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Fatality After Four Hour Wait Outside A&E Leads to Urgent Review at Welsh Hospital

31 July 2014

An urgent review has been launched by ABMU Health board in South Wales after it was reported that a man died after having to wait for more than four hours outside the Accident & Emergency department of the Princess of Wales hospital in Bridgend.

The patient was brought to the hospital in an ambulance and was assessed by a doctor whilst still in the ambulance. After this he was admitted to the accident & emergency department at 11am and became unwell two hours after this. Later on, despite the efforts of staff to resuscitate the patient, he died.

A statement released by the ABMU Health Board said:

“We are deeply saddened to report the death of a patient in the emergency department of the Princess of Wales Hospital on January 16. We wish to express our sincere condolences to the patient’s family.

“Prior to being admitted to the department, the patient was in an ambulance, attended by paramedics, for over four hours.”

The review will look into the coroner’s report and determine whether the patient’s death was avoidable and what led to the length of time he was present in the ambulance outside of the hospital itself.

The accident & emergency department was extremely busy on the day the fatality occurred and the health board are determined to learn lessons from a very sad case.

Security guard compensated after slip injury on wet floor

31 July 2014

An injured man who had to take four months off work, and undergo knee surgery after slipping on a wet floor caused by a leaking tap has secured a £6,000 injury compensation settlement from his employer.

Colin Hillyard from Cheltenham was working at his company’s site in the town in September 2009 when he slipped on a toilet floor, which was wet because of a leaking tap.

Colin, 60, was unable to move his leg due to swelling the day after the accident which aggravated a pre-existing weakness in his right knee. He had to take three months off work while he waited for an operation and it took a further month for him to recover from his surgery.

He said: “It all happened so fast. I walked into the toilet, flicked on the light switch and the next thing I knew I was lying on the floor in a lot of pain.

 “My employer was supportive after the injury, but that doesn’t change the fact that the accident could have been easily prevented by simply fixing or replacing the tap.”

Carl Banks, PCS health and safety officer, said: “Colin’s case highlights that seemingly small and easily sorted problems, such as a leaking tap, can have serious injury consequences. A lack of a system for proper maintenance resulted in a member of staff being unable to work for four months and having to undergo knee surgery.”

Man crushed at work to receive injury compensation

24 July 2013

An engineer who was feared dead when a metal-cutting tool, weighing about one tonne, fell on him from a height of 13 feet is to receive £70,000 in accident compensation for his pain and suffering. David Hynds will also receive compensation for loss of earnings and pension, although details have yet to be finalised.

£70,000 compensation payout for workplace cancer victim

17 July 2013

A pensioner has successfully claimed injury compensation for damages after proving that his working conditions had led to nasal cancer.  The timberman, Peter Spillet, had spent a quarter of a century working on the coast, repairing jetties, piers and wharfs. 

The work meant that he inhaled a significant amount of wood dust without proper safety equipment being available. His former employers will now have to pay the injury compensation after a four year legal battle.  

Meningitis brain injury compensation claim

14 July 2013

A Bristol hospital is being sued by a mother who claims her daughter suffered a serious brain injury when doctors failed to diagnose a rare form of meningitis. 

Clare Day now needs 24-hour support as a result of the damage caused to her brain by the tuberculosis meningitis in 2010 and is not capable of working or caring for her young son. 

Her mother Elaine Nikolovski is suing the trust that runs Bristol Royal Infirmary for the injury Ms Day suffered and the care she will require for the rest of her life.

Accident Compensation: millions unclaimed every year (Daily Mirror article)

27 June 2013

As many as one in four adults have suffered from a personal injury or accident within the last five years, yet only 20 per cent of those have actually gone on to make a claim. That’s leaving millions of pounds compensation unclaimed every year. 

This is according to Personal Injury 2012 - a piece of research carried out by YouGov into the personal injury claims market. 

The report shows that road traffic accidents (RTAs) make up the majority of personal injury claims (50 per cent), while accidents in a public place ‘shop premises, public highways etc’ (excluding RTAs) account for 21 per cent and accidents in the workplace account for 16 per cent.

Mixed attitudes to compensation

In among the statistics, the report also shines a light on the some of the nation's mixed attitudes towards personal injury compensation as a whole.

While many recognise that without the help of the legal profession and "no win, no fee" agreements, insurers would try to avoid paying out for legitimate claims, there is also an underlying perception, driven by the UK’s big insurance companies, that the number of claims are getting out of hand.

Consumers also recognise that whiplash sufferers should receive compensation for their injuries - unless the motor accident occurs at very low speed, but at the same time there is a feeling that the number of claims currently in the system for whiplash is too high.

The main reason respondents gave for not pursuing a personal injury claim is that they deemed their own injury to be ‘not bad enough’ to warrant a claim.

Consequently they should seek medical advice first before making a decision, as people often under estimate the long-term effects a seemingly minor injury can cause.

The second biggest reason given for not making a claim is that the respondent did not believe in claiming compensation. Often this attitude is supported by numerous news stories of bogus claims, but few genuine injury victims would challenge the right to reasonable re-dress.

The research states that while the majority of claim settlements involve sums of less than £2,500, the average payout is £4,707, so it’s well worth taking 30 seconds of your time to see if you qualify.

According to the YouGov research, personal injury claims companies rate very highly in terms of helpfulness and the friendliness of their staff, so you have nothing to lose by getting in touch.

Source:  Daily Mirror

Companies fined £60,000 after rail worker accident

05 June 2013

Babcock Rail and Swietelsky Construction have been fined £36,000 and £24,000 respectively following an investigation into a work place accident in March 2009.  Two staff at the Whitemoor Rail Depot in Cambridgeshire were crushed whilst carrying out repairs to a ballast regulator.

The railway workers were injured while using a hydraulic car jack to support an internal part of the ballast regulator, and it was found that they had not been properly trained to carry out the work.

The car jack had not been designed for the work being done, and it collapsed, causing serious injuries to the two workers.  An Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) investigation concluded that the companies had failed to properly carry out the necessary safety briefings, training, or risk assessments for the work.  This led to the workers improvising the method of repair, at considerable risk to themselves.  

Tom Wake, Principal Inspector for the ORR in the South East, said: “No employee should ever be set to work on dangerous machinery without appropriate support and training. In this instance…….. Swietelsky Construction and Babcock Rail caused two rail workers to suffer serious head injuries ……. because of poor planning and lack of employee training.”

As well as the £60,000 in fines, the companies were also ordered to pay £30,000 in legal costs.

Bridgend man wins injury compensation case against McDonald’s security guards

30 May 2013

A self-employed man who suffered severe head injuries after being attacked by security guards has been awarded injury compensation after help from solicitor Anthony Welsh.

The bricklayer, Ian de-Schoolmeester from Bridgend, was attacked after he and a group of friends were told to leave a branch of McDonalds in Cardiff, in December 2010.  The security staff, who were subcontracted from RAS Securities by McDonalds, punched Mr de-Schoolmeester and threw him to the ground with such force that he required emergency hospital treatment, including brain surgery.  He has recovered steadily following the attack and has now returned to work, but the injuries are likely to have on-going consequences including mental fatigue.

A security guard who was prosecuted following the attack escaped conviction due to insufficient evidence or witness statements. The judge criticised the failure of the police to bring more prosecutions.  Mr de-Schoolmeester instructed solicitors to claim for injury compensation - arguing that RAS Securities was responsible for its employees’ appalling behaviour.  RAS Securities settled the compensation claim out of court.

Solicitor Anthony Welsh said: “RAS Securities have a responsibility to ensure its staff are properly trained, do not abuse their position and behave appropriately when dealing with people, whatever the circumstances. It is shocking that one of its security teams can have so lost their collective self control that one of them nearly killed my client. And while his attacker goes unpunished, Ian has to try to rebuild his life as best he can while living forever with the impact of the assault.

”This compensation does not make up for the extensive injuries our client has suffered or the promising future he has lost but we hope it provides some sense of justice.

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