Archive for September, 2011

Mesothelioma Work Death Leads to 258,520 Pounds Compensation

Posted on: September 30th, 2011

The wife of a man who died from mesothelioma cancer after exposure to asbestos in his workplace has been awarded 258,520 in mesothelioma dork death compensation against her husband´s former employers.

William Wolff, previously of Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, died from mesothelioma cancer in March 2007 aged 66 – just eighteen months after finishing work at Weir Construction Ltd. During his employment at the construction company and previously at John Moulds (Kilmarnock) Limited, it was claimed by his widow – Elizabeth Wolff – that he had been exposed to asbestos fibres which were responsible for the injury.

Both Weir Construction Ltd and John Moulds (Kilmarnock) Limited accepted that the condition was a result of negligent exposure to asbestos while William was alive, and the case was being heard before Judge Lord Doherty at the Court of Session in Edinburgh for the assessment of damages.

Judge Lord Doherty was told that William´s death was a particularly painful one, and that Elizabeth had given up her job as a social worker in order to provide full-time care for her terminally ill husband.

After hearing expert medical evidence that William would have been expected to live on the balance of all probability for aother 17 years had he not contracted mesothelioma cancer, the judge granted Elizabeth a total award of 258,520 pounds, and in addition made further awards totalling 52,317 pounds to William´s three daughters and one of 7,084 pounds to his granddaughter.

3 Million Pounds award for Girl Crippled in Taxi Accident

Posted on: September 24th, 2011

A 22-year-old woman, who sustained catastrophic brain injuries when she was hit by a taxi when only 14 years of age, has had a 3 million pounds compensation settlement approved by the High Court in London.

Vicki Hart, from Guisborough, Teeside, was crossing a road in January 2004 when the taxi driver did not see her due to wet weather conditions and knocked her down. Vicki sustained manye injuries including a broken neck, a fractured skull and brain damage which later caused a major stroke. Doctors said at the time that it was probable that she would die, however Vicki survived her injuries – although now experiencing profound disabilities which mean she requires 24-hour care.

A 3 million pounds brain injury compensation award was agreed with the insurers of the negligent driver and, in London´s High Court, Judge Mr Justice Spencer said that he had “no hesitation” in approving the compensation agreement – praising both Vicki´s mother, Karen, and her step-father for their commitment and devotion to Vicki.

Asda Second Slip and Fall Claim Settled

Posted on: September 23rd, 2011

A second major personal injury claim for a slip and fall in Asda’s Rivergate store in Peterborough has been settled for an undisclosed compensation settlement sum.

The store made the news for the wrong reasons in June this year, when Peterborough County Court found in favour of Thomas Wardle and awarded him 10,500 pounds after he injured his back when slipping on a grape.

This time the victim was 74-year-old Patricia Hill of Orton Goldhay, who hurt her knee and ankle after slipping on vegetables in a non-fruit and vegetable isle while shopping in May 2008. Mrs Hill was found to have a closed fracture of the tibial plateau at Peterborough General Hospital and had to remain in hospital for 5 days.

Three years of treatment later, Mrs Hill still suffers pain in her knee and ankle, and doctors have told her that she is likely to need knee replacement surgery in the near future and has a 50 per cent chance of developing osteoarthritis. Mrs Hill has no family residing near her in Peterborough, and has had to rely on friends and paid help to help her with household and personal chores during her rehabilitation.

Asda agreed to a “substantial” out-of-court settlement, the specific details of which Mrs Hill did not wish to reveal, but the same supermarket store has a third slip and fall injury claim to contend with which is due to be heard in Peterborough County Court later this year.

Fairground Injury Girl to Receive Compensation

Posted on: September 15th, 2011

An anonymous 13-year old girl, who sustained bruising and abrasions after slipping beneath a faulty fairground safety restraint bar, is to receive 750.00 pounds in personal injury compensation from the operator of the ride.

The girl had been at the Copmanthorpe Carnival in York, where she went on a ride known as the “Cliffhanger Miami Trip, where riders sit in a row and are taken up, down and round at speed. Soon after the ride began, her restraint bar slipped open and the girl slipped underneath it – falling four metres onto a concrete surface and narrowly missing moving steelwork.

The girl was brought to nearby Selby Hospital suffering from bruising and abrasions and released after treatment. Following a Health and Safety Executive investigation into the incident, Terry Reynolds, 28, of Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, was found guilty of negligently operating the ride and in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 by failing to take reasonable care of those affected by his work activities.

Selby Magistrates’ Court gave Reynolds a three-year conditional discharge and told him to pay £750 compensation to the injured girl.

Burn Injury Roofer Awarded 6,000 Pounds Compensation

Posted on: September 10th, 2011

A former roofer, who suffered serious burns to his arms and face when a hired gas container burst into flames due to a faulty regulator, has agreed to 6,000 pounds burn injury compensation.

Victor Barrell (aged 65) of Northam, North Devon, was fixing a hole on the roof of his daughter´s stable in Barnstaple when the accident happened in August 2009. Victor was using a roofing torch when the gas bottle it was attached to exploded into a massive fireball – setting Victor alight and forcing him to jump from the 12 foot high roof.

Luckily for Victor, his quick-thinking brother-in-law extinguished the fire with a hosepipe and then filled up buckets of cold water for Victor to place his scalded arms into. Victor was taken to North Devon District Hospital and from there onto the burns unit at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol where he received months of treatment in order to minimise the damage from the fire.

After taking legal advice, Victor sued the shop from which he had hired the faulty gas bottle, and two years later has received 6,000 pounds personal injury compensation in an out-of-court settlement.

Settlement in Wrong Side of Road Car Accident Claim Agreed

Posted on: September 9th, 2011

A pensioner, who sustained horrific injuries when she was involved in a car accident with a foreign driver who was driving on the wrong side of the road, has settled her car injury compensation claim with the driver´s insurers.

Ann Roberts (79) of Battenhall, Worcestershire, had been driving from Leominster to Ludlow on the B4361, when French motorist Alain Le Den collided with her because he had been driving on the wrong side of the road.

Ann, a former teacher, had to air lifted to Birmingham´s Selly Oak hospital, where she was treated for several broken bones and a collapsed lung. She also needed to have a brace attached to her skull to assist keeping her neck from sustaining further damage.

Mr Le Den´s French car insurance company agreed with the police reports and Ann´s testimony that their client was negligent and agreed an out-of-court settlement to provide her with car injury compensation for the injuries she suffered in the accident.

Father to Receive PTSD Compensation after Daughter´s Death

Posted on: September 8th, 2011

A father, whose daughter was killed by a careless driver who had just passed his driving test, has been awarded 25,000 pounds by Cardiff Court of Civil Justice for the psychological injury he endured as a result of the fatal accident.

Terence Jones, of Ebbw Vale, Powys, told the court how the death of his daughter, Louise (16), along with three friends in November 2006 had caused him to suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

In a civil case taken against the careless driver – Craig Ramshaw (22) – Mr Jones claimed that he was a secondary victim and was supported in his claim by psychiatrist Dr David Thomas. Dr Thomas gave expert testimony that Mr Jones had required psychiatric treatment since the accident at Llangynidr Moors.

The judge told Mr Jones that no sum of money could compensate for the loss of a daughter, but agreed with the plaintiff that he had suffered a psychological injury and awarded him personal injury compensation of 25,000 pounds – the settlement to be made by Mr Ramshaw´s car insurance company.

Pensioner Receives 3,100 Pounds Pothole Trip Compensation

Posted on: September 6th, 2011

A pensioner, who broke his wrist when tripping over a pothole, has accepted an offer of 3,100 pounds in pothole trip compensation from Basildon Council.

Terence Wakefield (78) from Wickford, Essex, was at his local market in June 2010 when he tripped over a three inch pothole in the street. Extending his hand to break his fall, Terence landed heavily on his wrist and fractured it.

Mr Wakefield spent the following six weeks with his arm in a cast and had to have extensive therapy on the wrist when the plaster was removed – during which time he was unable to ride his bicycle or partake in many of his regular hobbies.

Terence took a claim for personal injury compensation against Basildon Council, who were responsible for this section of the public footpath and, admitting liability for their negligence, settled Terence´s claim in the amount of 3,100 pounds.

Despite the settlement, it has been alleged by the victim that there are still twenty or more potholes in the area of Wickford Market, and he knows of three similar claims against the council who are yet to fulfil their obligations and maintain a safe passageway for pedestrians.