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August marks Road Victim Awareness Month

The month of August marks National Road Victim Month, a campaign set up by national charity RoadPeace to raise awareness and remember the people who have tragically lost their lives as a result of road traffic incidents.

 

The charity selected August as the month of remembrance to memorialise the lives of Princess Diana, who lost her life in a road traffic collision on 31 August 1997, Bridget Driscoll, the first person to be killed by a motor vehicle in August 1896, and over half a million people who have been killed on Britain’s roads since Bridget’s death.

 

HOW IS ROAD VICTIM AWARENESS MONTH MARKED ACROSS THE COUNTRY?

 

The annual day of remembrance was set to take place on 31 August 2020 at Liverpool Cathedral, but due to COVID-19, the service will instead be available to watch on YouTube from 2pm. A Justice for Crash Victims Webinar, also made by RoadPeace, explores how the justice system affects crash victims, and is available to watch here.

 

HOW MANY PEOPLE SUFFER FROM ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS EACH YEAR?

 

There were 1,748 reported road deaths in the UK 2019, and 153,315 casualties of all severities in reported road traffic incidents, which marks a 5% improvement on the previous year.

 

However, Niamh Wilson Head of Civil Litigation at Hampson Hughes explains that whilst these figures are positive, we shouldn’t become complacent: “Whilst these overall figures show a step in the right direction for road users and pedestrians alike, we are also seeing an increased number of vehicles such as bicycles and electric scooters navigating Britain’s roads, and quite often without proper knowledge of the highway code.

 

“With inexperienced road users, we’re unfortunately likely to see a rise in future road traffic accidents, and over the years we have worked with so many cases that highlight the devastating impact road traffic incidents can have the lives of everyone involved.

 

“The service that RoadPeace offers in supporting affected families is invaluable, and Hampson Hughes is supportive of National Victim Awareness month.”

 

At Hampson Hughes, our personal injury team work tirelessly to successfully claim compensation for victims who have suffered as a result of road traffic accidents. Over the past 10 years, we have settled over 37,000 road traffic accident cases, helping families achieve the financial support they deserve.

 

Recently, we settled a claim for cyclist, Pat, from Bootle. While cycling home from work, he suffered a collision from a car who hit him due to the driver failing to give way to him as he travelled straight across a roundabout. Sadly, he suffered a fractured skull, dislocated right shoulder, broken ribs, fractured collar bone and skin abrasions. Fortunately, he made a fantastic recovery and was fully healed within two years of the accident.

 

Following a court case, we settled his claim for £25,000. This covered his costs for physiotherapy post-accident, as well as for his bike plus further compensation for damages.

 

Another of our clients was awarded £14,891 last year after she was hit from behind at high speed whilst stationary at a pelican crossing, causing her to be shunted into the vehicle in front. As a result of the incident, our client suffered a squashed vertebra, fractured upper lumbar spine, and soft tissue damage to her back, neck and shoulders.

 

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 6888 or send an email to info@hampsonhughes.com.

Medomsley Detention Centre – Compensation for Abuse Victims

Medomsley Detention Centre in County Durham was a correctional facility for young male offenders, operating from 1961 until the late 1980s. It was created to provide an alternative prison for boys and young men aged 17-21, with the aim of deterring inmates from committing more serious crimes later in life.

 

WHAT HAPPENED AT MEDOMSLEY?

 

Reports of physical abuse started to emerge in 1967, when David Watkins MP raised concerns about the treatment of inmates at the facility, after hearing claims from a mother that her teenage son was subjected to repeated beatings. The victim spent five weeks in hospital receiving treatment.

 

Mr Watkins took his complaint to the then Home Secretary but was told the claim was unsubstantiated. The matter was not pursued.

 

However, in 2003, prison officer Neville Husband was convicted of raping inmates throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He was suspected of operating as part of a paedophile ring and further investigations led to the arrest of Leslie Johnson, a storeman at Medomsley.

 

In 2013, Durham Police Force launched ‘Operation Seabrook’ to investigate allegations of sexual and physical abuse, primarily in the 1970s and 1980s. To date, 1,848 men have come forward to police to report allegations of abuse while detained at the centre.

 

Both Husband and Johnson have since died in prison of natural causes, and further cases have been brought against other staff members working at the centre.

 

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MEDOMSLEY VICTIMS?

 

It is believed that hundreds of boys and young men suffered at the hands of abusive staff at Medomsley, with a ‘short, sharp shock’ policy implemented to steer offenders away from a life of crime. However, the regime was, in fact, described as brutal and violent.

 

For some, the ordeal stretched to sexual abuse, with victims being raped ‘almost on a daily basis’.

 

Victims later told how their experiences there have had a major impact on the rest of their lives, with some reporting they hadn’t slept well for more than 30 years due to the severe anxiety and stress it caused.

 

HOW HAVE VICTIMS BEEN COMPENSATED?

 

It is estimated that In excess of £3 million has been awarded in out-of-court settlements to the victims of physical and sexual abuse at Medomsley Detention Centre.

 

Those who were physically abused can apply for between £1,750 and £5,000 subject to the amount of time served in Medomsley and permanent nature of injuries sustained.

 

Among those who suffered is victim Gary Wallace, who told the BBC that some wardens were “definitely sadistic”. He said: “If they did go a bit over and give you a black eye and you were due a visit they would cancel the visit by saying you weren’t too well, or you didn’t want to see them.”

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU WERE A VICTIM AT MEDOMSLEY?

 

At Hampson Hughes, we have a team of highly experienced legal experts, who have acted for many victims of physical and sexual abuse, including those affected by the traumatic events at Medomsley Detention Centre. We recognise the trauma survivors have to deal with on a daily basis and handle all cases in a sensitive and confidential manner.

 

We are here to listen, advise and support you every step of the way. We provide access to the support services you need and ensure you achieve the compensation you deserve, so you can start to seek a sense of justice and closure.

 

For further information and free, no-obligation advice, contact our team on 0800 888 6888 or find about more about our work supporting victims of criminal injury and sexual abuse.

£4,000 Secured for Whiplash Injuries after RTA

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Our team of dedicated personal injury solicitors recently took instruction from a client who suffered whiplash injuries in a non-fault crash.

Collision

At the time of the accident, the claimant was travelling at approximately 30 miles an hour along London Road, High Wycombe when the defendant attempted to change lanes when it was unsafe to do so, causing a collision with our client’s vehicle.

As a result of the collision our clients vehicle was damaged and they suffered whiplash injuries to their neck, back and shoulders.

Successful outcome

Liability was admitted in this case.

Our team of dedicated Personal Injury solicitors secured a total of £4,000 in compensation on this occasion.

Following settlement, our client commented:

Hampson Hughes Solicitors provided an excellent service from the start to finish. Their experience and advice allowed me to make an informed judgement on my compensation”.

Road traffic accident compensation – expert advice

If you’ve suffered whiplash injuries after a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. Whether you were injured as a driver, passenger, cyclist, or as a pedestrian Hampson Hughes Solicitors could help you claim maximum personal injury compensation.

More information can be found via our ‘Road Traffic Accident’ page, or contact our dedicated team of solicitors today on 0800 888 6888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

£15,000 Compensation Awarded Following Attack

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Our team of dedicated personal injury solicitors in Liverpool recently secured criminal injury compensation for a client who was injured in an unprovoked attack, resulting in £15,000 compensation.

The incident occurred as our client was at a local recycling centre dropping off an old fridge when he was attacked with an iron bar. The client suffered from injuries to his head with cuts and bruises to his face and a black eye.

The medical expert who examined our client for the purposes of the claim recommended that he was to be further referred for psychological treatment.

Also included within the criminal injury settlement were claims for loss of earnings due to the time the client had to take off work.

Commenting after their case was settled, our client said:

“I am very pleased with the outcome of my claim, the full circle service I received from Hampson Hughes was excellent”.

Criminal injury compensation – expert advice

Criminal injury 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 criminal injury 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.comm.

£1,406 Compensation Secured for Whiplash Injuries

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Our team of dedicated Road Traffic Accident solicitors recently secured compensation for a client who suffered whiplash injuries during a non-fault collision.

Incident

Our client was a passenger in a stationary vehicle at a junction when the defendant, failed to maintain a safe breaking distance and collided with the claimant’s vehicle.

Injuries

Our client sustained whiplash injuries to his neck, back and shoulders. The claimant was anxious travelling for a number of weeks following on from the incident. He also reports that his usual working capabilities were restricted along with his personal care and sporting activities.

Successful outcome

On this occasion Hampson Hughes Solicitors managed to secure a total of £1,406 in personal injury compensation for our client.

Commenting after their case was settled, our client said:

I was really impressed with the service recieved from Hampson Hughes. They provided speedy, polite service with regular feedback to let me know how the claim was progressing. I would recommend them unreservedly.

Road traffic claims – specialist advice

If you have suffered whiplash as a result of a non-fault road traffic accident, contact us today. Whether you have been injured as a driver, passenger, pedestrian or cyclist, we could help you secure maximum road accident compensation.

Call 0800 888 6888 or send an email to info@hh-law.co.uk.

£2,181 Secured for Whiplash Injuries after Crash

Our Road Traffic Accident team recently took instruction from a client who suffered whiplash injuries in a non-fault collision.

Incident

At the time of the incident, the claimant was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a non-fault crash. The defendant failed to maintain a safe breaking distance and collided with the rear of the vehicle our client was a passenger in.

Whiplash injuries

As a result of the accident, the claimant suffered whiplash injuries to their neck, back and shoulders. Our client reports that their regular duties, such as looking after their children, shopping and personal care, were restricted for a number of weeks after the incident due to the whiplash injuries sustained.

Successful outcome

Liability was admitted in this case.

Our team of dedicated Personal Injury solicitors secured a total of £2,181.20 in compensation on this occasion.

Following settlement, our client commented:

“The services provided by Hampson Hughes have been to a great quality standard. The communication between me and them was great and the the regular update was great to have also.”

Road traffic accident compensation – expert advice

If you’ve suffered whiplash injuries after a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. Whether you were injured as a driver, passenger, cyclist, or as a pedestrian Hampson Hughes Solicitors could help you claim maximum personal injury compensation.

More information can be found via our ‘Road Traffic Accident’ page, or contact our dedicated team of solicitors today on 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Over £2,000 Compensation Secured for Whiplash Injuries

Our team of dedicated personal injury solicitors recently took instruction from a client who suffered whiplash injuries in a non-fault crash.

Collision

At the time of the accident, the claimant was travelling at approximately 40 miles an hour along the A217 when the defendant attempted to change lanes when it was unsafe to do so, causing a collision with our client’s vehicle.

As a result of the collision our clients vehicle was damaged and they suffered whiplash injuries to their neck and shoulders.

Liability disputed

Liability was initially disputed. The defendants insurers put forward an offer to discontinue the claim stating that they believed our client would be found to be fundamentally dishonest in court. However, we disagreed taking the case to trail and winning in court.

Successful outcome

On this occasion we secured a total of £2,077.50 in whiplash injury compensation for our client.

Whiplash injuries compensation – expert advice

If you’ve suffered whiplash injuries after a road traffic accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. Contact our dedicated team of solicitors today on 0800 888 6888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

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

Over £2,400 Secured for Whiplash Injuries Sustained in Collision

The Road Traffic Accident team here at Hampson Hughes Solicitors recently secured personal injury compensation for a client who suffered whiplash injuries in a non-fault road accident.

Non-fault road accident

At the time of the incident our client, Mr Lee Hourd, was stationary when the Defendant emerged out of a side road when unsafe to do so and collided with the front nearside of the Claimants Vauxhall Astra.

Whiplash injuries

Our client sustained whiplash type injuries to his neck and shoulders in the collision, He also reports that his usual leisure activities were restricted for a number of weeks following the crash.

Successful outcome

Liability was admitted in this case.

Our team of dedicated Personal Injury solicitors secured a total of £2,448.50 in compensation on this occasion.

Following settlement, our client commented:

“I found everyone who dealt with my claim polite and friendly. The service I received was very fast and efficient, I would highly recommend them to anyone who needs a personal injury claims lawyers..”

Road traffic accident compensation – expert advice

If you’ve suffered whiplash injuries after a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. Whether you were injured as a driver, passenger, cyclist, or as a pedestrian Hampson Hughes Solicitors could help you claim maximum personal injury compensation.

More information can be found via our ‘Road Traffic Accident’ page, or contact our dedicated team of solicitors today on 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

£1,608.50 Compensation Secured for Whiplash Injuries

Our team of expert Road Traffic Accident solicitors recently took instruction from a client who suffered whiplash injuries in a non-fault collision on Chester Road, Birmingham.

Incident

At the time of the accident, the claimant was stationary at traffic lights when the defendant failed to stop causing a collision with the rear of our client’s vehicle.

Whiplash injuries

As a result of the non-fault collision, our client suffered from soft tissue damage and whiplash injuries. They described their injuries as discomfort to their neck and back. Our client added that since the accident he has suffered with nightly sleep disturbances.

Successful outcome

On this occasion our team managed to secure a total of £1,608.50 in personal compensation.

Road traffic accident compensation – expert advice

If you’ve suffered whiplash injuries after a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to claim personal injury compensation.

Whether you were injured as a driver, passenger, cyclist, or as a pedestrian Hampson Hughes Solicitors could help you claim maximum personal injury compensation. More information can be found via our ‘Road Traffic Accident’ page, or contact our dedicated team of solicitors today on 0800 888 6888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Over £2,350 Secured for Whiplash Injuries after RTA

Our Road Traffic Accident team recently took instruction from a client who suffered whiplash injuries in a non-fault collision.

Incident

At the time of the incident our client, Jemma Richards, was stationary in her vehicle when the defendant negligently reversed out of a side road. As a result, the defendant collided head on with her vehicle.

Whiplash injuries

As a result of the accident, Miss Richards suffered whiplash injuries to her neck and shoulders. Our client reports that her regular duties, such as running, shopping and general house work, were restricted for a number of weeks after the incident due to the whiplash injuries sustained.

Successful outcome

Liability was admitted in this case.

Our team of dedicated Personal Injury solicitors secured a total of £2,351 in compensation on this occasion.

Following settlement, our client commented:

“The file handlers Rory & Chris were great at keeping me informed, polite at all times & happy with how this was resolved.”

Road traffic accident compensation – expert advice

If you’ve suffered whiplash injuries after a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. Whether you were injured as a driver, passenger, cyclist, or as a pedestrian Hampson Hughes Solicitors could help you claim maximum personal injury compensation.

More information can be found via our ‘Road Traffic Accident’ page, or contact our dedicated team of solicitors today on 0800 888 6888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.