than £100,000 in compensation from the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The soldier, who...

Blood Clot Victim Receives £200,000 NHS Payout

Doctors cannot be expected to be infallible, but it is only right that patients who suffer as a result of negligence on their part should be compensated. In one case, a man who suffered a life-threatening blood clot in hospital has secured £200,000 in...

Romantic Getaway Turns Into Holiday from Hell

A holidaymaker from Ashburton in Devon has commenced legal proceedings against tour operator Thomas Cook after he contracted cholera on what was meant to be a romantic sunshine break in Tunisia. Tim Warner, 47, and his partner Amanda paid £1,488 for a...

Production Worker Wins Compensation for Damaged Hand

A worker employed by a local council in South Wales, making double glazed windows and doors for its housing stock, has obtained £5,750 in compensation after injuring his hand in a workplace accident. The man was operating a machine that cleans plastic...

The Law Moves Swiftly to Award Birth Injury Boy £1.2 Million

With specialist legal advice, victims of medical negligence can swiftly win compensation to help meet their immediate care needs. In a case which showed how fast the law can move in these circumstances, a seven-year-old boy has been awarded more than...

Asbestos Victims Can Be Compensated Within Months

The prognosis for many victims of asbestos-related cancer is, sadly, poor. Malignant mesothelioma, an incurable cancer of the lining of the lungs, normally develops many years after a person's initial exposure to asbestos and it is not possible to predict...

Worker Compensated for Angle Grinder Injury

A case concerning a factory worker from Essex who was injured in a workplace accident illustrates the importance of carrying out risk assessments and providing staff with protective clothing where necessary. The man was injured when using an angle grinder,...

Stroke Victim Wins £250,000 for Hospital Negligence

Doctors often work under extreme pressure, but the standard of care which they are expected to give their patients is unwavering. In one case, a man who suffered heart failure and a stroke four years after attending a hospital accident and emergency...

Loved Ones of Soldier Shot Dead on Exercise Win Six-Figure Damages

Lawyers acting for the partner and four-year-old son of a soldier who was accidentally shot dead during a training exercise have achieved a six-figure settlement of their claim against the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The soldier was engaged in a live firing...

'Negligence' Can Include One-Off Errors of Judgment

In personal injury cases, a defendant is normally considered to have been negligent if they failed to do something that a reasonable person would have done, or did something that a reasonably prudent person would not have done. In medical negligence cases,...

Ruling Gives Hope to Thousands of Family Carers

It is not unusual in personal injury cases where a claim is made on behalf of a person who has suffered life-changing injuries for the courts to acknowledge the devotion and selflessness of family members who care for their disabled loved ones without...

Workplace Injury - Don't Delay Making a Claim

Compensation claims are subject to strict time limits and one pensioner whose life was blighted by an asbestos-related condition paid a high price for sitting on his hands and failing to seek prompt legal advice. Although his former employer had admitted...

Boy, 10, Awarded More Than £6 Million for Negligent Neo-Natal Care

The family of a 10-year-old boy who faces a lifetime of disability due to negligent post-natal care have secured a compensation package worth more than £6 million to cover the cost of his future care needs. The boy suffered a severe and enduring brain...

Woman Awarded Compensation for Black Ice Slip at Store

A former teacher has secured £9,375 in compensation for injuries she suffered when she slipped on a patch of black ice while out shopping with her husband at the Marks & Spencer store in Culverhouse Cross, Cardiff. After heavy snow, the store...

Negligent Hip Replacement Victim Wins Compensation Fight

A woman who went into hospital for what should have been routine hip replacement surgery – but emerged with serious and disabling nerve damage – has won the right to substantial compensation from the NHS. Following the operation, the woman's...

Council Worker Asbestos Victim Claims £300,000 Damages

The hazards of asbestos have been known about since the 1930s. However, as thousands of victims know to their cost, routine exposure in the workplace continued for decades thereafter. In one case, a painter and decorator who worked with the substance in the...

Ex-Prison Guard Who Slipped on Ice Awarded Compensation

Slipping and tripping accidents happen in large numbers every day and can have extremely serious consequences. In one case, a former prison officer who slipped on ice while on guard dog patrol has secured nearly £500,000 in compensation for devastating...

Upturn sees legal team's expansion

Steady economic growth is one of the reasons Essex law firm Birkett Long has seen a raft of new faces recruited to its commercial real estate department. Since the beginning of the year four people have been appointed to the team including new partner...

Teenagers Compensated for Racial Abuse by Police

Police officers have a difficult job to do, but society expects them to show the highest standards of behaviour. In one case, two young men were awarded thousands of pounds in damages after they were battered and verbally abused by an officer who gave vent...

'Contaminated Epidural' Mum's Compensation Hopes Boosted

Compensation claims normally have to be lodged within three years of an accident and seeking prompt legal advice is therefore essential. However, that time limit was waived in the case of a young mother who claimed that her life was wrecked by a contaminated...

Potholes on Minor Roads Are a Fact of Life, Rules Court of Appeal

Local authorities are under a legal duty to repair potholes in the road, but a certain number will always be there as part and parcel of a less than perfect world. So the Court of Appeal observed as it dismissed a compensation claim by a cyclist who was...

Family of Negligent Operation Victim Awarded Seven-Figure Payout

The widow and five children of a man who died following an operation at a private hospital that was meant to relieve the pain of his bad back have achieved a seven-figure settlement of their claim against a negligent surgeon. A vein was damaged during the...

Breaking News - unemployment in UK falls to 1.75m

The Office for National Statistics has announced that unemployment in the UK fell to its lowest in seven years. The figure of 5.3% from July-September 2015 is the lowest unemployment rate since April-June 2008. The number of people out of work fell by...

Factory Worker Compensated for Occupational Asthma

Occupational asthma describes an allergic reaction that some people have when they are exposed to a particular substance. It can be triggered by seemingly innocuous substances – such as flour and various foods – as well as by exposure to things...

Hospital's Failure to Treat Infection Leads to Claim

A man whose hip became infected after an operation but who was not treated with antibiotics for more than ten days has won a settlement from his local NHS trust after its negligence ultimately led to his having to have his leg amputated. The man had a...

Retired British Rail Worker Secures Mesothelioma Compensation

A retired British Rail employee has secured £125,000 in compensation from his former employer after being diagnosed with the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma. The former fitter and electrician worked for British Rail at its Upperby and Kingsmoor...

Failure to Pay Attention to Safety Issues Costs Hospital

Accidents at work are a common source of injury and it is essential that employers carry out proper risk assessments of the tasks their employees are asked to perform and take appropriate measures to mitigate the risks to their staff. The same principles...

Car Worker Wins Compensation for Occupational Dermatitis

Occupational dermatitis is a widespread cause of ill health, with an estimated 84,000 sufferers either developing the condition or having it made worse because of their work. It affects workers in many industry sectors and can be caused by a variety of...

Shopper Wins Compensation for Supermarket Slip

A shopper who was injured when she slipped on a banana that had been left on the floor in a supermarket has won compensation for her injuries. The woman was shopping at her local ASDA store when she slipped and fell heavily. She carried on shopping but was...

Holidaymakers Struck Down With Illness to Claim Compensation

A group of holidaymakers who developed gastroenteritis while staying at a resort in the Dominican Republic intends to take legal action against the tour operator. Ten people had travelled on the Thomson package holiday to the four-star Dreams Resort and Spa...

Former Road Worker Wins £140,000 Damages

A man in his 30s has won compensation of more than £140,000 after he developed Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) as a result of using vibrating tools for many years. The man had worked as a road worker for 15 years and used vibrating tools such as...

Teenager With the Mind of a Toddler Wins Millions From NHS

A teenager with cerebral palsy caused by an injury to his brain at birth has won the right to compensation from the NHS to pay for the lifetime of specialist care that he will need. The 18-year-old suffered oxygen starvation during his mother's labour. As a...

Victims of Violent Crime - Don't Delay Your Claim for Compensation

Victims of violent crime generally have to apply for compensation within two years – however, in one exceptional case, a pensioner had her hopes of a payout boosted almost 50 years after the father of her children was knifed to death. The 70-year-old...

Ex-Marine Ordered to March When Unfit Wins Damages Payout

An ex-Royal Marine bandsman, whose chances of promotion were wrecked after he was ordered to take part in a route march when he was medically unfit to do so, has won almost £70,000 in compensation from the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The French horn...