Category: Serious Injury

How Safe Are You at a Funfair or UK Attraction?

Accident at funfair

With the holiday season just around the corner, hundreds of people are flocking to the many Christmas pop-ups around the country for a frosty evening of festive food, mulled wine and funfair rides.

Unfortunately, pop-up fairs can also come with their risks. The awful incident at Alton Towers, which left a number of young people with serious injuries as a result of a carriage collision, highlights just how dangerous even static theme parks can be. Due to their nature, pop-up fairgrounds and attractions are often built, organised, managed and run by a range of different people and companies, so it is important to be extra vigilant when it comes to health and safety.

What funfair safety measures should I look out for?

To make sure you and your family stay safe and have a great time at your local Christmas pop-up, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Be aware that height and weight restrictions may change from ride to ride. These are put in place because the machine has been designed to hold people of a certain size, and if someone is too big or too small, they may run the risk of falling out of the ride which can result in serious injuries. So, if you’re unsure as to whether you, or anyone in your party, is at risk on a certain ride, be sure to speak to the attendant in charge.
  • Keep an eye out for any safety warnings. Fences and restricted zones are there to keep you away from any unsafe areas or the dangers of fast moving machinery.
  • The owners of fairgrounds have a legal responsibility to ensure that their rides are maintained to a safe standard, as well as to carry out risk assessments to ensure that the ride is safe for both members of the public and their employees to work on. Take a look at the machines before you ride; do they look solid and well presented? A well-maintained machine is more likely to look in good condition from the outside too.
  • Ensure that the attendants are checking that all restraints are fastened, as well as keeping an eye on the machine while it is running.
  • Remind any children that you’re with that they the need to sit still when the ride is in motion. Standing up or turning around can be dangerous, and it’s important to remain in the seat and wear a seatbelt if the ride is fitted with them.

Fairground and funfair accident compensation claims

Unfortunately, however vigilant you might be, accidents can happen. If you have been injured in an accident at a funfair or fairground that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation.

At Hampson Hughes Solicitors, our friendly team of expert lawyers will walk you through the process step by step to help ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation possible for the injury you, or your loved one, has suffered.

For free, confidential and no obligation advice about serious injury claims, call us today on 0151 236 1222 or visit our site for more information.

Rise in Terrorism Attacks Increase Number of Serious Injury Compensation Claims

Rise in Terrorism Attacks Increase Number of Serious Injury Compensation Claims

On the 22nd of May 2017, an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena was the centre of a UK terrorism attack. A suicide bomber entered the arena, killing 22 people and injuring 120, including children. UK terrorist attacks have claimed the lives of innocent people as well as causing significant injuries and psychological trauma to those who were injured or affected. Families and loved ones of victims are also hugely affected with some having to become carers for their loved ones as well as having to deal with the psychological trauma a terrorist attack can have on families.

Over the past decade 9 terrorist attacks have been recorded in the UK, including the Manchester Arena bombing. The month after the Manchester attack, on the 3rd of June 2017, 8 people were killed and at least 48 injured when a white van drove at high speed across London Bridge running over pedestrians. The occupants then ran to nearby Borough Market to attack more people. Sadly, the threat of an international terrorist attack to the UK, including Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is severe, and although the chances of being in a terrorist attack are slim, the fear is still prominent. (2) Yet, the UK is not the only target for terrorism.

France, Spain, Sweden and Tunisia have all been targeted in recent attacks, resulting in mass casualties. According to gov.uk (1),  if you’ve been a victim of a terrorist attack abroad since the 27th of November 2012, you may be able to claim compensation if:

  • You were injured physically or mentally
  • You were a witness to a specific act of terrorism where a loved one was injured
  • You’re the partner or close family member of someone killed in a specific act of terrorism.

The pain and suffering caused as a result of a terrorist attack can never truly be compensated for, but the financial implications that an injury has had on your career or working life can be. If a terrorist attack targets a public space, venue or business premises, there will be insurance in place to provide financial support to victims in the event of a terrorist attack and if you have been injured or a loved one has been hurt, you have the right to claim.

We are representing victims of the Manchester bombings and we are offering them our legal services and expertise at no cost, so that they can get compensation for the injuries occurred or the financial loss that has happened as a direct or indirect result of the attack.

Despite the attack taking place over 5 months ago, some victims of the Manchester Arena bombings are yet to make a claim for compensation and are suffering in silence. We urge anyone who has been affected and suffered an injury as a result of a UK terrorist attack to contact our dedicated legal team today and find out how we can support you in submitting a claim. Call 0151 236 1222 or visit our site for more information.

If you have been affected by the terror attack at Manchester Arena, free help and support is available. Contact Victim Support on 0808 168 9111 or visit www.victimsupport.org.uk

Sources

  1. https://www.gov.uk/compensation-victim-terrorist-attack
  2. https://www.gov.uk/terrorism-national-emergency

Man Sustains Serious Injuries in Road Traffic Accident

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A motorist has suffered serious head injuries after a road traffic accident involving three vehicles took place in Nuneaton yesterday.

The victim was airlifted to hospital following the incident, which involved two cars and a lorry. The collision is said to have occurred at a junction at around 2.15pm.

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said:

“On arrival, crews discovered two cars and a lorry that had been involved in collision.

“The driver of the one of the cars, a man, was quickly freed from his vehicle in order for treatment to begin. Ambulance staff administered emergency treatment for the serious injuries he had suffered, including a head injury.

“Once his condition had been stabilised the man was carefully moved to the air ambulance before being airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“Unfortunately the man’s condition is thought to be serious. The driver of the second car and the lorry, both men, were assessed and discharged at the scene.”

Begin your road traffic accident claim

If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault, contact our dedicated team of personal injury solicitors today. Remember, we could help you to claim maximum personal injury compensation whether you were injured as the driver, a passenger, a cyclist, or as a pedestrian. More information can also be found via our ‘Road Traffic Accident’ page.

To begin your road accident claim, contact us today for your FREE no-obligation consultation. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Source: Coventry Telegraph

Doctor & Nurse Found Guilty of Manslaughter by Gross Negligence

In February 2011, Jack Adock, a six year old boy with Down’s syndrome, was admitted to Leicester Royal Infirmary with severe vomiting and diarrhoea. He later developed sepsis and died just 11 hours after entering the hospital, suffering a cardiac arrest.

Doctor Hadiza Bawa-Garba and an agency nurse, Isabel Amaro, have recently been sentenced for Jack’s manslaughter due to their “serious neglect”.

False Assumptions

Nottingham Crown Court heard that at the time of the incident, Dr Bawa-Garba wrongly assumed that Jack was under a ‘do-not-resuscitate’ order and consequently stopped performing CPR.

The court also heard how agency nurse Amaro had failed ‘woefully’ to monitor Jack’s treatment whilst at the hospital. The prosecution told the court that Amaro had failed to then alert colleagues when the six year old’s conditioned worsened.

In her defence, Bawa-Garba said that on the day of the incident she had worked a twelve hour shift without any breaks. Bawa-Garba also expressed that there had been a significant lack of communication on the ward that day.

Amaro accepted a breach of her duty of care; however she denied that any failings on her part had a substantial contribution to Jack’s death.

Telling the pair that their medical careers “will come to an end”, Mr Justice Nichol said:

“Jack’s life was cut short prematurely. That was a tragedy. No sentence that I pass on you will alter it.

“There was no evidence that either of you neglected Jack because you were lazy or behaved for other selfish reasons.

“You both had other patients to attend to. The problem was that neither of you gave Jack the priority which this very sick boy deserved.”

Sentencing

Dr Bawa-Garba and Ms Amaro were found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence last month. According to Mr Justice Nichol, his sentencing of the pair was affected by their personal circumstances. Bawa-Garba is the primary guardian and sole carer of her autistic five year old son, who also suffers behavioural issues, while Amara’s own psychiatric condition was taken into consideration.

A second nurse, Theresa Taylor, 55, was also involved in the boy’s care; however Taylor was cleared of the same charge.

In an impact statement, Jack’s mother Nicky spoke of her anger:

“Jack was neglected from the moment he entered the Leicester Royal Infirmary Children’s Assessment Unit.

“I will never forgive myself for taking him there. I could have cared and looked after him better than they ever did.

“It makes me so angry to think that my son could still be here today if they had done their jobs right.”

Jack’s father Vic said in a second statement:

“I wish I could forgive them but at the moment I can’t and I don’t know if I ever can.

“To hear their excuses has been so hard to bear. I had to watch my little man laid to rest.”

Fatal injury compensation claims – expert help from Hampson Hughes Solicitors

Our expert team of medical negligence solicitors is experienced in handling fatal injury compensation cases on behalf of clients grieving the tragic loss of a loved one. If you believe that the death of a loved one is linked to medical negligence, and if you wish to seek compensation, we can help. Remember, we offer you a FREE no-obligation telephone consultation.

For further information about fatal injury compensation, and to find out how our expert Medical Negligence Team can help you, call today on 0151 242 1025 or email medicalnegligence@hampsonhughes.co.uk

Source: BBC News

Three Year Old Injured by Fairground Ride

A young child suffered serious injuries to his hand after it was ran over by a children’s fairground ride at a yearly event called the ‘Shiremoor Treat’ in North Tyneside.

Incident

On July 6 2013, the three year old child was on a day trip at the fairground with his grandmother and cousins. The child had removed his shoes in order to play on a bouncy castle and his grandmother was helping him put his shoes back on. As his shoelaces required tying, the child sat on the steps of the ‘Mickey Express’ train ride. While his laces were being tied, the child leant backwards, stretching his arms out behind him in the process.

North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard that after the child stretched his arms out, the train began to move and trapped his fingers between the wheels of the train and the track. The child required surgery and numerous stitches on his fingers. The child has since made a good recovery.

Prosecution

In September this year, Jamie Clark, of Serlby Park, Hetton Le Hole, Tyne and Wear pleaded guilty to an offence under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. He was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £600.

Shuna Rank, an inspector for the Health and Safety Executive, said:

“This was an entirely preventable accident. The risk of trapping was obvious and should have been identified by the ride operator in his risk assessment. The provision of a fence around the ride was a simple precaution that would have prevented the accident.”

Personal Injury Compensation – Expert Advice

If you have been injured in accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation. We offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation – discuss your claim with us today and discover the amount of compensation that you could be owed.

For further information, speak to a member of our dedicated team or request a call back on 0800 888 6 888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.com

Source: Health & Safety Executive

Global Firms Fined for Safety Failings after Worker is Killed

A worker was killed and another seriously injured whilst working on an offshore wind farm construction site. Two global firms have been sentenced following the incident that occurred whilst a group of engineers were loading the blades of a wind turbine onto a sea barge in May 2010.

Whilst loading the blades of the wind turbine onto the barge, a 2.11 tonne section of the blade’s transport arrangement broke off, crushing two workers. The crush fatally injured one employee whilst seriously injuring another.

Serious Injuries

Frank Kroeger suffered a variety of serious injuries including the crushing of his right hand which in turn led to nerve damage of his thumb and fingers, multiple rib fractures, a collapsed lung as well as a ruptured spleen and lacerations to his liver. Kroeger was airlifted to a UK hospital from the scene, where he had to be resuscitated on three occasions. Mr Kroeger’s injuries were life changing and after spending a total of three weeks in hospital, he endured a long period of rehabilitation in his home country of Germany.

The family of the fatally injured man have requested his anonymity.

Investigation & Sentencing

The Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE) investigation revealed serious safety failings in the management systems for loading operations of both firms. It was such failings that allowed important parts of equipment to go unchecked before being used.

After a four week-long trial, HSE found Fluor Ltd guilty of breaching Section 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act and ordered the company to pay £275,000 in fines and £271,048 in costs.

Charged with the same offence, Siemens Windpower A/S (SWP) was also charged with breaching Section 2(1) of the same Health & Safety at Work Act. The firm was fined a total of £375,000 and ordered to pay £105,355 in costs.

HSE inspector, Julie Raynor, said after the hearing:

“This incident could easily have been avoided had suitable systems and procedures been in place to ensure that all loads were properly connected whilst being lifted.

“Had the right questions been asked when the lift was being planned and had the bolt and two brackets holding the blade and frame together been checked before they were lifted, the death and serious injury of two workers could have been prevented.

“This case clearly highlights the need to ensure that relevant information is considered when lift plans are produced to ensure that all of the relevant risks are considered.”

Accidents at Work – Expert Advice

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

£13m compensation awarded to brain-damaged boy

An 11-year-old boy who suffered severe brain damage after his birth has received a compensation package of £13m to cover a lifetime of care and support.

What happened?

The young boy, who cannot be identified, has the ‘mind of a six-year-old’ – with no prospect of improvement – and needs constant care after his abnormally low sugar levels were not treated during his birth.

As well as a severe learning disability and profound behavioural issues, the boy is blind with weakness down his left side, and has speech problems. Despite his problems, however, he has been described as an “incredibly happy and lovely boy” who enjoys weekly outings to go swimming, bowling, or to McDonald’s.

NHS compensation

Walsall Hospitals NHS trust was ordered to pay a lump sum of £1.45m and annual index-linked payments of £88,000 until the boy is 16, then £120,000 until he is 20 and £145,000 a year from then on.

Payments will also be made to cover physiotherapy, occupational therapy, additional holiday costs and loss of earnings.

If you have been affected by medical negligence, and you would like expert advice, contact the Hampson Hughes Solicitors Medical Negligence Team today on 0151 242 1025 or email medicalnegligence@hampsonhughes.com

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£13m compensation awarded to mum of two after NHS blunders left her children severely disabled

A mum of two children who were left with lifelong disabilities due to medical errors at birth, has finally won £13million compensation.

What happened?

Paula McKay is a full-time carer for her daughter Natasha, 24, and son Patrick, 23 – both of whom have cerebral palsy after being starved of oxygen as they were delivered by the same obstetrician a year apart.

Though the now-defunct NHS trust admitted liability for Patrick’s condition; awarding him £6m, Mrs McKay had a difficult battle when it came to Natasha.

The complex medical errors that left her brain damaged did not emerge until some years later, but after two decades of campaigning she has finally won £7million.

Paula said:

“I’m relieved I no longer have to worry about what will happen
when I’m not here anymore and both will have access
to the specialist care they need and deserve.

“Also it will ensure Natasha receives excellent ongoing care that
won’t ever be affected by budget cuts. Natasha and Patrick
have been through so much in their lives and it’s been
heartbreaking to see them suffer at times due
to the injuries they were left with.”

If you have been affected by medical negligence, and you would like expert advice, contact the Hampson Hughes Solicitors Medical Negligence Team today on 0151 242 1025 or email medicalnegligence@hampsonhughes.com

Farming company fined after woman’s life-changing head injuries

A farming firm has landed in court after the fiancée of one of the company directors suffered serious head injuries after she lost control of an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) while not wearing a helmet.

What happened?

The woman, who doesn’t wish to be named, remained in hospital for ten days and was unable to return to work for seven months after the ATV that she was driving crashed and rolled, throwing her onto the road.

Devon farms failed to report the incident to the Health and Safety Executive, which only became aware of what happened after Devon and Cornwall Police made contact with them.

After an investigation, it became clear that the ATV was poorly maintained, with longstanding defects to the brakes and steering. It was described by a police vehicle examiner as being in ‘a dangerous and un-roadworthy condition’.

Additionally, the director’s fiancée had received no formal training in the use of an ATV and had no helmet was made available for her to wear.

What was the outcome?

The firm was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay costs of £483 after pleading guilty to breaches of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 and the Health and Safety at Work etc Act.

The prosecuting HSE Inspector, Simon Jones, said:

“This was an entirely preventable injury and it is by
fortune that it was not a fatality.

“ATV’s are incredibly useful to the farming industry but it is essential
that they are properly maintained with regular
checks to ensure they are safe.

“Farmers should not wait for something to go wrong before maintaining
an ATV. Anyone who uses an ATV should be properly trained and
always wear a helmet. If you have an accident on an ATV
wearing a helmet could save your life or
prevent a serious head injury.”

If you have been affected by an accident at work, and you would like expert advice, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today on 0800 888 6888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.com

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Eight-year-old awarded damages for catastrophic birth injury

Ayla Ellison has been awarded a multimillion-pound compensation package after she was starved of oxygen at birth and left disabled.

What happened?

The girl, who is now eight-years-old , suffered severe brain damage following her birth at Furness General Hospital, Barrow. As well as being immobile and dependent on being fed through a tube, she is at constant risk of hypothermia as she cannot control her body temperature.

Despite her immobility, she suffers muscle spasms that leave her in agonising pain which can only be quelled by immersion in a hydrotherapy pool.

Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust has since admitted staff negligence.

Compensation

The trust has been ordered to pay a tax-free sum every year for the rest of Ayla’s life, starting at £225,000 and rising to £290,000 when she turns 18.

The settlement also includes £1.6m to buy a family home near to her father’s work, and further funds will be needed to adapt it to Ayla’s needs and install a hydrotherapy pool.

Trust medical director, David Walker, said:

“We are very sorry for the harm caused to Ayla and the distress caused
to her family as a result of the issues arising from her birth.

“The injuries she suffered are very severe and a tragedy for her and her
family. Her parents have had to cope with extraordinary
pressures in looking after her.”

If you have been affected by medical negligence, and you would like expert advice, contact the Hampson Hughes Solicitors Medical Negligence Team today on 0151 242 1025 or email medicalnegligence@hampsonhughes.com

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