Personal Injury and Accidents Claims

Mother and Grandmother Win Damages After Traumatic Birth

Those who suffer psychiatric injury as a result of witnessing shocking events that are caused by negligence can win substantial compensation. In one case that proves the point, the mother and grandmother of a baby girl who was born seriously disabled have...

Injured Ex-Miner Succeeds in Professional Negligence Claim

A principal reason why negligence victims should always instruct expert solicitors to represent them is that, in the rare event that they do not do their job properly, any loss suffered will be covered by professional indemnity insurance. That point was made...

Ambulance Worker Awarded £280,000 After Exposure to Carbon Monoxide

A woman whose exposure to toxic gas at work caused her to suffer psychiatric injury has succeeded in her claim for compensation at the High Court. Diane Kennedy had worked as a solo responder for the London Ambulance Service (LAS) for ten years when in 2011...

Family of Cancer Victim Win Compensation After Hospital Blunder

Some medical negligence cases throw up greater difficulties than others, but solicitors are used to dealing with such claims and you should not be discouraged from seeking compensation. In one case, the family of a man who died of cancer won six-figure...

Electrician Wins £260,000 Asbestos Compensation

A man from Warwickshire who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma has secured compensation for the asbestos exposure that caused his illness. Colin Morris had worked as an apprentice electrician in the early 1960s. His job involved working with electrical...

Surgery Gone Wrong? Did You Give Fully Informed Consent?

Every surgical procedure requires the patient's informed consent and, if that is not given, compensation is payable whether or not an operation is negligently performed. In one High Court case exactly on point, a woman who was left in constant pain following...

Trips and Slips Lead to Settlements

A number of cases involving slips and trips have recently led to compensation settlements for injured persons. In one case, a customer in a supermarket who slipped on a puddle which had not been mopped up suffered a head injury when she collided with the...

Changes to the Calculation of Personal Injury Compensation Payments

When a claimant is awarded a lump sum compensation payment, the actual amount they receive is adjusted to take into account the interest they can expect to earn by investing it. The law makes it clear that claimants must be treated as risk-averse investors,...

NHS Pays £262,000 to Family of Patient Who Took His Own Life

The NHS is under a duty to take all reasonable steps to prevent mentally ill people under its care from harming themselves. In one case that illustrated this point, the widow and two sons of a patient who took his own life days after being discharged from...

New Mother Due NHS Payout After Post-Operative Infection Triggered Stroke

Busy doctors do their best in what are often difficult circumstances, but mistakes that they make can have dreadful consequences. When this happens, it is only right that compensation should be paid. In one case, a woman who suffered a stroke after she was...

Loss of Earnings Reflects Long-Term Effects of Injury

A man who suffered serious wrist fractures after falling on a slippery floor at work has been awarded more than £900,000 in compensation. The accident happened as he was unloading boxes whilst the floor was wet. When he fell he sustained multiple...

Steeplejack Suffering Effects of Asbestos Exposure Wins Damages

In an encouraging decision for asbestos victims, a steeplejack who was exposed to very high levels of the substance whilst working on chimneys, cooling towers and power station flare stacks has been awarded substantial compensation by the High Court. The...

Bus Driver Hit by Falling Tree Due Six-Figure Compensation

Local authorities owe a wide range of health and safety duties to the public and are obliged to pay compensation if someone is injured because they fail to meet them. In one case, a bus driver who narrowly survived when an 80-foot tree fell on his cab in...

Boy Injured at Birth Wins Compensation Battle

Obtaining compensation from the NHS if you are a victim of medical negligence may not always be easy, but one case involving a seriously disabled 14-year-old boy showed that specialist lawyers will fight to the end to achieve justice. The boy had been...

Injury Claim Success 40 Years After the Event

The law changes over the years, and a recent case dealt with a claim for injuries caused when a man was exposed to a substance during medical exploration of his back in 1973 when he was 15 years old. Product liability laws have changed since that time and...

Golden Wedding Couple Win Compensation for 'Nightmare' Cruise

Eleven holidaymakers, including a couple celebrating their golden wedding anniversary, have secured a five-figure compensation settlement after their holidays aboard a cruise ship were ruined by illness. The claimants were all passengers on board the...

Supermarket Employee Secures Compensation Award

A supermarket employee who was injured as a result of faulty stock moving equipment has been awarded a settlement in compensation. The man worked for Tesco and was loading stock onto a lorry using a dolly – a low trolley with wheels used for moving...

Brain Infection Victim Wins £40,000 From Negligent Dentist

With the benefit of professional legal advice, a mother who had to learn to walk again after a dental infection spread to her brain has won £40,000 in compensation from a dentist who treated her negligently. The woman had to undergo emergency surgery...

Teenager Left in Care of Inadequate Mother Wins £80,000

Local authorities have to ensure that children living in their area are properly cared for, and it is only right that compensation should be paid if they fail to match up to their legal duties. In one High Court case, a teenager who endured an awful start to...

Driller Wins £38,000 After HAVS Diagnosis

A man who worked with drilling machinery for many years has secured compensation after he developed hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). From 1998 until 2004 he had worked in road construction, using a pneumatic drill for several hours at a time. He then...

Repeat Prescriptions Reduced Family Man to Zombie-Like State

Doctors bear a heavy burden but everyone is entitled to expect that the advice and treatment they give is competent. In one case, a widow whose husband spent years in a zombie-like state after being repeatedly prescribed a powerful psychoactive drug won the...

Dog Lovers - You Are Legally Responsible If Your Pets Misbehave!

Dog ownership is a source of joy to many, but it is not free from legal responsibilities and a failure to keep your pet under control can have grave consequences. In one case, a woman was ordered to pay substantial damages to a dog walker who was attacked by...

Burying Memories of Abuse? Speak to a Lawyer in Confidence

Victims of sexual abuse who understandably try to bury memories of their suffering can jeopardise their right to compensation if they delay speaking out. However, as one High Court case clearly showed, specialist lawyers can be trusted to listen...

Courageous Birth Injuries Teenager Wins £550,000 from NHS

Expert legal advice and appropriate compensation can help victims of medical negligence pick up the pieces and get on with their lives. In one case, a teenage girl who would not let injuries that she suffered during her birth stand in the way of her...

Poisoned Ambulance Worker Receives £280,000 in Compensation

Those who cause injury through their negligence have to take their victims 'as they find them'. That fundamental legal principle came into play in a case where an ambulance worker who breathed in poisonous gas in an ageing car, provided to her by her...

Man Exposed to Asbestos Wins Compensation for Mesothelioma

A 69-year-old man who was exposed to asbestos in the 1960s and 1970s has won compensation of £165,000 after he developed mesothelioma. The man worked as an electrician in the heating industry. He was employed by four firms between 1966 and 1978 in...

Disabled Twin Wins £6 Million From NHS

Giving birth is usually a joyful event, but there are risks and experienced legal representation will give you the help that you need if the worst happens. In one case, a twin girl who was born severely disabled due to a rare condition that caused the tragic...

Medical Evidence in Employment Tribunal Personal Injury Claims

If an Employment Tribunal (ET) is called upon to assess general damages for personal injury, this is a matter of fact to be determined based on the individual evidence. The award is not liable to a successful appeal unless it can be shown that the ET has...

Plan to Delete 2.5 Million Records of Dissolved Companies Abandoned

The Government has announced that it has had second thoughts regarding its proposal to reduce the length of time records of dissolved companies are kept from 20 to six years, which is good news for anyone who develops an industrial disease as a result of...

Tenacious Doctor Wins £425,000 for Workplace Neck Injury

Obtaining compensation for workplace accidents requires tenacity, but an experienced lawyer will help you through the process. In one case, an NHS doctor who injured her neck whilst lifting a patient had to overcome concerted attempts to prove that she had...

NHS Communication Breakdown Leads to Damages Award

The NHS is an enormous organisation and failures of communication are an ever present risk. In one case, a man who was put through back surgery, despite a clear recommendation from a consultant that his condition should at first be treated conservatively,...

Riding Accident Teenager Due Millions in Compensation

Sporting injuries are common, but few could be worse than those suffered by a 14-year-old girl who was left paralysed after falling off a horse that was not suitable for her to ride. With the benefit of expert legal support, however, she has won the right to...

Woman Receives Compensation for Poor Dental Treatment

A 67-year-old woman has received compensation after her dentist failed both to treat her ongoing chronic gum disease and to detect substantial bone loss to her jaw. Philippa Haye began seeing the dentist in 1976 and attended for regular check-ups without...

Elderly Pedestrian Awarded Compensation for Pavement Fall

Local authorities are under a legal obligation to keep public footpaths and pavements safe for pedestrians and, if they fail in that duty, they can be ordered to compensate those who are injured as a result. In one case, a 90-year-old woman who fell over on...

Mountain Biking Accident Victim Due Seven-Figure Damages

Most sporting activities entail some inherent risk to participants, but that does not mean that those injured while taking part must go uncompensated. In one case, a novice mountain biker who broke his back during a training course has won the right to...

Boy Due Millions From NHS Following Traumatic Ambulance Delivery

Many clinical negligence victims are put off claiming compensation by the prospect of having to relive their agony in court. However, such concerns are generally misplaced as the vast majority of cases are settled long before trial. One typical case...

Employer Not Liable for Post Christmas Party Assault

Employers can be found vicariously liable for the actions of their staff, but only if these occur in the course of their employment. Whilst an employer can, in some circumstances, be held legally responsible for an injury to a worker sustained during an...

Supermarket Worker Wins Compensation for Stock Room Trip

A woman has secured a compensation settlement after she tripped over a pallet in a stock room at the supermarket where she worked. The woman was entering the stock room when the accident happened. She was unable to see the pallet because it was hidden from...

Compensation Without Proof of Fault

Contrary to what some advertising campaigns might have you believe, it is not always necessary to prove fault in order to win compensation. That point was succinctly made by the case of a seven-year-old meningitis victim who won £1 million from a GP's...

Teenage Footballer Awarded Millions Following Avoidable Cardiac Arrest

A promising young footballer whose career was ended after he suffered a serious heart attack on the pitch just days into his professional career has secured millions of pounds in damages after a judge ruled that he had been let down by both a consultant...

Householder Wins £26,000 Compensation for Garage Explosion

Faulty workmanship can have serious consequences but, if the worst happens, expert legal support will ensure that you are fully compensated. In one striking case, a man whose garage exploded due to a car mechanic's negligence was awarded more than...

Prisoner Injured During Cell Power Cut Wins Damages

Prisoners are obviously deprived of liberty, but other rights remain intact after they are locked up and, in particular, the authorities are obliged to keep them safe. In one case, a prisoner who fell over a slipper in his darkened cell during a power cut...

Cyclist Who Hit Pothole Wins £3,000 in Damages

A cyclist has won a settlement of £3,000 after he hit a pothole and was thrown from his bike. He was on his way to work on the morning of the accident. It was raining heavily and visibility was poor as a result. Following the accident, he managed to...

Disabled Ex-Soldier Wins Fresh Hope in 'Unemployability' Test Case

In an important case involving an army veteran who sought unemployability allowance (UA) after his career was ended by serious disabilities linked to his military service, a tribunal was called upon to define the concept of 'unemployability'. The Ministry...

NHS Pays Out £43 Million in Six Years for Cauda Equina Syndrome

When doctors make a mistake, it is only right that those who suffer as a result should be fully compensated. Statistics released under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 show that the NHS has paid out more than £43 million in compensation in...

Engineer Receives Compensation for Exposure to Harmful Chemical

An engineer from Telford has received £8,500 in compensation after he was exposed to acid in the course of his work, with the result that he developed dermatitis. The 56-year-old man worked for Dairy Crest Foods at its former plant in Crudgington in...

Mother Wins Legal Battle After Daughter Drowned in Holiday Accident

The mother of a young girl who died in a boating accident while on holiday in Greece has won her 13-year legal battle for compensation from the British-based holiday company concerned. Lynne Morgan was on a Sunsail holiday with her daughters at the Club...

Bereavement Damages and Unmarried Partners - High Court Urges Reform

The law often lags behind when it comes to keeping up with the speed of social change, as was illustrated by a recent case in which the High Court urged Parliament to bring about reform so that unmarried partners of those who lose their lives as a result of...

Court Approves Settlement for Boy Starved of Oxygen at Birth

A 10-year-old boy left facing a lifetime of disability owing to hospital negligence at the time of his birth has been awarded a compensation package worth up to £9.4 million over his lifetime. The boy suffered injury due to oxygen starvation. He is...

Woman Awarded Compensation for School Swimming Accident

Schools have a duty, as part of the National Curriculum, to provide swimming instruction for their pupils. A recent case dealt with the question of who was liable for brain damage suffered by a girl when she nearly drowned during a school swimming lesson in...

Video Evidence Allowable, Rules Court

A woman who injured her back whilst working at a hospital in Tunbridge Wells has failed in her attempt to prevent covert video surveillance evidence being used by Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust in defence of her claim for loss of earnings...

Woman Receives £75,000 Compensation in Privacy Case

A woman who had suffered domestic abuse who agreed to let Greater Manchester Police (GMP) use details of her case to instruct officers how to handle such cases, provided her personal details remained anonymous, has been awarded £75,000 in compensation...

Woman Obtains Damages After Cancerous Mole Missed

A woman has secured substantial damages after two different GPs advised her that a mole on her foot, which turned out to be cancerous, was harmless. The woman made two visits to her surgery after the mole had changed in appearance and had begun to itch. She...

Factory Worker Wins Compensation for Finger Injury

A Yorkshire factory worker who suffered a deep cut to his ring finger in a workplace accident has been awarded £16,000 in compensation. Kenneth Powell had just finished using an Altendorf saw to cut blocks of paper when the accident happened. He was...

University Boiler Room Worker Wins Asbestosis Compensation

Justice for asbestosis victims is not all about money and, for many, their principal satisfaction lies in bringing to book those who are responsible. In one case, a retired electrician won £1,552 in damages from a university after successfully proving...

Law firm Birkett Long reconfirms its lofty position in Essex

Birkett Long remains as one of the “standout” names of legal firms in the Essex region, says the respected Legal 500 national directory. The firm, which has offices in Chelmsford, Colchester and Basildon, has a team of around 190 people and...

Claimant Who Exaggerated Injury Must Repay More Than £120,000

When an insurer obtained evidence that a claimant had fraudulently misrepresented the extent of his injuries in a personal injury claim that was settled in 2003, it took the case all the way to the Supreme Court to obtain a repayment. The original claim was...

Negotiating Skills Yield Millions in Compensation for Disabled Boy

Reaching a successful outcome in a compensation claim depends both on expert legal knowledge and, perhaps even more importantly, negotiating skills. In one case that proves the point, the family of a ten-year-old boy who faces a lifetime of disability as a...

HGV Driver Receives £12,500 for Shoulder Injury

An HGV driver has won £12,500 in damages for a workplace injury which left him in pain and led to him having to take time off work. Stuart Valente, 59, was injured while trying to access the delivery area in the store where he worked. The seven-inch...

Moving on up! Two trainee solicitors qualify

Two trainee solicitors at leading Essex law firm Birkett Long have seen their hard work and commitment recognised as they move up the ranks to become fully qualified solicitors. Caroline Woodham and Ella Johnson, both 27, have completed a two-year training...

Supermarket Fall Leads to £3,000 in Compensation

Slipping and tripping accidents can cause much pain and inconvenience and, if they are caused by negligence, it is only right that victims should be compensated. In a recent case, a 63-year-old local councillor who fell over whilst shopping in a supermarket...

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...