What is a “Duty of Care”?

The Dalai Lama was once quoted saying:

“If you shift your focus from yourself to others, extend your concern to others, and cultivate the thought of caring for the well being of others, then this will have the immediate effect of opening up your life and helping you to reach out”.

When we speak of what a duty of care is, it is surprisingly similar to what the revered Dalai Lama was trying to put across here that we should make sure to show care and attention for everyone around us. It may not be the dictionary definition for duty of care, but it definitely puts us on the right track.

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Your duty defined

A duty of care is what we owe to anyone we interact with, in any guise of life. We owe a duty of care to our fellow drivers, our fellow employees, our fellow human beings. Before we go into any detail, let’s take a look at some definitions on a duty of care:

A “duty of care” is:

“a legal obligation which is imposed on an individual requiring adherence to a standard of reasonable care while performing any acts that could cause foreseeable harm to others” – Wikipedia

“the legal obligation to safeguard others from harm while they are in your care, using your services, or exposed to your activities” – Collins dictionary

“a requirement that a person act towards others and the public with watchfulness, attention, caution and prudence that a reasonable person in the circumstances would” – Legal dictionary

From the above we can see that a duty of care is owed by any and all people who have some relationship to another person in any form. This includes professional working relationships and special relationships, like using roads, being in the same room or walking on the same pavement.

Relationships in a duty of care do not just extend to a traditional relationship, as soon as you come into contact with somebody else, you will owe them a duty of care. In the simplest sense, for example, we would owe everybody we walk past a duty of care not to flail our arms while walking, as it could cause injury. The same applies while driving to not break the law and drive dangerously, as that could also cause serious injury.

Breaching your duty

How do you breach your duty and what happens following one? Simple, you are in breach if you do not uphold the behaviour, care and attention that would be expected in any given situation; situations such as:

• Being hit by somebody driving erratically, causing a collision
• Your employer having you perform a task, risking injury due to improper PPE, prior training or an unsafe working environment
• Being injured and trusting your health to a medical practitioner, your condition then worsens due to their misjudgement


Doctors owe a professional duty of care to take care of their patients

You are owed a duty to be treated in a safe manner in all aspects of life. Failing to do so could allow you to claim on a serious injury if the actions caused by another are seen to be negligent. You can see many examples of this by viewing our case studies to see the result of a duty breached.

Aftermath of a breach

An incident caused by negligence can result in severe injuries. Back in 2013, 69% of fatal road traffic accidents were the result of negligent driver errors; alongside that 66% of serious incidents also involved that same contributory factor. Our duties are not restricted to the road however; they also count at work and during our everyday lives.

Having dealt with serious injury cases for over 20 years we understand the devastating effect that negligent behaviour can have on a person and their family. Rehabilitation, physiotherapy and psychotherapy from the most serious incidents can take many months or years to recover from.

Sincere Law will always strive to help you or your loved one not only recover, but to get back to as normal a life as possible, following serious injury.

If you or a family member have been affected by someone else’s negligent actions, please get in touch on 0800 092 2896 to speak to one of our friendly advisers or contact us at www.sincerelaw.co.uk. All of our solicitors work on a no win, no fee basis, meaning you get free impartial advice with no commitment and no payments to make if we aren’t successful.

 

Cycling safety – Helmet cameras assisting with serious injury claims

The view of a beautiful decline down a luscious part of the country is now regularly filmed via helmet mounted cameras on cyclists across the UK. The number of people using them has grown rapidly since their inception at the turn of the century. However, these cameras are also being used to record video evidence against negligent and poor drivers during everyday commutes; which begs the question, are helmet mounted cameras good for evidence in serious injury cases?

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Using helmet mounted cameras

The technology around helmet mounted cameras began to become popular when leading sports camera company GoPro started their journey back in 2002 with the idea of capturing surfers performing directly from the athlete themselves. This quickly developed into cameras designed to capture a multitude of sports including skiing, cycling and many other extreme activities; it has even stretched into the realms of filming non sport related videos, capturing some truly amazing moments, such as the worlds highest freefall, to a fire-fighter saving a kitten from a burned down building.

As time passes, like with all areas of technology, the ability for higher resolution videos, smaller cameras, longer battery life and larger storage capacity enables us to capture any aspect of daily life in high detail. This has been the case for many cyclists in the UK and the rest of the world, recording great journeys and daily commutes alike. However, the use of these cameras is currently just as much for personal protection reasons as capturing stunning scenery.

Video evidence

Search on YouTube for anything related to bad driving and cyclists and you will find hundreds of incidents involving road users displaying road rage and poor driving caught using mounted cameras. Previously, serious injuries from road traffic accidents involving cyclists would involve testimonials from those present, including witnesses. While this is reliable if more than one testimonial matches up to create the full story, the advent of cyclists using helmet mounted cameras has enabled an extra dimension of evidence to support their claims. Video evidence can often be very useful in determining who was at fault in a serious injury case. There are however, limitations with using video as evidence in a claim you are making.


Video courtesy of the Telegraph – http://www.telegraph.co.uk

Legal Considerations

Although video evidence often depicts what happened during an incident without prejudice and from an unbiased view, having footage does not automatically mean police or a court will accept recordings. Common considerations for using footage when reporting a serious injury claim from cycling include:

Showing entirety of the incident: Usually 2 minutes before and 2 minutes after the incident so that a clear understanding of how the incident began and the aftermath can be drawn.

If possible, show the date and time: Some cameras automatically have a timestamp, clarifying the incident as the one in question. This helps legitimise the video as being not only of the incident, but driver (if the face is shown) and victim.

Footage must be raw and unedited: As video editing is very accessible now, it is important to submit any footage in its raw form, clearly displaying no signs of doctoring.

Handing footage to authorities quickly: Similarly to the above point, footage should be handed in to the relevant authorities (often the police) quickly (within 48 hours of the incident) to ensure there is no time to doctor the video and so action can be taken asap.

Video quality must be acceptable: There are hundreds of camera brands for helmets and most will be of suitable quality for recording. It is important to have a high enough resolution that there can be no doubt about the vehicle involved in the incident, its registration and if possible the driver (should we see their face).

Be aware of your own behaviour: While we may be able to see the original incident wasn’t your fault, if you were to retaliate in an unacceptable manner (physically or verbally) or are seen to be antagonising and making the situation worse, this could go against you when considering the evidence.

Can we use it?

Having video evidence; while not 100% certain to be used within a claim; is, in short, a useful tool to ensure any denial on liability can be challenged when claiming from a cycling accident. If you are going to be cycling a lot and are considering having a camera mounted on your helmet or bike, as an insurance option it can easily help legitimise any claim. Video evidence, if accepted, can go a long way to speeding up the claim process.

Our advice when using mounted cameras is to stay courteous, even after any incident, as your own behaviour is on show. Also, make sure you act quickly if you are on the receiving end of negligent driving while riding. When on a bike you are much more vulnerable to serious injury from negligent driving than in a car, as there is less protection available. You can’t always guarantee those around you will be vigilant, so you must be, to lower the amount of risk.

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What to do if you have been injured?

The first step after an injury is to get in touch with us and let us know all the details of your claim. From there we can confidently let you know if you have a solid claim and what to do to proceed. At Sincere Law our team has 20+ years of serious injury knowledge at each of our solicitors work on a no win no fee basis, giving you peace of mind to start your claim, knowing you won’t be charged if unsuccessful. We understand serious injuries like no other and we strive to look after you immediately following injury for as long as it takes for your to recover. We will also ensure that you receive the best aftercare following your return home.

If you or a loved one have been unfortunate and suffered a serious injury while cycling, video evidence or not, please call us for free impartial advice on 0800 092 2896 or fill on our contact form for one of our friendly advisers to get in touch with you.

The 5 most common work accidents and injuries

Workplace injuries are commonplace in the UK. While we often have training, risk assessments and dedicated staff in place to reduce the number of incidents, they do still happen. Being a serious injury specialist, Sincere Law deals with these kinds of injury cases on a daily basis. What however, are the most common accidents found within the workplace? We’ve put together the top 5 most common accident type to help you stay alert and avoid serious injury while at work.

1. Slips, trips & falls

Slips, trips and falls are by a long way the most common cause of serious injury to UK workers. In 2014 the number of combined serious slips, trips and falls reported by employees reached just over 27,500.

What’s interesting about this number reported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was that all these reported accidents included only incidents resulting in a more than 7 day absence from work. According to statistics, 57% of major injuries to UK employees were the result of a slip, trip or fall on duty.

This type of injury can seriously damage somebody; from slipping on a wet floor and fracturing bones, to tripping over poorly placed objects, causing a fall and potentially risking severe damage to not only bones but the brain if the fall is particularly bad. Negligence is quite often the reason for these accidents, with incorrect equipment, unsafe environments and poor direction being the main causes.

2. Manual handling accidents

With over 18,500 workers injured by manual handling incidents in 2014 (accounting for nearly a quarter of reported injuries) these accidents make up a large number of serious injuries at work each year. Of those injured, 9 out of 10 of 2014’s manual handling accidents involved a longer than 7 day period away from work.

Handling injuries can be incredibly detrimental to the long term health of an employee, even risking their future. The most common injury caused by handling is strain and damage to the back, spine and neck. Spinal injuries can result in permanent trouble with movement, requiring lengthy spells of physiotherapy and possibly forcing early retirement if the person affected cannot perform manual tasks following injury.

Common causes of spinal injuries due to handling are overburdening of a staff member by asking to move something around their workplace and not providing proper training on how to lift and carry. Heavier loads usually require apparatus or machines to move. Proper equipment/machinery should always be provided to avoid injury.

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3. Car collisions

Driving is big business in the UK. Thousands of people drive each day in company cars to and from meetings alongside those using the roads keeping our logistics network running strong, be it in a van or a heavy goods vehicle (HGV).

In 2014, 1,504 employees were involved in collisions that resulted in a stay away from work longer than a week. Road traffic accidents can obviously stem a range of injury problems from whiplash, giving the driver back, neck and head problems, to the most severe lacerations, amputations and even fatalities.

4. Burns

Burns at work can come in the form not only as burns from fires; electrical burns can badly scar a person just as much as direct flames. Other burn types include exposure directly to harmful substances like acids or other corrosive materials. The result can be anything from large sections of skin peeling to permanent disfigurement.

Burns as a result of exposure accounts for just over 1,000 serious injuries per year according to HSE statistics. The riskiest environments involve employees who deal with fire or corrosives on a regular basis, working with open flames or handling chemicals for example. The aftermath of burns can be long lasting and have detrimental effects on the victim’s self esteem in later life if they have been disfigured as a result of their accident.

5. Electrical accidents

Everybody is aware of the danger electricity can cause. According to statistical analysis, there are around 1,000 cases of electric shocks in the workplace each year.

Even the lowest voltages such as a 50v plug can apply enough electricity to block signals between brain and muscles, risking the heart stopping, prevention of breathing or intense spasms. Electrical accidents are commonly caused by a failure to identify a risk of electrocution due to exposed wires, faulty equipment or lack of PPC.

Electrical damage can be extremely severe with serious, long lasting, even life changing effects. These include disfigurement and burns from skin contact, loss of function in limbs and long term damage to nerves/nerve endings as well as fatality if the voltage has caused the heart to stop beating properly or affected body function.

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Be Aware!

With thousands of injuries at work each year, severe and minor, we all need to be aware of risks of our particular workplace. Our advice would be to be proactive and actively challenge managers should you be given incorrect equipment or dangerous instructions and to move any objects likely to cause falls or clean up spillages. Reducing risk is the number 1 priority in workplace safety and in an ideal world everybody will do their part to help not only themselves but their workmates too.

If you have unfortunately suffered as a result of a workplace injury that wasn’t your fault, make sure you call us today for free advice and a no hassle conversation on 0800 092 2896. Alternatively simply fill in our contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Amputations – The long term effects  

Amputations (of any body part) are a major change in a person’s life, almost intrusive on a personal level. Usually they occur when a body part is majorly injured or infected. In simple terms they are described as the “surgical removal of a body part”. In the UK, over 5,000 major limb amputations are thought to be carried out each year according to the NHS.

This past month, a news story has been circulated around many of the main media outlets regarding the unfortunate incident involving a teenager (Leah Washington)  requiring an amputation to her leg following a ride malfunction at the popular theme park Alton Towers.

The incident took place on a ride which has been plagued with problems it’s entire working life, The Smiler. Serious injuries on rollercoasters are thankfully not a common occurrence due to the strict testing each one must go through to ensure any thrill seeker on board is as safe as possible. Unfortunately however, amputations occur in all manner of circumstances elsewhere in life. Some of the more common causes include:

  • Road traffic accidents
  • Industrial accidents
  • Work accidents
  • Clinical negligence cases
  • Serious infections
  • Cancers
  • Diabetes

In all instances, including Leah’s this summer; they can have very serious consequences.

 

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The Smiler was the cause of the accident resulting in Leah’s amputation

 

Instant Aftermath

Amputations are instantly life changing ordeals. After living your entire life with full function, that normality is completely thrown into disarray. As soon as they leave the hospital, an amputee may suffer emotional scars as they see themselves without a body part. This can cause serious self esteem problems.

At the same time, it’s a steep learning curve requiring to adapt life and everyday situations to not having that body part, be it an arm, hand, leg, foot or even fingers or toes. Upon arriving home even basic tasks could turn into a drawn out, laborious process. An amputee may have trouble performing tasks such as:

  • Walking up stairs
  • Moving around the house
  • Opening doors and cupboards
  • Holding regular household objects

The time required to get used to this has to be rapid as the affected person will never be able to perform those tasks the same again. Thankfully, due to advancement in scientific development, we are much better able to simulate having these limbs now, but even that isn’t a replacement for the damage caused.

 

Long term scarring

It’s not unusual for an amputee to be forced to leave their job depending on the physical strain required, or adapt their role to allow them to continue. Thankfully in the UK those suffering from an amputation are currently entitled to disability benefits in some capacity; however, this is unlikely to match potential earnings an amputee could have with a long, prosperous career.

After her Alton Towers ordeal, Leah will likely have to adapt her future life around what she is and isn’t physically able to do. This is the case for most negligence victims with amputations, and this will not only affect her, but her family too. Not being able to fully enjoy physical activities the same will be a lasting side effect alongside taking longer to travel on foot, requiring more time planning.

The cost of life could increase with an amputation as alterations to housing could have to be made or equipment purchased to make life easier. In Leah’s case she may require a prosthetic or a wheelchair when out of the house to assist with movement. This also is a common long term after effect of an amputation.

 

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Dramatic lifestyle changes may be required following an amputation

 

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If you or a loved one were to suffer an accident resulting in amputation, you or they would almost certainly need to alter your lifestyle and living conditions in some form. If the amputation was caused as a result of somebody else’s negligence, then there would be scope to be able to recoup the damage caused and allow you or your loved one to secure themselves financially following the injury. While full recovery will never be a possibility, the financial burden of requiring lifestyle changes due to somebody else’s fault can be eased.

Nobody should be left to carry the burden for the cost of an amputation caused by another (mentally as well as financially). Leah will now have to live without the lower half of one leg due to an accident as the result of a defect that, all being well, could have completely changed the events of that day.

Sincere Law has been dealing with serious injuries like Leah’s leg for over 20 years, with many cases involving amputated limbs during that time. We’ve learned the importance of life after amputation and if it was ever to happen to yourself or a loved one, you need to know what you can do to get life back to normal, including claiming compensation. If you or your family member ever suffers from misfortune as a result of another’s negligence, please call us on 0800 092 2896 or contact us via www.sincerelaw.co.uk to see what we could do for you.

“Pediatric brain injury may lead to attention problems” says research

For many years now there has been research carried out into the possible long term and lasting effects of children and adults that have experienced a major brain trauma. The current observations and studies have shown that there may be a link between major brain trauma and attention levels. This also links to the possibility of conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD), being a long term effect of such injuries.

Although these findings are still being established and peer reviewed, there is some evidence to suggest that ADHD is not so much caused by environmental factors, but also by serious brain injuries too.

According to experts, children with traumatic brain injuries have more lapses in attention and take longer to react in situations than children who have suffered an injury in other parts of their bodies.

A study into attention and brain injuries was carried out by author Marsh Konigs, of VU University of Amsterdam. His team compared 113 children, ages 6 to 13 years old, who had suffered a traumatic brain injury, and 53 children who suffered a non head related injury.

Around one and a half years after the child suffered the injury, parents and teachers rated their child’s health and attention. The findings from this were that those children who had suffered head or brain injury were experiencing more problems with their attention as well as other internalising problems like anxiety, than was the case for children who had suffered other non-head related injury.

This is certainly not the first study on brain injuries and attention but Marsh’s research is the first study to show that children who suffer brain injuries can experience lapses of attention that may be related to intelligence and attention problems.

We know from vast research that attention capabilities can be lost when an adult or child has suffered a major head trauma. According to the charity Headway, cognitive affects on the brain after an injury can involve attention and concentration problems. Concentration and attention problems were seen as short term effects after a brain injury in many cases but research, such as Marsh’s, may question theories into other lasting effects that a person can experience many years after there initial injury.

Serious brain trauma and its link to ADHD

The study into whether attention is affected by brain injuries also links to the condition Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). According to Psychcentral, ADHD can be linked to brain injuries suffered by a child at a young age. ADHD can also be seen in adult cases but usually many years after their injury occurred, however this is only seen in a very small minority of children and adults. This means that brain injuries can cause ADHD-like symptoms in previously unaffected people, partly due to frontal lobe damage. The Washington Post also wrote about Marsh Konigs study, stating how that his findings, based on a study of adults, seemed to confirm the theories of many doctors, that there is an association between head injuries in children and a secondary Attention Deficit Hyperactivty Disorder following the original injury.”

How can this affect someone’s life?

In 2013, Health Day reporter Maureen Salamon suggested that children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder should be discouraged from playing contact sports such as football or rugby. This is because these children may be at greater risk of long term head injuries than their peers would be.

Although the study of ADHD and its link to brain injury is highly debated, there are not many studies that have found absolute clear links between the two.  There is, however, no denying that many health professionals believe that there is a link, but only in unique cases, as the most common cause of ADHD is due to environmental factors, such as being exposed to hazardous substances, like lead and genetic make up.

When looking into this research we also have to consider the seriousness of a traumatic brain injury and the affect it can have on children and adults. As a traumatic brain injury can be life threatening and can cause long term complications. In some cases injuries may be caused by no fault of your own which is featured in the news frequently. So by this let’s hope that research and studies are continued in this area of medical science to assure better practices and knowledge into the long term effects of traumatic brain injuries.

Sincere Law specialise in injuries such as traumatic brain injury and, in the instance where it was caused by somebody elses negligence, we can help the victim and their family get the justice and compensation they deserve for their injury. To find out more, contact us on 0800 092 2896 or visit our brain injury page.

Concussion can lead to reduced brain function: say experts

According to a leading study from World Rugby, concussion could lead to reduced brain function if a player has experienced four or more whilst playing rugby. The study was spread across 29 months and took 485 men from both the amateur and professional games, to ensure there were matched control groups.

Professor Patria Hume said that it was “irresponsible” to ignore this link when talking about player’s welfare long-term. Players who had experienced four or more concussions performed worse in tests measuring mental and physical coordination, motor speed and multitasking. Reported concussion cases in English Rugby rose 59% in 2013-2014 season compared to previous.

The Auckland University of Technology study, which is still being peer reviewed, was commissioned to do the study by World Rugby in 2012amid growing fears about the potential for long term brain injuries within high impact sports.

In October 2014, English Rugby announced new changes to the way concussion is managed in the professional game, as part of a joint venture between the Rugby Football Union (RFU), Premiership Rugby and the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA). The new system involves all players, coaches and officials to pass an online module or risk a fine or even suspension. In addition to this, Bath University will monitor players who are returning to the game after previously sufferng concussion, as in the 2012/13 season, there were 6.7 reported concussions per 1,000 hours played.

However, despite the introduction of the new surrounding concussion, teams playing at the highest level of the game are still getting it wrong. In this years Six Nations Championship, the Welsh team were put under scrutiny over their handling of George North, who was allowed to play on, despite being knocked out during play.

Another thing that makes enforcing the new concussion regulation is the notion that some players do not like coming off the pitch after a concussion, through fear of being ridiculed by teammates. This highlights the importance of changing the player’s attitudes towards concussion, in addition to the regulation changes.

England full back, Mike Brown, has openly admitted that he was tempted to keep quiet about the severity of his concussion because he feared that he would be letting down his teammates and was paranoid that they may believe that he was faking it to save himself for the upcoming World Cup. Mike has since admitted that pulling out of games was not easy, but the awareness courses he had attended about concussion made him realise he couldn’t lie about his injuries any longer. He continued to say that if he had not of known the dangers he would have carried on playing, “If I wasn’t so aware of the implications and the dangers…yeah, I probably would have”.

There are some rugby clubs in the UK who are taking the initiative a little further in order to improve the way head injuries and concussion are dealt with. Current Aviva, Premiership champions, Saracens, have began using impact sensors, as devised and used in the NFL in America.

Developed in Seattle, the sensors were originally used in the players helmets in the NFL to monitor and analyse impacts on players. This is an example of how technology can be used when analysing and helping to prevent serious head injuries.

These governing bodies are making new regulations for professional teams but what is being done at grass roots level and in particular in schools? Are the new regulations reaching that far down the ladder?  This surely has to become a priority for the RFU as there has already been sad cases where young people have suffered concussion, been sent back on to the field of play and then later died, such as the tragic case of the Carrickfergus Grammer schoolboy, Ben Robinson. (http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2013/dec/13/death-of-a-schoolboy-ben-robinson-concussion-rugby-union).

There is also the story, as reported on Wales Online, of the 19 year old Welsh teenager, Angus Swanson, who was left paralysed, after suffering a head injury during a game.

Angus’ story is an inspirational which saw him left in a coma for almost four weeks, after he suffered a severe blow when making a tackle. The injury left him fighting for his life and when he woke up he was told by the doctors that he was paralysed and that he may never walk again.

He has since gone on to prove them all wrong with the help of specialist neurosurgeons and physiotherapy. Angus is an inspiration to his town, but his injury has highlighted the potential risk that contact sports can have on the brain when the correct procedures or precautions are not set in place

 

 

Serious Injuries – Life and care following an injury

 

A man from Bognor Regis recently received compensation following a life changing brain injury as the result of a car accident. Included in the payment was the sound knowledge that the care he will need for the rest of his life will be covered. The article resonated with us at Sincere Law. We feel one of our most important jobs when fulfilling a claim is that everybody, including the family of the claimant, feels confident they won’t be financially insecure in the future as a result of care costs.

Dealing with serious injuries including brain injuries, spinal injuries, road accident victims, burn victims, amputees and others, we have a wealth of experience of what aftercare may be required. Changes to lifestyles of victims and their families are often needed depending on the circumstances of their injuries. Some are wheelchair bound, some need changes to the home environment, and some may need carers to assist them throughout the day. What’s important to them is that they need not panic over costs affecting them in later life.

 

Life after injury

As serious injury specialists, we’ve seen many cases where lives are changed significantly and the person affected needs assistance to live a comfortable, full life. At the basic level, aftercare allows you to run a home, live cleanly and feed themselves with no pressure of running into financial problems.

In the more severe injury cases, we have ensured all affected were able to fulfil future development aspirations such as going to college or university, giving access to learning at a local facility, regardless of the injury suffered. Having to radically change your life due to an accident that wasn’t your fault can be extremely stressful and worrying. With Sincere Law, we try to take away all of that and let you or your loved one fulfil those goals no matter what has happened.

Depending on circumstances, extent of injuries and the changes needed to be made to living conditions following injury; victims can often feel under strain; suffering symptoms of depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder. All those conditions must be treated with extreme care. Ensuring full recovery from mental health problems is a top priority. Previously we have ensured care was provided to deal with the prevention of:

  • Suicide
  • Sectioning
  • Being sent to prison
  • Children going into care
  • Family break ups
  • And others.

The effects of serious injury can be devastating for all concerned; to get back to normality as soon as possible is a must. The above examples are some of the most severe cases. Having your life dramatically changed can have untold effects that can harm a person and their personality. We aim to assist so that none of these situations would ever have to arise, and that you and your family can enjoy a healthy, full life after injury.

 

Expert Opinions

During any claim, it’s important the person involved is well looked at by medical professionals and the extent of damage is reviewed. Immediately following a serious injury, there are medical and court costs. Only looking at the present however could lead to a person and their family struggle to deal with the extended impact of possible care and alternative living arrangements needing to be made for years to come.

We asked Chris Walker, Sincere Law catastrophic and serious injury partner about aftercare in cases relating to Sincere Law, he told us:

“Without properly assessing the future needs of a serious injury claimant, it’s almost a fruitless venture to go ahead with the claim at all. Short term, the benefits of their compensation are good for them, but many people forget the financial and emotional burdens of having to deal with the lasting effects of these injuries in later life.”

 

Aftercare – What to expect?

Anyone who has suffered from a serious injury and wants to make a claim through Sincere Law can expect the same level of commitment towards their future as Josh has. It’s essential that we employ highly qualified experts in all fields of serious injury. That’s exactly what Sincere law can provide and will provide for all claimants. The claims process is much more than a simple compensation ruling and payout, it’s about how somebody with a serious injury will move on and continue to live their life as best they can under often very testing and difficult circumstances.

If you, a family member or anyone else has suffered from serious injury and you would like more information on our medical assessments, aftercare or would like to know if you are able to make a claim, please contact us on 0800 092 2896 or get in touch here.

 

“Think Bike” & Avoid Serious Injury

It’s a campaign that aims to remind all road users to be alert for hazards while driving. Particularly, motorbikes. The “Think Bike” campaign serves to keep us vigilant to the risks on both sides of not keeping eyes on the road and surroundings while travelling. Recently, articles on collisions that have caused serious injuries and luckily some that have avoided serious injuries have spurred us at Sincere Law to help remind everyone of the importance of safe driving.

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Junction Safety

Both of the accidents in the articles we read (above) were from collisions that happened at junctions, one being a T junction and the other merging onto a motorway. These areas are the hotspots for motorbike collisions, on average “30 motorcyclists are killed or injured every day at junctions”. Our top tip, as simple as it sounds, is to take plenty of time, look both ways; don’t accelerate out of a junction too quickly. Sometimes waiting at a junction can be incredibly frustrating if traffic is busy, but waiting those few seconds is worth the trade off from potentially causing a serious road traffic accident or in the extreme, costing somebody’s life.

 

Road Etiquette

Of the top 5 most common causes of motorcycle accidents, 2 of them involve manoeuvring. Filtering and changing lanes are moments when not checking mirrors and keeping track of other drivers could result in serious collisions. Both driver and biker need to be sensible when filtering and changing lanes to keep themselves and others safe.

Filtering is perfectly legal and good for traffic. For bikers, it’s important in slow traffic to move at a steady pace to give drivers time to notice and react. Equally, when a driver is changing lanes, they must check mirrors, give plenty of indication time, and move steadily rather than suddenly; this way, even if a biker is not seen and approaches, they have ample time to slow down and avoid any possible collision.

 

Rural Riding

Blind bends and tight roads make country driving difficult to navigate, having to adapt to the road around you. With the national speed limit in place for most of these roads, the chances of collisions while driving at these speeds are increased greatly. Road traffic accidents with serious injury and deaths sadly occur often, sometimes on the same stretch of road.

When travelling on country roads, it would be highly advisable not to allow the speed limit to govern your driving. Instead, let the inclines/declines, bends and compactness of the road make the decisions. If the road is winding and hard to judge, slow down to a comfortable pace. With so much unpredictability and difficulty predicting what could be round the next bend, it is always advisable to be safe and take a country road with a smooth, controlled journey.

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With motorcyclists 38 times more likely to be killed in a road traffic accident than a car (UK Government Statistics) and over 4,800 serious injuries occurring each year involving them, it’s important on all sides to look after each other and observe good driving etiquette. Serious and fatal injuries can have lasting effects on not only those involved but the families too. We often have to help our clients remain financially secure when making claims for serious injury as the effects can last a lifetime. Common injuries found in road traffic accidents include:

  • Spinal compression
  • Broken & dislocated vertebrae
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Diffuse axonal injury
  • Burns

Our advice, given the latest news articles, is simply to look after one another, motorcyclist or driver; stay safe on the road and look out for fellow road users.

If you or a loved one have been unfortunate and suffered a road traffic accident in a car or on a motorcycle, get in touch with us on 0800 092 2896 or fill in our contact form. One of our advisors will be on hand to help give advice on how to move forward with a claim.

Road Traffic Accidents & Children – Stay Safe This Summer

With the summer holidays arriving (and already here for some) it is getting to a time of year where the School runs are over and it’s time to take your loved ones out for walks, day trips and lots of exiting activities. With so much outdoor fun available, it is important to stop for a moment and ensure you remember to keep yourself and your family safe over the summer.

As serious injury solicitors, we receive high volumes of road traffic accident claims every day. We receive just as many claims from people injured at the roadside as a pedestrian as we do people injured while at the wheel or as a passenger. With many more children out and about as passengers in cars and as pedestrians this summer, make sure both you and your children avoid any unwanted incidents and have a long, hot, happy summer.

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Summer Safety, top tips

  1. 1. Follow the Green Cross Code – to the letter!

The easiest and possibly the best way of avoiding any injuries as a pedestrian, especially when walking with children, is to obey the green cross code. Crossing at zebra or pelican crossings and using the stop, look and listen technique can reduce any risks to an absolute minimum.

 

  1. 2. Keep yourself on the road side

It may seem like common sense, but many road traffic accidents we deal with include cars coming onto the curb. When walking with your child it is in their best interests to make sure they walk away from the road. Children seem to enjoy balancing on the edge of the pavement. It’s important to teach the dangers of this as falling into the road from doing this could end catastrophically!

 

  1. 3. Playing in the street

You won’t always be with your child during the summer. Sometimes they may be just outside enjoying some playtime with friends. If you live on a road with cars coming through, be it a quiet cul-de-sac or a main road, make sure your loved one knows not to play in the road and stick to the pavement. When playing ball games, make sure they know not to chase after a ball that ventures into the road and to retrieve it by using their green cross code.

 

Stay safe, and enjoy

Ensuring the knowledge that the road isn’t a playground is the best way to make sure your loved ones are secure during the holidays. Unfortunately many claims from road traffic accidents include pedestrians and a percentage of those include serious injury claims involving children.

Serious injury cases we’ve dealt with previously involving parents and children during summer include:

  • Spinal injuries
    • Spinal compressions
    • Dislocated vertebrae
    • Spinal penetration
    • Hyperextension & Hyperflexion
  • Brain injuries
    • Traumatic brain injury
    • Frontal lobe damage
    • Diffuse axonal
  • Fatalities as a result of reckless driving
    • Head on collisions
    • Rear end collisions
    • Failing to pay attention

Prevention of these types of injuries does work two ways. It requires vigilance from both driver and pedestrian or driver and fellow driver. You may not be able to change the behaviour of another person but by taking your own safeguarding steps you can limit any potential problems while enjoying a packed summer schedule.

While we do provide the very best help for making a claim and ensuring all medical costs at the time and in future will keep you safe and secure, we’re sure you’d much prefer a relaxing, stress free summer enjoying some quality time with your little ones.

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If you or a family member have suffered from a serious injury, be it a road traffic accident or other, make sure you do get in touch with us on 0800 092 2896 or use our contact form here.