Express Solicitors’ Client Featured in Pick Me Up! Magazine

PickMeUp November 2014

Express Solicitors’ client, Lindsay Preston, has been featured as the headline story of last weeks’ Pick Me Up! magazine. Lindsay was only 18 when she suffered 42% burns to her body including significant burns to her face, scalp, neck, right arm and both hands. You can read her full testimonial here.

Lindsay was awarded £500,000 in compensation after liability for the accident was split 50:50. In the Pick Me Up! article, Lindsay gives details about the trauma she has suffered and the difficulties she has faced following the accident. Luckily, Lindsay was fortunate to have a loving boyfriend by her side throughout her recovery and the pair are now married after a ceremony at St Petroc’s church in Bodmin.

Lindsay is a truly inspirational woman who has a positive outlook on life and an infectious smile. Express Solicitors would like to wish Lindsay and her husband all the best for the future.

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Bonfire Night Safety Awareness

Thousands of people around the country will be taking part in Bonfire Night celebrations this week, but as Guy Fawkes weekend approaches the unfortunate fact is that many people will find themselves seriously injured.

We advise everyone to take great care if they are celebrating this weekend. Remember to bear in mind the following facts and guidelines to ensure you have a safe and memorable bonfire night this year. Read More »

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Are You Safety Trained? 78,000 Workplace Injuries Last Year

According to the Health and Safety Executive, 78,000 people were reported injured at work in the UK during 2013-2014, causing around 27 million lost working days.

The highest injury rates were found in industries including agriculture, transport and construction, with men at a higher risk of being injured than women.

The majority of workers were injured after falling from height, moving machinery or suffering from slips and trips, which accounted for three in every ten workplace injuries.

Employers have a duty to protect their staff from hazards and provide suitable equipment and training but it is often the case that companies fail and workers end up paying the price. Read More »

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Accidents On Another Person’s Property

Accidents can occur in a variety of different ways and for a variety of different reasons, but what happens when you become seriously injured on someone else’s property?

Private property can describe a house or piece of land privately owned by an individual. Homeowners have a duty to exercise a reasonable level of care to ensure you aren’t at unreasonable risk of harm while on their property. Whether you are a social guest or business visitor, if you’re injured in someone else’s home and it wasn’t your fault you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Some of the most common ways you may find yourself injured on another person’s property include:

  • Slips and trips
  • Dangerous/hazardous conditions
  • Unsafe methods of operation Read More »
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Fatal Injuries Rise in Construction Industry

Recent statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have revealed that the number of construction workers fatally injured at work has risen in the last year.

Huge heights, heavy machinery, and dangerous equipment all combine to make construction one of the UK’s most dangerous industries, and the HSE data shows that accidents are still having a serious impact on people who work in the sector.

The figures revealed that between April 2013 and March 2014, construction sustained the highest rate of worker fatalities of any industry with 42 workers fatally injured at work, an increase on the previous year (39). While the figures showed an annual increase, fatalities still remain below the five-year average of 46 deaths, showing that on the whole workplaces are steadily getting safer. Read More »

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Are You Owed Compensation?

According to new research, one in four adults have suffered a personal injury over the last five years but not even quarter of them made a claim.

The following questions could help you determine whether you are owed compensation, and how much you are likely to receive. 

1 – Have you been injured in the last three years?

To ensure you are able to claim, you need to make sure you do so within three years (if the claim is for an adult that is capable of handling their own affairs). You will be able to claim if court
proceedings are issued within three years of you first being aware that you suffered the injury.

In some cases, a court may decide to extend a time limit, depending on the circumstances of the case. Read More »

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FA Introduces New Rules for Head Injuries

After numerous calls for change regarding the rules for head injuries in football, The FA and The Premier League have now announced new guidelines for the management of concussion and head injuries from the start of the 2014/15 season.

The new rules have been devised to prevent players from returning to the field after a ‘confirmed or suspected loss of consciousness’.  Where a head injury occurs but no concussion is apparent, an on field or touchline assessment must be carried out before the player is allowed to return.

Other changes under the new guidelines include:

  • Tunnel doctors made mandatory for all league games Read More »
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Do You Have a Personal Injury Case?

 Last week we brought you the news that in 2014, only 25% of people who suffered an injury through an accident that wasn’t their fault made a claim for compensation, with a large majority stating they didn’t believe their injury was bad enough, or their claim wasn’t strong enough.

We understand that after an accident many people don’t consider a personal injury lawsuit because they aren’t sure whether or not they would have a case.  For this reason we have put together a guide to help you establish whether you could make a claim for compensation after an injury.

In simple terms, if you have been seriously injured as a result of the negligence of another person you should be able to make a personal injury claim. Read More »

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New Research: Injury Claims Are Not Being Made

New research has suggested that people who suffer a personal injury are not pursuing a claim for compensation.

The ‘Personal Injury 2014’ report, carried out by YouGov, found that in April 2014 only 25% of people who suffered an injury through an accident that wasn’t their fault made a claim for compensation. The statistics show a drop from June 2013, where almost three in ten people (29%) claimed.

The YouGov poll uncovered that there were a variety of reasons why injured parties weren’t claiming for compensation after an accident. The biggest reason, given by over a third (35%) of respondents
who had an accident or illness was that they did not think their ailment was bad enough to warrant a claim, while 22% cited that they didn’t believe in claiming compensation. Read More »

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Crashes Rise by Quarter on 20mph Roads

While many people may associate road traffic accidents with speeding on open roads and motorways, new research has shown that it is in fact 20mph roads that are the most dangerous, with serious accidents rising by over a quarter last year.

The analysis of the government data came from IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) who called for the government to “take stock on the effectiveness of 20mph signs”.

Simon Best, Chief Executive of the IAM, stated:

“Recent advice, guidance and relaxation of regulations has all been about making it easier for councils to put 20mph limits in place. Read More »

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