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North Wales Police target motorcycle accidents in safety drive

14 May 2013

Officers from North Wales Police will be stopping and talking to bikers “to educate them about the dangers” of riding in “challenging” areas like Snowdonia.   Operation Focus, now in its 10th year, is being run by police hoping to reduce the number of bike-related accidents and deaths.  Officers will patrol roads where traffic collisions are most common, including the A494, A5104, A5, A470 and the A487.

Chief Inspector Darren Wareing, in charge of the force’s Roads Policing Unit, stressed “This isn’t about catching bikers out, we want them to enjoy the roads, but most of all we want them to ride safely and responsibly”. 

He added “Responsible riders are welcome to visit the area and take in the stunning scenery and landscape, but even they face risk of death or serious injury by underestimating the risk posed by fatigue brought on by a combination of driving long distances and concentrating on navigating challenging and unfamiliar routes.”

Finger crush injury man receives £11,000 accident compensation

14 May 2013

A factory worker who suffered a crushed finger as a result of a faulty crane mechanism has successfully sued his employer for accident compensation.  His injury lawyers were able to show that he had received insufficient training in operating the crane.  As a result of the lack of training, he had not realised that the crane grab was defective, leading to the accident at work. 

After being admitted to hospital, the 26 year old needed to undergo accident emergency surgery, followed by over three months of follow-up medical treatment, and was unable to work for eight weeks.  The man, a GMB Union member, was left with a deformed index finger after the accident, which he was unable to bend normally.    

The employer admitted liability and settled the injury claim out of court for £11,000.

£4,000 awarded to car accident victim

18 January 2013

A parked motorist who suffered injuries to his back, neck and knee in a road accident has been awarded £4,000 in compensation.  He was minding his own business waiting for a friend whilst parked at the side of a main road when the incident occurred. 

Another driver, travelling at speed, misjudged the distance and crashed into his vehicle, pushing it up onto the pavement.  Despite an initial refusal to accept the blame by the defendants, the man’s solicitors were able to secure him the injury compensation payout.  

Injured Student in £147,000 Compensation Award

05 January 2013

A student has successfully claimed £147,000 in compensation for the serious injuries she sustained having been knocked down by a car whilst she was on her way to university.

The car pulled out into her path and hit her at speed, causing her to suffer a fractured spine. This resulted in her having to undergo surgery to fuse the spine at the point of the fracture.

The compensation awarded was calculated to reflect both her suffering as a result of the accident and her likely future losses as a result of the injuries she sustained.  At the time of the accident the student was a keen sportswoman and was studying to become a PE teacher. The accident has forced her to give up her studies and career plans.

Caerphilly cleaner compensated after accident at work

28 December 2012

A cleaner who fell over on an unlit path whilst working at the Arriva Trains Canton Depot has received an accident compensation payout following a successful injury claim against their employer.  The lady from Pwllypant Caerphilly was on her way to start the night shift cleaning trains, when she fell over building debris, turning her ankle and suffering a stress fracture to her foot.  The path’s usual lighting had been disconnected whilst building work took place nearby, making it impossible for the cleaner to see the rubble.

The cleaner continued on to work her shift, whilst trying to keep the weight off her painful foot.  Shortly afterwards though, as the pain intensified, she visited her local A& E department where she was told of the fracture, and the foot was put in plaster.  It took a full seven months before her foot had recovered sufficiently to enable her to return to work.   Arriva admitted liability for the injury and settled the claim out of court.

Bus accident man seeks compensation for whiplash and back injury

15 December 2012

A bus passenger is seeking accident compensation after suffering a back injury as a result of an accident involving the bus he was travelling on.  The man was one of five passengers who needed injury treatment at a local A&E department after the bus driver braked sharply during their journey. 

All were later discharged with minor injuries, but one of the injured individuals has said he is planning to take legal compensation action against the service operator because he suffered an inflamed spine and whiplash due to the impact.  He explained that he now suffers a "recurring headache" since the accident and noted that a number of people had been ‘flung forward’ as the bus came to a sudden stop at a roundabout.

"People suffered head injuries, whiplash and cuts to their shins. There was a load of us in the A&E department and I have consulted a lawyer about it with a view to compensation. I believe others are doing the same," he added.

Riding fall and injury results in £63,000 compensation award

12 November 2012

A lady who had been thrown from her horse as a result of a low fly-past from a military helicopter has successfully claimed over £60,000 from the Ministry of Defence.  The MoD accepted liability for the accident, which resulted in serious injuries including a broken hip.

Initially the injured claimant had contacted the Ministry of Defence directly, and was happy to deal directly with them in relation to the accident.  The MoD acted appropriately when they advised that she should seek independent professional legal advice in relation to the claim.  Having done this the lady was pleasantly surprised by the value of the compensation award that her specialist personal injury lawyers were able to negotiate.

Her compensation solicitors sounded a warning note to other potential claimants.  They fear that some accident victims do not receive the compensation they deserve, as insurers try to negotiate low offers without legal advice:

“Although the MoD behaved impeccably, it is becoming quite common nowadays for some insurance companies, particularly in road traffic accident cases, to try to settle privately with the injured party, sometimes by means of a “pre-medical report offer”. This is dangerous, as once an offer is accepted it is usually impossible to go back and reopen the claim. The only way to ensure that an offer made is fair and just, in the circumstances, is to seek expert legal advice.”

Compensation for train trolley injury at work

19 October 2012

A train employee has been awarded over £10,000 in accident compensation after suffering a serious back injury.  The accident occurred on a moving train as a result of an unsecured food trolley. 

The lady was working in the catering area when the train braked sharply, resulting in the trolley shooting forwards and crashing into her lower back.  The claimant was unable to continue working and went to hospital as soon as she was able, to receive treatment.

Upon investigation of the accident it was found that the trolley had been left unsecured, as the normal designated trolley points were full.  In addition, the trolley brakes were discovered not to be in working order, and there had been a number of ‘near miss’ accidents in the past. Had the trolley been locked into a designated position, or properly braked, it would have been prevented from moving when the train jolted.  Equally, had proper maintenance inspections been carried out, this particular trolley could have been repaired of taken out of service.

The defendant’s insurers initially refused to negotiate an acceptable sum and so court proceedings were issued. Further legal argument eventually resulted in an agreement for over £10,000 to be paid for the injury at work, without the need for court hearings.   

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