Archive for April, 2015

Dangerous Driver Told to Pay Injured Motorcycle Passenger Compensation

Posted on: April 24th, 2015

A man, who dangerously rode his motorcycle out from a side road and caused an accident, has been told to pay his injured motorcycle passenger compensation of £2,000.

Mark Holmes from Slaithwaite in West Yorkshire was finishing his shift as a barman in the town´s Commercial pub when, on 8th March, he offered his friend Joshua Pierce a ride home on the back of his motorcycle.

Holmes gave Joshua a high visibility jacket and his helmet to wear. However, as the driver and his passenger started their journey, Holmes pulled out from a side road into the main Manchester Road at speed – crashing into a car.

Holmes suffered a head injury in the accident that could have been prevented had he not given his helmet to Joshua. Joshua sustained serious injuries to his leg and pelvis in the accident and underwent an eleven-hour operation at Leeds General Infirmary to reconstruct his leg.

An investigation into the accident revealed that Holmes only had a provisional driving licence and was not qualified to carry passengers on the pillion of his 125cc motorbike. He was charged with causing injury by dangerous driving and his case was heard earlier this week at Leeds Crown Court.

At the hearing, Judge Sally Cahill heard Holmes admit the charges of causing injury by dangerous driving and for failing to ride his motorbike in accordance with his provisional licence. Holmes acknowledged that the decision to offer Joshua a lift on the pillion of his motorcycle was both foolish and stupid.

The judge was told by Holmes´ barrister that he had not been drinking on the night of the accident and had previously led a responsible life. Judge Cahill gave Holmes a two-year suspended sentence, disqualified him from driving for a year and ordered him to do 200 hours community service. She also told Holmes that he would have to pay injured motorcycle passenger compensation of £2,000 to Joshua.

Teenager Settles Claim for Gynaecological Injuries Caused by a Water Jet

Posted on: April 14th, 2015

A teenage girl has agreed to an out of court settlement of her claim for gynaecological injuries that were caused by a water jet at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

In October 2009, Shelby Clarke and her family were enjoying a day trip to Blackpool from their home in Manchester. When the family arrived in Blackpool, they headed to Blackpool Pleasure Beach where Shelby (who was fourteen years old at the time) and her friend Sarah spotted the park´s newest attraction – “The Spectacular Dancing Water Fountain”,

The two girls ran across to the attraction – which shot water 200 feet into the air – and joined other children playing among the powerful water jets. However, as Shelby ran across the middle water jet, the jet started to operate and a jet of water hit Shelby between the legs. Shelby immediately felt the need to visit the toilet but, when she got there, the area surrounding her vagina was covered in blood.

An ambulance was summoned and Shelby was taken to hospital. She underwent a two-hour operation, during which time 250 stitches were inserted in and around her vagina. Now nineteen years old, Shelby has a limited sex life and fears that she may never be able to give birth to children. There is also a substantial amount of scarring around her vagina which Shelby hopes can be removed one day by cosmetic surgery.

Shelby´s mother – Karen – made a claim for gynaecological injuries caused by a water jet against Blackpool Pleasure beach Limited – alleging that “The Spectacular Dancing Water Fountain” presented a risk of injury to the children playing around the attraction. Blackpool Pleasure Beach Limited acknowledged it liability for her daughter´s injuries and made an undisclosed five-figure offer of settlement that was accepted by the family.

A spokesman for Blackpool Pleasure Beach Limited apologised to Shelby and her family, and told the media that since Shelby´s claim for gynaecological injuries caused by a water jet, new safety measures have been introduced to prevent children running between the water jets while they are in operation. The measures include staff monitoring the perimeter of the attraction and announcements being made immediately before the water jets are about to start operating.