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Greg Hollingworth’s story
Greg was the victim of a serious head injury in a road accident on the 20th March 2004. He was in a Rehabilitation Unit for many months and my family instructed Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors in Milton Keynes to act on his behalf.

Having been robbed of the capability to deal with matters himself it was very reassuring to know that Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors were fighting his corner. His solicitor, Anne Maguire had the knowledge and understanding to manage his case to a successful conclusion and he has kept in touch with her since.

At the time of the accident he was training to be an accountant but it soon became clear that he would not be able to continue that career.

He have found a different path which is just as rewarding and sometimes even more challenging.

Over the past several years he has worked with a Stroke Charity in Milton Keynes.

He takes telephone calls from people whose lives’ have been ripped apart by strokes. He helps and directs them to Resources such as benefits advice. He is not a trained Counsellor but can empathise with them and have a genuine understanding of their problems. This is not a career that he had planned but he is very happy that he is able to help other people who are in distress.

Employee receives £325,000 Compensation for severe hand injury
Anne Maguire, Personal Injury Solicitor first met Mrs Kaur at her home in June 2014.  She had suffered extensive injuries to her right hand in a work accident whilst operating a chapatti machine in a food factory.  The guard had been removed from the machine and when her client went to remove a blockage of flour, the blade came down and went into her right hand and fingers.  She effectively lost the use of her right hand and suffered post-traumatic stress and depression.

What was really concerning abou this case was that her employer permanently removed vital safety equipment from the door of the machine. They then removed the sensor and rewired and overrode the safety cut out in order to use the machine without the safety guard.

Both these actions were incredibly dangerous and showed complete disregard for Mrs Kaur’s health and safety. She was a very loyal employee and worked in the factory for many years. The insurers argued that she was partly to blame for the accident and that she should lose 25% of her damages. Mrs Kaur was deeply hurt by these allegations. We made it clear to the Insurers that given Mrs Kaur had been instructed to put her hand into the machine to remove wastage every 30 to 40 minutes, we would not accept any deduction in damages.

Finally the Insurers conceded that the employers were 100% to blame and we settled Mrs Kaur’s compensation claim in full at £325,000.
Anne was very pleased to act for Mrs Kaur as she was the major bread-winner for the family and had been physically, psychologically and financially disadvantaged. It was very satisfying going up against the Insurance company and fighting Mrs Kaur’s corner for the compensation she truly deserved.

No RTA Impact but successfully secured £170,000 Personal Injury Settlement
We’ve all heard of “no win, no fee” when it comes to personal injury claims for road traffic accidents, but “no impact, no injury”?
Sam Seaford, PI Solicitor acted for Mr Steve Emms, a man in his late 50’s, who was involved in a single vehicle RTA. He was teaching a leaner driver how to drive a lorry. As they were proceeding along the road at about 10mph, the learner without warning or instruction mistakenly applied the lorry’s airbrakes. The lorry stopped dead in an instant causing Mr Emms to be thrown violently forward in his seat and into his seatbelt.
The interesting part about this case was that the Lorry didn’t hit a single thing but the forces involved when the airbrakes were applied were enough to cause injury. Mr Emms described this as if the lorry had “hit a brick wall”. Not something you might expect and certainly not something the defendant vehicles insurers were eager to accept.

Being a hardworking individual who had never claimed before, Mr Emms thought he would simply shrug off the pain he began to experience post-accident. He had no intention of making a personal injury claim. However, he was unable to do so and as time went on his pain got much worse. Ultimately, it transpired that he had suffered a prolapsed disc in his neck, necessitating surgery, which overall meant he was unable to return to work. Financially, things became difficult.

Sadly for Mr Emms, despite the lorry not hitting a thing his injuries were severe and had a marked impact on his life. However, despite the claim being strongly defended on causation (the Defendant did not want to accept Mr Emms could have been so servery injured in the accident) Sam was able to secure him £170,000 in compensation so he could continue to provide for his family, remain in his family home and be financially secure long past his retirement age.

Like most of Sam’s clients, Mr Emms did not want to be involved in an accident and did not want to be injured. He certainly did not want to make a personal injury claim. He was a man who worked all his life and intended to work well past his retirement age so he could continue to provide for his family. Sadly, this accident intervened and turned his life upside down. It’s not just the injury that is so significant but also the ongoing impact it has on a person’s life and ability to work and earn. Sam was very pleased to work for Mr Emms and obtain the best compensation he could to help him and his family. Personally it was a satisfying and hard fought case but well worth the struggle to get Mr Emms back in a position he would have been but for the accident best we could.

Man falls off ladder and received £100,000 in compensation.
A client was injured at work falling off a ladder at work, which had not been ‘footed’. We pleaded a breach of the Workplace (Health Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Work at Height Regulations 2005 and the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

He suffered a fracture of one of his lumbar vertebra, together with an injury to his hip and elbow.

As a result of his injuries he could not continue in his occupation in housing maintenance and had to take a driving job working less hours, with a subsequent reduction in earnings. In addition he was unable to carry out DIY and gardening around the home – things he would normally have done before the accident.

In addition to the compensation for his injuries the Claimant was able to recover for his reduced earning capacity and inability to carry out normal DIY and gardening chores around the home. We calculated his past and future loss of earnings based on what he would have earned had the accident not occurred, compared to what he was earning post accident.  He received compensation of £100,000.