Stevenage Illegal Street Race Compensation Claims

Across the UK the public have been waking up to the horrible scenes that unfolded in Stevenage, Hetfordshire. A crash is thought to have injured 17 bystanders after illegally racing at a car meet.

Hertfordshire police said some of those being treated are seriously injured.

Footage from the incident appears to show the two vehicles colliding at high speed before careering into bystanders.

One car is seen turning in from a side road into the path of a faster moving vehicle. The collision causes both cars to veer off in opposite directions, into the bystanders lining the side of the road and central reservation.

An air ambulance attended the crash and emergency services are expected to remain at the scene for some time.

At Injury Lawyers UK we’re experts in dealing with compensation claims for those who’ve suffered injuries in accidents.

If you, or a loved one has been injured we are here to help you get the compensation you deserve. All claims will be handled on a no win, no fee basis meaning you won’t have to pay a penny.

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‘I Still Get Flashbacks’ – How childhood abuse causes a lifetime of pain

The Truth Project has spoken to hundreds of survivors of childhood sexual abuse and compared the experiences of those who were subject to abuse in religious settings with those who were not.

Some victims felt shame and embarrassment which was associated with the abuse, and were less likely to tell someone while it was still going on.

More than two-thirds of victims of abuse in religious settings did not report it at the time, while about half (54%) of those abused in non-religious settings did report it while it was going on.

Nearly half of the victims knew someone else who was also being abused.

Injury Lawyers UK looks at some of the report’s most harrowing accounts. Some of the names and identifying details have been changed.

Angharad is 43, and lives in Dorset. She is a mother with four children

“I don’t know how to begin with my family, and my childhood. I was my mum’s sixth child, my siblings were cruel to me, and I was cut off from my dad.

“My abuser was a chaplain. He was a family friend, and his wife was a primary school teacher. He has three children, and the eldest was like a sister to me. At first, I felt happier going to their house than I was with my own family. I used to play there every day, and go on holiday with them.

“The abuse went on from the age of six to 12 or 13. He was a dominant person, a bully. My dad wasn’t around, so I didn’t know if what he was doing was normal. He was a vile pig. He never actually raped me – he’d make me masturbate him, and then would take my knickers off and watch me go to the toilet and made sure I’d wipe myself.

“I still get flashbacks. Even though he was a chaplain, he had a foul mouth. When people swear heavily, or break wind, it can bring back horrendous memories.

“He could be controlling, especially at dinner times. I’m 43 now and I still do things to spite him, like using the same knife to butter my toast and then putting it in the jam jar.

“I was a bridesmaid to his daughter. At the wedding, he brought up photos of me when I was a child, and he said to everyone, ‘look at her lovely legs, look at her lovely hair, everyone look how lovely she was’.

“At this moment, one of the other bridesmaids turned to me, and asked if he used to do things to me. She got in touch years later. He was going to trial for abusing another girl. I was shocked, I thought it was just me that he’d abused.

“In January 2013, when he was on trial, his family got in touch to ask if I could act as a character witness and provide a reference for him. I said no and began my own proceedings.

“He was already in jail when I bought my charges forward. The case was successful, and he was sentenced to four counts of fifteen months for raping a child.

“The abuse has impacted all aspects of my life. I didn’t like going to school, I’ve been bullied, became homeless, felt victimised and fallen into abusive relationships. “I tried to complete sixth form. I became a jack of all trades – and had multiple day jobs. My youngest is one now so I’m not working.

“My daughter is 11 and she is so beautiful. I feel disgusted that anyone could want to do something like that to her.”

If you’re a survivor of child sexual abuse Injury Lawyers UK can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve. Our expert solicitors have over 20 years’ experience in dealing with abuse claims, call us on 0800 1123 156

:: Survivors of child sexual abuse who would like to share their experiences and put forward recommendations for change can get in touch with the Inquiry’s Truth Project. Visit www.truthproject.org.uk or emailshare@iicsa.org.uk

Dentality @ Hoddesdon HIV Fear Claims

More than 560 patients of the Dentality @ Hoddesdon have received letters explaining that due to the failing of a hygienist who failed to sterilise a scaler they could’ve contracted a range of infections including HIV.

Patients have only been informed of the risk to their health three months after health officials were informed by the dental practice.

At Injury Lawyers UK we’re currently handling a number of claims for those affected by this scandal. If you’re one of those affected we urge you to get in touch with us immediately.

Regardless of whether an infection has been caused a claim for professional negligence will be possible. If successful you are likely to receive in excess of £1000.

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Dentality @ Hoddesdon HIV Fear Claims

More than 560 patients of the Dentality @ Hoddesdon have received letters explaining that due to the failing of a hygienist who failed to sterilise a scaler they could’ve contracted a range of infections including HIV.

Patients have only been informed of the risk to their health three months after health officials were informed by the dental practice.

At Injury Lawyers UK we’re currently handling a number of claims for those affected by this scandal. If you’re one of those affected we urge you to get in touch with us immediately.

Regardless of whether an infection has been caused a claim for professional negligence will be possible.

Get in touch with Injury Lawyers UK using the form below.

R Kelly: New Evidence Showing Sexual Abuse Handed To Law Enforcement

When he found what he thought was a recording of R Kelly in concert, but it instead turned out to show a man, appearing to be R Kelly sexually abusing girls, he and his attorney stated.

When Gary Dennis was cleaning out an old videotape collection he was not expecting to find what could prove to be the final nail in the coffin of a once great R&B singer.

When he found what he thought was a recording of R Kelly in concert, but it instead turned out to show a man, appearing to be R Kelly sexually abusing girls, he and his attorney stated.

Gary would not discuss the specifics of the tape during a news conference in New York on Sunday afternoon. Attorney Gloria Allred said it appears to show a separate incidence from the 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse Kelly faces in Chicago. She did however acknowledge she could not be “100% certain” that the man in the video is R Kelly.

Dennis, an assistant at a nursing home, said he was cleaning out a box of old VHS tapes in his home when he found the footage. He said he has never met Kelly and does not know how the tape came to be in his possession. He said that because the tape also has a sports game on it, he believes it may have come from a friend.

“To my shock and surprise, R Kelly appeared to be on the tape but not in concert, instead he was sexually abusing underage African American girls.” Dennis said.

Allred said they assume the girls in the video were underage because they did not appear to have developed.

Steve Greenberg, an attorney for Kelly said the question being asked should be “what are these people doing possessing what they obviously believe is child pornography in their VHS collection and what are the authorities going to do”.

The charges Kelly faces in Chicago are in connection to three girls and one woman. Prosecutors have said they have a video of Kelly abusing one of the girls.

Greenberg said it was “now just open season” on Kelly.

The singer has been trailed for decades by allegations he victimised women and girls. He was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008, related to a tape prosecutors said showed him having sex with a girl as young as 13.

He and his attorneys have repeatedly denied allegations of sexual misconduct, and he has pleaded not guilty to the charges filed in Chicago.

Accident Compensation Claims

Been Involved In An Accident That Wasn’t Your Fault?

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident we can help you get the support rehabilitation and compensation you deserve.

The injuries sustained in the accident can often lead to you having to take unpaid time off work which can lead to money worries, something that no one should have to deal with on top of their injuries. We can successfully recover the wages that you have lost due to taking time off work, giving you one less thing to worry about.

Injury Lawyers UK have a team of specialist solicitors that can help make the process of making a claim stress free and efficient. We’ve helped thousands of people get back to normal life after their accident and can help you too.

HOW MUCH COMPENSATION COULD YOU RECEIVE?

All accident claims are different and there is no way of accurately predicting how much your case could be worth until we find out more details about the case. But our solicitors will always make sure they take every possible cost into account when negotiating your claim. Some of these include:

  • Loss of earnings from time off work
  • Future loss of earnings due to halted career progression
  • The care you’ve already received
  • The care you may need in the future
  • Adaptations that may need to be made to your property or vehicle
  • Travel expenses
  • Treatment and rehabilitation costs

As well as many other expenses that can be claimed back. We deal with nearly all accident claims on a no win no fee basis, so you don’t need to worry about being left out of pocket. If you want to find out more about what your claim could be worth speak to a solicitor now by calling 0800 1123 156

HOW LONG DO YOU HAVE TO MAKE A CLAIM?

Standard procedure limits you to three years after the date of the accident or diagnosis to start a claim for compensation. This limit is in place to ensure that its clear to see what injures you sustained due to the accident.

If you’re approaching the time limit you should not delay in getting in touch, the claims process can take a while to get started so its vital you act quickly to ensure your claim can be successful.

There are a few exceptions to the three year limit which are:

  • Psychological trauma – if the accident caused a serious brain injury and is a loved one if making a claim on their behalf, then there is no time limit for making a compensation claim.
  • Manufacturing or design fault – If the equipment you were using had a fundamental defect, the time limit may be increased.
  • Overseas work accidents – Accidents that take place overseas may result in the time limit for making a claim being shorter depending on the circumstances.

HOW DOES A NO WIN NO FEE AGREEMENT WORK?

You’ve probably heard the phrase no win no fee used before, they’re also known as conditional fee agreements. They are simple, you won’t have to pay a penny win or lose.

We understand all of this might make you worried about incurring hidden costs. We assure you there are none, we instead secure our payment from your opponents insurers when we are successful with your claim.

In the unlikely event that we lose your no win no fee personal injury claim we promise we will still not charge you a penny. We have insurance policies that cover us in those circumstance. We don’t like to be negative at Injury Lawyers UK but its important you have a full understanding of how a no win no fee agreement works.

7 UK Regular Armed Forces personnel medically discharged a day during 2017/18

486 Naval Service personnel were medically discharged, equating to 15 per 1,000 personnel. This is not a significant change from 2016/17 when the rate was 14 per 1,000 personnel.

Data released by the government shows that between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018 there was a total of 2,451 medical discharges across the armed forces. Which equates approximately to 7 UK Regular Armed Forces personnel medically discharged each day during 2017/18.

486 Naval Service personnel were medically discharged, equating to 15 per 1,000 personnel. This is not a significant change from 2016/17 when the rate was 14 per 1,000 personnel.

1,769 Army personnel were medically discharged, equating to 21 per 1,000 personnel. This is a significant decrease compared to 2016/17 when the rate was 22 per 1,000 personnel.

196 RAF personnel were medically discharged, equating to 6 per 1,000 personnel. This is a significant increase since 2016 when the rate was 4 per 1,000 personnel.

For all three services the main causes of medical discharge were Musculoskeletal Disorders and Mental and Behavioural Disorders. This was in line with findings from previous years. There was a statistically significant increase in the proportion of medical discharges due to Mental and Behavioural Disorders among Naval Service and Army personnel.

Musculoskeletal Disorders and Injuries were responsible for 56% of Naval Service medical discharges, 57% of Army medical discharges and 46% of RAF medical discharges.

Mental and Behavioural Disorders were responsible for 18% of Naval Service medical discharges, 26% or Army medical discharges and 36% of RAF medical discharges.

In the Naval Service, Females, Other Ranks and Royal Marines are at a significantly higher risk of medical discharge.

75 females were medically discharged, a rate of 24.8 per 1,000 personnel compared to 411 males at a rate of 14 per 1,000 personnel.

170 Royal Marines were medically discharged, giving them a rate of 23.7 per 1,000 personnel, nearly  double the rate (12.5) of Royal Navy personnel medically discharged (316).

In the Army, Personnel aged under 25, Other Ranks and Untrained personnel are at a significantly higher risk of being medically discharged.

453 untrained Army personnel were medically discharged giving them a rate of 57.3 per 1,000 personnel compared to their trained colleagues who had a rate of 17 per 1,000 personnel.

In the RAF, Females and Other Ranks are at a significantly higher risk of medical discharge.

59 females were medically discharged, a rate of 12.7 per 1,000 personnel compared to 137 males at a rate of 3.2 per 1,000 personnel.

80,000 people in the UK pose a sexual threat to children online

In the last five years the number of child abuse images referred to the agency have surged 700% according to new statistics. During 2017-18, the National Crime Agency safeguarded 2,037 children.

The National Crime Agency also revealed on average at the end of 2017, there were 438 arrests made and 596 children safeguarded each month.

The National Crime Agency has released data stating that at least 80,000 people in the UK are believed to pose a sexual threat to children online.

In the last five years the number of child abuse images referred to the agency have surged 700% according to new statistics. During 2017-18, the National Crime Agency safeguarded 2,037 children.

The National Crime Agency also revealed on average at the end of 2017, there were 438 arrests made and 596 children safeguarded each month.

Sajid Javid the home secretary said he would make it his “personal mission” to tackle child abuse and described his shock at the scale of the problem.

The Home Office has also warned that live-streaming of abuse is a growing problem due to faster internet speeds, smartphone technology and the ease of transferring money across borders online.

It’s also reported that images are getting more graphic, with abuse of babies and children under 10 more regularly documented.

Figures also indicate that police in England and Wales recorded around 23 online child sexual offences every day in 2017-18 up from 15 a day in the previous 12 months.

Simon Bailey, the national policing lead for child protection, has called for the internet giants such as Google and Facebook to do more to stop the spread of sexual abuse images and videos.

There have been repeated calls for offenders who download indecent images of children to get tougher sentences, something most people in the UK agree with.

The government has invested £600,000 in a project that trawls the web to identify pages with suspected abuse content, a move supported by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), which assesses and removes online child abuse material.

Susie Hargreaves, chief executive of the IWF, said: “Sadly, our most recent annual report showed that the severity of the images we identified were and it appeared that offenders were becoming more sophisticated in their crime.”

Javed Khan, chief executive of children’s charity Bernardo’s, said: “We welcome Sajid Javid’s commitment to ramp up the government’s efforts to tackle online child sexual abuse.

“The government must now deliver its promise to make the UK the safest place to be online by forcing online companies to ensure effective safeguards are in place to help better protect children.

“Any delay to acting now could put a generation of children in danger online.”

7 Simple ways to avoid falls when working at height

Do as much work as possible from the ground. If a task can be completed from the ground there’s no need to put yourself and others in danger by instead carrying out the job from a height. This can include preparing materials at ground level prior to completing the work giving you less to do while at a height.

Ensure you can get safely to and from where you’re working at height. Employees should have easy and safe access to the area you need to carry out work on. This could include scaffolding and working platforms, not just a ladder on an uneven surface.

Ensure equipment is suitable, stable and strong enough for the job, maintained and checked regularly. You should be able to rely on the equipment you use to assist you and keep you safe, not add to the risk of injury. Faulty equipment could cause more serious injuries to occur especially when working at height.

Make sure you don’t overload or overreach while working at height. Stretching to reach objects and carrying too much can often cause you to lose your balance which could lead to you falling of the working area. Make several journeys carrying less or reposition yourself closer to the object when trying to reach it.

Take extra precautions when working on or near fragile surfaces. Fragile surfaces such as glass and rusted sheet metal are often not strong enough to support the weight of a worker and can collapse without warning. These surfaces may not always be obvious to see so a full inspection should be carried out to ensure all weak spots are identified.

Ensure you’re protected from falling objects. While working at height you may also have colleagues working above you, you should ensure there is suitable protection from any falling objects coming from above. This can include safety netting and personal protective equipment such as hard hats.

Consider your emergency evacuation and rescue procedures before you start the task in hand. You should have an emergency plan that comes into action should an accident occur while working at height. This should detail how injured workers are cared for in the immediate aftermath of an accident. This could be the difference between life and death.

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