Personal Injury and Accidents Claims

Boy Left Blind in One Eye After Premature Birth Secures £1.8 Million

Premature babies are intensely vulnerable in their first days of life and failings in their care can have lifelong consequences. In a case on point, a boy who was left blind in one eye after a window of opportunity to treat a relatively common condition was...

Injured Whilst Holidaying Abroad? Specialist Legal Advice is Vital

If you are injured whilst holidaying abroad, obtaining just compensation can present serious difficulties. A case concerning a holidaymaker whose life was wrecked by a swimming pool accident in Ibiza showed, however, that specialist English lawyers are well...

Woman Preyed On By Religious Elder Awarded £62,000

Those who have suffered sexual abuse are entitled to expect that the perpetrator will be punished by the criminal courts – but they may also be due compensation. In one case, a junior member of a religious organisation who was raped by one of its...

You Don't Have to Prove Negligence to Achieve Justice

It may seem surprising but, in order to win compensation, it is not always necessary to prove that you are a victim of negligence. A striking case on point concerned a nine-year-old girl who received millions in damages despite continued denials by the NHS...

Asbestos Widow Awarded Over £900,000 in Guideline Case

When someone dies due to the negligence of another, the law will compensate their family for the loss of the services they would have provided had they lived. In a case which clarified the law, a woman whose husband died from asbestos-related cancer received...

Dad Hit By Falling Rugby Post Secures Damages

Accidents are always unexpected, but some are more so than others. In one case, a businessman who was struck on the head by a falling rugby post whilst watching his son play in a junior game received substantial compensation for his injuries. The man, aged...

Brave Hospital Negligence Victim Receives £9.4 Million in Compensation

Levels of compensation in some clinical negligence cases may appear very high, but they are no more than is needed to fund a lifetime of care. That was certainly so in the case of a brave young man who will need every penny of his seven-figure damages to...

Injured Delivery Driver's Mate Secures Substantial Compensation

Accident victims who suffer head injuries often have no memory of how they came to grief and, in the absence of other witnesses, that can create obvious difficulties in claiming compensation. However, as a High Court case showed, overcoming such problems is...

NHS Pays £1 Million After Medical Blunder Causes New Mother's Death

Medical professionals work under great pressure and mistakes are sadly inevitable – but if their negligence causes injury, it is only right that victims are compensated. In one case, the bereaved family of a woman who died following an anaesthetic...

Mother Injured in Supermarket Slipping Accident Secures Justice

Slips and trips can have devastating consequences and, if you are a victim of such an accident and believe someone else was to blame, you should seek legal advice without delay. A mother who did just that after slipping on the damp floor of a supermarket...

Settlement Helps to Secure Future Care for Brain Injured Child

The devotion shown by parents of children left disabled by clinical negligence never ceases to amaze – but they can rarely cope alone and seeking compensation is really the only means of obtaining all the professional help they need. The point was made...

£1.6 Million Damages for Mentally Ill Man Injured in Window Fall

Public authorities are under a duty to protect mentally ill people for whom they bear responsibility from foreseeable risks of injury. In a case on point, a schizophrenia sufferer who was gravely injured in a fall from a first-floor window after being...

Family of Financier Killed By Hospital Blunder Receives £2.1 Million

Loved ones of those who die as a result of hospital negligence often understandably proclaim that there is no justice in the world. However, as one case showed, the right legal advice at least gives them hope of receiving fair compensation. A successful...

Injured Apprentice Sees Off Malingering Claim to Secure Nearly £220,000

Accident victims who exercise their right to seek compensation often face claims that they are malingering or over-egging their injuries. However, as a High Court decision showed, judges require firm evidence before finding such serious allegations proved. ...

Council Pays Out for Trips, Slips and Falls

Local councils are responsible for maintaining many miles of highways, pavements and other public roads, and when hazards arise, they can be liable to pay compensation for any injuries that result. Figures obtained following a freedom of information request...

Millions for Girl Injured By Substandard Midwifery Care

Hard-pressed midwives are not infallible and, if their negligence results in your child being born disabled, you owe it to your family to consult an expert solicitor straight away. In one case, a nine-year-old girl whose hospital delivery was mismanaged...

Pub Customer Achieves Six-Figure Damages Following Bar Stool Collapse

Accidents may strike anywhere, at any time, and can have lifelong consequences. In a case on point, a pub customer who suffered a severe ankle fracture when a bar stool collapsed underneath him secured almost £200,000 in compensation. Although the...

Victims of Sexual Abuse Should Seek Legal Advice

Child abuse is a scourge on society, and with the right legal advice, victims can secure just compensation for the frequently dire impact it has on their lives. In one case, a young man who was repeatedly molested by a neighbour when he was very young was...

Injured at Work? Don't Sit on Your Hands - Consult a Solicitor Today!

If you have been injured at work and feel that your employer was to blame, there are very good reasons why you should consult a solicitor immediately. A teacher who failed to take that sensible course after he was assaulted by a group of pupils jeopardised...

Heart Patient Let Down By Negligent GP Due Big Damages Award

GPs work under great pressure but, where they make negligent mistakes that cause injury to patients, it is only right that compensation is paid. In one case, a man with a heart condition who suffered a catastrophic faint after his doctor failed to refer him...

Nurse Condemned to Chronic Pain By Collapsing Chair Awarded £500,000

Defects in workplace equipment can cause devastating injuries and employers should take careful note of a High Court case in which a nurse secured six-figure compensation after an office chair collapsed underneath him. The nurse, who worked in a...

Girl Starved of Oxygen at Birth Achieves £18 Million Settlement

The ever-increasing cost of professional care, combined with low returns on capital investments, have necessarily led to an escalation in the value of damages awards to victims of clinical negligence. The point was underlined by a case in which a...

Restaurant Food Poisoning Victim Awarded Substantial Damages

Restaurants that fail to meet food hygiene standards not only put their reputations in jeopardy but also expose themselves to compensation claims by their clients. In one case, a woman who suffered severe food poisoning after eating out at an Indian...

Damages for Bricklayer Viciously Assaulted on Building Site

It is well established that employers can be held legally responsible for the misdeeds of their employees, but what about the misdeeds of self-employed subcontractors? The High Court addressed that tricky issue in a guideline case concerning a bricklayer who...

Seeking Legal Advice May Safeguard Your Disabled Child's Future

Many parents of children who are born disabled care for them alone without any support. However, as a High Court case showed, looking into the exact circumstances surrounding the birth to see if there are grounds for pursuing a personal injury claim is a...

Florist's Fall Was an 'Accident Waiting to Happen'

If you have suffered an accident at work and you believe that your employer was to blame, you should seek legal advice right away. A florist's assistant who did just that after he fell while carrying a heavy glass vase has secured the right to substantial...

Boy Injured By Poorly Maintained Street Lamp Awarded £20,000

If injuries result from a public authority's failure to match up to its legal duties, it is only right that compensation is paid. The High Court made that point in ruling that a failure to properly maintain a street lamp was, in part, the cause of an...

Millions in Damages for Nine-Year-Old Victim of Hospital Diagnosis Error

Despite the best efforts of the NHS, it is inevitable that medical mistakes are sometimes made and, when they are, it is important to ensure that victims are fairly compensated. One such case, brought on behalf of a nine-year-old boy left gravely disabled...

Worker Catastrophically Injured in Roof Fall Wins £6.6 Million Damages

Building sites can be dangerous places and it is obviously right that those who suffer injury due to their employers' failure to take appropriate precautions should be fully compensated. In one recent case, a worker who sustained grave head injuries when he...

Congenital Hip Displacement Teenager Awarded £850,000 in Compensation

A failure to diagnose commonplace medical conditions can have consequences that last a lifetime. However, as a High Court case showed, expert legal advice can ensure that fair compensation is paid if the worst happens. The case concerned a teenager who was...

Vulnerable Witnesses Could Be Given Greater Protection in Civil Courts

Responses to a report from the Civil Justice Council (CJC) setting out proposed measures to better support and protect vulnerable witnesses and parties in civil proceedings, including personal injury cases, are due to be considered following public...

'Wonderful' Boy Stricken By Meningitis Awarded Seven-Figure Compensation

There can be nothing crueller than injuries suffered by a baby during or soon after birth – but compensation can at least ensure that their care needs are met for life. In a case on point, a little boy who fell victim to meningitis within hours of his...

Council Fined After Maintenance Workers Contract HAVS

A recent prosecution brought against a council by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) shows the consequences for workers and employers of failure to comply with health and safety laws. Seven employees of Dacorum Borough Council developed hand arm...

Little Girl Due Millions Following Delayed Caesarean Delivery

Doctors can be relied upon to do their best but, where negligent mistakes are made, the legal profession steps in to ensure that those who suffer are fairly compensated. In one case, a little girl who was left catastrophically disabled due to a delay in her...

Woman Trampled in Holiday Camel Ride Secures Compensation

Holiday experiences can change from good to bad in an instant, but where injuries are sustained the impact can be felt for years to come. Such was the case with a 61-year-old woman who was dragged along a Fuerteventura beach for several metres after being...

Necrotising Fasciitis Victim Due Compensation for Paramedic's Error

Ambulance paramedics work under pressure but, if they make negligent mistakes, it is only right that those who suffer are fairly compensated. In a case on point, a pensioner who fell victim to the so-called 'flesh-eating bug' won the right to substantial...

Drinker Wins Discrimination Claim Against Brewery

Advertisements that perpetuate gender stereotyping have recently been in the spotlight after the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) banned adverts for Philadelphia Cream Cheese and Volkswagen's eGolf following complaints from the public that they featured...

Grandfather Achieves Settlement After Being Diagnosed With Mesothelioma

A 73-year-old grandfather from St Neots has achieved a cash settlement after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lungs, caused by exposure to asbestos early on in his working life. The exposure took place while he was working...

Limit on GP's Professional Insurance Cover Leads to Disturbing Result

General practitioners are not employed by the NHS and are required to make their own arrangements in respect of professional indemnity insurance (PII). That gave rise to a disturbing result in one case in which lawyers were constrained to settle a disabled...

HSE Fatal Injury Statistics 2018/2019

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published provisional statistics for fatal workplace injuries in Britain for the year 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019. A total of 147 workers were killed at work in Great Britain (GB) in 2018/2019. Although this...

£550,000 for Ex-Marine With Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

A man who suffered damage to his hearing while serving in the Royal Marines has secured compensation totalling almost £550,000 from the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Alistair Inglis joined the Royal Marines in 1997, at the age of 17. In the course of his...

Solicitors Step In to Protect Vulnerable Assault Victim's Compensation

Victims of violent crimes or serious accidents often receive very large sums in compensation and that creates obvious risks of mismanagement or exploitation. A recent High Court case showed why it is always best to engage an independent professional to...

Air Stewardess Injured By Pilot's Negligence Achieves £3,000 in Compensation

If you suffer an avoidable injury at work due to a colleague's negligence, you should take professional advice right away with a view to obtaining just compensation. In a case on point, an air stewardess who suffered back injuries when a plane jolted onto...

Teenage Arthritis Victim Awarded Millions in Compensation for Late Diagnosis

If you have suffered due to a negligent delay in diagnosis and treatment of a medical condition, an experienced lawyer can ensure that you are compensated fairly. In one such case, a teenager who has been stricken by progressive arthritis since she was a...

Young Farmer Injured in Fall From Ladder Achieves Compensation Settlement

Health and safety breaches lead to accidents, almost as night follows day. In a tragic case on point, a young man who was catastrophically injured when he fell from a ladder on his family farm secured more than £6 million in compensation. The...

Sex Attacks Victim Awarded Damages From Her Abuser

It is obviously important to the wellbeing of victims of sexual abuse that those who prey on them are brought to book by the criminal justice system. However, as a High Court case underlined, it is equally vital that they be compensated for their ruined...

Loved Ones of Soldier Killed in Kayaking Tragedy Receive £535,000 Damages

Armed forces personnel well understand that their jobs can be dangerous. However, as a High Court case showed, their submission to discipline does not make them any less entitled to compensation if they fall victim to others' negligence. The case concerned...

Asbestos Death Toll Remains High, Latest HSE Report Reveals

Asbestos ruins lives, frequently decades after exposure, and you should not delay in taking legal advice if you or your loved ones are affected. New figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveal that the death toll from asbestos remains...

Damages for Woman Who Developed Travel Phobia After Falling Ill on Holiday

Expert legal advice is essential for those who are injured or become ill on holiday because of negligence on the part of someone who owed them a duty of care. This was highlighted in a recent case in which a woman who developed a phobia of travelling after...

Longer Lives Mean Higher Compensation - Boy Wins £26 Million from NHS

Happily, disabled people can live long lives and that is one reason why compensation awards to those who have been injured by negligence frequently run into seven or even eight figures. A case on point concerned an eight-year-old boy who is expected to live...

Wife Subjected to Violent Ordeal By Husband Awarded £75,000 Damages

In any civilised society, the state has a monopoly on punishing criminals – but that does not mean victims of violent offences must go uncompensated. The point was proved by a case in which a woman who was subjected to physical and sexual assaults by...

Professional Diver Injured Overseas Tests Limits of English Jurisdiction

English judges enjoy an unrivalled reputation for delivering even-handed justice and that is why our courts are under siege by those who want their cases heard in this country. One such case was brought by a French professional diver who was seriously...

Could Your Child Have Been Injured During Birth? If in Doubt, Consult a Solicitor

Many parents of children born disabled believe that fate has dealt them a bad hand and no one is to blame. However, as a High Court case in which a teenager won multi-million-pound damages showed, you should consult a solicitor straight away if there is the...

What Is a Highway Maintainable at Public Expense? High Court Guidance

What exactly is a highway maintainable at public expense? The High Court gave important guidance on that issue in upholding a compensation claim brought by a woman who suffered injury when she tripped over an exposed tree root whilst walking on a path...

Men Injured By Exploding E-Cigarette Batteries Win Damages

Two men who suffered burns when e-cigarette batteries caught fire in their trouser pockets have secured damages for their injuries. The men, both from Norfolk, had bought the batteries from the same shop in Great Yarmouth in December 2015. The batteries...

The Valuation of Future Income Losses

When the part-owner of a successful company claimed against the company as a result of contracting mesothelioma, an interesting problem arose. It was not to do with the liability of the company (that was not in dispute) but the value of the claim. The man...

Mother of Teenager Injured at Birth Secures Damages Award

The devoted care given to disabled children by their parents is often humbling, but where the disability is the result of a medical blunder, the right legal advice can help the injured person achieve the best quality of life possible and make life easier for...

Royal Marine Wins Six-Figure Damages After Gunfire Triggered Hearing Loss

Services personnel risk their lives for their country but, just like any other employees, they are entitled to expect that all reasonable steps will be taken to ensure their safety. In a recent case, a former Royal Marine who suffered hearing loss as a...

Schoolboy Sexual Abuse Victim Wins Over £1 Million in Compensation

The damaging legacy of childhood sexual abuse often lasts a lifetime and, if you are a victim, you should consult a solicitor without delay. In one such case, a middle-aged man who was repeatedly abused by a sports teacher when he was a schoolboy has been...

If You Are Injured While Holidaying Abroad, the UK Courts Can Help

Those who fall victim to negligence while holidaying abroad can face tricky legal hurdles in winning compensation for their injuries. However, as a case concerning a woman left paralysed by a swimming pool accident in Mallorca showed, specialist lawyers are...

Loss Recovered When Firm Fails to Provide Expert With Key Evidence

One good reason for taking advice from regulated professionals is that they are required to have insurance, so you have a route to compensation if they let you down. In one case, the widow of a man who died from asbestos-related lung cancer won six-figure...

Family of Mother Who Died Days After Giving Birth Win Damages

The consequences of hospital negligence are often tragic, but few are more so than the loss of a young mother after giving birth. In one such case, the partner of a woman who died of a rare complication within days of being delivered of her third child...

School Accident Leads to Compensation for Teacher

Sometimes, the danger of accidents lurks in unexpected places in a working environment. Recently, a teacher who fell off a classroom table received £250,000 in compensation from her employer. She had, as is common, been putting a display on the wall...

Court of Appeal Upholds Musician's Right to Compensation for Hearing Damage

The Court of Appeal has rejected arguments put forward by the Royal Opera House (ROH) that a compensation award to a viola player who claimed that his hearing was damaged by exposure to the noise of brass instruments will curtail music making in the UK. The...

NHS Not a Soft Touch for Claims

When a person is injured through the negligence of another, compensation may be due and, given the complexity of the issues in medicine, it is unsurprising that the NHS pays millions of pounds annually to settle personal injury claims. But that does not...

Alleged Victims of Zambian Copper Mine Pollution Can Sue in England

The adequacy or otherwise of overseas legal systems can sometimes be a factor in deciding whether the English courts should accept jurisdiction to consider cases with a strong foreign link. That was certainly so in a Supreme Court case concerning injury to...

Asbestos Victim's Failure to See a Lawyer Almost Stymies His Widow's Claim

If you suspect you are suffering from an industrial disease, any delay in seeking legal advice can have disastrous consequences. In a case on point, a man's failure to contact a solicitor before his death from asbestosis-related pneumonia came within an ace...

Disabled Boy, Five, Wins £2 Million in Damages After GP's Error

Proving negligence on the part of medical professionals can often be relatively easy, but establishing that such breaches of duty are the cause of injuries can be a much tougher proposition. However, a case in which a five-year-old boy won £2 million...

Judge Rules Employer Was Liable for Slip on Wet Floor

According to the Health and Safety Executive, slips and trips are the most common cause of workplace injury. On average, they are the cause of 40 per cent of all reported major injuries at work and can also result in other types of serious accident, such as...

Family of Mother Who Died Following Negligent Smear Test Wins £790,000

Smear tests are an invaluable means of detecting early signs of cervical cancer, but they are only as effective as the scientists who analyse the results. In one case, the family of a young mother who succumbed to the disease five years after she was wrongly...

Worker Wins Compensation for Fall From Ladder

Employers have a duty under the Work at Height Regulations 2005 to protect employees from falls from height, which are one of the major causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries. Falls from ladders are particularly common, with employers often...

Back Injury Victim Let Down By Negligent GP Wins Compensation Claim

GPs work under intense pressure but, when they fail to meet the standards expected of them, it is only right that compensation is paid to patients who suffer as a result. In a recent case, a teaching assistant who was left disabled after a GP failed to spot...

Children Injured in Fire Sparked By Defective Heater Due Substantial Damages

Retailers are strictly liable if they sell defective goods to customers who suffer injury as a result. In a good example of that principle being applied, two children who suffered life-changing injuries in a house fire sparked by a defective heater are to...

Injured By Someone Else's Negligence? Take Legal Advice

Years pass and memories fade, but the consequences of negligence do not always recede and it is therefore sensible to seek legal advice. The point was proved by a case in which a 35-year-old man won the right to seven-figure compensation for catastrophic...

Bereaved Families of Algeria Terrorist Attack Victims Receive Compensation

The widows and children of two expatriate workers who were killed in the crossfire during a terrorist attack on an Algerian gas production facility have successfully negotiated a financial settlement of their claims. The men were amongst many innocent...