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Restaurant Injury Claim is Settled

January 14, 2014

A man from New Jersey, who slipped on an icy patch in a restaurant car park and sustained severe injuries as a result, has settled his claim for restaurant injury claim shortly before his case was due to be heard in court.

The victim, who remained anonymous, was visiting the Perkins Restaurant on Route 46 in Budd Lake, New Jersey, in January 2007, when he slipped on an untreated icy patch adjacent to a storm drain in the restaurant car park.

As a result of the fall, the victim sustained multiple shoulder and spine injuries – including disc herniations which required spinal fusion surgery and plates to be put in to support his lower back. Despite treatment costing in excess of 250,000 dollars, the victim is still not able to walk any length of distance and perform routine daily activities.

After taking legal advice, the single father of two children made a restaurant injury compensation claim against the owners of the restaurant – K Investments Limited L.P. – and, shortly before the case was scheduled to be heard in court, a settlement was negotiated between the man´s legal representatives and the restaurant´s public liability insurers.

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Woman Suffers Suspected Broken Arm due to Accident in Asda

November 29, 2013

A woman was taken to hospital with a suspected broken arm due to an accident in Asda when she was caught up in crowds of shoppers rushing into the store to snap up Black Friday bargains.

The accident happened at the Asda store in the Westwood Centre in West Belfast as hundreds of customers who had queued from the early hours of the morning rushed into the store to snap up a limited number of discounted televisions and tablet computers.

Angry scenes erupted outside the store when the bargain items quickly sold out and, in addition to the unnamed woman suffering a suspected broken arm in the accident at Asda, there were unconfirmed reports of a pregnant woman being injured and several pensioners being knocked to the ground.

A spokesperson from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service confirmed that they had attended the Westwood Centre at 8:30am and taken a woman to the Royal Victoria Hospital with a suspected broken arm after an accident in Asda, but was unable to elaborate on any other injuries at the store.

There were also reports of disgruntled customers waiting hours for the Asda Living Shop in North Belfast´s Citygate Shopping Centre to open, only to find that the heavily advertised discounted goods had not been delivered.

Asda later released a statement about the success of their Black Friday promotion – but failed to acknowledge that any customers had been injured in their stores. Their statement read:

“Throughout the event, the safety of our customers is of vital importance and to ensure our stores can cope with the extra footfall we have full security teams in our stores and extra colleagues to help assist customers in the aisles.”

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Personal Injuries Compensation Claims Against the NHS Rise by almost 20 per cent

June 7, 2013

The number of personal injuries compensation claims against the NHS has risen by almost one-fifth in the past year according to figures published by the Compensation Recovery Unit of the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

The DWP´s Compensation Recovery Unit is liable for claiming back the cost of healthcare and certain specific state benefits from individuals who have made successful personal injuries compensation claims against the NHS.

In the year 2012/13, figures recently published show that 16,006 compensation claims for personal injuries against the NHS were registered with the Compensation Recovery Unit – an surge of 2,489 over the corresponding figures for 2011/12 and nearly twice the number of NHS compensation claims made in 2007/08 (8,876).

Remarking on the increasing trend, a spokesperson from the Department of Health stated “Whilst we know the vast majority of patients get good, safe care, the best way to reduce compensation claims is to improve patient safety further – and this is a priority.” However, the news of the number of NHS personal injuries compensation claims registered last year caused alarm in many circles.

Chairperson of the Commons Public Accounts Committee – Margaret Hodge – said the figures were “deeply worrying” and said that the quality of healthcare provided by the NHS was a “major concern”, while Chief Executive of the Patients Association – Katherine Murphy – said “I think the public has become far less tolerant about putting up with appalling failings in care, but most people only pursue legal action when every other avenue has failed”.

Ms Murphy´s opinion was mirrored by a leading medical negligence compensation solicitor who said “In the past, victims of medical accidents often had moral reservations about claiming against the NHS, despite having clearly suffered extreme negligence in some cases, but the shocking findings of the Francis report have now made hospitals fair game in the eyes of the public.”

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Stately Home Car Park Fall Compensation for Man

January 19, 2013

A man who tripped and fell into a trench at Hopetoun House, suffering a broken right ankle, has been awarded £8,750 in stately home car park fall compensation after a sitting of the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

John Cowan (65), the court was advised, had visited Hopetoun House in Edinburgh with his grandson in September 2008 for an organised “bat walk” – a tour of the stately home in which visitors armed with torches to look for bats.

with the tour complete, John and his grandson started to make their way back to the car park of the stately home. John, in error, stepped over the edge of an unlit “ha-ha” in the dark  – a landscaping feature for keeping livestock away from the main buildings – and fractured his ankle when he fell into the five foot deep trench on the other side of it.

Having spoken to a solicitor, John made a claim for a stately home car park fall against the Hopetoun House Preservation Trust. The Trust did not accept John’s compensation claim, stating that instructions were given by the tour guide in charge on how to return to the car park when the tour was over; however John said he had not heard the tour guide in charge issue instructions, as he had taken his grandson to the bathroom at the time.

At the Court of Sessions, Countryside Ranger Peter Stevens stated that he had grouped the entire tour party inside the Ranger Centre at the end of the tour and gave directions on returning to the stately home car park. He testified that, had he known John and his grandson were absent from the group, he would have given them individual instructions when they returned from using the toilet at the end of the tour

However, the judge found in John´s favour; stating that he considered Ranger Stevens to be incorrect. The judge acknowledged that, as Mr Cowan  was carrying a torch at the time, there was an issue of contributory negligence ito be considered and he reduced the proposed settlement of compensation for a fall in a stately home car park from £35,000 to £8,750.

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Shopping Centre Personal Injury Claims On The Rise at Highcross

June 20, 2012

Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester is establishing a reputation as the most hazardous shopping centre in England, with four more shopping centre personal injury claims having been made since Gweneth Bowler successfully sued the shopping complex in December 2011 after breaking her shoulder due to a slip on a wet surface.

Earlier this month, an unnamed Leicestershire woman was awarded 3,700 pounds after slipping and breaking her ankle on the same access bridge between the shopping centre car park and the John Lewis store, while three claims remain outstanding due to slip injuries sustained in the shopping centre car park.

During Gweneth Bowler´s hearing in December, a Leicester City Council health and safety official had argued that the bridge´s surface represented a slip hazard due to poor drainage and inadequate cleaning. The recommendations of the council – including the improving the drainage system in the car park – were put into place earlier this year and no accidents have since been reported.

Despite Highcross accepting liability for the two resolved shopping centre injury claims, no comment was available on the outstanding claims for shopping centre injury compensation – including a serious injury to a 40 year-old female shopper who needed emergency surgery for a broken femur after a slip in the shopping centre car park.

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Compensation for Tassimo Burns Could Follow Recall

February 12, 2012

Personal Injury Claims for compensation for Tassimo burns are likely to follow the recall of the Tassimo coffee maker in the United States and Canada, after the manufacturers acknowledged that at least 160 cases of burn injuries and scalding were attributable to a design fault.

The Tassimo coffee machines, which are still on sale in the UK, have been marketed worldwide since 2008, and the Tassimo coffee maker recall has been extended to include 4 million Gevalia, Maxwell House and Nabob espresso T-discs still believed to be in circulation in American grocery stores. The recalled discs come in packets of eight and sixteen and, like the Tassimo coffee making machines, are still available in stores in the UK.

More than 1.7 million Tassimo coffee makers have been taken off the market in North America after the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found that the machine´s T-disc – the plastic pot containing the coffee – could explode and shower bystanders with scalding water. Thirty-seven instances of second-degree burns have been reported, including the case of a two-year-old girl who was hospitalised after receiving burns to her face.

Personal Injury claims for Tassimo burns are likely to be made against BSH Home Appliances Corporation – the manufacturers of the Tassimo coffee makers – who are based in Irvine, California. Personal injury claims compensation for a burn from a Tassimo coffee maker should also account for any permanent scarring resulting from a Tassimo coffee maker burn and – especially when a child has been scalded by a Tassimo coffee maker – consideration should be made for any ongoing psychological injury.

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Settlement Agreed in Motorised Wheelchair Injury Claims Action

January 29, 2012

A man who was hit by a car while crossing the road in his motorised wheelchair has agreed an out-of-court settlement of 100,000 dollars with the negligent driver´s insurers for his motorised wheelchair claims action..

Arthur Billingsley from Olivette, Missouri, was crossing the town´s Dielman Road in his wheelchair when he was hit by a car driven by Willette Jackson of St. Louis, Missouri. Arthur was brought to St. John´s Mercy Medical Centre in Olivette where he underwent surgery for a severely broken leg, and was treated for concussion and substantial cuts and bruises to his head.

After taking legal counsel, Arthur filed an injury compensation case against Ms Jackson, claiming that she had been driving without due care and attention at the time of the accident. Ms Jackson and her insurers choose not to dispute the allegations and, after four months of negotiation, a settlement for wheelchair accident compensation was agreed in the amount of 100,000 dollars.

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Pub Landlady Receives Injury Claims Compensation

January 23, 2012

A pub landlady, who was attacked and assaulted by a customer she refused to admit into her pub, has been awarded 500 pounds in injury claims compensation by the Kirkaldy Sheriff Court.

Sheriff James Williamson was told how, on the night of March 26 2011, Agnes Gallagher – the licensee of the Greenside Hotel in Leslie, Fife – had seen Leala May Brownlie (31) of Glenrothes, Fife, being sick outside the hotel bar. Believing that Brownlie was drunk, Agnes denied her entry back into the hotel and a fight broke out during which Agnes suffered cuts and bruises to her face and damage to two teeth.

Agnes traced her assailant on Facebook, where Brownlie had claimed that she had given the landlady of the Greenside “a good kicking”, and had her charged with assault.

Before Sheriff Williamson, Brownlie´s defence argued that she had previously been of good character and this was her first offence. Taking this intoaccount, the Sheriff decided that a custodial sentence was not appropriate in the circumstances, and ordered Brownlie to pay 500 pounds in personal injury compensation for assault to Agnes.

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Playground Fall Injury Claims Compensation Awarded to Teenager

January 18, 2012

A teenage boy who fell and broke his wrist on a Dublin City Council playground has had an offer of compensation in respect of his playground fall injury claim approved at the Circuit Civil Court.

Terence Power (15) from Dublin fell in the playground at St. Mary´s Place while playing football. The accident happened after Terence caught his foot in a poorly maintained perimeter fence and, after X-rays revealed that he had suffered an undisclosed fracture of the left wrist, Terence had to wear a plaster cast for five weeks.

Circuit Civil Court President, Mr. Matthew Deery, was told how the accident had hindered Terence´s training to be a boxer and that Dublin City Council had offered 12,000 Euros in settlement of Terence´s playground accident claim. Mr. Deery was told by Terence´s legal advisers that Terence and his family were happy to accept the offer of playground fall compensation, which was duly approved.

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Schoolboy to Receive Skull Fracture Injury Claims Compensation after Fall

January 15, 2012

A ten year old schoolboy, who was not expected to live after falling from a climbing frame and fracturing his skull, has been awarded 7,500 pounds in school playground injury claims compensation.

Jamie Griffin from Haverhill in Suffolk was playing on a climbing frame at his school – Burton End Primary School in Haverhill – in November 2009, when he fell almost five feet and landed on concrete slabs surrounding the climbing frame. He was taken to hospital unconscious, where doctors gave him a CAT scan and diagnosed a fractured skull and bleeding from the main blood artery leading to the brain.

Jamie regained conscious the next day but suffered temporary blindness from his injuries, and it was ten weeks until he was able to return to school. Jamie has now made a complete recovery but has to be monitored regularly to detect any signs of epilepsy.

Jamie´s mother – Debbie – sought legal guidance and claimed for school playground injury claims compensation on her son´s behalf. After an investigation into the accident, Suffolk County Council were found to be in breach of health and safety regulations and fined. A compesnation settlement of skull fracture compensation was agreed for 7,500 pounds, which will be held in trust until Jamie is eighteen.

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