Personal Injury Claims
As a member of the RBA, if you have had an accident that wasn’t your fault and you need specialist legal advice, you want to be reassured that you are dealing with the right team of expert advisors at what can be a worrying and stressful time. Fortunately, your membership allows you access to the Personal Injury team at Withy King, who specialise in advising on all types of accidents, whatever the nature.
The team has particular expertise in dealing with accidents at work but also specialises in road traffic accidents, slips and trips, accidents on holiday, accidents involving animals and accidents caused by faulty products. The team is experienced in dealing with all types of injury and have has solicitors who specialise in more serious head and spinal injuries. They are Members of Headway – the brain injury association Head Injury Solicitors List and sit on the SIA (Spinal Injury Association) panel as accredited experts.
The specialist personal injury team at Withy King treats every claim individually with understanding and empathy and has years of experience of dealing with claims. Reassuringly, they are also members of APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) and the Solicitors Regulations Authority’s Personal Injury Panel.
As you are an RBA member, Withy King can provide free legal advice to you, your friends and your family on the appropriate action for your needs, and the RBA “no win no fee” arrangement means you will keep 100% of your compensation.
To speak directly to an approved solicitor in the Withy King team, call free on 0800 923 2068 or click www.withyking.co.uk/personal-injury to find out more.
You will find just some of the clients below who have been helped following an accident:
Real stories –
1. The Claimant worked for a book store. Whilst at work he entered the stockroom and slipped on some shiny display boards. The Claimant alleged that the boards had a specific place in a shelving area where they should have been stored. The Claimant sustained a severe fracture to his right wrist and attended hospital and remained there for four days. The fracture was treated but the normal function of his wrist did not return.
The Claimant underwent a surgical fusion but it did not improve his ability to use his wrist effectively. He also suffered from stress and depression. He was absent from work for seven days and he was unable to continue pursuing his hobbies of long-distance cycling, carrying out DIY work and gardening. He later had to resign from his position at work as a result of his ongoing symptoms.He obtained occasional part-time work at his local library. The Claimant had only a small amount of strength and flexibility in his wrist and he was likely to develop arthritis in the future. This is likely to be permanent. The claim settled for a sum in excess of £200,000.
2. The Claimant was employed as a Senior Sales Assistant. She was required to move shelving in the stationery department. Prior to carrying out this work she had been suffering from back pain and advised her Manager of this but no notice was taken. The Claimant struggled to carry out the work and suffered sharp pain in her back and legs. She sustained a slipped disc, a trapped nerve in her left leg and soft tissue damage to her left foot. She suffered with ongoing pain and ultimately attended a Pain Management Centre for treatment.
The Claimant was unable to work as a result of her injuries. Liability was admitted by her employers but they argued that their negligence had not caused her injuries. Medical evidence was obtained from a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and also a Consultant Anaesthetist and the Claimant was diagnosed as suffering from Chronic Pain Syndrome which was caused by the negligence of her employers.
The claim settled without issuing Court Proceedings for £28,936.47, which included £8,750.00 for her pain and suffering for her injury and also £20,186.47 for loss of earnings and pension, travel expenses and prescription costs.
3. The Claimant was employed to unload deliveries from lorries onto trollies and then place them in lifts to go up to the shop floor where he was required to unload them. The trollies were unsuitable for work as they required the Claimant to lift the boxes of books onto the trollies and also to bend into the lift to manoeuvre the trolley into it because of its shape and size. A different type of trolley should have been made available. The Claimant suffered from back pain as a result of this unsafe way of working and he was unable to work as a result of his injury.
A claim was made against his employers. The claim settled for £10,000 which included £3,000 for his pain and suffering for his back injury and also £7,000 for loss of earnings and to reflect the fact that he was now disadvantaged on the labour market which meant that should he be looking for work in the future he may experience difficulties because of his injury.
4. The Claimant was employed as a stockroom assistant. While he was at work a vending machine was delivered. The delivery driver was unable to unload the machine without assistance. The Claimant was forced to assist the delivery driver to unload the vending machine but lost his grip of the machine when carrying it up some stairs and the machine crashed into his leg. The Claimant suffered a deep cut to his leg which subsequently became infected and he was left with a permanent scar.
He required 3 weeks off work as a result of his injuries. He brought a claim against both the vending machine company and his employers. Whilst the claim was progressing the Health & Safety Executive brought a successful criminal prosecution against the vending machine company for breach of health and safety legislation. The vending machine company subsequently admitted liability for the accident and the claim settled without court proceedings for £3,000.