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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.

Hotel Bedbug Bite Compensation of 3,200 Pounds Awarded to Sisters

Two sisters, whose stay in London was ruined by the bites they received from bedbugs present in the bedding at their hotel, have each been awarded 1,600 pounds in compensation in an out-of-court settlement.

Melanie Carmen (59) from Whitstable, Kent, and Joy McDonagh (51) from Sidcup, Kent, stayed three nights in London at the Airways Hotel in Victoria in February 2010 to celebrate Joy´s 50th birthday. However, after their first night in the hotel, both were covered in bites from an infestation of bedbugs.

They reported the issue to hotel staff and requested that they were moved to another room. However, there were also bedbugs in the change of room and, after two further nights of poor sleep, the women had a total of 138 bites between them.

After seeking legal guidance, Melanie and Joy sued the Airways Hotel for personal injury compensation and without accepting liability, the hotel settled out of court – paying each 1,600 pounds to cover the women´s medical expenses and loss of earnings as they were unable to immediately return to work after their visit to London.

Broken Leg Holiday Accident Woman Compensated

A tourist, who broke her leg and suffered head injuries when falling down a pool maintenance shaft while holidaying in Turkey, has been compensated by the holiday firm through who she booked her vacation.

Michelle Dragon (49) from Southend, Essex, had been on holiday with some friends in the resort town of Marmaris in 2006, and was returning to her room at the Club Sarba Hotel when the accident happened. A shaft which was used for storage and pool maintenance had been left uncovered by hotel staff and Michelle – not aware that the grill had been removed – fell down into the shaft, knocking herself unconscious and breaking her right leg.

Due to her injuries Michelle spent ten days in a Turkish Hospital, during which time she underwent two operations in order to attach metal plates to her broken leg in order for her to travel home. On her return to the UK, Michelle underwent eight months of rehabilitation – having to re-learn how to walk again with a metal brace attached.

In 2008, Michelle was capable of returning to work – although only for 25 hours per week – but, in 2009, she had to undergo a further operation to take a bone graft from her hip to fuse her damaged ankle. At the time Michelle´s doctors were afraid that she may lose her leg, but Michelle recovered sufficiently to walk with the assistance of crutches.

After taking legal counsel, Michelle sued the travel firm through which she had booked the holiday – Goldtrail Holidays – and although they had gone out of business in 2010, a settlement was reached with their insurers for an undisclosed six-figure sum.

Farm Fatalities Continue to Rise

A conference in Dublin, organised by the Health and Safety Authority, Teagasc and the Farm Safety Partnership Advisory Committee has heard that the number of farm fatalities has already reached 16 this year, and is on its way to passing the twenty year high of 26 farm-related deaths in 2010.

Main speaker at the event, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney, heard that the highest proportion of deaths on farms was due to accidents with machinery, but that other hazards – such as the handling of livestock and the prevention of falls – also had to be tackled.

The Minister responded by telling those present that “People working on farms need to be more conscious of safety requirements, in particular since in many instances they are working on their own. A significant change in mindset is required if we are to prevent further serious farm accidents”.

He went on to say “By continuously talking about and being aware of farm safety we can together bring about a change of culture and farmer thinking in this area”, and concluded his speech by saying “changing farmers´ attitudes is ultimately about self-regulation”.

The conference, which was hosted in Castleknock heralded the first time that an international meeting on agricultural occupational health and safety had been held in Ireland, and representatives from the United States, Norway, Denmark, Italy and Great Britain were also in attendance.

Wrongful Death Compensation for Family of Iraqi Victim

An Iraqi family, whose son was supposedly killed by British Armed Forces in Iraq, has won its fight for wrongful death compensation from the Ministry of Defence.

Saeed Shabram, 18, of Basra, Iraq, had been held by British troops on suspicion of looting in May 2003, and was taken with his cousin, Menem Akaili, into the Shatt al-Arab River by soldiers in an act of “wetting” – an unofficial action intended to humiliate the perpetrators of petty crime in the area.

Bystanders took Menem out of the river, but Saeed´s body disappeared. Saeed´s father employed a diver to search for Saeed and, after a four hour wait, Saeed´s lifeless body was pulled from the river – bloated and covered with bruises.

After seeking legal counsel, the Shabram family sued the Ministry of Defence for wrongful death and just before the case was to be heard in London´s Royal Courts of Justice, lawyers for the family announced that an out-of-court settlement had been agreed.

Without accepting liability for the wrongful death of Saeed, the Ministry of Defence agreed to pay 100,000 pounds to his family and a further unreported sum to Menem.

Van Accident Victim Awarded 177,575 Euros

A woman who was hit by a van while crossing a busy Dublin street has been awarded almost 178,000 Euros in van accident victim compensation in the High Court.

Amy McKernan (36) from North Ewington, Oxfordshire, was crossing the street at the junction of Wicklow Street and Clarendon Street on May 7th 2002, when she was struck by a van driven by Yuk Fong from Dublin. The force of the collision threw her onto the bonnet of the vehicle, before she landed on the road surface – sustaining facial and back injuries.

In her van accident victim claim against Mr Fong and the owner of the van – Mr Yau Tsali Li – Amy claimed that the van was driven at excessive speed, as she had seen the van pulling away from the Chinese restaurant outside which it had been parked and felt she still had plenty of time to cross the road.

Yuk Fong and Yau Tsali Li denied the van accident victim claims, and counter-claimed that Amy had contributed to her own injuries by failing to keep a proper lookout. However, as Amy was about to step onto the footpath when the accident happened, Mr. Justice John Quirke at the High Court determined that Amy had established negligence in the driving of the van, whereas the defendants had failed to show that Amy had in any way been responsible for the accident and her injuries.

Car Accident Brain Damaged Mother Wins Multi Million Pound Settlement

A 48-year-old single mother, who was catastrophically injured in a road traffic accident in 2009, has settled her claim with the negligent driver´s insurance company in a settlement which experts believe to be worth many millions of pounds.

The woman, who requested not to be named, was driving along Miles Gray Road in Basildon, Essex, when she was involved in a head on collision with the Ford Ka driven by 76 year old Ernest Bromsgrove. Tragically, the pensioner had suffered a heart attack and lost consciousness as he was driving, and the collision caused in his death.

The anonymous woman was so badly injured that she had to be airlifted to the Queens Hospital in Romford for emergency treatment and now suffers from permanent paralysis on the left hand side of her body and is confined to a wheelchair. Due to the incident, the woman driver also suffers from eyesight problems and has difficulty communicating with her family.

The pensioner´s insurance firm accepted liability for the woman´s injuries and negotiated a personal injury compensation settlement with the victim´s legal representatives. The details of the out of court settlement were not elaborated on however, as it has to provide life time care for the victim. is anticipated to be many millions of pounds.