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Serious Injury News January to June 2011

Thompsons Serious Injuries Team is made up of expert lawyers who specialise in compensation claims for all types of catastrophic injuries, including brain injury, spinal injury, serious burns and amputations. To read more about the serious injuries department and how we can help you visit our Serious injuries page.

Our Serious Injuries Team have put together a commentary of recent news and HSE prosecutions, some of which Thompsons may be acting in.

Links to press releases for other periods can be found on the main Serious Injury News page.


30th June 2011

Students set off on cycling challenge to raise money and awareness

A group of students from Stockton are tackling the Coast to Coast bike ride in a dual effort to raise money for the school and awareness about cycling safely.


30th June 2011

Workplace Fatalities Increase

Statistics show an alarming rise in workplace deaths over the past year, according to figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).


30th June 2011

Risk of huge medical bills after a serious injury abroad

The average cost of medical treatment overseas is £2,040 based on figures released by the Association of British Insurers (ABI).


29th June 2011

Head Injuries and Sport

With the Wimbledon fortnight well underway, one British tennis player in particular will be only too pleased to take to the courts after a freak accident a year ago threatened her career.


24th June 2011

Road Safety Awareness: Reducing Brain Injuries

David Robinson, a solicitor who works as part of a team of specialist brain injury solicitors at national law firm Thompsons Solicitors, has recently attended an assembly at Ayresome Primary School, Middlesbrough, to mark the end of their 'Stay Safe Week'.


17th June 2011

Family of man crushed to death receives damages

The family of a dad of three who was crushed to death in a tragic and avoidable workplace accident has received compensation from his employers.


17th June 2011

Brain Injury Solicitors Support a 'Brain Injury Information Exchange'

Helen Shakespeare, a solicitor working within a specialised team of brain injury solicitors at National Firm Thompsons Solicitors and a Committee Member of Sheffield Headway, invites everyone to a 'Brain Injury Information Exchange'.


17th June 2011

Employee electrocuted whilst operating a crane

An employee suffered an electrocution whilst operating a crane Southampton Crown Court heard.


16th June 2011

Your Say – letter to the Teesside Evening Gazette about Protecting Pupils

David Robinson, a solicitor who specialises in serious injuries at Thompsons Solicitors responds to a report in the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette about accidents to children at school.


15th June 2011

Family welcomes law aimed at uninsured drivers

The family of a teenager, who suffered a brain injury after being hit by an uninsured driver, has welcomed a new law which makes it illegal to own a vehicle without insurance.


15th June 2011

One in 20 drivers do not wear seatbelts, according to a survey carried out by the AA

The AA has carried out the biggest ever Streetwatch survey of driver behaviour conducted in Britain. The findings were compiled by 400 volunteers who observed 40,000 vehicles in April and May this year.


8th June 2011

E-Coli outbreak in Germany

The current E-Coli outbreak in Germany has killed 22 people so far and has left over 2,000 people requiring medical treatment.


3rd June 2011

Chevron Pembroke Oil Refinery

Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the four individuals who have been killed in an explosion at the Chevron Pembroke Oil Refinery.


26th May 2011

Employee’s arm dragged into unguarded machine

An employee suffered severe crush injuries which required almost a hundred stitches to his hand, wrist and arm after being pulled into an unguarded machine Huntingdon Magistrates Court heard.


23rd May 2011

Serving Soldier Suffers Serious Brain Injury

It is so positive to see a brain injury survivor who was injured in service to be on the brink of returning home following successful treatment.


23rd May 2011

Pioneering treatment helps paralysed man walk again

On Friday 20 May, the Nursing Times reported the story of a man from the United States, who is paralysed from the chest down, being able to stand after receiving electrical stimulation of his spinal cord.


20th May 2011

Thompsons Manchester Staff put on their Hats for Headway

Staff in the Manchester office of Thompsons Solicitors put on their hats to raise money for Headway, the brain injury charity raising £250. The annual 'Hats for Headway' fundraising event aims to raise vital funds for Headway, who give help and support to those affected by brain injury.


19th May 2011

Teams still wanted for charity football match

A charity football tournament is being held by a North East firm of Solicitors to help raise funds for a much-needed charity for disabled children.


16th May 2011

Action for Brain Injury Week Art Exhibition

Headway Preston & Chorley launched the start of Action for Brain Injury Week with an exhibition of art at Royal Preston Hospital on Monday 9 May 2011.


13th May 2011

On Your Bike!

It is inspirational to read the story of RAF Sergeant who sustained amputations to both of his legs now engaged in a cycle challenge for charity.


13th May 2011

Child Brain Injuries

Child brain injuries can sometimes be something of a taboo. People don't like talking about them. However, the BBC has recently addressed the issue in an episode of its school drama, Waterloo Road.


6th May 2011

Brain Injury Awareness Week

Brain injury affects people of all ages and from all social backgrounds. Action for Brain Injury Week is about telling people about the impact of brain injury on both the individual survivor and the family, and also about raising awareness as to the dangers that can lead to a traumatic brain injury.


21st April 2011

Brain Injury Survivor's Personal Story

It is a testament to the personal determination of one brain injury survivor that he has completed the London Marathon just 8 months after sustaining a serious brain injury.


20th April 2011

Rise in Head Injury Claims to Cyclists

Accidents over the holiday period are on the rise yet again as another individual has sustained a serious head injury.


14th April 2011

Family speak out after firm fined for causing worker’s death

The family of a man who was crushed to death after a workplace accident has welcomed a crown court sentence but has said the punishment can never make up for the loss of life.


12th April 2011

Road Safety Concerns During School Holiday Period

With the Easter Holidays upon us, road safety concerns for children have been raised following 2 separate road traffic accidents on Teesside.


11th April 2011

Sheffield Brain Injury Scheme for Children

A new pilot scheme is being launched in Sheffield to help children who are suffering with brain injuries.


8th April 2011

BBC Addresses the Consequences of Head Injuries from Falls

Television programmes can raise a lot about awareness of the dangers of head injury and brain injury. David Robinson, a specialist brain injury solicitor and spinal cord injury solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors, has some interesting observations on one programme he recently viewed.


1st April 2011

Activity event goes well for brain injury charity

People with brain injuries and their families were able to discover new hobbies and rediscover old ones during a special event at Kielder.


16th March 2011

Headway Bradford fights for those affected by brain injury

Headway continues to fight for all those affected by brain injury up and down the Country.


16th March 2011

New ITV drama ‘Monroe’

The programme centres on a brain surgeon who is played by James Nesbitt.


15th March 2011

Kwik-Fit worker died after tyre dropped on his head

A widow whose husband died following a tragic workplace accident has received a substantial sum in compensation.


15th March 2011

Headway Sheffield Coffee Mornings

Sheffield Headway is continuing to host its popular coffee morning at Zooby’s Cafe in the spectacular Winter Garden in the heart of Sheffield city centre.


14th March 2011

Headway Sheffield Climbing Night

Following a long tradition of the sport in the Sheffield area, Headway Sheffield is holding a Climbing Night on Tuesday 29th March 2011 at 6.30pm at Sheffield’s famous climbing centre, The Foundry, Unit 2, Mowbray Street, Sheffield S3 8EN.


11th March 2011

Factory prank ends in spinal injury

A factory worker who suffered a serious spinal injury when his 22-stone colleague jumped on his back has received a substantial sum in compensation after help from Thompsons Solicitors.


11th March 2011

One in four construction sites in Newcastle are so dangerous that lives are being put at risk

This announcement by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), follows a month of inspections across the region in February.


10th March 2011

Headway Preston & Chorley ABI Information Day

Headway Preston & Chorley is holding an acquired brain injury (ABI) Information Day at Chorley Hospital to raise awareness of the services that are available through the charity.


9th March 2011

Headway East London - charity fund raising event

The “Dance Marathon” on Saturday 26 February 2011 held by Headway East London at the Rich Mix, Shoreditch, was an event to remember.


8th March 2011

Seriously Injured Clients – Looking after their Immediate Needs

A seriously injured client – whether it be a brain injury, spinal cord injury or a traumatic amputation – will have sustained a life changing event. They will need considerable assistance and support to adapt to the change in their circumstances and loss of their previous life.


8th March 2011

Teenager warns of dangers of uninsured bikers

A survivor of a major motorcycle crash and his family from the North East are warning motorcyclists of the consequences of not getting insured and failing to wear helmets.


8th March 2011

We are pleased to announce that Mike Hope has joined the London and South East region as a consultant Client Support Co-ordinator

He brings with him considerable experience in acquired brain injury (ABI) and has worked within health and social care, as a case manager and joint funded brain injury co ordinator.


1st March 2011

Brain Injury Programme up for an Award

“Between Life and Death”, a BBC programme filmed in a brain injury unit, has been nominated for best single documentary with the Royal British Television Awards.


1st March 2011

Local Support for Brain Injury Charity

It is pleasing to see that a local business is committed to supporting charity at a time of cuts.


23rd February 2011

Headway Salford and Trafford

Headway House, which serves the Salford and Trafford area is a day centre run by volunteers for those affected by traumatic brain injury.


23rd February 2011

Richard Hammond's appeal on behalf of ‘Spinal Research’

Spinal Research is a leading charity in "funding medical research around the world to develop reliable treatments for paralysis caused by a broken back or neck".


21st February 2011

Headway Fundraising Event

Get your dancing shoes on! Headway East London is holding its third annual ‘Dance Marathon’ on Saturday 26 February 2011 at the Rich Mix, Shoreditch.


16th February 2011

Brain injury charity appoints Thompsons’ solicitor as Treasurer

Brain injury charity Headway, based in Chester le Street and Durham, has elected Nicky White from Thompsons Solicitors’ Serious Injuries Unit as Treasurer.


14th February 2011

Ban the Glass Bottle

This week sees 21 year old Jack Nutting, a brain injury survivor, holding a demonstration in Plymouth to raise awareness of the dangers of glass bottles in pubs and clubs.


14th February 2011

Victim of serious spinal injury remains positive and fully engaged with rehabilitation programme

Mark Pollock, a 34 year old who lost his sight in 1998, fell from a house window in July 2010, causing him to sustained serious spinal cord injuries. As a result Mr. Pollock was paralysed from the waist down.


13th February 2011

Importance of wearing ski helmets

Ski holidays have increased in popularity over recent years, and recent celebrity fatalities caused by head injuries have brought the issue within the media spotlight.


3rd February 2011

Interactive guide - What to do following a road accident


2nd February 2011

Cyclist receives compensation after losing leg in accident

A Unite the union member who had to have his leg amputated after he was hit by a car while cycling has received £750,000 in compensation.


24th January 2011

Shredded arm leads to steel firm paying damages

A factory quality inspector whose arm was shredded by a circular saw has received compensation after help from his trade union.


21st January 2011

£300,000 for factory worker’s arm / hand crushed by machine

A factory worker whose hand was dragged into a machine and crushed has received £300,000 in compensation.


18th January 2011

Expansion for leading North East and Cumbria serious injuries unit

Thompsons Solicitors has appointed former social worker Des O’Meara and solicitor Nicky White in an expansion of its specialist serious injuries unit in the North East and Cumbria.


14th January 2011

David Robinson is new Secretary to Headway Teesside

David Robinson, a Serious Injuries Solicitor specialising in head injuries at Thompsons Solicitors, has been elected as Secretary to Headway Teesside at its Annual General Meeting.


14th January 2011

Cemex compensate family for fatal explosion

The family of a young factory worker who died in a workplace explosion has received a substantial sum in compensation just days before the third anniversary of his death.


12th January 2011

Network Rail pays significant damages to widow of Rail Worker

The widow of a rail worker, whose husband died in April 2007 when he was struck by a fast-moving train, has been awarded a substantial sum in compensation by Network Rail.


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