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A Devon man who suffered a back injury in a motorcycle crash 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 Bideford, was riding a Suzuki motorcycle 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 his motorbike. His case was conducted by Slee Blackwell’s personal injury...

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...

Personal injury solicitors, Slee Blackwell, have achieved another notable success, winning compensation for a Devon accident victim who suffered serious burns in an accident, We 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...

Slee Blackwell Solicitors specialise in dealing with motorcycle accident claims, especially those involving serious injury. Our expertise in this area has led to the firm being included as a recommended practice in the independent legal guide, the Legal 500. Our Bideford office on North Devon, has just been instructed to act for a young London man who lost his right leg above the knee in a motorcycle accident in the Vauxhall area of London last month. We are representing him in...

Barnstaple accident solicitors, Slee Blackwell, are handling a claim for a North Devon man who is lucky to be alive. Mr David Machin is making a miraculous recovery from a severe head injury 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...

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...

Lee Dawkins, Solicitor and Law Society Personal Injury Law Panellist, investigates We are often asked if children can bring a claim for compensation for personal injury suffered in an accident that was not their fault. The answer to this question is a resounding “Yes”! In fact, not only are children allowed to bring a claim for damages, there is a legal obligation on the parents and guardians to pursue such a case where the child is likely to have reasonable prospects of...

Personal injury solicitor James McNally considers the duty owed by farmers to protect members of the public using rights of way over their land In earlier articles on this site we have discussed the risk of injury that cattle pose to walkers alongside the duties that the Animals Act 1971 imposes on animal owners. The potential for farmers being held liable for accidents involving cattle on their land has been highlighted once again in the recent decision of McKaskie v Cameron. On...

Personal injury solicitor, John Hasson, looks at what this means for people claiming compensation for asbestos related illness All 7 judges in the linked Supreme Court cases of Sienkiewicz (Administratrix of the Estate of Enid Costello Deceased) v Greif (UK) LTD and Knowsley MBC v Willmore ruled that there was no minimum level of exposure to asbestos below which no liability would attach to the Defendants. Mrs Willmore was exposed to asbestos whilst she was a school pupil whereas Mrs Costello was...