Traffic Accident Claims Solicitors

Traffic accident claims solicitors enable you to recover compensation when you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a traffic accident due to the negligence of a person or persons who owed you a duty of care. Solicitors who provide legal representation for traffic accident compensation claims look beyond the initial trauma that has been suffered and consider what the long-term implications of the traffic accident injury may be – not only for you as the victim, but for those around you who may have to provide support for you during your recovery from an injury. To get specific, individual advice about compensation claims for a traffic accident injury, call and speak directly with a traffic accident claims solicitor

Federation Concerned that Injury Claims for Cyclists will be Affected by Compensation Reforms

Posted on: December 22nd, 2016

The British Cycling Federation has raised concerns that compensation reforms being considered by the government will affect injury claims for cyclists.

In November, Elizabeth Truss – the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor – announced the government was considering reforms in order to address the perceived compensation culture in the UK. One of the reforms under consideration is the raising of the “small claims” limit from £1,000 to £5,000.

The implication of raising the limit is that claimants making a personal injury claim for less than £5,000 will not be able to recover their legal costs. The measure is intended to “crack down on minor, exaggerated and fraudulent [personal injury] claims”. However, several organisations have voiced their concerns that the raising of the limit will prevent access to justice for genuine claimants.

One such organization is the British Cycling Federation. The Federation represents more than 100,000 cyclists in the UK, and it has produced figures showing that the majority of injury claims for cyclists fall within the proposed £5,000 limit. The Federation fears its members will lose their entitlement to legal representation and not pursue the injury compensation they are entitled to.

Martin Key – the Campaigns Manager for the British Cycling Federation – said: “The vast majority of injuries sustained in cycling incidents are valued at under the proposed £5,000 limit, meaning that – under the new proposals – any cyclist involved in an incident would find it very difficult to get legal representation and therefore to be adequately compensated for their injuries.”

The Federation is also unhappy that the consultation process has a January 6th deadline. According to Mr Key there is insufficient time (with the Christmas and New Year holidays falling just prior to the deadline) for raising all the issues that affect injury claims for cyclists. Nonetheless, Mr Key is confident that the Federation will submit a response before the deadline, and ask the Ministry of Justice to re-think both the proposed reforms and the consultation deadline.

Claim for Psychological Injuries Resulting from a Car Accident Resolved for £30,000

Posted on: June 9th, 2016

A man´s claim for psychological injuries resulting from a car accident has been resolved for £30,000 after he was told he may not receive more than £3,000.

Warren Smith (50) from Lancashire was driving along the A671 between Burnley and Rochdale when, on March 8th, 2012, he was involved in a head-on collision with a car travelling on the wrong side of the road. Tragically the driver of the car that hit Warren´s was killed in the accident.

Mark suffered multiple injuries in the accident, and was taken to hospital where he received treatment for injuries to his chest, head and back. Mark was subsequently diagnosed with PTSD and depression – psychological injuries that still trouble him more than four years after the accident.

Unfortunately Mark was unable to maintain his job as a contracts manager as it involved driving long distances. Mark sought legal advice about claiming injury compensation, but was told that the value of his claim would be unlikely to exceed £3,000.

Wisely, Mark sought a second opinion and, after the psychological consequences of his accident were taken into account, Mark´s new solicitor believed his claim could be much more. Mark subsequently made a compensation claim for psychological injuries resulting from a car accident against the fatally injured driver´s insurance company.

The insurance company admitted liability for their policyholder´s negligence, but initially refused to make a viable offer of settlement. Eventually Warren´s new solicitor negotiated a £30,000 settlement of the claim for psychological injuries resulting from a car accident – enough for Mark to continue with his physical rehabilitation and the therapy he requires to overcome his emotional trauma.

Speaking with his local paper after the claim for psychological injuries resulting from a car accident had been resolved, Warren said: “People should not underestimate the consequences of car accidents and I am lucky to be alive. I am still haunted by the events of that day and my injuries are a constant reminder of the fact that someone died in the crash. But I am incredibly relieved that I now have access to the care and support that I need to move forward with my life.”

Claim for Antrim Road Traffic Accident Injury Compensation Settled in Court

Posted on: May 14th, 2016

A claim for Antrim road traffic accident injury compensation, made by a passenger in a fatal car crash, has been settled at the High Court in Belfast.

In July 2012, Rosie Sands (29) – an accomplished sailor and honours degree student from Exmouth in Devon – was staying with friends in Northern Ireland. Rosie and her friends had just collected another friend – 21-year-old Michelle Hulford – from Belfast Airport when the car they were travelling in was involved in a head-on collision with a jeep on the A57 outside Doagh in County Antrim.

Michelle was tragically killed in the accident, while Rosie, the driver of the car and two other passengers were taken to hospital with multiple injuries. Rosie was treated for injuries to her back, abdomen and shoulder; but, on her return to Exmouth, she continued to suffer from flashbacks and nightmares, and was diagnosed as suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

After seeking legal advice from a solicitor, Rosie made a claim for Antrim road traffic accident injury compensation against the driver of the jeep – Stephen Hamilton. Hamilton admitted liability for causing the accident in which Rosie and her friends were injured, but no agreement could be reached on the amount of compensation she was entitled to.

Consequently the claim for Antrim road traffic accident injury compensation was heard by Mr Justice Adrian Colton at the High Court in Belfast. At the hearing, the judge was told that Rosie´s injuries had prevented her from completing her honours degree in religion and education at Bath Spa University and competing in the British Sailing Championships.

Judge Colton also heard how Rosie´s life had changed “irrevocably” due to her injuries. Previously a Gold Standard sailor who had competed in the World Sailing Championship, Rosie´s injuries, Rosie was now unable to sail competitively. The judge was also told that Rosie had to abandon a planned career in the RAF or Navy.

Commenting that the evidence Rosie had given in support of her Antrim road traffic accident injury compensation had been “honest, understated, stoical and admirable”, Judge Colton awarded her £464,655 compensation in respect of her pain and suffering, loss of income and to cover the costs of her medical treatment.

Bus Accident Compensation in Northern Ireland Almost £2 million in Five Years

Posted on: February 9th, 2016

The amount paid out in bus accident compensation in Northern Ireland amounted to nearly £2 million in the five-year period from April 2010 to April 2015.

Northern Ireland public transport services are run by Translink – a company responsible for operating Citybus, Ulsterbus, the Metro and Goldlink bus services and the NI Railway. In the five-year period from April 2010 to April 2015, the company paid out £1,647,000 injury compensation plus a further £301,000 compensation for material damage in bus accidents according to figures released by Regional Development Minister Michelle McIlveen.

Ms McIlveen was responding to an Assembly question from SDLP MLA John Dallat – who sits on the province´s regional development committee. Mr Dallat described the payouts of bus accident compensation in Northern Ireland as “horrendous” and said that the board of Translink needed to implement measures that would avoid bus accidents, and also review its policy on defending claims for bus accident compensation in Northern Ireland.

Translink issued a statement in which it said it was committed to delivering the highest safety standards for passengers and other road users. However, transport unions said that budget cuts were having a “devastating impact” on public safety. Last year the Department for Regional Development cut Translink´s budget by £13 million. Further cutbacks were made after the company recorded a £8.4 million loss.

A Translink spokesperson said: “It is important to put some context around these figures which cover a five-year period. The level of compensation paid out is less than 0.5% of our annual revenue, and more importantly, Translink’s annual level of compensation is also amongst the lowest paid out when benchmarked against other UK operators. We carry around 80 million passenger journeys every year and their safety is a top priority for everyone at Translink”.

Widow Awarded £50,000 Compensation for the Death of a Partner in a Road Accident

Posted on: November 20th, 2015

A widow has been awarded £50,000 compensation for the death of a partner in a road accident after a hearing of the Belfast High Court determined liability.

Leslie Browne from County Down in Northern Ireland died in August 2010 from injuries sustained in a car crash the previous month. Leslie and his wife, Elizabeth, had been driving from Newry to Hilltown, when they were involved in a head-on collision along a stretch of the B8 known locally as the Seven Sisters because of its sharp bends.

Elizabeth claimed compensation for the death of a partner in a road accident, alleging that the driver of the car that hit the Browne´s vehicle – Sandra Murray – had been driving without due care and attention. It was also claimed that Murray had lost control of her Toyota Yaris due to travelling too fast for the wet road conditions, and then braking excessively as she approached the crown of a bend.

Murray denied that she had lost control of her vehicle due a lack of attention, and claimed that the loss of control was due to being hit from behind by a Fiat Punto driven by Michal Marczak. Marczak admitted that he had been driving too close to the Toyota Yaris for the road conditions, but denied that there had been any contact.

The claim for compensation for the death of a partner in a road accident went to the Belfast High Court where it was heard by Mr Justice Stephens. The judge was told that a settlement of £50,000 compensation for the death of a partner in a road accident had already been agreed and that the case was before him to determine liability.

After hearing there was no evidence to support Murray´s claims that she had been hit from behind by Marczak´s Fiat Punto, Judge Stephens ruled that Murray was solely responsible for causing the accident that resulted in Leslie´s death. He said that a combination of excessive speed and excessive braking due to inattentiveness had led to her losing control of her car.

The judge commented that Murray´s inattentiveness was reflected in the fact that she “did not and does not know what happened, so she grasped at anything that might exonerate her.” Mr Justice Stephens ordered Murray to pay the settlement of £50,000 compensation for the death of a partner in a road accident, Elizabeth´s legal costs and also those of Michal Marczak.

Settlement of Compensation for a Brain Injured Cyclist Approved in Court

Posted on: November 17th, 2015

The High Court has approved a settlement of compensation for a brain injured cyclist who suffered severe injuries due to the negligence of a lorry driver.

On November 4th, 2011, thirty-one year old Mary Bowers was cycling to work at the News International building in Wapping, East London, where she was a promising young journalist for The Times. Just ninety metres from her workplace, Mary stopped when she encountered red light on Dock Street.

As she waited for the lights to change, a 33 tonne Lynch Haulage aggregate lorry pulled up behind her. The driver of the lorry was participating in a hands-free phone conversation at the time, and he neglected to fully engage the handbrake. Tragically, the lorry rolled forward and crushed Mary beneath its wheels.

Mary was rushed to hospital by ambulance suffering from a severed artery, two broken legs, a punctured lung, a broken pelvis and a broken arm. She was subsequently diagnosed with a severe brain injury. In November 2013 she was transferred to a residential rehabilitation centre in Brentwood, Essex, but remains in a minimally conscious state.

The driver of the lorry – Petre Beiu – was convicted of careless driving at Snaresbrook Crown Court in December 2012. He was fined £2,700 and disqualified from driving for eight months. Following Beiu´s conviction, Mary´s father – Peter – claimed compensation for a brain injured cyclist from Beiu´s insurance company.

Liability for Mary´s injuries was admitted and an undisclosed settlement of compensation was negotiated. However, as the claim for compensation for a brain injured cyclist had been made on behalf of somebody unable to represent themselves, the settlement had to be approved by a judge to ensure that it was in Mary´s best interests.

The approval hearing took place at the High Court in London, where Mr Justice Supperstone heard how, on the day of the accident, Mary had been wearing a cycling helmet and a high-visibility jacket, and that she had remained in a designated cycling lane before moving into the cyclist stopping box at the traffic lights.

The judge was told that the undisclosed settlement of compensation for a brain injured cyclist would be used to provide Mary with a private bungalow at the Brentwood rehabilitation centre and to pay for the care and therapy she will need for the rest of her life. Judge Supperstone had no hesitation in approving the settlement.

Speaking after the approval hearing, Mary´s father told reporters: “The impact of Mary’s injuries has been devastating to her – her career was flourishing and she had her whole life ahead of her. We are relieved that now she will have access to vital funds which will help go toward specialist treatment to help and support her through her ongoing rehabilitation.”

Man Awarded Injury Compensation for a Crash with a Ploughshare

Posted on: November 6th, 2015

A man, who suffered a devastating brain injury in a motorbike accident, has been awarded injury compensation for a crash with a ploughshare.

On 20th September 2012, Anthony Royle (48) and his pillion passenger were riding along the A54 in Winsford on Anthony´s motorbike. Anthony was travelling at 60mph as he started overtaking a line of stationary traffic that was waiting for a tractor with a ploughshare attachment to turn into a field.

Unfortunately, as Anthony approached the tractor, he did not see the ploughshare attachment protruding across the road at head height in time to stop his bike. Anthony crashed into the ploughshare – both he and his pillion passenger being knocked unconscious with the force of the impact.

Anthony suffered a devastating brain injury as a result of the accident, which has left him needing a lifetime of care and support. As he is unable to manage his own affairs, a claim for injury compensation for a crash with a ploughshare was made on Anthony´s behalf against the owners of the farm – GA and S Broster and Son.

In the legal action it was alleged that the tractor was being operated by a farm employee who, although he had a license to drive a tractor, did not have the experience to manoeuvre a ploughshare attachment safely. Liability was admitted, but defence lawyers argued that Anthony had contributed to the cause of the accident by failing to give it a wide berth when overtaking.

A compromise settlement package of injury compensation for a crash with a ploughshare was negotiated that will be sufficient to provide Anthony with the care he needs for the rest of his life. However, as he is legally unable to manage his own affairs, the settlement package had to be approved by a judge before the claim could be finally resolved.

Consequently, at the High Court in London, Mr Justice Jay was told the circumstances of Anthony´s accident and the settlement of injury compensation for a crash with a ploughshare that had been agreed. Approving the settlement, the judge said “You could have done better, but you could also have done worse bearing in mind all the factors”.

Compensation for a Traumatic Brain Injury in a Car Crash Approved in Court

Posted on: October 21st, 2015

A £4.3 million structured settlement of compensation for a traumatic brain injury in a car crash has been approved in favour of a twenty-three year old man.

Jack Mitchell from South London was just seventeen years of age when, in March 2009, he was the front seat passenger in his friend´s Fiat Punto. As the pair drove through the outskirts of London, a fox ran in front of the car. Jack´s friend swerved to avoid hitting the animal, but resulted in crashing his car.

Jack was taken to hospital with multiple injuries. As well a broken left leg, fractured ribs and severe lacerations on the back of his head, Jack was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. Jack spent three months in hospital receiving treatment for his injuries before being transferred to a rehabilitation unit.

The treatment at the rehabilitation unit only lasted three weeks before Jack was discharged into the care of his parents. Due to the lack of appropriate treatment for his brain injury, Jack suffers from extreme fatigue and has significant concentration problems and behavioural difficulties.

On Jack´s behalf, Frances Mitchell – Jack´s mother – claimed compensation for a traumatic brain injury in a car crash against the driver of the Fiat Punto. In the claim it was alleged that the manoeuvre by Jack´s friend was negligence in the circumstances and was the cause of Jack´s injury.

Liability was conceded by the driver´s insurance company, and a settlement of compensation for a traumatic brain injury in a car crash was negotiated. However, as the claim had been made on behalf of somebody who was unable to represent themselves, the settlement had to be approved by a judge before the claim could be resolved completely.

Therefore, at the High Court in London, Mrs Justice Whipple was told the circumstances of the accident, the injuries that Jack suffered and the treatment that he received at the time. The judge was also told that Jack is now living in a residential rehabilitation centre in Banstead, Surrey.

After paying tribute to Jack´s family for the care and support they had provided for him over the past six years, Mrs Justice Whipple approved the settlement of compensation for a traumatic brain injury in a car crash – which consists of an immediate lump sum payment and annual index-linked payments. The judge then closed the hearing by wishing Jack all the best for the future.

Mothers Start Petition to Increase Bereavement Compensation for the Death of a Child

Posted on: September 18th, 2015

Two mothers have started an e-petition to increase the amount of bereavement compensation for the death of a child parents are entitlement to claim.

Jordanna Goodwin and Megan Storey from Doncaster in South Yorkshire were killed along with three teenage friends in a crash on the A360 in Conisbrough last November. The two sixteen-year-old girls had been life-long friends, and were described by their mothers as “inseparable”.

According to police report into the accident, the driver of the Toyota Corolla they were passengers in lost control of the vehicle and crashed head-first into a Seat Leon travelling in the opposite direction. The driver of the Seat broke his leg in the accident, and the driver of a third vehicle was questioned by police, but no charges were brought.

The mothers of the two girls each received £12,980 bereavement compensation for the death of a child – a figure they consider to “pitiful” in relation to the amounts received by celebrities for injuries to their pride. Now the two mothers have started an e-petition to increase the amount of bereavement compensation for the death of a child parents are allowed to claim for.

“This is not about being greedy and seeking more money” Megan´s mother Tracey told the Times newspaper, “as no amount of money can compensate for the loss of Megan or Jordanna. It is about the injustice of the way the system works”.

The e-petition to increase bereavement compensation for the death of a child has been supported by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). The Association´s president – Matthew Stockwell – said that members of APIL are concerned that the level of compensation is too low and that the eligibility criteria is too narrow.

As the law stands at present, bereavement compensation for the death of a child is limited to wives, husbands, civil partners, the parents of a child under the age of eighteen, or the unmarried mother of an illegitimate child under the age of eighteen.  The parents of a child over 18, children of a deceased parent, parents of a stillborn child and other relatives are not entitled to an award of compensation.

Settlement of Car Accident Brain Injury Claim Approved in Court

Posted on: July 30th, 2015

The multi-million pound settlement of a car accident brain injury claim has been approved at the High Court in favour of a twenty-one year old man.

On 7th August 2010, Josh Humphrey (16) left his home in Bognor Regis in West Sussex to meet up with three friends for a day trip. The party travelled in a car driven by one of Josh´s friends – Laura Stocker (18) – who was an inexperienced driver; and, as Stocker drove down the A272 Billingshurst Road, she allowed her concentration to lapse and crashed into a 7.5 tonne lorry travelling in the opposite direction.

One of the passengers – Kirsty Hicks (16) from Slinford in West Sussex – died six days later as a result of the injuries she sustained in the accident, while Josh was airlifted to hospital having sustained a traumatic brain injury. Stocker was subsequently convicted with causing death by careless driving and given a suspended custodial sentence by Chichester Crown Court the following February.

Josh was treated for his traumatic brain injury at several different hospitals and rehabilitation units over the next few months, before being discharged to live in a specially adapted bungalow with his parents. After seeking legal advice, Josh´s mother – Steph Humphrey – made a car accident brain injury claim against Stocker.

As Stocker had already been convicted on causing death by careless driving, her insurance company admitted liability for Josh´s injuries quickly. Nonetheless, it took several years before an acceptable settlement could be agreed upon – which, although undisclosed, is believed to consist of a seven-figure lump sum payment and index-linked payments every year for the remainder of Josh´s life.

At the time that the car accident brain injury claim had been made, Josh was a legal minor. So, before any compensation could be paid to the family, the settlement package had to be approved by a judge to ensure it was in Josh´s best interests. On Monday this week, details of the car accident, the brain injury sustained by Josh and the settlement of the claim were heard at the High Court.

The settlement of the car accident brain injury claim was subsequently approved; after which Steph Humphrey told her local press: “We are grateful this aspect is now over. Nothing will take away Josh’s terrible difficulties but at least we no longer have the huge financial worries that arise as a result of brain injury.”