OVER £100,000 COMPENSATION FOR MAN HIT BY MOTORBIKE

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When Varshan, a software engineer, was hit by a speeding motorbike as he crossed the road, he was hospitalised and needed several operations.
The bike had been overtaking traffic and not paying due attention to the road, knocking him onto the curb. He was left with a fractured skull, femur, multiple pelvic fractures, damaged collarbone, and arm. After the accident, he was rushed to the nearest ICU, where he was diagnosed with further vein damage and, as he recovered, psychological injury.
At the hospital, Varshan underwent multiple forms of treatment and surgery, including radiotherapy and having a nail inserted in his femur. He had to use a wheelchair when he was released from hospital, and only gradually became able to walk again with the help of crutches.
Heavily reliant on his family, who had to fly to the UK from India to support him, Varshan found that his ill-health meant that he missed out on an expected promotion at work.
The impact of a serious injury like this on Varshan’s life was devastating, and eventually he sought the help of Claim Today. Our experienced solicitors walked him through every step of his claim to ensure that every aspect was taken into account.
Specialist serious injury solicitor, Vicky Blodwell, fought hard to ensure he recieved the maximum compensation he was entitled to. This included cover for his family’s flights and consideration of future conditions likely to arise from his injuries.
“It is easy to forget that an accident like this, while it has a devastating effect upon the victim, can also have a huge impact on their family,” says Vicky. “We often see families sacrificing paid work and free time to support their loved ones after accidents, and this needs to be taken into account as part of a claim.”
Vicky Blodwell, Serious Injury Solicitor was on the case right away.

Vicky Blodwell, Serious Injury Solicitor was on the case right away.

“We’re delighted to have been able to secure over £100,000 compensation for Varshan, and wish him all the best in the future.”
Claim Today fought Varshan’s corner and secured £108,500 net in damages to help Varshan get his life back on track.
If you have suffered injury in an accident that was not your fault, whether on the road like Varshan, or in your place of work, Claim Today are on hand to help. Call us on 0800 29 800 29 to speak to a member of our team today. Don’t delay, Claim Today!

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Quarter of a Million Compensation for Car Accident Victim

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Claim Today Solicitors have helped a man receive £250,000 compensation after a car performing a u-turn veered out in front of him unexpectedly, leaving him with life-changing injuries.

Mr A. suffered blunt trauma to his eye, loss of vision, laceration with facial scarring and a several injuries to his right arm after the car hit his. The traumatising accident caused him considerable psychological distress, particularly as he became fearful about the extent of his injuries. The bone stuck out of his arm, and he found his eye was bleeding and would not open. He needed multiple surgeries to address his injuries, including plates in his arm, and retinal and cataract surgery to restore his vision. The accident affected his sleep, plaguing him with flashbacks and nightmares about the accident.

Before the accident, Mr A. was healthy and active. He enjoyed a busy lifestyle full of sport, including swimming, football, rugby and adventure sports such as climbing. He was a martial arts instructor and training to become a pilot, but the accident left him unable to pursue most of these activities.

His arm was left scarred and numb, a particular challenge which meant that he could not teaching Martial Arts, as practicing the sport left him in unbearable pain. From being highly active, both at home and work, Mr A. was forced to rely on his partner and wider family for care and support. He developed anxiety about socialising, and lost out on things at work, including an important client and a promotion due to his impacted ability to work.

Problems with his sight continued even after his operations. This caused discomfort and embarrassment during the course of his work and drained his self-esteem. After trying to return to driving, he suffered a minor accident due to his impaired vision which led him to give up driving altogether.

When it became clear that the accident had left long-term damage, both to his body, and to his ability to work, Mr A. sought help from Claim Today Solicitors. Our team were on hand to ensure that he received full compensation for his injuries, and for the impact they have had on his lifestyle. We considered every aspect of his situation, from his limited mobility to the daily care he needed to get his life back on track. Leaving no stone unturned, our team supported Mr A. throughout his case and successfully ensured he recieved £250,000 damages.

Serious Injury Specialist, Vicky Blodwell, who handled Mr A.’s case said ‘We are delighted to have been able to help Mr A. after his horrific injury, and would encourage anyone else who has suffered a similar accident to seek legal advice as early as possible.’

Vicky Blodwell, Medical Negligence Solicitor helped the client with his case.

Vicky Blodwell, Serious Injury Solicitor helped the client with his case.

Starting a claim early can improve the likelihood of success, as important medical and circumstantial evidence can be time sensitive. If you have suffered serious injury in an accident that was not your fault, it is important to get photographic evidence of your injury and ensure your doctor keeps full records of all treatment you recieve.

‘We fought hard for Mr A., and hope that the compensation he has recieved will provide him and his family with much needed support. We wish him all the best for his future.’

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Hundreds eligible to claim against Birmingham surgeon Ian Paterson

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Hundreds of women may be able to seek compensation after Birmingham-based surgeon, Ian Paterson was found guilty of repeatedly performing needless operations.

The NHS doctor treated thousands of patients, and was this week found to have exaggerated cancer risks and taken payment for expensive procedures that need not have happened. Many of his patients underwent multiple surgeries for misdiagnosed tumours.

Furthermore, the court heard that Paterson developed unsafe medical treatments which left his patients with a greater risk of developing secondary cancers. The procedure, called ‘Cleavage Sparing Mastectomy’ leaves some breast tissue behind for a better cosmetic effect, but also risks leaving damaged cells with a high risk of returning cancer.

The seven-week trial examined the experiences of 10 of Paterson’s patients, whose operations took place between 1997 and 2011 at two privately run West Midlands hospitals, Little Aston and Parkway. It found that as a result of Paterson’s practice hundreds, or even thousands, of patients may also be eligible for compensation.

An enormous number of women have already come forward about their treatment under Paterson, but it is suspected that many more may still be unaware of the misdiagnosis and wrongful treatment they underwent.

A massive breach of professional practice, which saw Paterson able to sustain a wealthy, multi-property lifestyle, has raised questions about the standards of the practices and trusts under which he worked. A claim is set to be lodged against not only the surgeon himself, but the NHS trust who oversaw his work, with many asking how he was allowed to perform these treatments for so long.

If you have suffered as a result of mistreatment or misdiagnosis, whether under Ian Paterson or others, you may be entitled to compensation. Our expert Medical Negligence solicitors have a wealth of experience handling such cases, and advise that coming forward is the best course for anyone who has experienced unnecessary surgery, wrongful prescription, or lack of consent in their medical care.

Mistreatment in hospital can lead to long-term health problems, as well as a sense of isolation and violation for those affected. Our solicitors take into account every aspect of your situation to ensure that you receive 100% of the compensation you deserve.Start your claim today – call our team on 0800 29 800 29 or request a call back with the form below.

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Claim Today wins Professional Services Awards

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Claim Today Solicitors have been celebrating success this week after the results of the Peer Awards 2016/17 were announced on March 24th at the world-famous Fortnum & Mason store in Central London.

After a nomination in the Corporate Social Responsibility category earlier this year, we were delighted to win acclaim in both this category and to win the Professional Services category in the Industry Sector Awards section.

The Peer Awards for Excellence celebrate real accomplishments and innovative ideas in an innovative inclusive way. Finalists present their entries online using text, pictures and video, for review by fellow finalists; a unique process that enables a cross-fertilisation of cutting-edge ideas amongst practitioners. After receiving responses to their questions the reviewers then rate each entry against the three judging criteria; Impact, Innovation and Inspiration.

Our success shows our continued dedication not only to our clients but also to the wider communities in which they live and work. Our entry, which encapsulated the work of our charity branch, DBS Heart CIC, highlighted our efforts for road safety education, which has helped to decrease accidents and improve road safety for school children across Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Stephen Citron, Director of the Peer Awards, said “I was again delighted with the strength, breadth and innovation of this year’s shortlisted finalists, not just from the UK but from other countries as well. All shortlisted entrants generously shared their ideas with the other finalists; fellow professionals that share similar interests but work in organisations in different sectors and even from other continents. And with this being the Peer Awards they enthusiastically and with integrity participated in the judging of their fellow finalists. The Peer Awards are proud to provide a platform for these inspirational ideas to be aired amongst peers in this way”.

Rachel Eames, who has worked as part of DBS Heart in partnership with Birmingham City Council, said: ‘It is always an honour to gain recognition for the work we are doing in the community. The Peer Awards was a great experience for us, allowing us to showcase our work not simply to a panel of experts, but to our peers in the sector. People across Claim Today Solicitors are involved in DBS Heart’s projects, and this award is an excellent achievement for our staff, and for the firm as a whole. We look forward to continuing our work in the community in the coming months and years.”

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ClaimToday Sponsors International Community Ball

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This February saw the third international ball organised by the Czech and Slovak Club in Birmingham.

For the third year running, ClaimToday were the main sponsors of the event which brings together members of the Czech and Slovak community from across the country, alongside high-profile figures. The Slovak ambassador, the Czech Ambassador in the UK, Libor Sečka, with his wife Sabrina, and the Slovak National TV also attended both balls and enjoyed a great night of entertainment, celebration and opportunity!

This black tie affair took place at Holiday Inn hotel in the centre of Birmingham. Upon the arrival, guests were greeted with traditional Slovak and Czech drinks before being treated to a lavish 3 course dinner of traditional food.

ClaimToday welcomed this event as a good opportunity to deepen our strong business and cultural relationships with the the Slovak and Czech communities in the UK. It was an opportunity to meet and converse with many of the Slovak and Czech citizens living in and around the city. It also allowed us to celebrate another year of partnership and support with the CS club, which is based in Manchester, offering community support and events across the city and surrounding area.

The evening was filled with entertainment, celebration, and dancing and ho sting was provided by the Prague-based band Atmosphere ShowBand. It was certainly a night to remember.

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MAN WINS £25,000 DAMAGES FOR OVERLOOKED FRACTURE

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When Mr L. fractured his right hand, he put his health in the hands of medical professionals. He went to the hospital and his doctors told him that there was no fracture and that the pain would go away if he applied ice and rested it.

But three months later his hand was still in pain, making it difficult to write or keep up his efficiency at the take-away restaurant where he worked. Knowing something wasn’t right, he went back to his GP, who found that he had fractured the bones in two of his fingers.

If his hand had been treated immediately after the accident, when he was in hospital, the injury would have healed well. But the failure of his doctors to notice the damage meant that nothing could be done once the breaks had been detected.

Left with chronic pain in his hand, unable to lift heavy objects, work at speed, or even do up the buttons on his clothes, Mr L. came to Claim Today Solicitors for help. With the aid of our expert solicitors, he was able to pursue a medical negligence claim against his doctors for the misdiagnosis and failure to treat his injury.

Our medical negligence solicitors ensured that not just the initial injury but also the impact on his work and home life were taken into account as part of the claim, and showed that his fractures should not have been overlooked by the medical professionals who were supposed to look after him.

Vicky Blodwell, Medical Negligence Solicitor helped the client with his case.

Vicky Blodwell, Medical Negligence Solicitor helped the client with his case.

Specialist solicitor Vicky Blodwell helped Mr L. to win a substantial £25,000 in compensation for the negligence he suffered, to help him get his life back on track after his accident.

If you have suffered as a result of misdiagnosis or being given the wrong treatment in hospital, you have a right to claim compensation. At Claim Today Solicitors, our team of solicitors have considerable experience in handling medical negligence claims and will be able to guide you every step of the way. We offer a no win, no fee service, which means that if your claim is unsuccessful you don’t pay a penny, and we take our fees from the defendant’s insurance company if your claim is a success. So you receive 100% of your compensation without deductions from us.

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FIRST FROST CALLS FOR SAFETY ON THE ROADS

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As the frost kicks in, it is now more important than ever to take care on the roads. Every year we see a rise on road accidents as the weather worsens in winter, but taking care to prepare your car and your journey can help minimise your risk of having an accident. In 2014 the Department for Transport reported 29 people killed, 251 seriously injured and 2,274 sustained minor injuries on the road during icy weather – so how can you avoid accidents?

 

1. Maximise Visibility

Your eyes are your strongest ally on the road, so making sure that your vision is clear is vital for safe driving. Winter brings two particular hazards:

 

  • Frost and Ice – A recent RAC study showed that just 42% of motorists ensure their windscreens are completely defrosted before heading out, and many use methods of defrosting (such as hot water) which can cause damage to their cars. To make sure your sight is clear as you drive, ensure your windows are fully defrosted with a scraper and de-icer spray. Do not rely on your wipers to remove ice as you drive.
  • Low Sun – During winter the sun is low in the sky – a potential disaster for your line of sight while you drive. Avoid being blinded by using your sun visors, and invest in visors for your passenger windows, too. Alternatively, sunglasses (even in winter!) can make all the difference, so that you can see clearly as you drive.

 

2. Know Your Route

 

In winter it is more important than ever to plan ahead before you drive. Areas with heavy rain or puddles that can frost over are best avoided, and it is a great idea to get to know your local council’s gritting routes. In icy weather avoid small country roads with steep bridges, sharp bends, and awkward cross-roads.

 

3. Drive Steady

Taking an extra five minutes to reach your destination could save your life. Drive slowly and carefully on frosty roads to avoid skidding and give a wide berth to other cars which may need to break suddenly.

 

4. Winter Car Maintenance

Worn tires can be dangerous at any time of year, but when the weather is frosty they can be a disaster. Check the grip on your tires and the state of your break pads to make sure they can handle a frost-bitten road. Keep an eye on your wiper blades and replace them if they are worn or splitting. It is also a good idea to keep a bottle of de-icer in your car, particularly if you’re travelling home at night, as your windows may frost over in the evenings.

 

Overall, care and attention are the best ways to avoid accidents on the road during the winter months – with darker evenings and inclement weather there are more distractions and hazards for drivers than in summer. Drive safe!

 

If you do suffer an accident on the road this winter that was not your fault, we are here to help. Claim Today Solicitors has offered award-winning compensation claims across the UK for over 15 years, and our team will be happy to advise you. Our service is entirely free and unlike other law firms, we give you 100% of your compensation. For advice and to start your claim, speak to a specialist on 0800 093 93 92 today or fill in the form below!

 

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£200,000 SETTLEMENT FOR STRATFORD ROAD HIT AND RUN VICTIM

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A waitress who was caught in a hit-and-run accident on Birmingham’s Stratford Road has received £200,000 in compensation after an appeal to the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB).

Mrs W. was thrown into the air by the car that struck her and left at the side of the road it drove away. The accident left her with moderate-severe brain injuries, post-traumatic amnesia, and vision problems. She was hospitalized and unable to return to her work or care for her twelve-year-old son. Throughout her recovery she relied heavily on her husband for help.

Serious injuries caused by road traffic accidents can have a devastating effect on the victim and their family. But the damage can be worse when you don’t know where to turn.

Many people assume that not knowing the person at fault means they cannot claim. But you can still pursue a claim for compensation through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB).

When her first application to the MIB was rejected, Mrs W. turned to Claim Today Solicitors, who fought hard to make sure her voice was heard. The case was successful on appeal. Serious Injury Specialist, Vicky Blodwell, fought tooth and nail to get Mrs W. 100% of the compensation she deserved.

German-speaking Mrs W. had no problems conducting a claim through Claim Today Solicitors, which prides itself on offering a multi-lingual service to clients. “We arranged for all legal documents to be translated for her,” says Vicky, “so that she was kept up to date and understood her claim every step of the way.”

Claim Today Solicitors prides itself on offering award-winning legal service in many languages, keeping the process quick and easy, and ensuring that our clients receive 100% of their compensation. If you have suffered an injury in an accident that was not your fault, don’t suffer in silence. Speak to a specialist today on 0800 093 93 92 to start your claim today!

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Record NHS hospital discharge delays risk patient safety

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Growing pressure on the NHS means that more patients are facing delays in being discharged from hospital.

Traditionally, July is a strong month for the health service. Warm weather and changes to behaviour in the summer months have often meant respite for doctors during this period. But Nigel Edwards, of the Nuffield Trust health think-tank, said: “The days of a traditional summer respite for the NHS are gone for good. The figure for delays in discharging patients from hospital is particularly worrying.”

Furthermore, the Royal Voluntary Service has revealed that 70% of NHS nurses delay the discharge of older patients due to the lack of support available outside of hospital, increasing the backlog.

Lack of care in the community means the NHS continues to miss its targets, with delays in July up a quarter on the same month last year. And Mr Edwards believes this may be ‘an understatement of the true scale of the problem’.

But what does this mean for patients?

Overcrowding in hospitals is something we have grown used to. With limited beds and continual demand, ensuring patients are treated quickly and sent home can mean life or death for other patients waiting for assistance. But as the NHS continues to miss its targets, fears are mounting that the delays will have a heavy impact across other areas of hospitals, particularly A&E.

The longer it takes for other patients to be discharged, the longer it takes for incoming patients to receive the treatment they need. This can have a devastating impact, especially in emergency cases where immediate care is vital and delays could prove fatal. More pressure on doctors can also result in a higher rate of misdiagnosis and mix-ups leading to mistreatment in hospital.

If you have suffered as a result of medical misdiagnosis, delays in hospital discharge, or as a result of poor medical treatment in hospital, you should seek legal advice. Call Claim Today on 0800 93 93 92 to speak to a member of our specialist Medical Negligence team or fill out our enquiry form and we will be in touch within 24 hours to discuss your situation. 

Claim Today Solicitors secures £100,000 settlement for injured cyclist

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Director and Serious Injury solicitor of Claim Today Solictors, Vicky Blodwell, has secured a six-figure settlement for a cyclist who was hit by a car while riding in a cycling lane. The defendant’s car shot out from the highway into the cycling lane, where it collided with the client, throwing him from his bicycle into the street.

Mr. M suffered multiple injuries, including fractures to the skull, spine, and both shoulders, and underwent considerable private treatment. Claim Today Solicitors ensured that the client’s needs were covered, instructing a case manager to arrange this private treatment and co-ordinate all the treatment the client needed, including travel to and from appointments, a taxi account. Vicky also arranged the installation of a gas alarm, after the client’s injuries left him without a sense of smell. His hearing was also impaired as a result of the skull fractures.

‘At Claim Today Solicitors, our client’s rehabilitation is a key aim from the very beginning,’ explains Vicky, ‘it is important to us to see that the client is provided for, and that the costs of the assistance they need following their accident is clear and recorded. For this reason, we aim to give all clients full support, and in this case I arranged for the best doctors from London to oversee the client’s medical examinations.’ By providing the best medical care, Vicky was able to fully gauge the impact of the accident, and secured that quotes for other supporting treatment and lifestyle needs, including further surgery and hearing aids, were included in the settlement.

‘This was a tough case,’ Vicky continued, ‘the defendant made nonsense accusations of contributory negligence on the part of our client, but we fought hard and saw that these accusations were dismissed.’

Mr. M was delighted with the service he received, saying, ‘Vicky Blodwell has provided all possible supports during my case assessment and I’m glad that I will be able to get Best Claim Reward through her guidance and support. From Start to Finish, I found Vicky honest and very helpful. Without her helping hand, I don’t think that my claim would have been settled smoothly after long fight. I would Highly Recommend her professional service to others.’

Last year, ROSPA reported that almost 20,000 cyclists were injured or killed in accidents on the road. Between 70-80% of cyclist fatalities are as a result of head injuries like our client’s skull fractures, and recovery relies heavily upon immediate and follow-up treatment. Often driver awareness is the issue, with drivers not heeding the presence of cyclists. An increase in cycling lanes, especially designed to reduce the risk faced by cyclists, has helped to lessen this number, but in cases such as our clients’ driver vigilance remains a key factor in cyclist safety.

This settlement follows the successful settlement of three other six-figure cases by Vicky earlier this year.

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