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Serious Injury News July to December 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.


21st December 2011

Cyclist seriously injured in accident receives six figure sum in damages

A father of three who was left for dead after his bike was hit by a car on his way to work has received a six figure sum in damages after help from his trade union lawyers.


21st December 2011

A Middlesbrough salon and local pupils raise money for a brain injury charity

Gallagher's hair salon on Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough are selling Christmas cards designed by local school children to raise money for the brain injury charity, Headway Teesside.


15th December 2011

Worker trapped by forklift dies from her injuries

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have launched an investigation after a female employee died at a Bristol based wholesalers.


14th December 2011

Apprentice mechanic injured by bus collapse

A Barnsley bus firm has been fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following breaches of Health and Safety law which left an apprentice mechanic with serious facial injuries.


13th December 2011

Fatalities on the A590 in Cumbria

Statistics compiled by Cumbria Constabulary have revealed that 30 people have been killed on the A590 between the end of 2000 and the end of 2010.


13th December 2011

Bristol man becomes bionic

A man who lost his fingers in an industrial accident has been given a second chance to carry on life as normal thanks to cutting edge prosthetic technology and a compensation claim won by Thompsons Solicitors with the backing of Unite the union.


9th December 2011

Trading estate blast leaves four injured

Four men have been injured following an explosion at a Kidderminster trading estate.


8th December 2011

Railway worker receives £750,000 after legs severed by train

A railway worker who lost both legs after they were run over by a train has received £750,000 in compensation.


7th December 2011

Sixteenth cyclist death in London

A former art student and charity volunteer became the sixteenth cyclist to be killed on London's roads so far this year.


6th December 2011

Mobility scooter collision leaves pensioner with serious injuries

A 79-year-old woman has been left with serious injuries after a van collided with her mobility scooter.


30th November 2011

Agency farm worker injured following a fall from height

A Shropshire poultry farm has been prosecuted following a workplace accident which left an agency worker with serious injuries.


30th November 2011

Two nursery children victims of E-Coli poisoning

Part of a Surrey nursery has been closed for a deep clean after one case of E-Coli poisoning has been confirmed and a second looks probable.


30th November 2011

Patient dies from Legionnaires’ disease due to hospital failings

An inquest ruled that serious failings at Basildon Hospital to control Legionnaires' disease had led to the death of a patient in March last year.


28th November 2011

Thompsons lends support to campaign group for acquired brain injury

Thompsons Solicitors is supporting a new consortium of charities and pressure groups to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by young offenders suffering from acquired brain injury (ABI).


23rd November 2011

Allergic reaction to hair dye

On 30 October 2011, 38 year old Julie McCabe was rushed to hospital when she suddenly started suffering breathing problems. On the way to the hospital her heart stopped and although hospital staff started her heart beating again she has suffered brain damage and is currently in a coma. It is thought unlikely she will recover.


21st November 2011

Fatal Cyclist Accident

Cyclists are at greater risk as the winter months are upon us, and the dangers were highlighted by the tragic death of a cyclist in Stockton on Tees.


18th November 2011

Car accident victim receives £850,000 after disabling injury

A man left needing more than 30 operations on his seriously injured leg following a car accident has received £850,000 in compensation after help from Thompsons Solicitors.


17th November 2011

Botulism Poisoning

Jars of Loyd Grossman Korma Sauce are being recalled as a precautionary measure after two children were diagnosed with botulism after eating a meal made with the curry sauce over the weekend.


8th November 2011

Daredevils raise money for North East charity

Daredevil legal experts from Thompsons Solicitors threw themselves off one of Tyneside's most famous landmarks to help raise more than £1,000 for a North East head injury charity.


3rd November 2011

Sailor critically injured in fall on yacht

A 63-year-old sailor was airlifted to hospital on the 1st November following a fall on board a yacht.


2nd November 2011

One year anniversary of Salford gas blast

On the 2nd November 2010 residents in the Irlam area of Salford were woken by a blast that destroyed homes and left 15 people injured. One year on the investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) continues to gather evidence


26th October 2011

Launch of child road safety campaign

The Department of Transport has launched a new road safety campaign aimed at children.


25th October 2011

Cyclists urged to be doubly careful as nights draw in

As the nights, and mornings, get darker cyclists are being urged to be doubly careful by one of the specialist solicitors often called in to help deal with the consequences of accidents.


22nd October 2011

Student killed in nightclub crush

An investigation is underway after a stampede at a Northampton nightclub left one girl dead and two others seriously injured.


21st October 2011

Firework Safety Campaign

A firework safety campaign has been launched across the country promoting firework safety in the build up to bonfire night.


20th October 2011

Family of car crash victim receives damages

The family of a teenager who was killed in a car crash has received damages for his death from the car driver's insurers.


20th October 2011

Campaign for improved road safety

A mother from Sheffield is campaigning for an improvement in road safety after her nine-year-old son was seriously injured on a road in the Manor area of the city.


18th October 2011

Thompsons Solicitors shows support for Paralympian hopeful

Essex-born Paralympian swimmer Amy Marren has been given a boost thanks to support of Thompsons Solicitors. The firm has sponsored the 13-year-old Paralympian swimmer in her quest to win gold.


13th October 2011

Three injured in food festival fire

An investigation is underway after gas cylinders exploded at the Manchester Food and Drink Festival.


7th October 2011

Bus driver loses second leg

A London bus driver who lost his right leg at the age of 5 but used a prosthetic limb, led a full life, and many people did not know he was an amputee. He fears he may never work again after losing his second leg in a horrific accident.


6th October 2011

Farm safety event aims to cut workplace accidents

Farming and agriculture has the worst accident rate of any industrial sector in the UK and across the world. Hundreds of workers are killed or seriously injured every year.


3rd October 2011

E-Coli outbreak linked to soil on vegetables and fruit

People are being urged to wash fresh produce such as fruit and vegetables thoroughly, after experts linked bacteria found in soil and an 8 month E-Coli outbreak.


3rd October 2011

Blind spot motorway accidents increase

The amount of road traffic accidents caused by drivers failing to check their blind spot has risen by almost half over the last two years, a study has revealed.


30th September 2011

Chance to zip wire across Tyne to raise funds for brain injury charity

Daredevils are being given the chance to throw themselves off one of Tyneside's most famous landmarks to raise funds for a North East charity this October.


23rd September 2011

Thompsons Solicitors celebrates 90 years fighting for justice for injured people

Thompsons Solicitors, the most experienced personal injury law firm in the UK, is celebrating 90 years since being established in September 1921.


23rd September 2011

Employer prosecuted after employee loses fingers

A Somerset precision engineering firm has been prosecuted after a teenage employee lost four fingers in an accident at work.


22nd September 2011

School Bus Crash in Darlington

This morning in Darlington, a school bus carrying approximately 50 students hit a low railway bridge, resulting in many of the passengers requiring hospital treatment.


19th September 2011

Thompsons Solicitors joins Limb Loss Legal Panel

Personal injury expert Thompsons Solicitors has announced it will be working in partnership with a national charity to provide legal advice to those who have suffered the loss of a limb.


13th September 2011

Gas Safety Week

The first ever gas safety week was launched on the 12th September by the Gas Safe Register (previously CORGI). The purpose is to raise awareness of gas safety and to encourage home owners, landlords, and employers to check gas appliances.


8th September 2011

David Miliband MP highlights dangers of cycling without a helmet

South Shields MP, David Miliband will be highlighting the dangers of cycling without a helmet during a visit to Harton Primary School on Friday, September 9, 2011.


7th September 2011

Contractor receives compensation after using faulty piece of equipment

A self employed metal worker whose fingers were severed by a faulty piece of equipment has received a substantial six figure sum in compensation.


2nd September 2011

An Action Packed Autumn for Headway Preston and Chorley

Committee member Imogen Wetton reports on the activities of Headway Preston and Chorley. Imogen is a specialist brain injury solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors.


1st September 2011

Statutory services for brain injury military claims

David Robinson, a Solicitor specialising in brain injury compensation claims and military claims at national firm Thompsons Solicitors, comments upon the shortfall in statutory services following discharge.


1st September 2011

Fair ground injuries across the UK

A woman sustained serious head injuries after a fairground ride collapsed at a seaside amusement park at Skegness Pleasure Beach in Lincolnshire on the 30th August.


1st September 2011

Child Brain Injury Trust's Helpline Information Project

Thompsons Solicitors, specialist solicitors who daily deal with brain injury compensation claims, welcome the Child Brain Injury Trust's Helpline Information Project.


31st August 2011

Statistics released from study into the leading causes of fatal road accidents

Everyday in the UK 6 people are killed in motor vehicle collisions, 68 people are left with serious injuries and a further 535 people are left with minor injuries.


24th August 2011

Boy suffers serious injuries after falling from amusement park ride

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Lancashire Police have launched a joint investigation after a 12 year old boy fell from an amusement park ride at a Lancashire theme park.


23rd August 2011

Farm worker sustains serious injuries from one-tonne falling hay bales

A farm worker is being treated for serious injuries after he was trapped for over an hour when one-tonne of falling hay fell on top of him.


19th August 2011

Motorcycle pillion passenger killed in collision

Police investigations are under way after a 48 year old woman was killed on the 15th August.


18th August 2011

E-Coli cases linked to Cardiff takeaway

Public health experts investigating an outbreak of deadly E-Coli in Cardiff have stated that there are seven confirmed cases. One person is seriously ill in hospital, while a further six people are being monitored.


18th August 2011

Falling masonry kills customer

Wandsworth Council is urging business owners to check that the structure of their premises are safe, after a diner was killed by falling masonry outside a South West London Restaurant.


17th August 2011

Crane operator trapped and killed at site

A joint police and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation is taking place after a crane operator sustained fatal injuries on the 15th August.


17th August 2011

British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers' Conference

Christalla Christodoulidou, a specialist solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors who handles brain injury compensation claims, attended the British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers' conference this summer in London.


16th August 2011

Achieving after Brain Injury

David Robinson a Solicitor who specialises in brain injury compensation claims, and who meets clients who have experienced some of the worst head injuries always encourages his clients to look forwards and not backwards.


15th August 2011

Cyclists and HGV’s

Cyclists face danger of serious injuries such as brain injury or even death in accidents with HGV's.


12th August 2011

£1 fine for fall death

On 3rd February 2008 an engineer from Croydon died after falling 13.5 metres from the roof of a four-storey house he was working on. Noel Corbin who was only 29 years old at the time, suffered fatal head injuries when he landed on a patio area at the side of the property.


12th August 2011

Firm ignored dangerous machine warning

In December 2009 a factory worker from Lincolnshire lost two of his fingers in an accident involving an unguarded machine at work.


11th August 2011

Sheffield Parcel Delivery Firm Employee Suffers Severe Brain Injury

A Sheffield parcel delivery firm has been ordered to pay £169,000.00 in fines and court costs after an employee suffered a severe brain injury when his skull was crushed by a reversing lorry.


10th August 2011

Boy sustains serious arm and back injuries after being mauled by a Rottweiler

A seven-year-old boy has received serious arm and back injuries after being mauled by a Rottweiler on Southend beach in Essex.


8th August 2011

Brain Injury Awareness Week

Brain injury awareness week in Australia is fast approaching, taking place between 15 August 2011 and 21 August 2011.


4th August 2011

Serious back injuries on first day on site

A self-employed roofer has not returned to work since he suffered serious back injuries falling through a roof, Derby Magistrates Court was told on 3 August 2011.


4th August 2011

Car accident victim receives damages for whiplash injuries

A business woman who was forced to give up her career after she was involved in a car accident has received £309,500 in compensation after help from Thompsons Solicitors.


2nd August 2011

Back and neck injuries for roofer after fall through skylight

The employer of a man who fell more than 2.5 metres from a school roof has been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs.


1st August 2011

Serious injuries sustained in industrial hopper grill accident

Simon Lowe, 30, has been unable to return to work since suffering horrific injuries when working for Dupre Minerals Ltd. The accident happened when Mr Lowe was working with an industrial hopper grill and had climbed in to it with a bag of mineral vermiculite. When emptying the bag he fell on to spikes, which are part of the hopper's grid, causing multiple injuries including a broken pelvis, fractured spine, lacerated tendons and deep puncture wounds.


1st August 2011

Funds raised for Headway East London

Well done from everyone at Thompsons Solicitors to solicitor Henrietta Phillips, who specialises in brain injury compensation claims, for raising over £400 by running the British 10k on Sunday 10th July.


26th July 2011

Untrained employee killed at skip hire company

A Salisbury skip hire company has been fined £150,000 for breaching health and safety regulations which resulted in the death of a Slovakian worker.


15th July 2011

Employee seriously injured

Nottingham Magistrates' Court heard how a worker at a Nottingham cleaning products manufacturer sustained multiple injuries when a powered industrial truck fell on top of him.


13th July 2011

Brain Injuries Awareness

Brain injuries can affect anyone, but it can be particularly prevalent amongst children and young adults. David Robinson, specialist brain injuries solicitor at national firm Thompsons Solicitors, is working with partner groups to help raise awareness amongst school children as to the particular dangers of not wearing cycle helmets.


12th July 2011

Brain Injury Conference

David Robinson, specialist brain injuries solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors and Secretary of 'Headway Teesside', a charity working to support brain injury survivors, attended the national 'Way Ahead Conference' in Leicester this weekend.


8th July 2011

Lives at risk after faulty fridge freezer pinpointed as a serious danger

Safety experts have issued a stark warning that lives may be at risk in homes and businesses, after a fault was found in a model of fridge freezer.


7th July 2011

£7,500 fine after employee left with extensive head injuries

A Halifax demolition firm has been fined £7,500 for breaching health and safety regulations which left a worker with devastating head injuries.


7th July 2011

No fall prevention for roof worker

Southampton Crown Court heard how a roofer unnecessarily lost his life after falling through a rooflight.


5th July 2011

Firm ignored safety advice

A maintenance worker, employed at a factory in Runcorn had one finger amputated and another two damaged in an accident involving a piece of machinery.


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