Personal Injury and Accidents Claims

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...

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...