UK Injury Compensation News

In the UK, public liability claims are made against shops, restaurants and other places of public access when you have sustained an injury due to the negligence of the business or organisation which owed you a duty of care. Typical accidents which lead to public liability claims in the UK are trip, slips and falls, but injuries such as food poisoning in a restaurant and injuries to children in a playground also qualify as UK public liability claims.

Establishing negligence in UK public liability claims is not always straightforward and, due to insurance companies keen to minimise their losses, pressure is often put upon victims to accept inappropriate compensation settlements. At a time when your injuries may incapacitate you from collecting the evidence you need in order to make public liability claims in the UK, or your accident has happened abroad while you were on holiday and you are unable to return, it is in your best interests to speak directly to a solicitor on our freephone injury claims advice service to receive impartial and practical advice about UK public liability claims.

Our solicitors will advise you whether you have UK public liability claims for compensation which are worth your while to pursue, build the strongest possible claim for public liability injury compensation on your behalf and negotiate the maximum possible settlement of public liability injury compensation in the shortest possible time. Many public liability claims in the UK qualify for “No Win, No Fee” legal representation which means that you do not have to pay for our solicitor´s time should you lose your public liability claim, whereas you will keep 100 percent of your public liability injury compensation settlement should your claim be successful.

Shopping Centre Injury Claims Mount Up at Highcross

Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester is establishing a reputation as the most hazardous shopping centre in England, with four more shopping centre injury claims having been made since Gweneth Bowler successfully sued the shopping complex in December 2011 after fracturing her shoulder due to a slip on a wet surface.

Earlier this month, an unnamed Leicestershire woman was awarded 3,700 pounds after slipping and fracturing her ankle on the same access bridge between the shopping centre car park and the John Lewis store, while three claims remain outstanding due to slip injuries sustained in the shopping centre car park.

During Gweneth Bowler´s hearing in December, a Leicester City Council health and safety official had testified that the bridge´s surface represented a slip hazard due to poor drainage and inadequate cleaning. The recommendations of the council – including the improving the drainage system in the car park – were put into place earlier this year and no accidents have subsequently been reported.

Despite Highcross admitting liability for the two resolved shopping centre injury claims, no comment was available on the outstanding claims for shopping centre injury compensation – including a serious injury to a 40 year-old female shopper who required emergency surgery for a broken femur after a slip in the shopping centre car park.

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Fall in Argos Compensation Awarded for Shoulder Injury

A shopper who slipped and fell on a discarded wet wipe in Argos, injuring his shoulder in the process, has been awarded 17,500 Euros fall in Argos compensation at Dublin´s Circuit Civil Court.

Declan Conroy from East Wall, Dublin, had been shopping in the Ilac Centre branch of Argos in May 2008 when the accident occurred. While in the queue for the counter to order a lawnmower for his mother, he slipped on a wet wipe which had been left on the floor and fell – badly damaging his shoulder.

After receiving medical treatment, Declan made a claim for fall in Argos injury compensation against the store – claiming that their method of checking the store for potential hazards was negligent and he had suffered an injury as a result.

Argos denied liability for Declan´s injury; contending that CCTV footage revealed the presence of the wet wipe just six minutes before Declan´s accident and arguing that staff could not be asked to constantly monitor the condition of the floor surface in such a historically low-risk store.

However, a forensic engineer – testifying on behalf of Declan – explained that because of the extra footfall in the queuing area where Declan´s accident occurred, a higher level of vigilance should be applied. It was also revealed at the Circuit Civil Court that CCTV footage showed a woman pushing a baby buggy through the area five minutes before the wet wipe first appeared on camera.

Judge Jacqueline Linnane determined that, on the balance of probabilities, it was the woman with the baby buggy who was responsible for dropping the wet wipe and, as more than ten minutes would have elapsed between the hazard being present and Declan sustaining his injury, she was ruling that Argos was liable.  Declan was awarded 17,500 Euros for fall in Argos compensation plus costs.

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Compensation for Child Hurt in Toy Shop Approved in Court

A young girl, who sustained a head injury which left her with a permanent scar after walking into a ladder in a toy store, has had a settlement of compensation for child hurt in toy shop approved at the Circuit Civil Court in Dublin.

Martyna Hyrcza (5) of Kells, County Meath, sustained the injury at Smyths Toy Store in Dublin when she was just one year of age. The accident happened in September 2008 when Martyna was visiting the store with her father and she walked into a ladder in an aisle which had not been cordoned off.

Martyna sustained a three centimetre laceration to her forehead and was taken by ambulance to the Temple Street Children´s Hospital in Dublin, where the wound was treated and drawn together with Seri-strips.

Despite the swift medical treatment, Martyna was left with a permanent scar on her forehead and, after taking legal advice, her father – Thomas – made a claim on Martyna´s behalf for child hurt in toy shop compensation.

At the Circuit Civil Court in Dublin, Mr Justice Matthew Deery heard that an offer of settlement of 21,000 Euros had been agreed between the two parties without admission of liability, and that the case was before him for approval of damages only.

Mr Justice Matthew Deery approved the compensation for child hurt in toy shop after witnessing the scar on Martyna´s head.

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Tram Accident Injury Compensation Awarded in Dublin

A man who sustained a traumatic brain injury when he was struck by a tram in Dublin has had an award of tram accident injury compensation approved in the High Court.

Derek Cross (52) a painter and decorator from Clondalkin, Dublin, was struck by the tram while attempting the cross the Naas dual carriageway in the early hours of 15 September 2007 in order to catch a taxi.

Despite the driver of the tram applying the emergency brakes when he saw Derek in front of him, Derek sustained several fractured ribs and a head injury which has left him unable to work and in need of crutches if he is to walk anywhere.

After seeking legal advice, Derek made a claim for tram accident injury compensation against the operator of the tram service – Veolia Transport – South Dublin County Council and the Railway Procurement Agency, claiming that the parties were negligent in failing to provide a safe passage for pedestrians and warning signs of the risk of injury.

The three defendants denied their liability for Derek´s injury, stating that his accident was attributable to the considerable amount of drink Derek had consumed and Ms Justice Mary Irvine at the High Court in Dublin heard that Derek had been drinking with friends at the nearby Bluebell United Football Club until 1.30am and had a significant level of alcohol in his blood.

The judge also heard that an offer of settlement had also been made by the three defendants amounting to 650,000 Euros, which Derek had accepted but due to his mental impairment was before her for approval. Ms Justice Mary Irvine approved the settlement of tram accident injury compensation, stating that it was an exceptionally good offer under the circumstances of the case.

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Girl Receives Settlement of Eyebrow Wax Burn Claim

A teenage girl, who sustained a severe allergic reaction after a beauty salon treatment, has been awarded 1,000 pounds in settlement of her eyebrow wax burn claim for compensation.

The unnamed girl, who developed an allergic reaction to the eyebrow wax used in a treatment at the Crop Beauty Salon in October 2011, claimed in her action against the salon that it had failed to ensure that a safe product was used and as a result she sustained burns, swelling and redness to her eyebrows.

At the approval of her eyebrow wax burn claim, the court heard how the girl returned home from the beauty salon with a headache and puffy eyes. She went straight to the Accident and Emergency Department of her local hospital where she was diagnosed with a severe allergic reaction.

The reaction lasted for three weeks, during which time the girl suffered considerable pain which led to a loss of amenity. After seeking legal action, the teenager made a claim for eyebrow wax burn injury compensation and, after reviewing the girl´s claim, the Crop Beauty Salon admitted liability.

A compensation settlement of 1,000 pounds was agreed for the girl´s eyebrow wax burn claim and, as the girl was under the age of eighteen, settlement of the claim was first approved by the court before the claim could be concluded.

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Tourist to Receive Holiday Sun Lounger Injury Compensation

An Irish tourist, who sustained head and neck injuries when a poolside lounger collapsed while she was sitting on it, has been awarded 38,000 Euros in holiday sun lounger injury compensation by a court in Dublin.

The Dublin Circuit Civil Court heard how Mary Lee (74) from Navan, County Meath, was enjoying a week´s break with her husband at the Hotel Galeazzi in Brescia, Italy, when the sun lounger on which she was reclining collapsed, causing Mary to fall to the floor and hit her head on the concrete poolside.

As she sat up, Mary felt disorientated and dizzy, and was immediately taken to the local hospital in Brescia where she was diagnosed with severe soft tissue injuries to her head, neck and spine. Mary was prescribed painkillers at the hospital, but continued to suffer from the pain of her injury and was bedbound for the remainder of her holiday.

On her return to Navan, Mary visited her local GP and was prescribed stronger painkillers. Unfortunately the pains continued in Mary´s neck and shoulders and she was unable to pursue a normal life. After taking legal advice, Mary made a claim for holiday sun lounger injury against the travel agents through which she had booked her holiday – The Travel Department of Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin.

The Travel Department denied liability for the injuries Mary had suffered and sought to have the owners of the hotel brought into proceedings as third party defendants. However, at the Circuit Civil Court Judge Jacqueline Linnane found in Mary´s favour and awarded her 38,000 Euros in holiday sun lounger injury compensation.

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Injury Compensation for Accident in Bank Agreed out of Court

A woman who was hit on the head by a ceiling brick and a light fitting while at the counter of her local Barclays Bank has agreed to an out of court settlement of injury compensation for an accident in a bank.

The freak accident happened to the Barclays´ customer in February 2011 as the woman reached the counter of the bank. A brick fell from the ceiling and hit the lady on the top of her head. As she fell forward, a light fitting and more bricks fell from the ceiling – hitting the woman at various locations across the neck and shoulders.

Although not losing consciousness, the customer suffered a laceration to the top right-hand side of her head and bruising across her shoulders. Movement in her upper arms was restricted by a neck pain and soreness and, for several weeks, the woman – who was prescribed anti-inflammatory tablets in addition to paracetamol and amytriptyline – suffered from nausea and headaches.

After seeking legal advice, the woman made an injury claim for an accident in a bank against Barclays, alleging that the bank had breached statutory duty in failing to ensure that the premises were adequately maintained and structurally safe. After investigating the circumstances of the accident, the bank admitted liability for the woman´s injuries and injury compensation for an accident in a bank amounting to 1,500 pounds was agreed between the two parties.

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Man Awarded Cyclist Fall in Pothole Compensation

A man, who sustained arm and wrist injuries after falling from his bicycle when hitting a pothole in the road, has won his claim for cyclist fall in pothole compensation against his local council.

 James Tarrant (62) from Windsor, Buckinghamshire, was cycling to work early one morning in October 2008 when his bicycle fell into a pothole which had formed adjacent to a manhole cover on Bangor Road, Iver. In addition to sustaining arm and wrist injuries, James also had to undergo dental treatment to have a tooth extracted as a result of his accident.

After seeking legal advice, James made a fell in pothole compensation claim against Buckinghamshire County Council, alleging that the road was in a bad state of disrepair and, although he had his bicycle lights on, the road was so poorly lit that he only saw the hazard when it was too late to take evasive action.

After their own investigation into the accident, Buckinghamshire County Council admitted liability for James´ injuries and awarded him 4,191 pounds for cyclist fall in pothole compensation to account for his pain and suffering and the cost of dental treatment.

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Compensation for Leg Injury in Tescos Paid to Pensioner

A court in Leicester has heard how an elderly pensioner was paid an undisclosed amount of compensation for leg injury in Tescos after she was hit by a pallet trolley in her local store.

The hearing, which was called to determine the severity of the health and safety fine after Tescos admitted liability for the injury, heard how Angela Pownell (80) from Beaumont Leys, Leicestershire, had been hit on the leg by the pallet trolley while shopping with her husband in August 2009.

District Judge John Temperley heard the impact of the pallet trolley – which was heavily laden with boxed televisions – had torn lumps of skin away from Angela´s leg and she was rushed to Leicester Royal Infirmary where she received stitches and painkillers for her injuries.

The court was told that a district nurse was required to visit to change Angela´s dressing  daily after the accident in Tescos, and that she suffered psychological injuries thereafter. Angela´s husband, John, testified that Angela lost her confidence after the injury and would not go anywhere without holding somebody else´s hand.

Angela and John had accepted an undisclosed compensation for leg injury in Tescos settlement and, after hearing that the warehouseman who had been pulling the pallet truck at the time admitted that he had not seen Angela, District Judge John Temperley fined Tescos 20,000 pounds and ordered them to pay 24,500 pounds in costs.

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Watermelon Salmonella Claims One – Many Others Ill

A health warning has been issued by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) following the discovery of watermelon salmonella. Claims that the death of one UK resident and scores of food poisoning cases across Europe are attributable to the presence of salmonella in pre-wrapped Watermelons are being investigated by the Food Standards Agency and other international food safety authorities.

Thirty cases of food poisoning after eating watermelons have been reported in England and Wales, with many more across Scotland, Ireland and Germany. The cause of the watermelon salmonella is believed to be a lack of hygiene during the preparation stages, with the watermelons washed in dirty water or being sliced with a knife that had not been cleaned before use.

The strain of salmonella found in the sliced and pre-packed watermelons is known as Salmonella Newport, and many of the victims who have fallen ill with vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and fever had eaten a slice of pre-packed watermelon in the three days before they fell ill. It has not yet been confirmed where the infected watermelons originated from, but watermelon salmonella claims have been made that the produce was imported from Brazil in November 2011.

Supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Waitrose and the Co-op have been quick to issue press statements that their watermelons are free from the salmonella, however the most likely source of the infected watermelons is from snack kiosks and in cafes or restaurants where pre-packed watermelons are convenient to store and easy to serve.

Claims for watermelon salmonella compensation are anticipated from those affected by the bug, and will be made against the outlet from which they purchased the infected goods. One of the key factors that will determine whether victims of food poisoning are eligible for watermelon salmonella compensation will be the result of a sample test given to a doctor or their GP.

As the watermelon salmonella has already claimed the life of one victim, people experiencing the early signs of food poisoning are advised to see their doctor at the earliest possible opportunity and thereafter seek compensation claims advice from a personal injury solicitor.

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Compensation for Ruined Cruise Offered

Passengers who were on the Costa Concordia cruise ship which capsized on January 13, 2012, after straying off-course and hitting a submerged rock have had 11,000 Euros (14,460 dollars/9,180 pounds) compensation for ruined cruise offered to them by Costa Crociere SpA – the Italian subsidiary of Carnival Cruises.

 The offer of compensation for ruined cruise comes after negotiations between the company and consumer groups in Italy, and compensates any passenger who was rescued from the stricken ship that did not suffer any physical injury. Those that did will be approached individually, according to the company.

 The ruined cruise compensation is intended to cover the psychological trauma that passengers might have suffered on that disastrous evening in January, and for any personal effects they may have lost when the cruise ship went down. However, some consumer groups are not happy with the size of the offer, and are advising passengers aboard the ship to seek professional medical advice before accepting it.

 Those of the 4,197 crew and passengers who do accept the compensation for ruined cruise will receive their money within seven days, however the offer comes with the proviso that acceptance disqualifies passengers from making future compensation claims for injuries against Costa Cruises or any of its associated companies.

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Claim for Golf Injury wins Woman 7,500 Pounds

A woman who was struck in the face by an errantly struck golf ball as she was leaving her local golf course has been awarded 7,500 pounds in broken tooth injury compensation.

Rachel Davis was walking back to her car after playing nine holes of golf at the Branston Golf and Country Club in Staffordshire when a golf ball hit her in the face, causing her to fall to the ground. The impact of her fall caused damage to her teeth, cuts to her lips and bruising elsewhere on her body. Rachel received immediate treatment in hospital for her injuries but was forced to take the following week off of work.

 After seeking legal advice, Rachel made a claim for broken tooth injury compensation against the Golf and Country Club. An investigation by East Staffordshire Borough Council was also instigated, in which it was found that there were no warning signs in place to advise golfers of the hazard and that a fence which had been erected to prevent accidents of this nature was too low and in a state of disrepair

The Golf and Country Club was prosecuted by East Staffordshire Borough Council and was found to be in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The Club was fined 5,000 pounds with a further 3,515 in costs, while Rachel was awarded 7,500 pounds in broken tooth compensation for her injury.

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One-a-Day Work Accident Injuries Reported on UK Wind Farms

Figures released by the wind energy industry´s trade body – RenewableUK – have revealed that there were over three hundred work accident injuries reported on wind farms in the UK during 2009/10 – four of which were fatal.

The statistics took the number of work accident injuries and incidents to over 1,500 in the past five years and has prompted calls from anti-wind farm campaigners – Country Guardian – for the government to look again at the real cost of wind farms.

In addition to the number of work accident injuries, campaigners have highlighted some of the other wind farm accidents which have occurred on UK wind farms – pointing to lumps of ice being thrown from 400 hundred feet high turbine blades, and incidents where the blades themselves have sheared off and fallen to the ground.

In September this year the Health and Safety Executive ordered the shutdown of hundreds of wind turbines in Scotland following the revelation that a faulty braking system could cause the blades to randomly shear off and, in the same month, a blade flew off a wind turbine in Stevenage, Hertfordshire – hitting the car of a staff member at the town´s Lister Hospital.

Although no member of the public has ever been injured due to wind farm accidents, the volume of work injury accidents reported by RenewableUK even shocked the anti-wind farm campaigners. Chairperson of Country Guardian, Angela Kelly, was quoted as saying “We have been aware of accidents on wind farms for years but the new figures released by the industry’s own trade body are particularly alarming.”

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Car Park Slip Victim to Receive Shop Injury Compensation

A woman, who slipped and fell on her way from a shopping centre car park to the stores, is to receive an undisclosed amount of shop injury compensation after the shopping centre owners admitted liability for her injuries.

Gweneth Bowler (64) from Quorn, Leicestershire, fractured her right shoulder and hip when slipping on a wet surface that had formed within the covered bridge area connecting the Highcross Shopping Centre car park with the stores.

Following the accident, which happened in January 2011, Gweneth wrote to Leicester City Council about her slip at the shopping centre and injuries which prompted a health and safety investigation into the hazard. The investigation revealed that the floor surface of the bridge posed a high risk of slipping when the weather was wet and that there was evidence of inadequate cleaning.

After seeking legal advice, Gweneth then sued the owners of the shopping centre – Hammerson PLC – who admitted liability and negotiated an undisclosed settlement of shop injury compensation to account for the pain and suffering that Gweneth experienced at the time of her injury and her ongoing inability to drive and lift items of any weight.

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Amputee Pensioner Wins Leg Injury Compensation Settlement

A retired window cleaner, who fractured his leg in three places after falling into a ten-inch hole at his local park, has won a 160,000 pounds leg injury compensation settlement after his leg later had to be amputated because of the injury.

 Edward Tuffrey (67) of Barnes, Middlesex, was walking his dog on Suffolk Road Recreation Ground when the original accident occurred in May 2006. Doctors inserted a metal plate and nine pins into his leg, which was in plaster for over a year but failed to heal.

After the metal plate in Edward´s leg snapped in 2008, an infection developed and Edward was in permanent pain. Doctor´s broke the news to him soon after that the leg would have to be amputated to prevent the infection from spreading.

Edward sued Richmond Council for leg injury compensation, claiming that he and other local residents had complained for years about the number of holes which were unattended. Richmond Council disputed the claim, but in October 2010 a judge at the Mayor and City of London Court ruled in Edward´s favour.

Richmond Council were given leave to appeal, and the appeal case was due to heard in December 2011. However, the council and Edward´s solicitors reached a negotiated settlement before the second trial was able to take place, with Edward receiving 160,000 pounds in leg injury compensation and Richmond Council admitting liability for the hole which caused his injuries.

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400,000 Pounds Damages for Golf Ball Eye Injury

A novice golfer, who lost an eye when he was hit by a wayward golf ball, is to receive 400,000 pounds in damages after a ruling in Edinburgh´s Court of Sessions.

Anthony Phee (44) from Manchester was playing with three colleagues at the Niddry Castle Golf Course in Winchburgh, West Lothian when the accident occurred in August 2007. A sliced tee shot by golfer James Gordon missed the 18th fairway and hit Mr Phee as he and his colleagues walked from the sixth green to the seventh tee.

After it was confirmed that Mr Phee would permanently lose his sight in his left eye, he sought legal advice and sued both Mr Gordon and the Niddry Castle Golf Course for eye injury compensation; claiming that the player was at fault for making an unsafe shot, and that the golf course had failed in its duty of care to protect the public on its premises.

After hearing evidence from all three parties, Lord Brailsford ruled that Mr Gordon was 70 per cent liable for Mr Phee´s injury and 30 per cent of the damages should be paid by the golf club for its failure to erect warning signs on the course. He justified his decision by stating “When Mr Gordon arrived at the 18th tee on the day in question, he made the error of over-estimating the likelihood of his tee shot following its desired or intended path to its intended target and, simultaneously, under-estimating the degree of risk to which his shot would place the pursuer and his three companions then proceeding on the path between the 6th green and the 7th tee.”

Lord Brailsford continued, “On the basis of his own evidence, I consider that these errors were caused by an inflated degree of confidence occasioned by what Mr Gordon considered, wrongly in my view, to be the very good round of golf he was having. As a result of this overconfidence, Mr Gordon made his tee shot at a time when the exercise of reasonable care should have informed him that there was a foreseeable risk that his shot might be bad and, further, might encroach on the area being traversed by the pursuer. I consider that these risks should have been within the contemplation of Mr Gordon because he should have appreciated that every golfer, no matter his or her degree of competence, will make bad shots”.

In respect of the golf course´s liability, the judge had this to say – “Experts considered that signs would have been a proper and effective way to draw risk to the attention of golfers and, moreover, that such signs, had they existed, would have been likely to have been heeded. I accordingly form the view that the failure to provide signs either at the 18th tee or in the area between the 6th green and 7th tee was a failure of duty”.

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Compensation Awarded for Fairground Injury

An unnamed 13-year old girl, who sustained bruising and abrasions after slipping 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 attended the Copmanthorpe Carnival in York, where she went on a ride known as the “Cliffhanger Miami Trip, where riders sit in a row and are taken up, down and round at speed. Soon after the ride started, her restraint bar slipped open and the girl slipped underneath it – falling four metres onto a concrete surface and narrowly missing moving steelwork.

The girl was taken to nearby Selby Hospital suffering from bruising and abrasions and released after treatment. Following a Health and Safety Executive investigation into the accident, 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 compensation to the injured girl.

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Burn Injury Roofer Receives 6,000 Pounds Compensation

A retired roofer, who suffered serious burns to his arms and face when a hired gas container burst into flames due to a faulty regulator, has agreed to 6,000 pounds burn injury compensation.

Victor Barrell (65) of Northam, North Devon, was fixing a hole on the roof of his daughter´s stable in Barnstaple when the accident happened in August 2009. Victor was using a roofing torch when the gas bottle it was attached to ignited into a massive fireball – setting Victor alight and forcing him to jump from the 12 foot high roof.

Fortunately for Victor, his quick-thinking brother-in-law extinguished the fire with a hosepipe and then filled up buckets of cold water for Victor to place his scalded arms into. Victor was rushed to North Devon District Hospital and from there onto the burns unit at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol where he received months of treatment in order to minimise the damage from the fire.

After seeking legal advice, Victor sued the shop from which he had hired the faulty gas bottle, and two years later has received 6,000 pounds personal injury compensation in an out-of-court settlement.

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Bedbug Bite Sisters Awarded 3,200 Pounds

Two sisters, whose trip to 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, spent 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 accommodation, both were covered in bites from an infestation of bedbugs.

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

After seeking legal advice, Melanie and Joy sued the Airways Hotel for personal injury compensation and without admitting 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.

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3,500 Pounds Compensation for Skin Reaction at Hairdressers

A woman from Bolton, who suffered an extreme reaction to chemicals used at her hairdressers, has been awarded 3,500 pounds in an out-of-court settlement.

Melanie Kenny (49) from Bolton, Manchester, was preparing to visit Edinburgh with friends when she attended the unnamed hairdressing salon for a treatment to dye her hair. Unfortunately, the chemicals within the dye reacted with her scalp and Melanie´s face became so swollen, she temporarily lost the vision in one eye.

The swelling and rash eventually receded after a course of anti-histamines, but doctors have advised Melanie not to have any hair colouring treatment in the future as it may result in her losing all her hair.

After taking legal advice, Melanie claimed that the staff at the salon should have treated her to see whether her skin reacted to the hair colour before applying it and sued them for professional negligence. The salon settled Melanie´s claim out of court and without admission of liability.

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