Month: November 2019

Scaffolder awarded £18,250 after a Workplace Accident

Hampson Hughes Solicitors have settled an Accident at Work claim resulting in £18,250 compensation.

The client was working on scaffolding when he hit his head on a newly fitted pipe he wasn’t aware of. He suffered a fractured nose and soft tissue injuries to his fingers and neck. He also lost two teeth and was knocked unconscious as a result of the Accident at Work.

The medical expert who examined our client for the purposes of the claim recommended that he was to be further referred to a consultant ENT surgeon.

Workplace accident compensation – expert advice

If you have suffered following a workplace accident, you could be entitled to maximum accident at work compensation.

Remember, we offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation – discover today whether you are eligible to claim workplace accident compensation. Speak to one of our professional and friendly advisers today on 0800 888 6 888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.co.uk.

£25,000 secured for fall over defective pavement

Hampson Hughes Solicitors have successfully secured £25,000 for a client after he sustained injuries when he fell over uneven paving slabs on Martin Lane, Rochdale.

During the fall, our client broke his hip and was hospitalised for 10 days. His injuries were long-lasting.

At first, the defendant, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing initially offered £20,000 but the sum was negotiated up to £25,000.

Slip, trip or fall incidents – expert compensation advice

If you have been injured in a slip, trip, or fall that was not your fault, you could be entitled to maximum personal injury compensation. Whatever the circumstances of your slip, trip, or fall claim, speak to our expert team of personal injury solicitors today to discover how we could help you.

Call 0800 888 6888​ or send an email to info@hampsonhughes.com.

How well do you know your Road Safety?

How well do you know the roads? The past month we have tested your road safety knowledge with our Road Safety Quiz.

In total, we asked you 12 multiple choice questions linked to road safety. The findings are interesting and the majority of participants scored highly but only around 8% of people scored 12/12! The average score was 8.

The Findings:

Did you know you can be fined if you or a child under the age of 14 is not wearing a seatbelt? Only 29% of people knew that you could be fined £500. The majority of participants believed it was £1000.

In comparison, a massive 90% know the consequences of using your phone whilst driving – 6 penalty points and a £200 fine. This result is positive as research shows that using a mobile phone is a significant distraction for drivers and increases the risk of a Road Traffic Accident.

In 2018, 99 cyclists died on UK roads and 3,707 were seriously injured. There were also, 454 pedestrian deaths and 6,710 seriously injured.

Positively, 90% of those surveyed know that you should not overtake a cyclist in the following situations:

  • Where the road narrows
  • immediately before making a left turn
  • and on approach to a roundabout.

The remaining 10% think you should only not overtake immediately before making a left turn, but, it is safe to overtake in the other situations.

95% of participants understand that at a zebra crossing, you should stop to let pedestrians cross at a crossing and wait patiently. The other 5% believe it is ok to flash pedestrians to let them know to cross.

In total, the Pedestrian and Cyclist safety questions scored at the top with an average score of 90% and above.

A large proportion of participants lost marks on the Road Sign section of the Road Safety quiz, causing them to miss out on 12/12! Road signs are designed to make sure that every road user is kept safe. They help reduce the rate of Road Traffic Accidents, ensure the safety of pedestrians, and help drivers communicate. It is important to understand the meaning of different Road Signs to ensure the safety of yourself and others.

Overall, last year there was 165,100 personal injuries as a result of a Road Traffic Accident – 26,610 killed or seriously injured. It pays to understand the rules of the road to minimise your risk of becoming one of these statistics. Motorists, Pedestrians and Cyclists are all responsible for making the roads safe.

Below is a full breakdown of the quiz…

Breakdown of questions:

Breakdown of scores:

The Answers:

Q1. Why are different road signs shown in different shapes?

Answer: Circle = Gives Orders, Triangle = Warns, Rectangles = Informs

Circle = Informs | Triangle = Gives Orders | Rectangle = Warns

Circe = Warns | Triangle = Informs | Rectangle = Gives Orders

Circle = Give Orders | Triangle = Informs | Rectangle = Warns

Q2. What does this sign mean?

Answer: No Cycling

Cyclists Only

Be aware of cyclists

Q3. What does this sign mean on a dual carriageway?

Answer: National Speed Limit – 70mph

National Speed Limit – 50mph

National Speed Limit – 60mph

National Speed Limit – 80mph

Q4. What does this sign mean?

Answer: No stopping unless to obey a traffic signal or prevent conflicts with other vehicles

End of the motorway

Stop

Q5. What can happen if you are caught using a phone whilst driving?

Answer: 6 penalty points and a £200 fine

6 points and no fine

3 points and no fine

Nothing

Q6. How much can you be fined if yourself or a child under the age of 14 isn’t wearing a seatbelt?

Answer: Up to £500

Up to £100

Up to £250

Up to £1000

Q7. What is the speed limit for all types of vehicles in a built-up area?

Answer: 30mph

40mph

20mph

10mph

Q8. You see a pedestrian waiting at a zebra crossing. What should you do?

Answer: Stop to let them cross and wait patiently

Ignore them as they’re still on the pavement

Flash them to let them know it is ok to cross

Go on quickly before they step onto the crossing

 Q9. What’s the legal minimum depth of tread for car tyres?

Answer: 1.6mm

4mm

2.2mm

1mm

Q10. In which of the following situations should you never overtake cyclists?

Where the road narrows

Immediately before making a left turn

On approach to a roundabout

Answer: All of the above                                 

Q11. You are walking alongside the road. The pavement ends. What should you do?

Answer: Keep to the right-hand side of the road so that you can see oncoming traffic

Walk with the traffic

Walk in the middle of the road so cars can see you

Run

Q12. Before cycling on the road, what should your bike have?

Approved front and rear lights

Red rear reflector and four amber pedal reflectors

Two full working brakes

Answer: All of the above

Have you been involved in a Road Traffic Accident?

If you have been affected by a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to compensation. Start your claim today by filling out our short contact for here.

Our team of specialist RTA solicitors are always on hand to offer legal advice and support to those affected.

For more information please contact us on 0800 888 6888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com

 

Is there a duty of care owed to a family member following genetic testing of a patient or does the principle of patient confidentiality prevail?

An interesting article released yesterday, raising questions over the potential duty of care owed to family members following genetic testing of a patient that reveals an adverse result.

This current High Court case explores whether a daughter should have been informed by medical professionals, that her father carried a faulty gene known to lead to progressive and incurable Huntington’s disease.

See below:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-50425039

If you feel you’ve been subjected to instances of medical negligence, please contact the Hampson Hughes medical negligence team today to see if you are eligible to claim compensation. Our friendly team are always on hand to offer support and legal advice. Call us today on 0800 888 6888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

November Employee of the Month

The Employee of the Month for November 2019 is Gary Doward. Congratulations!!

Gary was nominated for Employee of the month because…

  • He has had an exceptional month not only work-wise but this month also saw him successfully completing his PSC.
  • He continues to push himself and throw himself into his work. He has a can do attitude, learns from his experiences and will always go above and beyond to assist his peers.
  • He encapsulates the firm’s ethos of striving for excellence whilst delivering exceptional service standards.

Well done Gary on your forthcoming qualification & keep up the good work.

Gary will be rewarded with a Liverpool One £250 Voucher. Also, congratulations to Nick Scarth and Nick Cowley.

£3474.39 awarded after a Rear End Collision

Hampson Hughes Solicitors have successfully secured compensation for a client involved in a Road Traffic Accident on Bury New Road, Whitefield, Manchester.

The defendant failed to maintain a safe braking distance and collided with the rear end of the Claimant’s stationary vehicle. As a result, the client suffered soft tissue damage and whiplash which is still affecting them now.

A total of £3474.39 was awarded to the client.

Commenting on the service they received from Hampson Hughes Solicitors, the client said:

Excellent and professional service, would highly recommend. Sound advice provided at all times by HH and Counsel, resulting in a success at a very difficult trial providing a fair and just outcome.

Have you been injured in a Road Traffic Accident?

If you’ve been injured on the road due to an accident that wasn’t your fault, then you could be entitled to claim road traffic accident compensation. Whether you’ve suffered a minor injury or something more serious, our Road Traffic Accident Solicitors can help you to claim the compensation that you deserve.

Call 0800 888 6 888 or send an email to info@hampsonhughes.com.