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UK Public Liability Claims

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.

Shop Sign Injury Claim Resolved in Court

A woman, who suffered a head injury when a shoe shop store sign fell loose from its fascia, has had her shop sign injury claim for compensation resolved in court.

Bournemouth and Poole County Court heard how the claimant, Ms Benham, was walking past the tReds shoe store in Old Christchurch Street, Bournemouth, in October 2010, when the metal 15 feet long shop sign fell from the fascia and hit her on the head.

The sixty-one year-old woman was initially treated at the scene of her accident by paramedics after a witness to her accident phoned 999, and was then taken to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital where she was diagnosed with a blunt closed head injury.

After Ms Benham had recovered from her initial trauma, she sought legal advice and made a compensation claim for a shop sign injury against tReds – citing that not only had she suffered a head injury due to their alleged failure to establish or maintain any adequate system of periodical maintenance or inspection of the sign, but had also suffered from anxiety throughout the following year.

The owners of the shoe store – Treds LLP – contested the shop sign injury claim and denied their liability for Ms Benham´s injuries, stating that they regularly carried out visual inspections of the store sign. As no resolution of Ms Benham´s shop sign injury claim was possible by negotiation, court proceedings were issued against Treds LLP.

At Bournemouth and Poole County Court, Ms Benham´s solicitors provided evidence to show that the shop sign had fallen because the wooden fascia to which it was attached had become rotten and tReds conducted a limited system of inspection from the ground which was insufficient to discover the rot was present in the wooden fascia board. Finding in favour of the claimant, Judge Maston awarded Ms Benham £1,800 compensation for her shop sign injury.

Firm Pays Compensation for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

A London property service company has been fined £165,000 and ordered to pay £19,000 in compensation for carbon monoxide poisoning after a successful prosecution by the Health Service Executive.

Apollo Property Services Group Limited was found guilty at the Old Bailey of breaching section 3(1) of the Health and Safety etc. at Work Act 1974 following an investigation into work carried out on the Abbey Road Estate in Camden, London, during which seven residents were hospitalised with carbon monoxide poisoning.

The company carried out the renovation work on the roof of the estate in February and March 2008; however it was found that they did not have an adequate system in place to identify which of the boiler flues were still in operation and the work continued without any checks being made.

The company were also found to be negligent in ensuring that the renovation work was adequately supervised, making certain that workers were made aware of the risks of working in close proximity to boiler flues or training them in safe working practices.

Judges at the Central Criminal Court fined Apollo Property Services Group Limited £165,000, ordered the company to pay £117,582 in costs and £19,000 in compensation. Residents who suffered an illness because of the company´s negligence will now be entitled to claim compensation for carbon monoxide poisoning in private civil claims.

Injury Claim for Falling in Morrisons Appeal Upheld

A woman, who made an injury claim for falling in Morrisons, has successfully appealed a judge´s verdict on the level of contributory negligence attributed to her claim.

Jean Palfrey had been shopping in her local Morrisons supermarket when she had tripped over a shelf-stacking trolley, which had been left unattended in the middle of an aisle by the assistant manager of the store while he had been helping other customers.

In her original injury claim for falling in Morrisons, the judge had found Jean and Morrisons equally liable for her injuries – ruling that the trolley “had no business being there”, but was safe in design and did not present a risk of injury.

Morrison contested the decision on the grounds that if the trolley did not present a risk of injury then they should not be held at all liable for Jean´s injuries, while Jean´s counsel appealed the verdict on the grounds that the trolley did indeed represent a trip hazard and the original ruling was wrong.

In the appeal hearing, Jean´s counsel argued that due to the low-lying horizontal platform, the trolley did indeed present a trip hazard at any time that it was not fully laden and that it was dangerous to leave it unattended in a place where the focus of customers would have been drawn to goods on the shelves.

The judge at the appeal hearing agreed with the argument that “in these circumstances” the shelf-stacking trolley constituted a hazard, but ruled that Jean must accept some of the responsibility for her injuries as she had seen the trolley before her trip and fall accident in Morrisons, but misjudged its configuration.

The appeal judge found Jean 20 percent liable in her claim for falling in Morrisons – thus dismissing Morrisons´ appeal – and now Jean solicitors will meet with Morrisons public liability insurers to negotiate a settlement of injury compensation for falling in Morrisons based on the appeal judge´s decision.

New Court Planned for Personal Injury Claims in Scotland

A new court is to be established in Edinburgh which will deal exclusively with personal injury claims in Scotland in line which recommendations made in Lord Gill´s review of the Scottish court system.

The 2009 review found that personal injury claims in Scotland – which can currently be heard in the Court of Sessions if their anticipated value is in excess of 5,000 pounds – were taking too long to process and the system was becoming too expensive to maintain.

The news was greeted with general approval by trade union organisations and solicitors, who believe the new system will result in fairer and more consistent levels of personal injury compensation in Scotland when claimants have been injured in accidents at work, on the roads and in places of public access through no fault of their own.

Despite statistics showing no real increase in the number of personal injury claims in Scotland, one leading solicitor was quick to refute suggestions that the new court was needed because of a growing “compensation culture” in Scotland.

“‘Compensation culture’ is just a phrase that has been created to put people off making claims and save the insurance industry money” he said. “You don’t stop claims by preventing people who are injured seeking just redress. You stop claims by preventing accidents in the first place.”

Legislation next autumn is expected to confirm the establishment of the new court and it is anticipated that its venue will announced as Edinburgh´s Parliament House – where personal injury claims in Scotland are already heard by Court of Session judges, but who in future will be replaced with experienced Sheriffs.

Injury Claim against Ryanair Resolved Out of Court

An injury claim made against Ryanair has been resolved out of court shortly before a hearing was due to commence in Dublin.

The Circuit Civil Court heard that Malgorzata Jeneralczyk (57), from Poznan, Poland, had settled her claim for injury compensation against Ryanair for an undisclosed amount following a slip on wet steps as she disembarked a Ryanair airplane in Dublin.

Despite holding onto a safety rail as she left the airplane, Malgorzata slipped on the mobile steps and fell to the tarmac below, where she was assisted by Ryanair air crew and attended by an airport paramedic. After seeking legal advice, Malgorzata filed an injury claim against Ryanair.

In the court documents, Malgorzata had claimed 38,000 Euros in injury compensation after her fall resulted in a laceration to her left eyebrow and bruising to her left shoulder, knee, ribs and her right hand and fingers. Ryanair had disputed her claim and had filed a full defence.

However, shortly before court proceedings were due to commence, the Circuit Civil Court was told that the claim had been resolved with legal costs to be borne by Ryanair.

Lift Fall Injury Compensation Awarded in Court

A woman, who sustained serious leg injuries when a lift she was travelling in at work fell twenty-three floors, has been awarded more than 13 million dollars in lift fall injury compensation by a jury in Florida.

Janice Beasley from Jacksonville, Florida, experienced the traumatic event in May 1999 after entering the lift to descend from her office on the twenty-third floor. The forty-one year old office worker was thrown to the floor of the lift as it first fell to the eighth floor of the building and then suddenly came to a stop.

An engineer was called to attend to the malfunctioning lift, but rather than help Janice to escape from the lift, he attempted to move it and sent it crashing to the basement below. Janice escaped with serious bruising, but this quickly deteriorated into Complex Region Pain Disorder – causing a partial paralysis of Janice´s left leg and confining her to a wheelchair – and Janice was also diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and chronic depression.

Janice made a claim for lift fall injury compensation against the owners of the building – Highwoods Properties Inc – and the company responsible for servicing the lifts – Schindler Elevator Company. Schindler Elevator Company denied responsibility for Janice´s injury and delayed the claims procedure with complex legal questions to avoid their liability.

However, when the case came to court – thirteen years after her accident happened – Janice was rewarded for her perseverance by the Duval County jury and, after a trial lasting two weeks, she was awarded 13,188,000 dollars in lift fall injury compensation for her injuries, with both defendants found guilty of negligence and liable for her injuries.

Claim for Slip on Grape Injury Upheld in High Court

A woman, who slipped on grapes which had fallen from a display outside a shop and injured both wrists in her subsequent fall, has had her claim for slip on grape injury upheld in the High Court.

Samira Hassan (57) from Greenford, Middlesex, took the action against shopkeeper Onkar Singh Gill (50) following her accident in 2005. While inspecting the fruit display placed on tables outside Mr Gill´s “The Stall” shop in Greenford Road, Samira slipped on grapes which had fallen from the display and fractured both her wrists.

After seeking legal advice, Samira made a claim for slip on a grape injury, claiming that the grapes on which she slipped were “mushy” and that the staff at Mr Gill´s shop had failed in their duty of care to the public. Mr Gill contested the claim – insisting that his staff had taken all reasonable steps to keep the pavement clear of debris – a County Court judge last year ruled that Mr Gill was liable for Samira´s injuries and ordered him to pay 111,859 pounds in compensation for slipping on a grape.

Mr Gill appealed the ruling but, at London´s High Court, Lord Justice Lloyd – sitting with Mr. Justice Morgan and Sir Stephen Sedley – upheld the County Court´s decision and order that Samira should receive her full settlement of compensation in respect of her claim for slipping on a grape injury.

Compensation for Child´s Leg Injury Approved in Court

A young boy, who sustained a broken leg while playing in a football tournament on council property, is to receive 20,000 Euros in compensation for child´s leg injury after a hearing in Dublin.

Kristin McMahon (11) from Dublin was competing in a football tournament organised by Bradog Youth Services Ltd when the accident occurred in June 2009. While playing on the concrete surface of the Dublin City Council owned fish market site in St. Michan´s Street, Kristin fell and hurt his leg.

Kristin was taken by ambulance to the Children´s University Hospital in temple Street, Dublin, where x-rays showed that he had fractured his tibia. Kristin was fitted with a cast which he had to wear for over a month while the bone healed.

Kristin made a compensation claim for child´s leg injury through his mother, Carol Mooney, against Bradog Youth Services Ltd and Dublin City Council – claiming that the two parties were negligent in staging a football tournament at a venue with such a risk of injury.

The two defendants admitted liability and, in a negotiated settlement, agreed to pay 20,000 Euros in compensation for the child´s leg injury. The compensation settlement was formally approved at Dublin´s Circuit Civil Court by Mr Justice Matthew Deery.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.