If you’ve been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault then you’ll know how frustrating it is to know that all of the pain and suffering you’re going through is due to the actions of somebody else. It can feel as if there’s no course of action you can take to seek justice and whatever you do, that person will never be held accountable for what they did.
That, however, is not correct. By pursuing an accident claim you can seek accident compensation for the injuries that you have suffered. The amount of compensation that you receive will be based on the severity of your injuries and how much compensation was given out to claimants in similar situations. The person responsible for the accident, or any insurance company they might be with, will be forced to pay you this remuneration.
It’s not just the immediate suffering that is taken into account though. Any extra costs that you’ve incurred as a result of your injury will also be considered when deciding on the final amount you’ll receive. Money you’ve paid to repair damages to any of your property will be included, as will the costs of any adjustments you’ve had to make to your house or vehicle to allow you to continue living there comfortably, such as stair lifts or wheelchair access.
Any wages or pay you would have earnt whilst incapacitated can also be included in a compensation claim, as it is money you would have received had the defendant not caused you to have an accident.
Driving is a skill that many people choose to learn. Lessons are taken that teach you the best practices and fundamental skills that you need to drive safely behind the wheel of the car on your own. Experience is an essential element of the process that you will only really be able to gain with time.
It is with time however, that some drivers become to over confident and begin to take risks and chances that are unnecessary. Some people even let outside factors alter their judgement which can prove to be fatal.
Drugs are a contributing factor to many deaths on the road. Driving whilst under the influence of drugs (legal or not) can have serious implications on how you react and perceive situations that arise when behind the wheel of the car.
Many prescription drugs indicate on the packaging or in the notes that heavy machinery should not be used and driving should be avoided if they are consumed. So what are the implications of taking drugs upon your driving?
They can slow down your reaction time. Unpredictable things happen out on the road. A car pulls out in front of you cutting you up, a child dashes across your path chasing his ball or a cat can pounce out from no where. These are things that you will need to react to quickly to avoid a road traffic accident and this can be difficult enough when your mind is clear.
Your judgement can also be misplaced when under the influence of drugs. Speed and size are often poorly guessed and can result in an accident that could have been avoided if the situation was approached with a clear mind.
Fatigue and drowsiness can also be a side effect of drugs. Some medication is so powerful that people underestimate the full impact. The drugs are taken and then they go out in their cars. The drowsiness then kicks in and before you know if you are struggling to keep your eyes open and all you want to do is sleep.
So if you are on medication you should seriously consider these side effects before you venture out for a drive to pick the kids up from school or head off to work. It might just save your life.
There are many hazards out there on the roads and much of what happens we are not ready for. So imagine the surprise when an OAP was hit by a mattress when driving on the motorway.
The elderly gentleman who was 71 years old at the time of the incident was hit by a mattress when driving on the M8 near Glasgow. He was struck with the item when a car in front was transporting the mattress and had come loose from the load.
Mr. Thomas Aitchieson was ordered to pay the elderly gentleman, Mr. McKenna, £3770 in damages.
Mr. Aitchieson has admitted liability for causing the road traffic accident. It was decided that compensation for the accident was due to Mr. McKenna for the injuries that he has sustained due to the actions of Mr. Aitchieson.
In a process that failed to see Mr. Aitchiesons load being secured properly meant that through no fault of his own Mr. McKenna was caught up in what unfolded and was consequently suffered from injury.
An incident like this flags up the sometime overlooked safety concerns that is often associated with the transportation of goods. It’s not uncommon to see a poorly loaded vehicle or trailer that looks suspiciously unstable or overloaded.
This plays a large warning to the consideration that is needed when it comes to loading up a trailer or car with goods that are not suited to that purpose.
There are many things that people take for granted. Their health is one of those things. It’s true what people say, you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone. There is a lot of value in this statement. Once you have suffered from an injury it can be months or years until the full use of that part of the body becomes useful again, if ever.
There is one body part that once injured can prevent you living the life you currently enjoy. The knee is an essential element to everyday living and once damaged can cause you long term discomfort and restrict mobility.
Sporting injuries are usually the most common cause of long term knee damage yet road traffic accidents also have a massive impact on the long term health of the knee. A car accident can leave you disabled and the loss of the use of the knee can leave you severely disabled.
The knee allows you a vast amount of movement that over wise would make life very difficult indeed. Bending, lifting, kicking, walking and running would become a mammoth task whilst carrying out every day activities.
Damage to the bone, cartilage or ligament can leave you in substantial pain and suffering. These injuries can come in the forms of many different pains:
this is usually caused when a ligament has been over stretched and can result in a twisting or wrenching.
an injury like this occurs when a tendon or a muscle is over stretched
this is a painful experience and will result in a torn ligament or meniscus
These then go on to cause swelling, joint pain and instability. One such example would be that of a slippery floor. How many times have you walked into a shopping centre and the floor has been wet due to rain, almost slipping up. If you had fallen then a knee injury would have more than likely followed. If there was no indication that the floor was wet you may be entitled to make a no win no fee claim.
Accidents are going to happen, and no one is immune from this. You, me and the rich and famous are all prone to them. Yet there are several levels of accidents that occur. From the very minor to the fatal, each one is still considered an accident. For some people an accident can be through not fault of their own, and they become caught up in it all. But for some, they are the cause of accidents. People many years ago did not have the benefit of a no win no fee solicitor to make a compensation claim on their behalf, in those days it was just put to down to bad luck.
Many things can be a contributor to an accident but more often then not, it is usually down to a persons lack of consideration for someone else’s welfare.
This is a two part blog post that will look at some accidents that have been fatal to people and the reasoning behind them.
In 1814, 9 people were reported killed when 323,000 gallons of beer gushed onto the streets. ‘The London Beer Flood’ occurred when a local brewery burst their vats and the streets became engulfed with beer. This was probably caused by a build up of pressure or an improper storage container.
1912 saw the death of Franz Reichelt a local tailor, fall to his death from the Eiffel Tower. The tailor did not commit suicide but was trying to display the effectiveness of his invention, the coat parachute. It was it first ever attempt with the coat and he had previously told local authorities that he would use a dummy for the first run. Might have been a good idea to stick with the dummy.
This gives you an insight to the possible ways in which accidents can occur and not only change, but end some peoples lives. The Second part of this post will be available to read soon.
For many people, Bruce Lee was an icon. Actor, film star, martial artist, philosopher, film director, screen writer and founder of the Jeet Kune Do concept, he is, for many people, the most influential martial artist of the 20th Century.
Lee was a great influence on film and martial arts and many people were in disarray at hearing of his passing. To make matters worse he was to die at the young age of 32. As with any untimely death of someone cut down in their prime, rumors began to surface about the star’s death.
Many stories surround his death. Some people say that an accident claimed his life when filming his latest movie. Others believe that he was injured on set whilst working and his body was then moved to another location to remove suspicion.
Some theories are a little more speculative. It is rumored that the star could have died in a multitude of ways. One theory was that Hong Kong Triads (gangsters) had killed him, as he had refused to pay them protection money like many other Chinese movie stars did at that time. An additional theory was that Bruce Lee was cursed as he had just bought a house that was haunted and this was all contributing towards his untimely death.
Other suggestions indicate that he had angered the Chinese Martial Arts industry by teaching foreigners his skills and he was then killed in a challenge match. One far fetched theory suggests that the star is not actually dead and instead has gone undercover working for the Chinese police trying to break into the Chinese Mafia and then when the time is right he will be reintroduced back in to society.
What ever the reason is for his death there are plenty of theories to fuel the fire of what might have happened to this star.