Month: September 2011

Taxi Accident Girl Awarded 3 Million Pounds

A 22-year-old woman, who suffered severe brain injuries when she was hit by a taxi when only 14 years of age, has had a 3 million pounds compensation settlement approved by the High Court in London.

Vicki Hart was crossing a road in January 2004 when the taxi driver failed to see her due to wet weather conditions and knocked her down. Vicki suffered many injuries including a broken neck, a fractured skull and brain damage which later caused a major stroke. Doctors said that it was likely at the time of the incident that she would die, however Vicki survived her injuries – although now experiencing profound disabilities which mean she requires 24-hour care.

A 3 million pounds brain injury compensation settlement was agreed upon with the insurers of the negligent driver and, in London´s High Court, Judge Mr Justice Spencer said that he had “no hesitation” in approving the compensation agreement – praising both Vicki´s mother, Karen, and her step-father for their commitment and devotion to Vicki.

Fairground Injury Compensation Awarded to Young Girl

An unnamed 13-year old girl, who suffered bruising and abrasions after falling beneath a faulty fairground safety restraint bar, is to receive 750.00 pounds in personal injury compensation from the operator of the ride.

The girl had been at the Copmanthorpe Carnival in York, where she went on a ride called as the “Cliffhanger Miami Trip, where riders sit in a row and are taken up, down and round at speed. Soon after the ride began, her restraint bar became loose and the girl slipped underneath it – falling four metres onto a concrete surface and narrowly missing moving steelwork.

The girl was brought to nearby Selby Hospital suffering from bruising and abrasions and sent home after treatment. Following a Health and Safety Executive investigation into the incident, Terry Reynolds, 28, of Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, was found guilty of negligently operating the ride and in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 by failing to take reasonable care of those affected by his work activities.

Selby Magistrates’ Court gave Reynolds a three-year conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £750 fairground injury compensation to the injured girl.

Wrong Side of Road Car Accident Compensation Settlement Agreed

A pensioner, who received severe injuries when she was involved in a car accident with a foreign driver who was driving on the incorrect side of the road, has settled her car injury compensation claim with the driver´s insurers.

Ann Roberts (79) of Battenhall, Worcestershire, had been travelling between Leominster and Ludlow on the B4361, when French motorist Alain Le Den collided with her because he had been driving on the wrong side of the road.

Ann, a former teacher, had to air lifted to Birmingham´s Selly Oak hospital, where she was treated for several broken bones and a collapsed lung. She also hada brace attached to her skull to assist keeping her neck from sustaining further damage.

Mr Le Den´s French car insurance company agreed with the police reports and Ann´s evidence that their client was negligent and agreed an out-of-court settlement to provide her with car injury compensation for the injuries she sustained in the accident.

PTSD Compensation for Father after Daughter´s Death

A father, whose daughter was killed by a careless driver who had just passed his driving test, has been awarded 25,000 pounds by Cardiff Court of Civil Justice for the psychological injury he suffered due to the fatal accident.

Terence Jones, of Ebbw Vale, Powys, told the court and His Honour Judge Seys Llewellyn QC how the death of his daughter, Louise (16), along with three friends in November 2006 had caused him to suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the aftermath of the incident.

In a civil case taken against the careless driver – Craig Ramshaw (22) – Mr Jones claimed that he was a secondary victim and was supported in his claim by psychiatrist Dr David Thomas. Dr Thomas gave expert testimony that Mr Jones had required psychiatric treatment since the accident at Llangynidr Moors.

The judge advised Mr Jones that no amount of money could compensate for the loss of a daughter, but agreed with the plaintiff that he had suffered a psychological injury and awarded him personal injury compensation of 25,000 pounds – the settlement to be made by Mr Ramshaw´s car insurance company.