Case studies

Other accidents

Highways Authority claim for an aquaplaned vehicle

Damages were recovered for a client injured when their car aquaplaned on a road that was flooded following heavy rainfall. The car spun into the middle of the opposite lane and back before hitting a sign post. The claim was brought against the Highways Authority on the basis that they were responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the road and had failed to take appropriate steps to minimise the known risk of flooding and to warn motorists of that risk, despite having assessed the flood risk as high. Court proceedings were necessary as a result of disputed liability, before the claim eventually settled.

Passenger in a vehicle developed Fibromyalgia

Compensation of almost £100,000 was obtained by a passenger in a car who developed fibromyalgia as a result of a road traffic accident; despite the claim being disputed.

Child suffered a skull and leg fracture from roof fall

A claim was pursued successfully for a youth who fell through the roof of a disused building onto a concrete floor suffering a number of injuries including a fractured leg and skull. The claim was based upon the building being an “allurement” to children, as the building had been derelict for a number of years and children were known to play there. Although the claim was disputed by the owner of the building, a substantial settlement was achieved.

Successful gym injury claim

Compensation was obtained for a client who developed back problems after following a personalised fitness programme devised for her by the Manager of a Gym that she had joined in order to improve her fitness. The programme was found to have been inappropriate for someone with a previous history of back problems.

Elderly client fell at a UK airport

A substantial award was obtained for an elderly client who suffered serious injuries in a fall at a UK airport when she fell over coving at the base of a pillar that protruded into the walkway. Although other pillars had metal railings surrounding the lower part of the pillar, so as to prevent pedestrians tripping, the railings were missing on this particular pillar. The hazard was made worse as it was similar in colour to the surrounding walls and flooring.

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