Latest compensation news from WinWales
14 May 2013
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.
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”.
“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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
19 October 2012
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.
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.
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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