On Saturday members of our medical negligence & serious injury team, supported by staff from across the business, donned their glad rags and stepped out this weekend to support Headway – the brain injury association.
The Headway Ball, which was attended by the major trauma team from Preston Hospital, the Mayor of Preston and supporters of the charity, was a huge success raising £7569.00 for this important charity.
Carlos Lopez, director of clinical negligence & serious injury at Hampson Hughes Solicitors, is a trustee and proud support of Headway Preston & Chorley.
Speaking about Headway, Carlos said…
I’ve been proud to be a Trustee and a support of Headway Preston and Chorley for several years. The Charity does invaluable work with over 450 people around the Preston and Chorley area, whose lives have been affected by traumatic brain injury.
The charity relies solely on charitable donations. As a lawyer, I have acted for many clients with a head injury and I have witnesses the devastating effect it can have on a person and their family and friends.
The charity does invaluable work in highlighting the difficulties faced by people with a head injury.
If you are directly affected by brain injury and would like to see how headway can help you, or, if you just want to learn more about the work that Headway do, visit www.headway.org.uk for more information.
A client of Hampson Hughes Solicitors, Ms Neufeld, suffered injuries to her neck and back after the defendant reversed into her stationary car on High Street in Cheadle.
The claimant’s injuries lasted for a period of two months after the accident. As a result the third party insurer offered £3,376 in settlement of the claim.
Commenting on the service she received from Hampson Hughes Solicitors, Ms Neufeld said:
“The service was superb at all times. Friendly and helpful staff, excellent communication and ongoing updates. Thanks for settling my claim.”
Hampson Hughes Solicitors have successfully represented a cyclist involved in a road traffic accident claim. The claimant, Ms Lunt, was involved in an accident on Seaforth Road in Liverpool. The defendant negligently pulled out of a side road while it was unsafe to do so, colliding with the client’s bike.
Ms Lunt was treated for soft tissue damage and whiplash injuries at Aintree NHS Foundation Hospital and was left with discomfort to her neck, back and the left side of her body.
Compensation in the sum of £5,071 was awarded following the accident.
Ms Lunt positively praised the service she received from Hampson Hughes Solicitors saying:
“Each member of staff handled any queries efficiently and with understanding and patience, which I fully appreciated. This was my first ever claim involving my bike so I’d like to say a huge thankyou to everyone who dealt with my case.”
Hampson Hughes Solicitors have successfully secured compensation for a client involved in a car accident on Upper Stanhope Street in Liverpool. Ms Lancaster was one of two passengers travelling in a car when another vehicle hit them from behind on the driver’s side.
As a result of the collision Ms Lancaster sustained injuries to her neck and back, which lasted for a period of ten months. She also sustained injuries to her knees, which took eight weeks to recover from.
The third party left the scene, failing to provide their contact details. The firm was therefore unable to claim against the untraced driver. As a result, Hampson Hughes Solicitors pursued a claim via The Motor Insurers’ Bureau which provides compensation in cases against uninsured and untraced drivers.
A total of £3,500 was awarded by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau.
Commenting on the service she received from Hampson Hughes Solicitors, Ms Lancaster said:
“Thank you to Hampson Hughes Solicitors for representing me during my claim. I’m really happy with the pay-out I received.”
Five staff members, at a former youth detention centre in County Durham, have been found guilty of the physical abuse of young prisoners in the 1970s and 1980s.
The men, who are now aged in their 60s and 70s, were convicted of multiple charges including assault, wounding and misconduct in public office.
They are: Christopher Onslow, 72; John McGee, 74, Brian Johnson Greenwell, 71, Kevin Blakely, 67 and Alan Bramley, 70. Neil Sewerby, 61 and David McClure, 63 were acquitted of all charges.
Jurors at Teesside Crown Court were told that the five men, who will be sentenced at a later date, committed much of the violence “for the enjoyment of the officers”.
Their convictions follow a series of trials resulting from Operation Seabrook, which was launched by Durham Police in 2013 and became one of the largest investigations of its kind in the UK.
Historic Sex Abuse at the Unit in County Durham
The latest convictions for physical abuse follow the previous conviction of another former staff member, Neville Husband, who was found guilty of multiple counts of sex abuse.
The ex officer was jailed in 2003 for abusing five teenagers at the former correctional facility. Other victims then came forward and in 2005 Husband admitted four more attacks.
Husband, who is at the centre of many more sex abuse claims, later died in 2010.
The Scale of the Abuse
Medomsley Detention Centre, which closed in 1988, was built in 1960 to house young offenders. At any one time it held about 70 young men, aged from 17 to 21, who were detained for relatively minor crimes.
Durham Police have said that 1,676 men have so far reported allegations of either sexual or physical assaults while detained at the centre and the investigation remains ongoing.
Det Ch Supt Adrian Green, who led the investigation, said:
“We have worked hard to ensure victims and survivors are listened to and supported throughout the investigation and subsequent court process.
“We appreciate that for the victims and survivors of abuse at Medomsley Detention Centre, it has taken courage to come forward and tell police what happened to them.”
Compensation for Victims
The BBC’s Inside Out programme has found that the Ministry of Justice has spent £3.6 million settling 237 compensation claims for sexual abuse committed by Neville Husband, the first officer to be found guilty of abuse at the centre.
What should I do next?
Explain as much as possible about the events which took place and where possible, try and given them details of the staff involved, even if you only know their nicknames.
The police do have support structures in place to assist you with this difficult process. Please keep a careful note of any crime reference number you are given by the police.
How can Hampson Hughes Solicitors Can Help You?
If you have experienced physical or sexual abuse at Medomsley Detention Centre, and you would like expert advice, we can help you. It is never too late for us to consider a claim but you do need to act quickly.
Our experienced Criminal Injuries & Sexual Abuse Team is currently supporting those affected by the events at the former correctional facility in County Durham. We can consider either a claim against the Ministry of Justice, who ran the detention centre or alternatively, consider a Criminal Injuries compensation award on your behalf.
If you have been affected by sexual or physical abuse in another detention centre, children’s home or another institution run by the either the Ministry of Justice or Local authority, you may also be able to bring a case so please feel free to contact us.
We recognise how difficult it can be to discuss your experiences. Our experienced team will deal with your enquiry with sympathy, understanding and in complete confidence. For further information, please contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors on 0800 888 6888. You can also contact us via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Susie, a police officer who was on duty at the time of the accident, was the driver of an unmarked police car. Her vehicle was stationary at a Pelican Crossing on Walton Hall Drive when another vehicle failed to stop and hit the car from behind. Two other police officers, who were passengers in the vehicle, were also injured.
Unfortunately Susie suffered whiplash injuries including pain to her neck and shoulder which lasted seven months and required physiotherapy. As a result of the accident she wasn’t able to do her normal activities such as play with her young son and the injury also restricted some of her duties at work as a result of pain and discomfort she experienced.
Commenting on the successful outcome of the claim, Susie said:
“All members of staff I spoke to were polite and clearly knowledgeable about their jobs. I felt valued and was kept fully up to date. I was also given good advice regarding my claim.”
If you have been involved in a Road Traffic Accident you can call 0800 888 6 888 or send an email to email@example.com to start a no win, no fee personal injury claim.
Hampson Hughes Solicitors has secured £3,524 after its client Stephen was involved in a road traffic accident. Stephen was driving along Chatsworth Road in Chesterfield when another vehicle failed to maintain a safe braking distance and hit the rear of his vehicle.
As a result of the accident Stephen required physiotherapy after suffering whiplash injuries and a prolapsed discus to the lumbar spine, both of which took seven months to recover from.
Stephen was very happy with the advice he received from Hampson Hughes Solicitors and commented:
“I received a great service from the guys at Hampson Hughes Solicitors. They kept me up to date during the claim and had my best interests at heart throughout the whole process. They never settled for lower offers, which I’m really grateful for – thanks again.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hampson Hughes Solicitors have successfully secured £2,850 for a client who slipped on ice that had formed on a slope on the pavement during bad weather.
John fell while walking along Severn Road in Wigan. He didn’t believe the public pavement had been gritted and as a result it represented a serious trip hazard.
In the accident John suffered broken ribs to the left side of his body. This led to excruciating pain and breathing difficulties that lasted four months. He was also unable to perform all of his duties as a Grounds Maintenance Officer as his ability to lift heavy items was restricted.
Settling the Case
The defendant, Wigan Borough Council, originally denied liability as they stated that gritting had taken place. Unfortunately, the case was made more difficult by the fact that there were no witnesses to the accident. In spite of this Hampson Hughes Solicitors chose to proceed with the case and issued court proceedings against the council authority. Wigan Borough Council subsequently made an offer to settle the case before it went to court – awarding the client £2,850.
John was happy with the compensation that he received from the accident and commented:
“Thank you for taking my claim on as it was my word against the council and I had no witnesses. Thank you for believing in me.”
Had a similar accident?
If you’ve had a slip, trip or fall accident you could be entitled to compensation. Contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors for a free, no obligation chat on 0800 888 6 888 or send an email to email@example.com.