Personal Injury and Accidents Claims

Family Compensated After Pensioner's Hospital Death

Hand sanitiser is widely used in hospitals to try to combat the spread of infection, but its use is not without risk, as a recent case involving a vulnerable patient shows. If consumed, alcohol-based sanitisers can cause alcohol poisoning that in severe...

Smoking and Compensation for Asbestos Exposure - Striking a Balance

It is hard to believe that 60 years ago doctors appeared in advertisements recommending a particular brand of cigarette, but the harmful effects of smoking on health were simply not known about back then. At the same time, thousands of people were exposed to...

Police Officer Wins Over £12,000 for Flea Bite

A freedom of information request regarding compensation paid to police officers emphasises that employees who are injured at work will be entitled to damages if their employer is responsible for their injuries. One case concerned a police officer employed...

Spinal Tuberculosis Victim Wins Right to Seven-Figure Settlement

General practitioners are most patients' first port of call and mistakes they make can have devastating consequences. In one case, a man who was left paralysed by spinal tuberculosis won the right to substantial damages after a GP negligently failed to refer...

Bingo Hall Toilet Roll Dispenser 'Not a Hazard', Judge Rules

Companies that deal with the public have a wide-ranging duty to protect them from foreseeable risks of injury. However, in one case, a judge ruled that a toilet roll dispenser in a bingo hall lavatory did not constitute a predictable hazard. A woman was...

Former Printer Wins Hearing Loss Damages

A man from Lancaster has won compensation for hearing loss in a case that serves as a reminder of the dangers of working in noisy environments. Nicholas Edwards worked for the same company for 15 years, first as a printer and later as a paste mixer and...

Prison Officer Wins Substantial Damages for Psychiatric Injuries

Workplace disciplinary proceedings can be extremely stressful and it is foreseeable that dragging them out unnecessarily can cause psychiatric harm to employees. In one case, a prison officer who had serious allegations of sexual misconduct hanging over him...

Patient Awarded Compensation Following Botched Knee Replacement

Knee and hip replacements are among the most common procedures carried out on the NHS and can bring great improvements to quality of life. However, they do occasionally go wrong and – as one High Court case showed – it is vital to seek legal...

Freeholder Not Liable for Tourist's Fatal Fall

In a tragic case involving a tourist who was killed when he fell down a staircase on his honeymoon, the freeholder of the property was found not to be liable for the accident. The newlyweds were staying in a flat in London when the accident occurred. The...

Long Tail Asbestos Claims - Where Does Corporate Liability Lie?

Long tail employers' liability claims are those that are made or settled a long time after the insurance policy has expired. They often relate to industrial diseases of which the symptoms do not manifest themselves until many years after the trigger event,...

Boy Compensated for Glass Cut in Park

A boy who was seriously injured when he cut himself on broken glass in a public park is set to receive a six-figure sum in compensation. The boy, then 12 years old, was playing football when he landed on a shard of glass. He was badly cut and suffered...

NHS Admits Negligent Failure to Ensure Baby Boy Was Feeding Properly

Medical negligence cases are often far from straightforward, but specialist lawyers are trained to achieve the best possible outcome for victims. In one case, a 10-year-old boy was guaranteed a seven-figure sum in compensation despite an NHS trust's...

Inexplicable Accidents Sometimes Happen - High Court Ruling

There are occasionally inexplicable accidents for which no one can be blamed. That was certainly so in one highly unusual case in which, for no apparent reason, a van suddenly caught fire on a trunk road, forcing its passengers to jump for their lives. One...

Family of Clay Dryer Exposed to Dust Win £52,500

The family of a man who was exposed to clay dust in his place of work have secured compensation four years after his death. Walter Patton had worked as a clay dryer in the 1950s and 1960s. Although workers would often be covered with clay dust, Mr Patton's...

Autistic Man Bitten By Police Dog Awarded £45,000

The police do a tough job in tough conditions but their conduct is expected to meet very high standards. In one case that proves the point, an autistic man who was badly bitten by an out-of-control police dog has won substantial compensation. The German...

Businessman's Widow Awarded Asbestos Compensation

The effects of breathing in asbestos can be insidious and can take decades to develop – but that should in no way discourage victims from taking legal action. As an example of what can be achieved, the widow of a businessman who died of cancer more...

Unlawful Force Leads to Damages Claim

We all rely on being treated fairly and with respect by officials and their agents, and on them carrying out their duties without inflicting physical harm on us. When they fail in this, determined action can bring compensation for the injuries suffered, as...

Teenage Meningitis Victim Due Full Compensation from NHS

Accident and Emergency department medics work long hours under pressure – but the law still expects them to maintain reasonable levels of competence. The Court of Appeal made that point in guaranteeing substantial compensation to a teenage meningitis...

Carpet Picker Wins £4,600 for Hearing Loss

A woman who used to work for a carpet manufacturer has won compensation after being diagnosed with noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). She worked as a colour finder and later as a carpet picker for Woodward Grosvenor Co. Ltd in Kidderminster from 1978 until...

Surgeon Wins Compensation from Manufacturer of Defective Motorbike

A surgeon who was injured when the brakes on his motorbike seized and he was flung to the ground has had his award of damages upheld by the Court of Appeal. Andrew Baker had bought the KTM Supermoto 990 second hand but it was under two years old and had...

Judge Awards Damages for Misdiagnosed Skin Cancer

The diagnostic skills of GPs are the backbone of the NHS, but they are not infallible and it is only right that compensation is paid when negligent mistakes are made. In one case, a man whose skin cancer was misdiagnosed as a fungal nail infection won almost...

Lift Accident Tourists Awarded Damages of Over £140,000

If you are the victim of an accident caused by another's negligence, compensation is payable not only for any injuries you suffer but also for a range of financial and other foreseeable losses. In one case, an Australian couple won damages for loss of...

Compensation for Dog Bites

Owners of animals that are known to be potentially dangerous are usually aware that if their animal causes an injury, they will most likely be held responsible. In a recent case, homeowners found that their failure to prevent their dog from causing harm...

Widow of Mesothelioma Sufferer to Donate Settlement to Hospice

Mesothelioma is an incurable cancer of the lung and it is normally caused by exposure to asbestos. It can take several decades after exposure for symptoms to appear and by the time the diagnosis is made, life expectancy is normally short. Fatal exposure is...

Injured Builder Overcomes Covert Video Footage to Win £150,000

Many private investigators make a living from uncovering deceit and exaggeration in accident compensation cases. However, in one case, a builder who was injured during a loft conversion project had his honesty confirmed by the High Court and was awarded more...

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...