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£2,000 in Damages Secured for Illness Abroad

Our expert Holiday Illness team recently took instruction for a client after their luxury Christmas holiday to Mexico was ruined by food poisoning.

The Claimant booked a two week holiday at the Riu Palace Peninsula Hotel in Mexico back in December 2013. The holiday was booked as an all-inclusive package deal with popular tour operator TUI.

Smell of sewage around hotel

According to our client, upon arrival at the hotel it was apparent that hygiene standards at the hotel were not to an acceptable standard.

Our client reports a strong smell of sewage around the hotel grounds and claims that the bathroom in their hotel room was dirty and in a poor state of repair. The Claimant added that water from the taps was green in colour and had a sewage type smell coming from them.

Poor food hygiene in hotel restaurant

The Claimant similarly reports that food hygiene standards and practices at the hotel restaurant were also very poor. According to our client, hot food was often added to trays of cooler food of the same type and certain dishes appeared to be reheated. They added that restaurant staff did not appear to monitor the temperature of the food at any time.

The Claimant reports that restaurant staff did not wear gloves when handling food. Food was also left uncovered for prolonged periods of time, exposed to the wild birds seen around the eating areas. Furthermore, the drinks served appeared to be watered down and contained ice which was believed to have been made with local tap water.

Christmas ruined

Unfortunately on Christmas Day, around a week into the holiday, our client began to feel unwell. They suffered with various symptoms associated with food poisoning, including:

• Diarrhoea
• Abdominal cramps
• Fatigue
• Nausea

Prior to experiencing their symptoms, our client had not eaten or drank anywhere else other than at the various restaurants within the hotel complex. With this in mind, along with the extremely poor food and hygiene standards at the Rui Palace Peninsula, our client avers their symptoms were a result of eating the food at the hotel.

The Claimant reports that TUI’s holiday representative at the Rui Palace Peninsula was only available in the mornings. As a result, they self-medicated with Imodium and other medication purchased from a local pharmacy.

Outcome

Liability was admitted by TUI and an out of court settlement was agreed on.

On this occasion, Hampson Hughes Solicitors’ Travel Law team secured a total of £2,000 in Holiday Illness Compensation for our client.

Commenting on their experience with Hampson Hughes, the Claimant added:

“Hampson Hughes solicitors were helpful & friendly throughout my claim process. They kept me fully informed at each stage. Thank you!”

Holiday illness claims – expert advice

If you believe that your holiday illness symptoms are linked to poor hygiene standards within your package deal hotel, you may be entitled to holiday illness compensation. There are certain steps that you could take in support of your claim:

• Note all important dates
• Report any hygiene issues to your holiday rep
• Document any suspected poor hygiene (e.g. photo, video)

For further information on holiday sickness compensation, please take a look at our ‘Package Holiday Claims’ page.

Call our expert team of travel law solicitors today for FREE legal advice. Whatever your experience with holiday sickness, we may be able to help. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Sexual Abuse: Court Hears Paedophile Held Girl Captive

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A man has been arrested for a string of sex offences after he was found to have subjected four different girls to sexual abuse over a number of decades.

‘Hidey hole’

Teesside crown court heard how Michael Dunn created a ‘hidey hole’ in his home in which he kept two of his victims captive. The 57 year old knocked through a wall behind his fridge and would use a bag of dust and a panel to conceal the hole.

Richard Bennett, prosecuting, told the court Dunn’s first victim had run away from home and had already been sexually abused by another man before being imprisoned by Dunn. Bennett said:

“The crown say he took advantage of that situation for his own sexual gratification.”

Other victims

The court heard how Dunn then imprisoned a second victim, who he would subject to repeated acts of violence and sexual abuse. He groomed a third victim by providing her with alcohol and cigarettes, whilst his fourth victim – a girl under 13 – suffered sexual abuse in the form of rape.

Bennett went on to tell jurors how Dunn “had sex when he wanted” and that if any of his victims challenged him they “they suffered physically”. Dunn also filled his house with cameras and alarms, and put locks on the outside of all doors so his victims could not escape.

Conviction

On Wednesday 25th January 2016, Michael Dunn was charged with 10 counts of rape. The jury also convicted Dunn of three charges of indecent assault and three charges of false imprisonment.

Dunn was cleared of one charge of rape, one of grievous bodily harm and one of making a threat to kill.

DS Dave Pettrick, of Cleveland police, said:

“This was an extremely complex and difficult inquiry which spanned many years and several locations in the UK.
“I would first of all like to pay tribute to the victims for their bravery and for supporting our investigation, which enabled us to bring Dunn before the courts.

“Essentially, Dunn groomed several women and young girls, in some cases making them completely dependent on him, and carrying out sexual offences against all of them.

“Some of the victims were kept in line through Dunn’s extreme violence or even through the fear of violence and he had complete and absolute control over their lives. He ensured he and his victims evaded the authorities while he continued to abuse and control the women.

“Needless to say, all four women are deeply affected by their terrible ordeal. I hope today’s verdict will bring some comfort to them as they attempt to move on with their lives.”

Dunn has been in custody until his next court appearance.

Sexual abuse & assault claims – expert advice

If you have been affected by any instance of physical sexual abuse or by any instance of non-physical sexual abuse, contact us today. We offer expert advice on sexual abuse and assault claims, and we guarantee your confidentiality at all times.

For further information, and to discover how we could help you, begin a conversation with our experienced and friendly team. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Source: The Guardian

£1,250 Compensation Secured for Trip Over Kerb

Our specialist Personal Injury team here at Hampson Hughes Solicitors recently secured compensation for a client who suffered a non-fault injury.

Incident & injuries

At the time of the accident, Mr McMahon was walking along a street when he caught his shoe on a kerb. As a result, our client tripped and fell onto his left hand. Mr McMahon sustained a fracture to his thumb.

Mr McMahon reports that following from the incident, activities such as shopping and domestic duties were restricted. Our client advised that for a number of months after the accident he suffered from severe discomfort to his thumb. Mr McMahon also reports that this discomfort worsened in cold weather.

Successful outcome

Liability was admitted by the third party and the case was settled out of court.

Hampson Hughes Solicitors managed to secure a total of £1,250 in personal injury compensation for our client.

Mr McMahon commented:

“I was convinced I would lose my case in court, as many people do, but Hampson Hughes Solicitors won an out of court settlement. I’d like to thank all the team that worked on my case.”

Expert personal injury advice from Hampson Hughes Solicitors

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialise in recovering personal injury compensation in cases of slip, trips, and falls. If you believe you may be eligible to claim following a non-fault accident, contact us today.

Remember, we offer a FREE no-obligation consultation. Call 0800 888 6 888 or send an email to info@hampsonhughes.com.

Holiday to Dominican Republic Ruined by Illness

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Our expert team of holiday illness solicitors were recently instructed by a client after their luxury all-inclusive holiday was ruined by poor food and hygiene standards.

Wayne Pickering booked a two week stay at 4* The Bahia Principe Hotel, based in the Punta Cana resort in the Dominican Republic.

Holiday illness symptoms

Unfortunately Mr Pickering began to feel unwell just a few days into the package holiday. He suffered with diarrhoea, abdominal cramps and fatigue, as well as a raised temperature.

Our client avers that his symptoms were a result of the poor food and hygiene standards he witnessed at the hotel.

Hotel restaurant

Mr Pickering reports that there was a number of issues relating to the hotel restaurant. According to the claimant:

• There was a buffet style food service available and the food served was often tepid in temperature
• Food was left uncovered
• The food was of poor quality
• Meat and fish products were served partially cooked
• Dishes appeared to have been reheated
• Hot food was often added to trays containing cooler food of the same type
• Members of the catering team did not appear to monitor food temperature

Mr Pickering’s symptoms lasted a total of 20 days and as a result, he was unable to properly enjoy his time in the Dominican Republic. Day to day activities were restricted whilst on holiday and upon his return to the UK.

Hampson Hughes Solicitors managed to secure damages amounting to £1,780 on this occasion.

Holiday illness claims – expert advice

If you believe that your holiday illness symptoms are linked to poor hygiene standards within your package deal hotel, you may be entitled to holiday illness compensation. There are certain steps that you could take in support of your claim:

• Note all important dates
• Report any hygiene issues to your holiday rep
• Document any suspected poor hygiene (e.g. photo, video)

For further information on holiday sickness compensation, please see our ‘Package Holiday Claims’ page.

To discover how much compensation you could be entitled to, call our expert team of travel law solicitors today for instant answers. Whatever your experience with holiday sickness, we may be able to help. We offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Over £2,000 in Damages Secured for RTA

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Our team of Road Traffic Accident specialists recently secured personal injury compensation for a client who suffered severe whiplash injuries in a non-fault accident.

Road traffic accident

At the time of the incident our client, Mr Neilson, was waiting in a queue of traffic. His vehicle was situated in the right hand lane of a dual carriageway.

The Defendant failed to stop on approaching Mr Neilson’s stationary vehicle. As a result, a rear end collision ensued.

Injuries

Mr Neilson sustained severe whiplash type injuries to his neck, back and shoulders. The Claimant was required to take 3 weeks of sick leave from his place of employment due to the injuries he sustained.

Mr Neilson also reports that he was unable to attend the gym or take his children to school for a number of months following the road traffic accident.

Outcome

On this occasion, Hampson Hughes Solicitors’ Road Traffic Accident team secured a total of £2,030 in compensation for our client.

Commenting on the claims process with Hampson Hughes Solicitors, Mr Neilson said:

“Really quick and easy process.”

Begin your road accident claim today

If you have been injured in a road accident that was not your fault, contact our dedicated team of road accident 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 Hampson Hughes Solicitors today for your FREE no-obligation consultation.
Call 0800 888 6888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

£1,250 Awarded for Non-Fault Accident in Shop

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Our team of experts here at Hampson Hughes Solicitors recently secured a total of £1,250 in personal injury compensation for a client who suffered a non-fault injury in 2013.

Incident

At the time of the incident our client, Mr Anthony Dix, was shopping at a local store in his home town of Newport when he tripped on a raised area of carpet. Mr Dix fell over and struck his elbow on a piece of wooden furniture.

Injuries

Mr Dix sustained soft tissue injuries, swelling and severe discomfort to his right elbow which lasted around 2 months. Our client also reports that following the incident, his domestic duties were restricted.

Outcome

The Defendant initially denied liability. However, Hampson Hughes Solicitors’ team of personal injury experts managed to secure a total of £1,250 compensation for the Claimant.

Following the successful outcome of his personal injury claim, Mr Dix said:

“I didn’t think I would get compensation as they [the third party] kept denying liability. Hampson Hughes Solicitors kept on [pursuing the case] and then the other side finally made an offer. Thanks.”

Expert personal injury advice from Hampson Hughes Solicitors

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialise in recovering personal injury compensation in cases of slip, trips, and falls. If you believe you may be eligible to claim following a non-fault accident, contact us today.

Remember, we offer a FREE no-obligation consultation. Call 0800 888 6 888 or send an email to info@hampsonhughes.com.

HAMPSON HUGHES: ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT REPORT 2017

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Hampson Hughes Solicitors, a law firm which specialises no win, no fee personal injury claims, has revealed the most common types of accidents involving motorists.

The research, based on a sample of over 40,000 road traffic accident (RTA) claims from 2014 – 2016, highlights the top 15 accident types according to data from the Liverpool based law firm.

Hampson Hughes Solicitors’ Top 15 Types of Road Traffic Accidents* (RTAs):

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*Based on a sample of 42,427 road traffic accident claims received by Hampson Hughes Solicitors from 2014 – 2016.

Rear End Collisions Pose the Biggest Threat to Motorists According to Hampson Hughes Solicitors

Rear end collisions represent almost half of all road traffic accident claims dealt with by Hampson Hughes Solicitors (47% in total). From 2014 – 2016 the firm sought compensation for 19,807 people that had been injured in a car accident in which one vehicle had crashed into the back of another.

Lara O’Donnell, Head of Road Traffic Accident Claims at Hampson Hughes Solicitors, said:

“If you’re driving too closely to the vehicle in front then the chances are you won’t have left adequate stopping distance should that driver need to brake suddenly.

“Rear end collisions represent the majority of road traffic accident claims dealt with by Hampson Hughes Solicitors so tailgaters should take note.

“If you want to stay safe on the roads, and avoid a claim on your insurance policy, keep a reasonable distance between yourself and the car in front.”

In the eyes of the law liability often lies with the driver of the vehicle travelling behind as they’re required to leave an adequate distance between themselves and the car in front. An extract from the Motor Vehicle Act says:

“A driver of a vehicle must not… follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of the vehicles and the amount and nature of traffic on and the condition of the highway.”

Drivers Should Take Extra Care amid Weather Warnings According to Hampson Hughes Solicitors

Following the release of its Road Traffic Accident Report, Hampson Hughes Solicitors is warning motorists to take extra care on the roads amid severe weather warnings.

The Liverpool based law firm, which revealed that rear end collisions pose the biggest threat to motorists, said that drivers are at greater risk of this type of accident when there is rain, ice and snow on the roads.

Lara O’Donnell, Head of Road Traffic Accident Claims at Hampson Hughes Solicitors, said:

“It’s even more important to leave a reasonable distance between yourself and the car in front during bad weather conditions. Rain, ice and snow not only increase your braking distance but also affect your tyres grip on the road.

“With the Met Office issuing severe weather warnings across much of the country drivers should take extra care.”

Hampson Hughes Solicitors’ Top Tips for Staying Safe on the Roads

1. Plan your journey
Firstly, is your journey really necessary? If yes, have you checked the weather forecast? Finally, have you planned the safest route? It pays to plan ahead and be prepared.

2. Check your car

Be sure to check your tyre pressure and tread depth regularly as wet and icy conditions can affect your tyres grip on the road. Also make sure you lights and wipers are fully functioning and that your windscreen, windows and mirrors are completely clear.

3. Reduce your speed accordingly

Stay within the speed limit and keep an eye out for any temporary speed limit signs. Fog and heavy rainfall can affect visibility reducing your reaction time so it’s important to reduce your speed to improve your reaction times.

4. Keep your distance
Braking distances can increase by up to ten times in snow and icy conditions. Don’t just rely on brakes to bring you to a stop – make sure to decrease through your gears too to aid you safely.

5. Prepare for an emergency
In the event of weather worsening pack an emergency kit in case you get stuck or break down. This might include: a de-icer and ice-scraper; cloths for clearing windscreen and mirrors; a mobile phone charger; a torch and spare batteries; a blanket, warm coat and boots; food and water and a first-aid kit.

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Expert Road Traffic Accident Advice from Hampson Hughes Solicitors

If you have been affected by a road traffic accident you could be entitled to compensation. Start your claim today by filling out our short contact form Here.

Hampson Hughes Solicitors offer a FREE no-obligation consultation.

Call 0800 888 6888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Sexual Assault: Woman Attacked in Own Home

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A police investigation has been launched following the sexual assault of a woman in her own home in December, while her children slept in another room.

Incident

According to police, the victim was in bed in her home in Heald Green, Stockport, when she heard repeated knocking at her front door.

When she answered, a stranger grabbed her by the throat, before pushing her to the ground and sexually assaulting her. The attacker only fled the scene due to the 35 year old victim’s loud screams.

Police investigation

The offender is described as being in his early twenties, Asian, around 6ft tall and of a slim build. He was wearing dark blue loose fitting jeans, and a dark green zip-up hooded top at the time of the sexual assault.

The sexual assault took place just before 10.30pm on Wednesday 21st December.

DI Julia Bowden of GMP’s Stockport borough said:

“This was a terrifying attack for both the victim and her children who heard their mother’s screams.

“They are currently being supported by specially trained officers. Incidents of this nature are horrifying but rare and we are doing everything in our power to find the man responsible.

“We have a team of highly skilled detectives working round the clock and there will be additional officers patrolling the area.

“I would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time to please contact us immediately.”

The incident comes just weeks after a similar attack in Old Trafford, Manchester in which a 22-year-old woman was raped at knifepoint in her home in mid-November. So far, police have not linked the two attacks.

Sexual assault & abuse claims – expert advice

If you have been affected by any instance of physical sexual abuse or by any instance of non-physical sexual, contact us today. We offer expert advice on sexual assault and abuse claims, and we guarantee your confidentiality at all times.

For further information, and to discover how we could help you, begin a conversation with our experienced and friendly team. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Source: Guardian

Over £7,700 Secured for Slip at Private Residence

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We were recently instructed after a slip, trip or fall incident in which a client fractured her leg when she slipped over at a private residence.

At the time of the incident our client, Mrs Dianne Johnson, was enjoying a short break at the Defendants log cabin in North Devon when she slipped on decking outside the premises.

During the fall, Mrs Johnson sustained fracture injuries to her right leg. As a result of her injuries, our client was admitted to hospital and was required to take a leave of absence of around 5 weeks form her place of employment.

On this occasion our expert Personal Injury Solicitors secured a total of £7,756.55 for Mrs Johnson.

Commenting on her experience with Hampson Hughes Solicitors, Mrs Johnson said:

“Patrick and his support team have been brilliant. They have kept me informed throughout. Thanks Hampson Hughes!”

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

101 Year Old Man Faces Jail for Historical Sex Abuse

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Today Ralph Clark, a retired lorry driver, was convicted of a total of 30 historic sex abuse offences. At 101 years old, Mr Clark is thought to be the oldest defendant ever to stand trial in a British court.

Historical sex abuse

Standing trial at Birmingham Crown Court, Mr Clark pleaded guilty to nine historic sex abuse charges relating to a young boy. However, a jury found him guilty of a further 21 assault and indecency offences, relating to two girls he attacked in the 1970s and 80s.

The court heard how Mr Clark told police he was ‘immune to feelings’, describing his actions as “something that happened” for which he showed no real remorse. Prosecutors added the man was “lucid” with an “excellent memory”.

Detective Constable Emma Fennon from West Midlands Police’s historical sex abuse team also described Mr Clark’s offences “horrific”, confirming that Clarke showed no remorse.

Possible prison sentence

Discussing the merits of sending a 101 year old individual to prison, Det Con Fennon added:

“The day that not prosecuting someone who hurts a child is not in the public interest, we may as well all pack up and go home.”

She went on to say that his age was “no defence to what he has done”.

While Judge Richard Bond, presiding over the case, told the court he needed to “ponder with care” regarding the sentence handed to Mr Clark and that the public would be ‘horrified’ if he did not receive a custodial sentence. He added:

“The reality is that he’s so old it’s unlikely he’ll be released back into the community.”

Mr Clark, who was born in 1915, is due to be sentenced next week.

Sexual abuse claims – expert advice

If you have been affected by any instance of physical sexual abuse or by any instance of non-physical sexual abuse, contact us today. We offer expert advice on sexual abuse claims, and we guarantee your confidentiality at all times. For further information, and to discover how we could help you, begin a conversation with our experienced and friendly team. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Source: BBC News; Guardian