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£1,400 Compensation Awarded for Whiplash

Our dedicated team of Personal Injury experts recently secured compensation for a client who sustained severe whiplash injuries in a non-fault road accident.

Incident

Our client, Mr Fitzsimons, was travelling home from work at the time of the incident. There was heavy traffic as he approached the M6 Junction near Knutsford, and so our client began to break.

The defendant, driving a black Vauxhall Astra, approached the traffic at speed. They changed lanes when it was unsafe to do so, cutting in front of Mr Fitzsimons vehicle and causing the two vehicles to collide.

Whiplash injuries

As a result of the accident Mr Fitzsimons sustained whiplash injuries to his neck, back and shoulders, he also now suffers from travel anxiety.

Our client reports that he was unable to take part in his day to day activities such as looking after his children and domestic duties following the accident.

Outcome

We managed to secure a total of £1,400 in compensation for our client on this occasion.

Commenting on his experience with Hampson Hughes Solicitors, Mr Fitzsimons said:

“The staff have been friendly, reliable and informative. They really made sense of what was a complex case that I believed my insurer was dealing with. I am so glad Hampson Hughes grabbed the bull by the horns and was able to shed light on questions I had and put me at ease through the whole process. I felt reassured through the whole process”

Begin your road traffic accident claim today

If you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault, contact our dedicated team of solicitors today. Call 0800 888 6888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Whether you were injured as the driver, a passenger, a cyclist, or as a pedestrian we could help you to claim maximum personal injury compensation. More information can also be found via our ‘Road Traffic Accident’ page.

£2,200 Compensation Awarded for Holiday Illness

Our team of Travel Law solicitors recently secured compensation for a client whose stay at the Rui Palace in Gran Canaria was ruined by holiday illness.

Holiday illness

Unfortunately, just three days into their all-inclusive package holiday, the claimant began to feel unwell. They suffered symptoms including diarrhoea, stomach cramps and vomiting, along with nausea and fatigue. In total, our client’s symptoms lasted three weeks.

Hotel restaurant

According to the claimant, food and hygiene standards at the hotel were very poor.

Our client reports that meat and fish served in the hotel restaurant was served under-cooked and at the incorrect temperature, as well as appearing reheated. The buffet style food available was left out, often uncovered, for long periods of time and without suitable refrigeration. Drinks appeared watered down, and the claimant believes ice in drinks was made using local tap water.

Our client also asserts that the overall choice and quality of the food was of a very poor standard and that the bar and eating areas were often infested with flies and insects. They added that during their stay at the Rui Palace they did not witness kitchen or restaurant staff wearing gloves when handling food.

The claimant avers that their illness was caused by the poor levels of food and hygiene within the hotel, particularly the hotel restaurant.

Outcome

Our expert Travel Law team managed to secure a total of £2,200 in compensation for our client 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)

Whatever your experience with holiday illness, we may be able to help. Call our expert team of travel law solicitors today for a FREE no-obligation consultation. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

For further information on holiday illness compensation, please see our Package Holiday Claims page.

£2,610 Compensation for Non-Fault Roundabout Collision

Hampson Hughes Solicitors dedicated team of Road Traffic Accident solicitors recently took instruction from a client who sustained whiplash injuries during a non-fault collision.

Incident

Our client was in their stationary vehicle at the time of the incident, waiting in a queue of traffic approaching Tuebrook Roundabout at West Derby Road Junction. The Defendant failed to stop on approaching the Claimant’s vehicle, and a rear-end collision ensued.

Whiplash injuries

Our client sustained severe whiplash type injuries to his neck, lower back and shoulders during the non-fault collision.

As a result of his injuries, the Claimant was required to take sick leave from his place of employment. He was unable to return to his regular working duties for around 7 days after the accident.

Our client also reports that he was unable to take part in his usual day to day activities, such as household chores and DIY.

Successful outcome

Our Road Traffic Accident solicitors secured a total of £2,610 in personal injury compensation for our client on this occasion.

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

“Absolutely superb service! Hampson Hughes could not have been more upfront and honest from the start.”

Begin your road traffic accident claim today

If you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault, contact our dedicated team of solicitors today. Call 0800 888 6888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Whether you were injured as the driver, a passenger, a cyclist, or as a pedestrian we could help you to claim maximum personal injury compensation. More information can also be found via our ‘Road Traffic Accident’ page.

Domestic Abuse Victims: Two Year Wait for Compensation

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The latest government statistics show that domestic abuse victims have to wait an average of nearly two years to receive compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

The CICA is the government body that awards compensation to people who have been blameless victims of violent crimes, both physical and mental.

The CICA customer charter states that applicants can expect to wait up to twelve months to receive compensation. However, according to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), its most recent figures revealed that it takes an average of 612 days, or 20 months, for the CICA to pay out.

Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, expressed his concern over the delays:

“It is truly sickening that victims of domestic violence are treated with such utter disregard.

“Domestic violence is still horribly common, and the fact that so many women, and some men, suffer from these crimes and are then let down by the government in their time of need, is an indication of the shamelessness of this Tory government. These delays must end immediately and this department must be properly resourced. No excuses are acceptable.”

Delay could be ‘beneficial’

Justice minister Phillip Lee revealed the statistics in a written answer to Fiona Haggart, Labour MP and a member of the all-party parliamentary group on domestic violence. Lee added that more than 230 victims received compensation in 2016, with a minimum payout of £1000. The average payout for a domestic abuse victim if £7,500.

Lee went on to say that in some cases a delay could prove beneficial to the victim, as it would allow assessment of long-term implications of any injuries or mental health issues:

“In some complex cases, where medical treatment is ongoing or the level of recovery is unknown, it may be in the best interests of an applicant not to settle their claim until the long-term implications of an injury can be properly assessed.”

Attempts to improve efficiency

According to the MoJ, CICA has developed an online portal and increased staff levels by around 15% in order to improve efficiency.

Since November 2016, victims have had the option to give declarations online or verbally agree to a statement over the phone. CICA said this method would reduce the time between a declaration and a decision.

Recently the government have moved to reduce the amount of stress felt by domestic abuse victims when it comes to dealing with the legal process. Following the acquittal of Ched Evans, former Sheffield United footballer convicted of rape in 2011, based on evidence given by his accuser’s former partner’s a campaign was launched by women’s rights and victim support groups. The campaign has led to new legislative measures preventing victims from being interrogated in court by former partner’s.

Abuse & criminal injury claims – expert advice

If you have been affected by any instance of physical or non-physical abuse, contact us today. We offer expert advice on abuse and sexual 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: Guardian

£1,900 Compensation Secured for Holiday Illness

The travel law team here at Hampson Hughes Solicitors were recently instructed by a client whose dream getaway to Mexico was plagued by holiday illness.

Our client booked a week long stay at the 3* Riu Yucatan hotel in the Playa del Carmen resort of Mexico in January 2016. The holiday was booked as an all-inclusive package deal with tour operators TUI.

Poor food & hygiene standards

Upon the Claimant’s immediate arrival at the hotel there was strong smell of sewage, both in the hotel itself and the surrounding areas.

They also report that throughout their stay at the Riu Yucatan hotel, they noticed a number of issues relating to poor food and hygiene practices, particularly with regards to the buffet style food service available. Our client reports:

• Food was left uncovered for extended periods of time
• Food appeared reheated and was served at incorrect temperatures
• Staff members handling food did not appear to wear gloves when doing so

According to the claimant most dishes served in the restaurant were covered in a thick sauce and so it was difficult to know if they contained meat, and, if so, if the meat was cooked correctly. At one evening meal our client was about to tuck into a dish when they realised that it contained raw meat.

Holiday illness

On the final day of their holiday, our client began to suffer from symptoms related to food poisoning. Their symptoms included abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting and fatigue, as well as diarrhoea containing blood.

The claimant self medicated while abroad with Imodium and pain killers purchased from a local pharmacy. Upon their return to the UK, our client reports having to visit his GP on more than one occasion due to their holiday illness. They also claim that a year on from their trip to Mexico, their health has not returned to how it was prior to the holiday.

Successful outcome

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

Our expert Travel Law solicitors managed to secure a total of £1,900 in holiday illness compensation for the Claimant 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 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.

Football Coach Arrested for Child Sexual Abuse

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Another widely respected football coach, who is responsible for helping launch the careers of a number of household names, has been arrested on suspicion of child sexual abuse.

Career

Michael Sean ‘Kit’ Carson coached at Norwich City from 1983 until 1993, before moving to Peterborough United. There he spent eight years, from 1993 to 2001, as Academy director. A string of players he coached at Peterborough went on to play at Premier League level.

After leaving Peterborough United, Carson went on to become head of talent development at Cambridge United between 2001 and 2005.

Arrested on suspicion of child sexual abuse

The 73 year old coach was arrested at the end of January on suspicion of indecency with children and indecent assault.

Carson’s two former clubs have been working closely with police since the child sexual abuse in football scandal hit headlines last at the end of 2016.

Carson has since been released on bail until March 6th 2017.

Connection to Bob Higgins

Bob Higgins, the former Southampton coach who has been named in connection with allegations of historical child sexual abuse, also worked at Peterborough while Carson was there. The pair would have worked together for around 12 months at the club.

Carson paid tribute to the efforts of Higgins while at the club, telling the Peterborough Guardian when he left:

Higgins has denied all allegations of child sexual abuse.

“He has done a wonderful job with the youth team this season.”

Cambridge police appeal for information

In a statement, Cambridgeshire police said:

“Police investigating historical allegations of abuse related to football in Cambridgeshire have arrested a man.

“Detectives arrested the man at a property in Cambridge [on Friday] morning. The man, who is in his 70s and from Cambridge, has been arrested on suspicion of indecency with children and indecent assault. He is currently in custody.

“Officers are working closely with partners, including the Football Association, the local children’s safeguarding boards for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Cambridge and Peterborough United, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough clinical commissioning group, and Cambridgeshire county and Peterborough city councils.

“We would encourage anyone with concerns about these allegations to contact police on 101 or the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.”

Sexual abuse & assault claims – expert advice

If you have been affected by any instance of physical sexual abuse or 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: BBC News; Guardian

£1,937 Compensation Secured for Whiplash Injuries

Our team of expert Road Traffic Accident solicitors recently secured maximum compensation for a client who suffered severe whiplash injuries in a non-fault collision.

Incident

Miss Smith was a passenger in the Defendant’s vehicle when the collision took place. The Defendant failed to give way and collided with a third party vehicle. As a result, Miss Smith sustained severe whiplash injuries to her neck, back and shoulders.

Our client also reports that following on from the incident, hobbies such as shopping and playing were restricted. Miss Smith’s personal care and domestic duties were also affected due to her whiplash injuries.

Outcome

Hampson Hughes Solicitors’ Road Traffic Accident team secured a total of £1,937.25 for the Claimant on this occasion.

Following the successful outcome, Miss Smith said:

“I would like to say a big thank you to the team, who are a real credit to your company! As a young adult this was my first claim and I was helped step by step!”

Begin your road traffic accident claim today

If you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault, contact our dedicated team of solicitors today. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Whether you were injured as the driver, a passenger, a cyclist, or as a pedestrian we could help you to claim maximum personal injury compensation. More information can also be found via our ‘Road Traffic Accident’ page.

Gun Crime in Merseyside Prompts Crimestoppers Appeal

The rise in gun crime in Merseyside has prompted the charity Crimestoppers to launch a campaign aimed at combating the issue.

Man shot in Wavertree last night

Only last night, a 26 year old man was shot and killed outside a chip shop in Wavertree. A 19 year old man, thought to have been with the victim at the time of the shooting, was admitted to a nearby hospital with gunshot wounds. His condition is thought to be serious but not life threatening.

An eye witness at the scene told the Liverpool Echo:

“He had about nine shots in him and I held my hands with pressure over the wound while another girl pumped his chest”

Merseyside police have confirmed they will hold a press conference at 12.30pm today.

Gun crime in Merseyside

Since April 2016, there has been 77 firearm discharges across Merseyside (excluding last night’s incident). 3 of those incidents resulted in fatalities, while 28 resulted in non-fatal injuries. The year before saw fewer incidents with a total of 60 discharges, two deaths and 11 injuries.

Crimestoppers campaign

The Crimestoppers campaign to tackle gun crime in Merseyside, which starts today, was prompted by the death of 44 year old Thomas Baker. Mr Baker was killed last week outside a gym in the Old Swan area of Liverpool and he was, at the time, the third gun crime fatality in nine months.

The campaign is aimed at areas most affected by gun crime in Merseyside, including Speke, Bootle, Norris Green, Wavertree and Old Swan. A van with a digital screen will drive around those areas, broadcasting ’emotive imagery’ to passersby. The campaign will also involve targeted social media advertising.

Gary Murray, Crimestoppers’ regional manager, said:

“We want to appeal to local people to tell us who is responsible for these crimes, without fear of repercussion, but we also need to find out where these guns are being stored so that the police can make our streets safer.

“We know that picking up the phone or logging on to our site is probably one of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do. But in 28 years, we have never broken our promise to the public that those who contact us will always remain anonymous.”

Latest gun crime figures

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show a 2% rise in firearm offences in the UK for the year ending March 2015. This is the first increase in gun crime in a ten year period, with a total of 7,866 offences taking place. 19 of those offences involved fatalities.

Criminal injury – expert legal advice

Criminal injuries compensation may be available if you have experienced physical trauma or psychological trauma as a result of a violent crime. Speaking to a member of our team about your criminal injury may be the first time that you have spoken to anybody about your experience – this is common among our clients. We guarantee complete confidentiality throughout your claim.

We understand that if you have been subjected to an act of violence, your thoughts will turn to making a full recovery – compensation will likely be the last thing on your mind.

There is, however, a government Scheme that provides compensation to those who have been victims of violent crime. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme is governed by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

If you would like expert advice on this type of case, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.com.

Source: Liverpool Echo; Guardian

Two Men Jailed for Manslaughter after Road Traffic Accident

A mechanic and the owner of a haulage company have been jailed after a road traffic accident involving a truck with faulty brakes killed four people in 2015.

Incident

On 9 February 2015 an employee of Grittenham Haulage, 20 year old Phillip Potter, was driving the 32 tonne vehicle down a steep road in Bath when the brakes failed.

Mitzy Steady and her grandmother Margaret Rogers were struck by the truck as they crossed the road. Four year old Mitzy died during the incident and Mrs Rogers was seriously injured. She spent a total of three months in hospital for her injuries and required below the knee amputation of both legs.

After hitting the little girl and her grandmother, the truck careered into a vehicle parked at the bottom of the road before overturning. The three men in the car at the time, Stephen Vaughan, 34, Philip Allen, 52, and Robert Parker, 59, were all killed.

Safety Check “Wholly Inadequate”

Bristol Crown Court heard how Grittenham Haulage, owned by Matthew Gordon, was “a shambles from start to finish”.

Adam Vaitilingam QC, prosecuting, also told the court how recommended brake efficiency tests had not been carried out on the 11 year old vehicle. Vaitilingam added that the final safety check on the truck, carried out by mechanic Peter Wood, was “wholly inadequate”.

Sentencing

On Friday 27 January, Gordon, 30, and Wood, 55, were each convicted of four counts of manslaughter.
Gordon was handed a prison sentence of seven years and six months. Wood was sentenced to five years and three months.

Mr Justice Langstaff told the pair that the brakes were in an appalling state, adding that the lorry should not have been on the road. He told Gordon:

“You were not concerned for the public.”

Potter, the driver of the lorry, was cleared by a jury at Bristol crown court in December 2015.

Source: Guardian

University of Northumbria Fined £400,000 by HSE

University of Northumbria

A university in Newcastle has been fined after students suffered life threatening symptoms when a sports experiment went wrong.

Incident at University of Northumbria

Newcastle Crown Court heard how sports students at the University of Northumbria were learning about the effects caffeine has on the human body. Part of the study involved a practical experiment in which volunteer students would consume various amounts of caffeine to show its effects.

The court heard how two of the volunteer students were given a solution containing 100 times the amount of caffeine that was supposed to be consumed as part of the experiment. Immediately both individuals began to suffer from blurred vision, vomiting and dizziness. The students also experienced rapid heartbeat and shaking. They were taken to hospital where they required dialysis to rid their bodies of the excess caffeine.

Health & Safety Executive Investigation

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation into the incident, which found that the protocols set out for the experiment were not followed. The students carrying out the experiment were supposed to use 200mg tablets of caffeine. However, the tablets were not available at the time and instead the students were provided with caffeine powder. The investigation found that the students had mis-calculated the amount of caffeine powder to use and as a result, overdosed two of the volunteers.

Sentencing & Fines

After pleading guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, University of Northumbria was fined £400,000. The university was also ordered to pay costs of £26,468.22.

Cain Mitchell, HSE inspector, said:

“Procedures where students are given supplements to assess their effect on the body need to be stringent and subject to very careful control. Caffeine is most popularly known as a constituent of coffee but it can be very dangerous and life threatening where pure caffeine powder is consumed.

“The University [of Northumbria] completely failed to control the risks during these experiments and two young students were made seriously ill which resulted in intensive care treatment for a number of nights. In other reported cases people have died after taking doses which were less than those administered to these two students.

“All organisations who engage in experiments where people are given chemical substances should ensure that the risks are fully identified and strict procedures are devised and followed to ensure that the experiments can be undertaken safely.”

Personal Injury Claims – Expert Advice

We are the personal injury experts. If you think you may be eligible to claim compensation following an accident that wasn’t your fault, get in touch today. Call us on 0800 888 6 888 or send an email to info@hh-law.co.uk for your FREE initial consultation.

Source: Health & Safety Executive