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David Vogler, a maintenance engineer with Atlas Packaging in Barnstaple, North Devon, suffered leg and hip injuries in January 2011 when metal storage racking he was helping to assemble at work collapsed. Staff shortages led to his manager trying to assemble the racking with assistance from just Mr Vogler and a young trainee who had been employed by the company for only 3 days, instead of the usual team of 4 experienced workers. No mechanical lifting equipment was provided by...

A Torrington rugby fan has secured compensation for personal injury suffered in a London pub. John Pledger of Torrington, North Devon was at the Barmy Arms in Twickenham with his family, having a quiet pint after watching a rugby match in December 2009. He went to use the gents and slipped on water on the floor, suffering tendon damage to his right knee. He made a no win – no fee compensation claim through our New Deal scheme which guarantees that...

The Legal 500 UK 2011 edition has just been published and Slee Blackwell Solicitors are again being recommended in the areas of claimant personal injury law and professional negligence. The Legal 500 is acknowledged as the leading guide to the legal profession. Based on independent research carried out annually, it claims to be the “definitive judgment of law firms’ capabilities.” Slee Blackwell’s personal injury team is highly ranked within the South West, with special mentions going to Exeter based James McNally for...

A Bideford man who suffered back injuries in a motorcycle crash in February 2009 has secured compensation of nearly £40,000 at Exeter county court from Devon County Council. Graham Mills, a former member of the Parachute Regiment, who lives in Lanefield Road, was riding a Suzukimotorcycle along Abbotsham road, just by the former Grenville College. He rode through what he thought was a puddle, but which hid a large pothole, and was thrown from the bike. His case was handled by...

Whether it is to save money or to enjoy the beautiful Devon countryside at a slightly slower pace, more and more of us are taking to two wheels. Our councils seem to appreciate this and are providing cycle paths enabling us to pedal the Tarka Trail in the North or alongside the Exe estuary in the East without having to worry about meeting oncoming cars or lorries. However, a recent Court decision has shown that it is when cyclists feel...

Bideford based personal injury solicitor, Mike Clarke reports on another successful compensation claim won by Slee Blackwell Solicitors Slee Blackwell Solicitors have recently succeeded in winning compensation for Mr Victor Barrell, a retired roofer who lives in Northam, near Bideford in North Devon. In August 2009, Mr Barrell was repairing a flat roof at his daughter-in-law’s property in Barnstaple when the hired gas bottle and torch he was using caught fire, probably because of a faulty regulator on the bottle. He...

Mike Clarke, personal injury solicitor at Slee Blackwell’s Bideford office, has just been instructed to act for a young London man who lost his right leg above the knee in a motorcycle accident in Vauxhall last month. The client was confronted with a car coming towards him on the wrong side of a dual carriageway and lost control while trying to avoid it. He hit a lamppost and suffered very serious injuries. Mike says “This client’s life and his plans...

Mr David Machin is making a miraculous recovery from a severe head injury (www.headinjurylaw.co.uk) that almost killed him last November. He was working at the South Molton premises of South West Metals Ltd when he was hit on the back of the head by a bolt that had sheared off from the jib of a grabber crane, which a fellow worker had accidentally swung into a metal post. The force of the impact was so great that the bolt went right...

Personal injury solicitor, James McNally reports on yet another unsavoury marketing ploy adopted by unqualified injury claims companies In recent months a number of clients have expressed concern about unsolicited text messages they have received from personal injury claims management firms offering to deal with their accident claim. The fact that people with ongoing personal injury claims have received messages seems to have been more luck then judgment as the texts appear to have been part of a mass marketing campaign and...

Personal injury solicitor, John Hasson reviews the decision. One of the advantages of travelling First Class on Virgin Atlantic is that passengers can make use of the airline’s Terminal 3 Clubhouse at Heathrow Airport. I’ve never been fortunate enough to personally experience the delights of Virgin’s First Class Service but amongst the facilities on offer at the Clubhouse is the provision of Shiatsu massage treatments. These treatments are provided to travellers by a number of beauty therapists, two of whom developed repetitive...