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In the UK, slip, trip and fall claims often need professional legal representation in order for them to succeed. Furthermore, without seeking legal advice, it is conceivable that you could accept an inappropriate offer of compensation from the negligent party´s public liability insurers.

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Claim for a Slip and Fall Injury in McDonalds Settled Out of Court

April 12, 2017

A woman´s claim for a slip and fall injury in McDonalds has been settled out of court three years after the former employee´s accident.

In the summer of 2014, Libby Gifford (20) was working as a catering assistant at the Rush Green branch of McDonalds in Hertfordshire, when she slipped and fell on a wet floor – landing on her back and sustaining an injury to her coccyx.

Libby´s injury prevented her from working, disturbed her sleep and made it impossible for her to sit still for long periods. She sought medical attention and underwent a course of physiotherapy, after which she approached her branch manager to ask about compensation.

The branch manager refused to consider Libby´s request, so she sought legal advice from a solicitor and made a formal claim for a slip and fall injury in McDonalds. In her claim, Libby alleged that McDonalds had been negligent by failing to place signs on or by the wet floor warning of the hazard.

McDonalds denied liability for Libby´s injury, but her solicitor pursued the claim for a slip and fall injury in McDonalds. Now, three years after Libby´s accident, the restaurant chain has agreed to a £2,500 out of court compensation settlement without an admission of liability.

Speaking with her local paper after the claim for a slip and fall injury in McDonalds had been resolved, Libby – who now lives in Nottinghamshire – said:

“I am really happy that this is all over and I have the compensation that I deserve. I slipped and fell straight on my backside and it was quite embarrassing as everyone started laughing. After it happened there wasn’t any pain initially but then my back seized up and it hurt to sit still for long periods. It has taken a while but I am glad an agreement could be reached.”

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Horsing Riding Accident Claim Resolved at High Court

November 4, 2016

A horse riding accident claim has been resolved at the High Court in favour of a woman who broke her back due to falling from a thoroughbred racehorse.

In September 2012, when Ashleigh Harris from Lydney in Gloucestershire was just fourteen years of age, she was encouraged to ride a thoroughbred racehorse by Rachel Miller – the mother of Ashleigh´s then boyfriend – at the Miller family home in Malthern near Chepstow.

Although Ashleigh had considerable experience riding ponies, and had ridden the racehorse briefly when Miller first purchased it, she had never trotted a racehorse in an open field before. After riding for five minutes, the racehorse broke into a canter that Ashleigh was unable to control.

As the horse and rider started a downhill descent, the horse started throwing its head and bucking. Ashleigh was thrown from the saddle and despite wearing body armour broke her back when she landed. Ashleigh is now permanently paralysed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair.

Ashleigh made a horse riding accident claim against Miller, alleging that by encouraging her to ride “a green, unresponsive and uneducated horse that would be difficult to control”, Miller had place Ashleigh at a foreseeable risk of injury.

Miller denied the allegations and claimed that she had sought permission from Ashleigh´s mother before asking her to ride the horse. The horse riding accident claim went to the High Court in London for liability to be established, where it was heard by Judge Graham Wood QC.

At the hearing, Judge Wood said that Miller was an unreliable witness, particularly in relation to her account of the events leading up to Ashleigh´s fall, and said that she had made a serious error of judgement by encouraging Ashleigh to ride the horse.

The judge added: “By positively encouraging Ashleigh to ride the horse and condoning, if not specifically instructing, a trot in an open field for the first time, Mrs Miller was exposing her to a risk of injury from a horse which could not be controlled in other than the most benign of conditions.”

Finding in Ashleigh´s favour, Judge Wood adjourned the hearing to allow for reports to be compiled relating to Ashleigh´s future needs. The reports will determine how much compensation the judge will award in settlement of Ashleigh´s horse riding accident claim at a further hearing later in the year.

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Claims for Injuries due to Defective Street Lighting Increase

October 31, 2016

Claims for injuries due to defective street lighting have increased in Northern Ireland according to the province´s Infrastructure minister Chris Hazzard.

Mr Hazzard was responding to an Assembly question from East Belfast UUP MLA Andy Allen when the minister revealed that there were sixteen claims made against the Department of Infrastructure last year in which defective street lighting was primary responsible for an injury being sustained.

Settlement of the claims for injuries due to defective street lighting amounted to £59,000 – a fifteen-fold increase from two years ago when there were just three claims settled. The figure represented a three-fold increase from 2014/15, when twelve claims for injuries caused by defective street lighting were settled.

The minister said there may be other claims made against the Department of Infrastructure in which defective street lighting was a contributory factor, but it was not possible to identify these in the department´s database. The minister also agreed that the figures related only to compensation settlements, and that there may be other legal and administrative costs to account for as well.

Defective street lighting is a hot topic of debate in the Northern Ireland Assembly. In 2015, members of the Assembly raised concerns about the number of complaints relating to defective street lighting they were receiving from their constituents. It was found that 17,888 street lights were not working and that around a third of all the province´s street lights were turned off at night to save money.

More than £2 million was spent fixing the defective street lighting, and a further £1 million was added to the department´s budget in June for investment in cost-saving LED street lighting. The minister said that of 48,000 street light outages reported over the last 12 months, 42,500 have already been repaired. The replacement of the existing street lighting with LED lights is an ongoing project that is expected to conclude next year.

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Man Due Compensation for Falling from a Guest House Balcony

September 27, 2016

A man who was seriously injured while on honeymoon is waiting to hear how much injury compensation for falling from a guest house balcony he is entitled to.

On 21st September 2015, Matt and Marilyn Bullivant arrived at the Chellowdene guest house in Falmouth, Cornwall, for the start of a week-long honeymoon. After checking into in their room, Matt (36) put the kettle and, while waiting for it to boil, stepped out onto the guest house balcony. Unfortunately, as Matt rested against a balustrade, it gave way under his weight and the newlywed from Peterborough fell fifteen feet to the ground below.

Matt was taken to hospital, where he was treated for serious head and back injuries and a shattered right hand. He spent most of his honeymoon in hospital recovering from his injuries and was unable to return to his job as a warehouseman for three and a half months. A year after the accident, Matt still suffers severe pain from the metal plate in his right hand and has lost sensation in the top half of his back.

An investigation into the cause of Matt´s accident found that the balcony had been inadequately maintained. The guest house owners – Troy and Julie McCann – were prosecuted by Cornwall Council´s Public Protection Department for breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act and last week pleaded guilty to the charges at Truro Magistrates´ Court. Both owners were fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £3,037 costs.

Matt has already taken steps to recover injury compensation for falling from a guest house balcony and has been waiting for the health and safety prosecution to conclude before moving ahead with his claim. He told his local newspaper: “I was angry with them to start with – they should’ve maintained the property. If it was my wife or kids out on the balcony they could’ve died.”

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School Admits Liability for Employee Fall from Roof Accident

August 12, 2016

The Brentwood School in Essex has been fined £40,000 by Chelmsford Crown Court after admitting liability for an employee fall from roof accident.

In February 2015, sixty-three year old Keith Chandler was one of a team of maintenance engineers that were restoring the Grade II listed Newnum House at the Brentwood School in Essex. On February 17th, Keith used a ladder to climb onto the roof of the bay window he was helping to repair, when he lost his footing and fell 2.6 metres to the ground.

As a result of the employee fall from roof accident, Keith damaged five vertebrae, bruised a kidney and suffered a hairline fracture to his shoulder. Although he was back at work six weeks later, Keith is still unable to lift heavy loads, climb ladders or work at height. His injuries have also affected the enjoyment he gets from playing with his grandchildren.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the employee fall from roof accident an found that there had been a failure to conduct a risk assessment before the job was started, a failure to install guardrails or other protection to prevent employees falling from the roof, and that there was no supervision of the maintenance engineers.

The school´s trust – the Brentwood School Charitable Incorporated Organisation – was prosecuted for breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 despite having a robust health and safety policy. The HSE´s inspectors said that, although policies existed, they had not been enforced during the restoration of Newnum House.

At this week´s hearing of the Chelmsford Crown Court, Judge Charles Gratwicke heard former maintenance manager – Anthony Bridger – admit it was difficult to enforce the school´s policies during the restoration work because the team of maintenance engineers were “old school and just wanted to get on with the job in the easiest way”.

Representatives of the school´s trust acknowledged that the work was not closely supervised and admitted liability for the employee fall from roof accident. Commenting that the outcome could have much graver if Keith had fallen onto his head, Judge Gratwicke fined the school £40,000 and ordered it pay £1,477 costs.

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Fine for Workplace Accident due to the Lack of a Risk Assessment

August 3, 2016

A Suffolk company has been fined for a workplace accident due to the lack of a risk assessment that led to an agency worker sustaining multiple injuries.

In May 2015, the unnamed agency worker was working at Paul´s Malt Limited at the company´s West Knapton malting factory, near Malton in North Yorkshire. As part of his duties, the worker was required to check the fill level of the malt in a container prior to closing the hopper feed.

The container was fitted with a full-size fabric liner that had a high level loading flap. In order to determine whether the container was full, the worker had to climb two metres up a ladder at the rear of the container. Once the container was full, the zips of the loading flap then had to be closed.

Unfortunately, a system of work had developed at the factory that involved propping a 4 metre long ladder at a shallow angle against the rear of the container. Due to the angle at which it had been placed, the ladder slipped outwards as the worker scaled it – causing him to fall approximately two metres.

The agency worker has taken to hospital, where he was treated for two fractures to his right foot, bruising to his chest, and head injuries. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) conducted an investigation into the cause of the accident and found that no risk assessment had been conducted to determine a safe way of checking the fill level of the container.

HSE inspectors prosecuted Paul´s Malt Limited trading as Boortmalt for a workplace accident due to the lack of a risk assessment in breach of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Last week, at Scarborough Magistrates´ Court, the company pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined £100,000 plus costs of £2,257.

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Driver Settles Claim for a Fall at Work from a Delivery Lorry

July 26, 2016

A heavy goods driver, who injured his back delivering milk, has settled his compensation claim for a fall at work from a delivery lorry out of court.

In March 2015, Ross Knowles (50) from Upton in West Yorkshire was delivering pallets of milk to a customer in Peterborough when, as he was coming to end of the delivery, his lost his grip on a handle at the rear of his lorry and fell backwards. Ross was knocked unconscious in the fall and suffered damage to his spine and several vertebrae.

Unable to work and in constant pain, Ross sought legal advice and made a claim for a fall at work from a delivery lorry against his employers – Buckley Farm Dairy in Denby Dale, West Yorkshire. In his legal action, Ross alleged that he should have been provided with a ladder while he was doing a physically demanding job at height, rather than have to climb onto the trailer of the lorry each time he had to move the pallets forward.

The dairy acknowledged liability for Ross´ injury and his claim for a fall at work from a delivery lorry was settled out of court for £39,000. Despite the settlement, Ross is concerned about his future employment prospects. He told the Wakefield Express: “I would love to go back to work at some stage. But I don’t know what else I can do. I’ll have to see what the doctor says because I’m very limited now. If I carry too much, my back goes”.

Since the settlement of his claim for a fall at work from a delivery lorry, Ross has sold his family home and moved into a bungalow as he is unable to climb stairs. “The pain in my lower back means I can’t get into a bath” he told his local newspaper. “I’m on incapacity benefit and I can’t work because of my medical condition and the pain I’m in. I don’t think I will get my HGV licence back and I’ll be on medication for the rest of my life.”

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Liability Determined in Claim for a Fall Down Stairs at a Nightclub

July 11, 2016

A venue´s failure to install an identifiable handrail has been ruled sufficient cause to determine liability in a claim for a fall down stairs at a nightclub.

In June 2011, a Manchester businessman was leaving the Pulse Nightclub on the city´s Dantzic Street, when he fell head-first down a flight of stairs from the converted 19th Century warehouse onto the street below. The man – who cannot be named for legal reasons – fractured his skull and suffered serious brain damage.

Due to the extent of his injuries, the man will never be able to lead an independent life and requires around-the-clock care. On his behalf, lawyers made a compensation claim for a fall down stairs at a nightclub against Pro-Nation Ltd, the owners of the Pulse Nightclub.

Pro-Nation denied liability for their customer´s accident, claiming that the man had drunk “six or seven pints” while at the club and that the fall down the stairs was due to his drink-fuelled incapacity. Due to the serious consequences of the accident, a hearing was scheduled to determine liability at London´s High Court.

At the hearing, Judge Richard Pearce was told by friends of the businessman that he was “not visibly affected by his drinking” and appeared “essentially normal”. The judge also heard that the presence of a curtain at the top of the stairs masked a small handrail that the businessman could have used to address his fall.

Ruling that the venue was not fitted with a “visible and identifiable handrail” as recommended by building regulations, Judge Pearce found in favour of the claimant. He said that Pro-Nation had failed in its duty of care to keep customers safe and rejected the argument that the businessman had contributed to the fall down stairs at the nightclub “through his own blameworthy conduct”.

The claim for a fall down stairs at a nightclub will return to the High Court later in the year once an assessment has been conducted to assess the man´s future care needs. The settlement of the claim will need to be approved by a judge to ensure it is in the claimant´s best interests as he is unable to represent himself due to his injuries.

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Passenger Seeks Injury Compensation for Accident at Baker Street Station

June 13, 2016

A passenger who fell through the gap between an Underground train and the platform is seeking injury compensation for an accident at Baker Street station.

On 13th May this year, Deepa Patel was travelling from her job as a fashion designer in Ladbroke Grove to her home in Watford. Her journey entailed a change of Underground trains at Baker Street; and, as Deepa was boarding the Metropolitan Line Underground train to Watford, she fell through the gap between the train and the platform.

Fortunately passengers aboard the train witnessed her accident, and were able to force open the doors and pull Deepa to safety. Deepa was taken to hospital, where she received treatment for a badly bruised coccyx. Although she has now been able to return to work, Deepa still suffers severe back pain and her doctors have told her it will take a further three months until she is fully recovered.

Speaking with the London Evening Standard, Deepa said that she is seeking injury compensation for the accident at Baker Street station. Operations Director for Transport for London – Steve White – said: “The safety of our customers is our number one priority and we are sorry about Ms Patel’s injury. We have been speaking with Ms Patel and are carrying out a thorough investigation into what happened”.

Deepa´s accident is not an isolated one. Transport for London recorded 307 accidents in 2015 that were attributable to passengers falling through the gap between a train and a platform – 52 of the accidents occurring at Baker Street. The reason for so many accidents of this nature has been blamed on the introduction of new wheelchair-friendly trains on routes that pass through Baker Street station.

The new “S-stock” trains are designed to be level with the platform edge but, in stations with curved platforms, the new design means that there can be more space than before between the train and platform. As Deepa described to the London Evening Standard: “The platform is curved. The lady in front stopped as she got on, I took a step in mid-air and went straight down”.

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Court of Appeal Upholds Decision in Injury Claim for a Fall at a Tourist Attraction

June 3, 2016

The Court of Appeal has upheld an injury claim for a fall at a tourist attraction made by a 69-year-old man who fell into the moat at Carisbrooke Castle.

In April 2011, Ian Taylor from East Grinstead in Sussex was visiting Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight with his wife and two grandchildren. As he descended a steep grass bank below the castle to take some photographs, Ian lost his footing and slipped – falling over the bastion wall and into the castle´s moat, twelve feet below.

Ian was knocked unconscious in the fall and suffered permanent head injuries. After seeking legal advice he made an injury claim for a fall at a tourist attraction against English Heritage – the organisation responsible for the management of the historic site – alleging that the drop was not visible from the bank he was descending and there were no signs warning him of the danger.

In 2015, Judge David Blunt QC ruled in Ian´s favour and said that English Heritage were at fault for failing to erect a sign warning of the risk of falling – although assigning him 50% contributory negligence for his own lack of care. English Heritage contested the decision, and the injury claim for a fall at a tourist attraction was heard again recently by three judges at the Court of Appeal.

At the hearing, barristers representing English Heritage argued that sensible people could assess risks for themselves and that Judge Blunt´s decision – if upheld – would force historic sites into “an unduly defensive approach” – implying that a decision in Ian´s favour would result in a “plague of unattractive warning signs” around historic monuments.

However, Lords Dyson, McFarlane and Beatson upheld Ian´s injury claim for a fall at a tourist attraction. The three Appeal Court judges ruled that the risk of injury was not obvious from the location from which Ian had attempted to take photographs, and that the absence of a warning sign meant that reasonable steps had not been taken to ensure his safety.

It is not yet known whether English heritage will take the injury claim for a fall at a tourist attraction to the Supreme Court as it has implications for future injury claims at all of the organisation´s four hundred managed historic sites. Much may depend on how much compensation is awarded to Ian for his injury – the amount to be decided by a judge in the near future if a settlement is not agreed by the parties beforehand.

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Girl Airlifted to Hospital after Accident at a Trampoline Park

March 31, 2016

A teenage girl has been airlifted to hospital after an accident at a trampoline park in High Wycombe that has allegedly a reputation for serious injuries.

The unnamed teenager was airlifted to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford yesterday afternoon after suffering serious leg injuries as she jumped on a trampoline in the high performance arena of the Rush UK Trampoline Park in Cressex Business Park, High Wycombe.

According to Sam Williams – the founder and chief operating officer at Rush UK – CCTV footage of the incident is being reviewed and the trampoline park is in close contact with the family of the teenage girl. While an investigation into the accident at a trampoline park is ongoing, the park has closed the high performance arena.

The Rush UK trampoline park was opened last December by Olympic medallist Denise Lewis and, in addition to the high performance trampolines, the centre has two dodgeball courts, climbing obstacles and a foam pit. The park has attracted thousands of visitors already, but local residents are concerned that this latest accident at a trampoline park is just one of many to have occurred this year.

Readers submitting comments to the publication of the news story on BucksFreePress.com expressed concerns that the centre was allowing too many people on the trampolines at the same time, without there being enough experienced staff to supervise the activity. Several mothers wrote in to complain that their children were also injured in an accident at a trampoline park.

Several other commentators complained that they were forced to sign waivers prior to their children being allowed on the activities and, although some did not object to this practise, they felt that health and safety should be reviewed at the trampoline park. Sam Williams told BucksFreepress.com: “We will make a formal statement once our investigation has been concluded and we have consulted the family.”

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Claim for Injuries due to Ice Outside of a Church Resolved at Court

March 28, 2016

A pensioner´s claim for injuries due to ice outside of a church has been resolved at Belfast High Court with an award of £60,000 compensation.

In December 2010, Angela McCluskey (66) slipped on ice outside St Malachy´s Chapel in Armagh as she arrived at the church to light a candle on the anniversary of her niece´s death. The retired hospital cleaner and school dinner lady was taken to hospital, where she underwent surgery for injuries that included ligament damage and a dislocated knee.

Following her discharge from hospital, Angela spent a period of time confined to a wheelchair and now uses a walking stick to aid her mobility. Angela´s home in Armagh also had to be adapted to account for her impeded mobility and she has since had to move to a single-storey bungalow.

After seeking legal advice, Angela made a claim for injuries due to ice outside of a church against St Patrick’s Archdiocesan Trust – the authority responsible for the safety of visitors to St Malachy´s Chapel. The Trust denied liability for Angela´s injuries, claiming that they had salted the path on which Angela slipped the night before her accident.

The claim for injuries due to ice outside of a church went to Belfast High Court, where it was heard by Mrs Justice Siobhan Keegan. Judge Keegan was told there was no formal system in place at the time of Angela´s accident to manage the church grounds, but that the church had been doing its best during a period of extremely harsh weather to remain open to visitors.

At the end of the hearing, Judge Keegan found in Angela´s favour. The judge said that although the path on which Angela had slipped had been salted the previous evening, it should have been checked for hazards the following morning. Judge Keegan told the court: “In my view the risk was clearly foreseeable considering the extreme weather at the time”.

The judge elaborated: “The defendant knew about the bad weather conditions and in my view had the ability to take precautions to protect visitors to their premises. I consider that this incident was preventable by measures such as warning signs, closing a gate, directing pedestrians to a safe path, creating one dedicated path, [and] salting/gritting the dangerous area”.

Judge Keegan rejected any suggestion of contributory negligence, or that Angela should have taken more care in the icy conditions, and awarded her £60,000 in settlement of the claim for injuries due to ice outside of a church.

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Dog Walker Denied Council Pothole Injury Compensation

March 19, 2016

A dog walker who tried to claim council pothole injury compensation has been told that she is not eligible as the hole on which she tripped was “too small”.

Last December, Barbara Fielding (53) was walking her dog along Windermere Road in Blackpool when she tripped on a pothole in the road and fell – sustaining a significant cut to her head, a black eye, cut lip and severe bruising to her face and shoulder.

Barbara was taken by her daughter to Blackpool Victoria Hospital, where she underwent a CT scan to ensure she had not suffered any serious brain injuries; and, although the scan revealed no internal injury, it took five weeks for the lump on Barbara´s head to recede.

After recovering from her accident, Barbara wrote to Blackpool Council asking for council pothole injury compensation. However, the council wrote back to her refusing her request as – the council claimed – the hole was too small for Barbara to be eligible for injury compensation.

According to Blackpool Council´s reply, the local authority will “repair any defect in the carriageway which on inspection exceeds a measurement of 40mm”. The letter stated that Windermere Road had been inspected for potholes in June 2015, but the hole was not considered dangerous at the time.

Talking with her local newspaper, Barbara expressed her disappointment at the refusal to pay council pothole injury compensation. She told the Blackpool Gazette that her experience had a long-term effect on her health and wellbeing. She said: “I still don’t go outside much now. I’ve even changed my route when I walk my dog because every time I see that hole it brings it all back.”

Barbara is now considering her next course of action and deciding whether she should seek advice about taking legal action to recover council pothole injury compensation. “They say the hole isn’t big enough to be considered a pothole – but how big does a hole have to be?” Barbara added. “They know the extent of the injuries I had because they’ve got the photographs”.

Blackpool Council continues to deny its liability for Barbara´s injuries, although the pothole on which she tripped has now been repaired.

Editor´s Note: Following Pitman v. Southern Electricity Board in 1978 – in which the claimant was awarded compensation for tripping on a metal plate with a height of just one-eighth of an inch (3mm) -claims for council pothole injury compensation should be assessed on the length of time that the pothole has presented a risk of injury in relation to the volume of foot traffic that uses the road on which it is located.

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Company Fined for Injury due to a Hazardous Restaurant Floor

January 23, 2016

Leicester Magistrates have fined a London company with a substantial UK presence almost £30,000 following an injury due to a hazardous restaurant floor.

Trading under the name of Zizzi, Azzurri Restaurants has almost 250 outlets throughout the UK. The company has an excellent record for health and safety in its premises, but recently that record was blemished due to a series of accidents in its Belvoir Street restaurant in Leicester.

The health and safety standards at the restaurant were investigated following a slip and fall injury due to a hazardous restaurant floor suffered by assistant chef Cosmin Mihut. Cosmin had slipped on the ceramic tiled floor in the kitchen, fallen and broken his elbow.

Council investigators found that, because of the ceramic tiling, the restaurant´s kitchen floor was a hazard whether it was wet or dry. They also found that there had been a failure to conduct a risk assessment on the safety of the floor, and a failure to advise staff to wear non-slip footwear.

Further health and safety breaches included the lack of proper first-aid training and the failure to advise staff of the on-duty first-aider. Investigators also discovered that Cosmin´s injury due to a hazardous restaurant floor was the five accident of its nature in the past four months.

Leicester City Council prosecuted Azzurri Restaurants of Chapel Street, London, with multiple breaches of health and safety regulations. The company pleaded guilty to all the charges when the case went before Leister Magistrates´ Court earlier this week.

Passing sentence on the restaurant chain, bench chairman Nigel Sudborough said that it was fortunate no employee had suffered a more serious injury due to a hazardous restaurant floor in the premises. He fined the company £12,000 for failing to ensure the restaurant floor was safe and without risks to the health and safety of restaurant employees.

He also fined the company £6,000 for failing to conduct suitable risk assessments, and a further £6,000 for failing to inform restaurant staff on how to get first-aid treatment when required. The court also granted the council´s application for costs (£5,967.75) – bring the total fine for an injury due to a hazardous restaurant floor to £29,967.75.

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Child Recovering from a Scooter Accident in a Skate Park

January 15, 2016

A twelve-year-old boy is recovering from a scooter accident in a skate park after the front wheel of his scooter caught in a crack in the concrete.

On 1st October 2015, Lewis Parker from March in Cambridgeshire was playing on his scooter at the West End Park when he attempted a stunt in the skateboard bowl. Unfortunately, due to the poor state of disrepair, the front wheel of Lewis´ scooter caught in a crack in the concrete and flipped him over the handlebars.

Lewis was knocked out in the accident, but other skaters at the park had the good sense to put him in the recovery position, call an ambulance and contact his mother. Lewis was taken to Peterborough City Hospital, where he was treated for cuts and bruises, concussion and a fractured cheekbone. As a result of his scooter accident in a skate park, Lewis also suffered short-term memory loss.

Lewis´ mother – Caroline – contacted Fenland District Council over the safety of the skateboard bowl and is warning parents of the risk of injury it presents. She told her local newspaper: “I didn’t realise the state the bowl is in – it needs repairing. The crack in the bottom is really dangerous, but there are cracks round the rim and other damage caused by constant use. Every child I spoke to has had an accident.”

A spokesman for Fenland District Council said: “We were contacted asking us to investigate a loose drain and some potholes at the skate bowl. Our contractors have been down there to carry out some necessary repairs. We carry out weekly inspections of the site. Facilities like this are obviously subject to a lot of wear and tear, so we urge everyone using them to take care and inform us straightaway of problems that need fixing.”

Fortunately Lewis suffered no permanent injuries and is recovering well from his scooter accident in a skate park.

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Woman Recovers Injury Compensation for a Fall in Sainsburys

December 7, 2015

An elderly shopper has recovered a five-figure settlement of injury compensation for a fall in Sainsburys cause by a trip on loose matting.

Seventy-nine year old Jean Annis from Alsager in Cheshire was shopping in her local Sainsburys late last year when she tripped on a loose piece of matting at the entrance to the supermarket and fell heavily. Jean fractured her right arm in the accident and suffered several facial injuries.

Despite receiving prompt medical treatment, the accident caused Jean to suffer permanent nerve damage to her dominant right arm. Unfortunately Jean had another fall five months later, due to which her weakened right arm was fractured again.

Since the accident Jean has only been able to use her left hand and can no longer drive. She has been advised to undergo an operation to pin the bones in her arm to give it more strength, but is worried that her husband Norman (89) – who suffers with dementia – will have to be put into a home.

Jean sought legal advice and made a claim for injury compensation for a fall in Sainsburys. The supermarket chain was quick to acknowledge liability for Jean´s injuries and entered into negotiations with Jean´s solicitors to agree a settlement of the claim.

Although the exact amount of injury compensation for a fall in Sainsburys has not been revealed, it was disclosed by Jean´s solicitor that Jean received a five-figure settlement. Speaking about Jean´s accident, the solicitor commented:

“It is imperative that premises such as supermarkets take great care to ensure their stores are safe for visitors at all times, particularly the entrance and exit area which can become hazardous due to wear and tear caused by the sheer number of people passing through on a daily basis, and also as the result of wet weather conditions.”

A spokesperson for the supermarket said: “Mrs Annis is a valued customer and we are pleased that her claim for compensation for a fall in Sainsburys has been settled”.

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Family Recover Compensation for the Failure to Notice Burns

November 11, 2015

Two sisters from Rotherham have recovered compensation for the failure to notice burns sustained by their elderly mother after she fell in her bathroom.

Despite suffering from dementia, ninety-year-old Jessie King lived as independent a life as possible in her home in Rotherham. She was visited regularly by her daughters and a District Nurse, and two carers visited her every morning to help her get out of bed and showered.

On 15th February 2012, Jessie was visited as usual by the two carers but – on this particular day – Jessie fell while she was in the bathroom and landed with her back against a radiator. The two carers called in a specialist home care services provider – Rothercare – to assist them after Jessie´s fall, but failed to realise that the radiator against which Jessie was leaning was still turned on.

When the home care specialists arrived, Jessie was helped to her feet. Nobody noticed the severe burns on Jessie´s back and she was left to finish showering while the two carers prepared her breakfast. It was not until four hours later, when Jessie was visited by her daughter Denise and the District Nurse that the injury was noticed.

The District Nurse arranged for Jessie to be taken by ambulance to the Northern General Hospital, where she was referred to the Burns Unit. Due to the extent of the burns on her back, Jessie had to undergo skin graft surgery and was in pain for the next four months.

Due to not being able to represent herself, a claim for compensation for the failure to notice burns was made by another of Jessie´s daughters – Jean. The claim against Nestor Primecare Services Ltd trading as Saga Home Care alleged that the level of care provided for Jessie by the two carers was negligent and directly led to her burns injuries.

Nestor Primecare Services Ltd denied responsibility for Jessie´s burns injuries but, after solicitors got involved, the company agreed to an undisclosed settlement of compensation for the failure to notice burns. Sadly Jessie passed away in May 2013.

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Claims for Injuries from Potholes in Inverness Exceed £600,000

November 3, 2015

The Inverness Courier has revealed that more than £600,000 worth of claims for injuries from potholes in Inverness have been made in the past six years.

According to the Inverness Courier, a total of £610,000 of claims for injuries from potholes and uneven pavements have been filed against the Highland Council in the past six years. However, only £106,000 has been paid in compensation during that time – leaving the council with an outstanding liability of more than half a million pounds.

The Inverness Courier published details of some of the claims for injuries from potholes after acquiring specific data via a Freedom of Information request to the Highland Council. The largest outstanding claim in terms of value concerns a resident who fell due to a pothole in Baron Taylor Street in Inverness City Centre in February 2012. Having sustained a serious back injury, the accident victim made a claim for £147,591 compensation; but is still waiting after three and a half years for his claim to be resolved.

Other outstanding claims for injuries from potholes and uneven pavements in Inverness include:

  • A claim for £25,615 for a leg injury suffered in a fall in a pothole in January 2013 on Fortrose´s Tavern Road.
  • A claim for £15,387 was made in July 2014 after a pedestrian suffered a serious facial injury due to falling over a pothole in Southside Road.
  • A claim for £3,637 was made in June 2014 for another back injury sustained due to a trip and fall accident in Inverness City Centre.

In its 2014/2015 annual report, the Scottish Maintenance Road Condition Survey ranked Highland Council third-worst of the thirty-two Scottish local authorities for the condition of its roads. Last year around 6,000 road and pavement maintenance faults were reported to the Highland Council – although these figures are likely to include multiple reports of the same fault from different members of the public.

Responding to the significant number of outstanding claims for injuries from potholes, a council spokesperson said: “In 2014/15 the council set aside funding to be used in identifying and testing better ways to achieve a shift towards more potholes being repaired permanently rather than temporarily and also to identify cost effective and sustainable recycling techniques for more substantial repairs to road construction”.

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Former Prison Officer Awarded Compensation for Slipping on Ice

October 9, 2015

A former prison officer has been awarded £496,717 compensation for slipping on ice and fracturing his ankle while on duty at HMP Woodhill in Buckinghamshire.

Simon Butler (47) from Peterborough in Cambridgeshire was on guard dog patrol at the Milton Keynes prison in December 2009, when he slipped on an icy path and fractured his ankle as he fell over. Simon had been in constant pain ever since and may have to have his lower foot amputated.

Due to the extent of the injury, Simon was medically retired from the prison service. He sought legal advice and claimed compensation for slipping on ice from the Ministry of Justice, who admitted that the path should have been gritted and conceded liability for his injury.

Unfortunately it was not possible to agree a settlement of compensation for slipping on ice, and Simon´s case went to the High Court where it was heard by Judge Rosalind Coe QC. The court was told how Simon used to be a very active individual, but now relies on his wife for day-to-day support.

The court heard how – prior to his accident – the quality of Simon´s life was dependent on his ability to walk. He would go out training with his son, play cricket and kick a ball around with his family. Now, according to Simon´s barrister, Simon has descended into a “sedentary figure”.

Judge Coe awarded Simon £496,717 compensation for slipping on ice, and granted him the right to return to court for an increased settlement if his condition deteriorates any further and an amputation of his lower foot is required.

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Man Receives Compensation for an Accident Cleaning Gutters

September 4, 2015

A Devon man is to receive compensation for an accident cleaning gutters after resolving an injury claim against his former employer that lasted ten years.

In 2005, Mark Jeffery (now 47 years of age) was employed as a warehouse worker by the Chaplin´s DIY Superstore in Plympton, Devon, when he was asked to clean out the store´s gutters. Mark was provided with tools to do the job and set about the task.

However, while Mark was on top of the two-storey building, he lost his balance and fell to the pavement below – shattering his left leg. Mark was rushed to hospital, where surgeons tried to save the leg; but after thirteen operations over the course of eight years, Mark´s left leg had to be amputated.

Prior to the amputation of his leg, Mark had sought legal advice and made a claim for compensation for an accident cleaning gutters. In his legal action, Mark alleged that the tools he had been provided with were inadequate and there had been a failing by the company to ensure his safety.

Chaplin´s contested the claim for compensation for an accident cleaning gutters – arguing that all the tools needing to complete the job safely had been provided. However, after Mark´s solicitors issued court proceedings, Chaplin´s conceded liability and a settlement of Mark´s claim was negotiated amounting to £530,000.

Speaking after his claim had been settled, Mark said: “Although devastated to lose my leg, I tried to stay positive throughout the process. While recovering, I retrained as a qualified counsellor, specialising in trauma, so that I could offer support and advice to those going through similar experiences”.

Mark´s settlement of compensation for an accident cleaning gutters includes a consideration for Mark´s loss of amenity – he was previously a very active man who engaged in a lot of sporting activities – and his psychological trauma, due to which Mark underwent a series of counselling sessions.

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