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Successful Personal Injury Claims

Employer’s Liability

The Incident
At approximately 16:30hrs on 13th March 2012, our client (G) was involved in an accident at work. At the time of the accident, our client’s workplace was undergoing a refurbishment which meant that there was a lot of work being done around G’s area of work.
G tripped over a trailing electrical extension cable that was left on a staircase.

As a result of tripping over the cable, G suffered a number of serious injuries. Upon medical examination at a local hospital, it was discovered that G had fractured his right wrist and was subsequently left in a plaster for 6-8 weeks and placed in a splint for a further 4-6 weeks. Following his injuries, G required a further three operations and treatment for the fracture in his wrist.
The incident also had an effect on G’s social and domestic life. His injuries meant that he was initialling restricted in washing himself, doing housework and dressing himself after his surgery. His follow up treatment also required travel from his home in Swansea to North Wales. This also meant that G had to take time off work to attend the treatment sessions, since G had already taken annual leave, this lead to a loss of earnings.
G’s operations included inserting metal plating and wrist fusion which are permanent. These operations have led to permanent restrictions in everyday tasks as the metalwork and wrist fusion means that the wrist cannot bend or rotate in any way.

What we did to help
We instructed a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with a specialisation in wrist injuries to produce a medical report to determine the severity of G’s injuries. To do this the surgeon reviewed G’s medical records and examined his injuries during a face to face appointment.
We secured a number of interim payments totalling £52,009 for G as he was losing earnings due to time off work for surgery. This meant that G was able to recover properly after his surgeries and take the appropriate time off work.

How much he was awarded
Following negotiations with the defendant, G was offered £250,000 gross of the interim payments of £52,009 to settle the claim. G accepted this offer and was very thankful for our assistance with his claim.
Client was working as an apprentice labourer. He was given the task of laying trestles on the roof of a 3 storey building. He caught his foot on a trestle and twisted his knee badly. The client had to undergo a surgical procedure to reconstruct the ligaments of his knee.
Damages awarded: £8,500.00
Client suffered an injury at work when she tripped on an uncovered electrical outlet. The client suffered injuries to her knee and ankle for a period of 6-9 months.
Damages awarded: £3,630.00
(Client has sent a thank you card which reads “Just to say a massive thank you for all your help and the successful outcome of my Personal Injury claim”.)
The Claimant was working in an office when part of a light fitting came away from the ceiling and struck him on his head. Our client sustained 2 cuts to his scalp, along with headaches and mild neck pain.
Damages awarded: £4,000.00
Our client was unloading a HGV van during the course of his employment, there was a fault with the side door of the van and this caused his fingers to become trapped in the door. The clients main injuries were to his 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers on his left hand requiring a washout procedure, damage to his nails; he also fractured his thumb.
Damages awarded: £11,000.00
Our client was using a drill during the course of his employment, the drill did not have a guard fitted to it and his left glove became caught in the mechanism, his left hand was pulled into the blade and he suffered cuts to his left thumb before he was able to turn off the main power.
Damages awarded: £5,546.79
The incident
In May 2007, T was employed as a window fitter when a part of scaffolding that he was working on 7 stories high came loose. The fault was reported and all work on site was suspended. In June 2007 T returned to work at the same site. On 6th June 2007, a board of scaffolding came loose creating a hole in the platform T was standing on. He fell through the hole causing damage to his wrist.

T attended hospital after the accident and x-rays revealed a fracture in his right wrist. The wrist was placed in a cast for a number of weeks. Once the cast had been removed, T attended a follow up appointment to review his injury. This showed that the fracture had failed to heal. Subsequently T underwent a number of operations to correct the fracture.
T was unable to work after his accident due to the nature of his work and the severity of his injuries. T’s loss of earnings totalled £72,500. This caused T to suffer financially. He fell behind on bills and loan repayments and suffered from depression as a result.

What we did to help
While the claim was still in action, we were able to secure thousands of pounds in interim payments to help T through his financial difficulty. This helped take strain off T as he was able to pay off his debts before he was awarded his full damages.

The damages T received included a number of different heads of claim. For example, loss of past earnings, loss of future earnings as T was unable to conduct the work he had previously been trained in, care and assistance, travel expenses, etc. Following negations with the defendant, the claim was settled for £285,106.82.
Client suffered soft tissue injuries to the foot and faint permanent scarring.
Damages awarded: £15,082.65
Client sustained 4-5 permanent linear scars on the forearm from burns.
Damages awarded: £15,000.00
Client amputated tip of the finger with no long term problems.
Damages awarded: £12,000.00

Public Liability

Client was a primary school pupil who had been playing in an Eco House, situated in the school grounds. The ramp leading from the Eco House was wet. As the client walked down the ramp he slipped, sustaining a fracture of the femur.
Damages awarded: £15,000.00
Our client was partaking in an early morning jog when he was suddenly and without warning bitten by an Alsatian police dog on his right leg below the curvature of his right buttock cheek. The two police dogs were on an early training exercise and were off the lead running out of the control of the police officer. Our client did not approach the dogs or do anything to provoke the attack.
Our client did not want to attend a medical appointment and as such accepted an early offer of £1000.00 to settle the claim.
Howells Wins County Court Trial
The case involved a previously active and independent lady in her 80’s who fell outside the University Hospital of Wales when visiting her great-grandson at hospital. Work had been done outside the hospital to fix pipes under the slabs of the pavement. A temporary fix was used to cement the hole made as there were plans in place to renovate the whole area shortly after. The method used to fill the hole was a cheap and quick fix. This caused surrounding paving slabs to become lose and uneven.
Mrs. M fell as a result of standing on an unstable paving slab and sustained a fractured hip requiring immediate surgery and injuries to her elbow. The accident also had a devastating effect on Mrs. M’s social and domestic life.
Mrs. M had previously been very independent and cared for her disabled great-grandson. After the accident her mobility was severely impaired, causing her to walk with a limp. Because of this, Mrs. M had to move homes as her previous home was not suitable for the disabilities she now has.
The defendant in the matter denied liability for the accident on the basis that there was a system in place to ensure the area was safe for public use. The matter went to trial in September before the County Court of Cardiff.
Howells Solicitors were successful at trial and Mrs. M was awarded damages for the injuries and losses she incurred.
The defendant requested permission to appeal the decision of the trial judge which was later denied.
The client was awarded £27,500.
Client sustained a fracture to the femur with shortening of one leg.
Damages awarded: £36,000.00
Client sustained deep laceration to the knee resulting in scaring. The client also developed situational anxiety in clinical settings.
Damages awarded: £30,000.00
Client sustained fractured left shoulder and made a full recovery within 2 years
Damages awarded: £25,000.00
Client suffered a number of puncture wounds and lacerations to the lower leg.
Damages awarded: £9,000.00

Road Traffic Accident

The client was driving along the road when a Third Party failed to stop at a junction and emerged from a side road and into the path of the client, causing a collision. The client suffered neck and shoulder pain for a period of 12-15 months. Physiotherapy arranged.
Damages awarded: £3,725.00
Client was a pedestrian who was knocked down by a reversing van. He suffered a haemorrhage causing pressure behind the left eye and a fractured shoulder.
Damages: £14,500.00
Client was a driver of a vehicle that was struck in the rear. He suffered an acceleration injury to his neck and back.
Damages awarded: £7,000.00
Our client was hit off his bike by a van; he suffered a broken collarbone, broken shoulder, five broken ribs and double vision.
Damages awarded: £22,500.00
Our client was helping a gentleman whose vehicle had broken down on a carriageway when he was struck by a Third Party vehicle, causing the client to be crushed against the reversing vehicle and a barrier at the side of the carriageway. The accident resulted in our client sustaining laceration injuries to his left calf. We were not only successful in recovering damages in relation to the Clients injuries, but we also recovered his loss of earnings, travel costs and a monetary sum for damage to his clothing as a result of the accident.
Damages awarded: £12,000.00
Our client was stationary at a roundabout when a third party vehicle failed to stop, and collided with the rear of her vehicle resulting in our client suffering pain to her neck, back and shoulders which resolved 9-12 months on from the date of accident. Physiotherapy arranged.
Damages awarded: £3,893.00
The Incident
On the 24th January 2016, our client (H) was involved in a road traffic accident (RTA). At the time of the accident, our client was riding a motorcycle when a van overtook him on a roundabout and did not finish passing him before moving back into the inside lane. The van struck H’s right shoulder, knocking him off his bike.

H attended A&E immediately following the accident. Tests and X-rays confirmed that H sustained a displaced fracture to right radial neck, soft tissue sprain to the right wrist, thumb, forearm and soft tissue injuries to the right side of his chest wall and ribs. H received 7 sessions of physiotherapy and has ongoing problems with his right elbow more than 18 months after the accident. H had two weeks off work and a further two weeks at work on light duties.
The incident also had a devastating effect on H’s social and domestic life. His injuries meant that he was unable to care for himself or his 8 week old baby. H’s baby was unwell and needed 24 hour care. Prior to the accident H and his wife would take a 50/50 split of their baby’s care. However, H’s injuries meant that his wife had to take on H’s share as well as her own. In addition to this, H was unable to cook, clean, wash or do gardening. H’s wife was reasonable for this on top of caring for their baby 24 hours a day.

What we did to help
We instructed a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with a specialisation in Hand and Elbow injuries to produce a medical report to determine the severity of H’s injuries. To do this the surgeon reviewed H’s medical records and examined his injuries during a face to face appointment. We used this report to value H’s injuries at £13,200 – £14,500.
On top of H’s general damages, we also claimed for the time H’s wife spent caring for him, cooking, cleaning and the additional time spent caring for their baby. H is unable to do gardening himself due to ongoing pain and restrictions in movement of his right elbow. To compensate for this, we also claimed a sum of money for H to get a gardener to maintain the trees and bushes in his garden for the rest of his life.

How much he was awarded
Following negotiations with the defendant, H was offered £45,000 to settle the claim. H happily accepted this offer and was very pleased with the work we did on his claim.
We were instructed by a family who were involved in a road traffic accident while travelling by bus. The claim involved two grandparents and their grandchild. Their injuries ranged from minor soft tissue damage to a head injury and psychological trauma. Liability for their injuries were initially denied but we were able to obtain a settle of all the claims totalling £23,600.
Client suffered injury to the nose causing breathing difficulties and soft tissue injuries to the neck, back and shoulders.
Damages Awarded: £19,000.00
Client suffered soft tissue injuries to the shoulders, back and ankle. There was also a temporary exacerbation of depression.
Damages Awarded: £15,000.00
Client suffered soft tissue injuries to the shoulders, legs and back.
Damages Awarded: £6,500.00
Client sustained soft tissue injuries to the knee, pelvis and back.
Damages Awarded: £18,000.00
Client suffered from headaches and neck, back and shoulder pain.
Damages Awarded: £6,700.00
Client suffered psychological issues (loss of confidence), fractured little toe and soft tissue injuries to the shin and ankle.
Damages Awarded: £9,819.96

Occupier’s Liability

Client suffered a fall when she slipped on a piece of fruit in the freezer aisle of a supermarket. The client suffered soft tissue injuries to her shoulder, wrist and knee, requiring physiotherapy.
Damages awarded: £3,000.00
Our client was shopping in a supermarket, as she approached the check-out area, suddenly without any warning she slipped on the floor. Our client twisted on her left knee and then landed on the floor. As our client looked down she could see that there were a number of grapes on the floor that had been squashed with a trail showing the area of slip. Our client noticed that there was also grape residue on her right shoe. The claimant suffered a soft tissue sprain to the left knee which required an MRI scan, a soft tissue injury to the left wrist which resolved 12 months from the date of the accident, along with an exacerbation of osteo-arthritis to the left middle finger by 3 months.
Damages awarded: £6,050.13
While shopping in a local store, our client attended the toilets and proceeded to wash her hands. When she put her hands under the running water from the tap, both her hands were scalded. This left her skin red, sore and painful. She was unable to work for a week and required care and assistance from her family to carry out household tasks. With help from Howells personal injury team, our client was awarded £4,457.96.

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