Archive for July, 2011

Iraqi Family Receive Compensation for Death of Son

Posted on: July 28th, 2011

An Iraqi family, whose son was allegedly drowned by British Armed Forces in Iraq, has won their fight for compensation from the Ministry of Defence.

Saeed Shabram, 18, of Basra, Iraq, had been captured by British troops on suspicion of looting in May 2003, and was marched with his cousin, Menem Akaili, into the Shatt al-Arab River by soldiers in an act of “wetting” – an unofficial action intended to humiliate the perpetrators of petty crime in the area.

Bystanders dragged Menem out of the river, but Saeed´s body disappeared. Saeed´s father employed a diver to search for Saeed and, after a four hour wait, Saeed´s motionless body was pulled from the river – bloated and covered with bruises.

After seeking legal guidance, the Shabram family sued the Ministry of Defence for wrongful death and shortly before the case was to be heard in London´s Royal Courts of Justice, lawyers representing the family announced that an out-of-court settlement had been agreed.

While not admitting liability for the wrongful death of Saeed, the Ministry of Defence agreed to pay 100,000 pounds to his family and a further undisclosed sum to Menem.

Work Claims Compensation for Ankle Injury set at £3.3m

Posted on: July 16th, 2011

A New York City sanitation engineer, who tool a work claims compensation action for an ankle injury at work when a colleague ran over his leg in a forklift truck, has accepted £3.3m in compensation in an out-of-court settlement.

Andrew Anderson (37) from New York City, was aiding a colleague install a snow plough to the forklift truck when the accident occurred in early 2008. His co-worker accidently ran over his ankle, causing a severe ankle fracture which required two surgeries to correct.

Andrew also contracted reflex sympathetic dystrophy during complications in the post-operative period and sustained foot drop – for which he now needs the use of a foot brace. Since the incident, Andrew has not been able to work and was forced to take early retirement from the City of New York.

After talking to his legal representatives, Andrew sued the City of New York for his injuries. Liability was admitted and the case was heard in the New York Supreme Court for final assessment of damages. However, just before the jury were about to begin their deliberations, lawyers on both sides reached an agreed settlement of £3.3m to compensate Andrew for personal injury, lost earnings and loss of consortium.

Child Hit By Falling Window Awarded 800,000 Pounds Compensation

Posted on: July 15th, 2011

A five year old boy, who was hit by a falling window frame when just an infant, has been awarded an interim falling window compensation payment of 800,000 pounds for his injuries.

Alexander Dance from Southwark, London, was just four months old when the incident happened in October 2006. He was being pushed in his buggy by the Dover Castle Youth Hostel in Borough by his mother, Patricia, when a five foot high window fell from the window and fractured his skull. After spending five days in intensive care, Alexander was diagnosed with having experienced a brain haemorrhage and will require constant care for the rest of his live.

The owners of the property – Foreign Magic Ltd – were subsequently fined 20,000 pounds at Camberwell Magistrates’ Court under the Health and Safety at Work Act, when an examination into the accident revealed that defective window frames had been restrained by chains rather than fixed stays. After seeking legal guidance, Patricia Dance also sued the owners for the personal injury they had sustained on her son.

At the London High Court, Deputy Judge David Pittaway QC found that Foreign Magic Ltd had indeed been negligent in their duty of care to passers-by, and awarded Alexander an interim personal injury compensation settlement of 800,000 pounds. The final total amount of compensation is estimated to be several million pounds.

The interim award will allow the family to move closer to Alexander´s special care school in Chislehurst, Kent, and be used to establish a suitable care and management program for the boy.

Charity Stunt Injury Radio DJ Wins Claim

Posted on: July 14th, 2011

A former BBC Radio Leeds disc-jockey has settled a compensation claim against his former employees following an incident at a charity event which left him hospitalised.

Alex Belfield, aged 31 of Mansfield, Nottingham, was broadcasting from a Children in Need charity event at the Odsal Stadium in Bradford when he was tackled by two members of the Bradford Bulls Rugby league team. With no prior warning of the stunt, Mr Belfield was unprepared for the impact of the tackle, which left him with severe cuts and bruises requiring hospital treatment.

After seeking legal counsel, Mr Belfield sued the BBC for a “lack of care” which amounted to bullying and in an out-of-court settlement, the BBC agreed an injury compensation payment believed to be in the region of 2,500 pounds.

Multi Million Pound Compensation Settlement for Brain Damaged Mother

Posted on: July 12th, 2011

A forty eight year old single mother, who was catastrophically injured in a road traffic accident in 2009, has settled her claim with the negligent driver´s insurance company in a settlement which experts believe is worth many millions of pounds.

The woman, who has asked not to be named, was driving at Miles Gray Road in Basildon, Essex, when she was involved in a head on collision with the Ford Ka driven by 76 year old Ernest Bromsgrove. Tragically, the pensioner had suffered a heart attack and lost consciousness, and the collision resulted in his death.

The unnamed woman was so injured so badly that she had to be airlifted to the Queens Hospital in Romford for emergency treatment and now suffers from permanent paralysis on the left hand side of her body and is confined to a wheelchair. Due to the accident, the woman driver also suffers from eyesight problems and has difficulty communicating with her family.

The pensioner´s insurance company admitted liability for the woman´s injuries and negotiated a personal injury compensation settlement with her legal representatives.