Take Extra Special Care This Christmas and New Year and Please Stay Safe

Sunderland Personal Injury would like to wish all of our current clients, as well as those that we will be endeavouring to support in 2016, a happy and safe Christmas. This time of year can be a dangerous time, especially with people making unusual car journeys to see friends and relatives, plus of course the dangers that can come with drinking alcohol.

We are able to help and support anybody that has been hurt over the festive period as well as the New Year, but of course would rather that you stayed safe and didn’t have to use our personal injury lawyers at all.

If you are going to a work party this year, please take extra special care.

If you do need our advice, then please note that we are open all year around, and that include Christmas Day, New Years Eve, and New Years Day. Our phone lines are staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

We hope not to hear from you, but if you need us we will be available for you.

Aer Lingus Facing Accident Claims Legal Action After Heavy Landing

A former cabin crew member of Aer Lingus is taking legal action after suffering injuries as a result of a “heavy landing” at Dublin International Airport, as recently reported by The Daily Mail. The flight attendant, who now works as part of the Aer Lingus communications team, is taking legal action after she admitted to a court that she thought she was going to die during a landing.

How the UK's Daily Mail website reported the news.
How the UK’s Daily Mail website reported the news.

Cassandra Reddin claims that her injuries occurred as a result of the flight’s co-pilot failing to adequately supervise the landing by the plane’s captain. She claims to have suffered due to the landing that saw the plane bump at least three times on the runway due to the speed of the descent. According to Miss Reddin she suffered whiplash and other injuries.

Personal Injury Claim Against Aer Lingus

She told the court that the plane bounced along the runway with safety leaflets and luggage becoming detached from holders. She also claimed that some passengers broke their duty-free alcohol due to the heavy descent. According to Miss Reddin, the plane had descended far too quickly and been rocking from side to side before the landing.

Furthermore, the crew had been asked to take their seats 20 mins earlier than usual, something that Miss Reddin deemed odd in court. The court heard from Miss Reddin’s defence who stated that the Airbus 320’s rate of descent was as fast as 1,400 feet per minute: “three to four times what it should have been.”

Speaking in court, she said: “The gear was down and the plane was rocking from side to side. The plane bounced on the runway three times.

“Passengers were screaming and we could hear glass smashing and alcohol was pouring on the passengers. I thought we were all dead, that the aeroplane was not going to stop. I was shaking.”

She also told the court that she tried to reassure passengers but was told that she did not sound like she was convincing passengers of their safety.

Another co-worker, also on the flight, agreed with Miss Reddin’s assessment of the incident stating that it was the scariest flight of her life. The court also heard that a senior member of cabin crew informed all members involved in the incident not to mention what happened as the “co-pilot was mortified.”

Injuries Following the Incident

Following the landing, Miss Reddin claimed that she could not move her neck properly for a few days and began to suffer from panic attacks as a result of the heavy landing. The neck and back injuries worsened over the next few days with Miss Reddin also having an issue with moving her shoulders. Rather than improving over time, her injuries worsened for a number of days after the incident forcing her to go to the airline’s doctor a few days after the incident.

Although Aer Lingus have denied any wrongdoing, Miss Reddin has claimed that the airline failed in their duty of care, that the pilot failed to exercise the appropriate care, skill and caution on landing the plane and that it exposed her, and others to a risk of injury.

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If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault or suffered from an injury as a result of your employer’s negligence, contact us today using our online contact form you can see on our homepage.

Road Traffic Hero Taking Law Into His Own Hands in Mexico City

Mexico City has seen a new type of superhero emerge with the arrival of Peatónito or Pedestrian Man, who is fighting for the rights of pedestrians.

In the three years that Pedestrian Man has been operating in the city, the number of road traffic accidents involving pedestrians has been severely cut. Armed with his white aerosol can (to repaint/create zebra crossing) and the Highway Code, Pedestrian Man has raised awareness of the dangers on the road, put pressure on the government to reduce the number of accidents in the area and improved road traffic safety.

Such pressure from road traffic campaigners has resulted in the government taking action. New road traffic regulations have been introduced on minor roads and further regulations have been passed. The steps have been in an attempt to end the 52 fatal accidents in every 1,000 in the city. In the entire country, the rate is 39 deaths for every 1,000 accidents.

Like many cities, Mexico is attempting to reduce the number of vehicles in the city and encourage the use of bikes, public transport and walking in and around the city. Last year just under 500 people were killed in the city following a collision with a vehicle.

Road Traffic Accidents: Vulnerable Road Users

pedmanLike many areas Mexico City has invested too heavily for car users resulting in inadequate safety procedures in place for others. This, in turn, has resulted in more accidents involving vehicles.

In the UK, there is a large number of vulnerable road users who are injured each year in road traffic accidents, with cyclists and pedestrians the most likely to be seriously injured or killed. According to surveys, one of the most common reasons for vulnerable road users being injured is drivers failing to look properly at junctions. Motorcyclist, pedestrians and cyclists can all be affected by this negligence.

Many road traffic safety groups have stated that as cars are relying more on technology that they are becoming oblivious to other vulnerable road users. However, if you are injured as a result of someone else’s negligence you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim.

Claiming Compensation: Road Traffic Accidents in Sunderland

Regardless of how safe you are on the road, there is always the risk that someone else will not be. However, you can take legal action if you were involved in an accident that was not your fault. To make a claim, it is important to have as much evidence as possible. Our solicitors will require information such as where, when and how the incident occurred as well as the details of the accident, who was responsible and any witness reports that can verify your claim.

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If you have been injured through no fault of your own, unlike Pedestrian Man you do not need to take the law into your own hands. To find out if you could make a personal injury claim following an accident on the road or any type of accident, contact us today using our online contact form after reading more about our services for people who have been involved in road accident claims in Sunderland.

Some Odd and Bizarre Personal Injury Claims from Around the World

This week, I’ll be taking a look at four bizarre yet true personal injury cases from around the world. These cases demonstrate how diverse this area of law can be. I also hope that reading these will encourage you to seek legal help if you have had an injury through no fault of your own.

If you have been injured or hurt then please call us today or contact us via our homepage specialising in Sunderland personal injury.

Case 1: Killer whale on the prowl 

This recent case reminds me of the extreme take on Sea World we see in the (spoiler alert) new Jurassic World movie. It is bizarre yet sadly true. In 1999, 27–year-old Daniel Dukes wanted to get up close and personal with whales.

However, instead of arranging a meet and greet with the park staff or going out to see them in their natural habitat, this man decided to sneak into a Sea World park after closing time and go into the whale’s enclosure.

Unfortunately, the man died. His parents sued Sea World on the grounds that killer whales were portrayed as family friendly and not as killers. They argued that by selling stuffed toy whales, these animals could be considered as family friendly.

In a local newspaper at the time, Sea World argued that the man died of hypothermia rather than as a direct result of coming into contact with the killer whale. This is not the first time that this particular whale has been linked to deaths in the park. The man’s parents later dropped the lawsuit.

Case 2: Clothes shopping can be painful! 

Shops have different ways of putting security tags on items. A common method is to use a security tagger, made up of a grey plastic block and a large tack that looks like a giant and very sharp pin. This is what I think was used in this case, as sometimes the pins can come loose when you are attaching the two parts to the item of clothing.

In Stockport, a shopper won £1,750 in compensation when she stepped on a pin that had come loose whilst she was trying on clothes in the changing room. My advice is to check your tags and labels before trying things on to avoid nasty accidents!

Case 3: The exploding loo 

A woman in Philadelphia, USA received a nasty shock when she spent a penny! On 30th of October, 2007, Nikita Fulton was using the facilities when “excess water pressure caused a toilet to explode causing plaintiff to be thrown from the bathroom stall”.

The incident was no laughing matter to the woman involved, who sustained injuries to the lumbar region of her back and sciatica. There has been no reported outcome of this case yet.

Case 4: The pitfalls of driving in an open top car 

You may expect the odd couple of insects in your eye if you have the luxury of driving an open top car on a hot summer’s day. You probably wouldn’t expect what happened to an anonymous claimant in Kent! A driver in an open top car was stationary in a traffic jam on such a hot summer’s day. Unfortunately for him, he was stuck near a building site. A cement mixer vehicle pulled out in front of him and spilled cement in the process over his lovely car.

The damage was so bad that the car was written off – happily, the man received £4,000 in compensation, which could go towards a suitable replacement.

Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed this irreverent look at personal injury cases. I particularly liked Case 4, as I certainly wouldn’t expect that when I’m driving! Luckily I don’t have an open top car myself. There are lots of websites and online articles relating to Case 1 if you wanted to look at corporate practices with animals in captivity more closely, which I feel is an important issue aside from my passion for personal injury law.

Make sure if you are unfortunate enough to have an accident to document and report the accident as soon as possible. This might help you to avoid court in a financial settlement if you would find being in the courtroom a daunting experience.