Category Archive: Personal Injury

Sintons named Personal Injury Team of the Year at Northern Law Awards 2022

Sintons has won the Personal Injury Team of the Year accolade at the Northern Law Awards 2022.

The awards, held last night, acknowledge excellence across legal practice in the North of England, and specialists at Sintons were singled out for their outstanding work in personal injury.

The team – which also includes Sintons’ renowned Neurotrauma department – is known nationally for its work, particularly its expertise in serious injury claims, including brain and spinal cord injury cases..read more>>

Aeroplane Passenger turns to Sintons to secure Montreal Convention settlement

An aeroplane passenger who sustained injuries when an item fell from an overhead luggage compartment has settled her case against the airline with support from personal injury specialists at Sintons.

The woman was seated onboard a flight in June 2018 when a fellow passenger opened an overhead locker, resulting in a heavy item falling and striking her on the head.

She sustained an eye injury, which has resulted in permanent sensitivity to bright light requiring the use of spectacles with tint for the rest of her life…read more >>

Neurotrauma team expands with appointment of new specialist

The specialist Neurotrauma team has expanded again through the appointment of a new specialist.

Caitlin Ord has joined the department to offer additional support to clients nationally who instruct the firm on the strength of its legal and service excellence.

A Northumbria University graduate who has also completed her Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), Caitlin combines her legal knowledge with a background of supporting people with disabilities…read more >>

Woman knocked off her bike secures settlement thanks to Sintons

After serious injury specialists at Sintons took over the case of Mrs R, who was left with a catalogue of injuries after being knocked off her bike, she was able to secure the rehabilitation she badly needed to enable her to progress her recovery.

Here, we look at the case of Mrs R, and how moving to a law firm with the expertise to secure the best possible outcome can prove crucial – in this case, securing a settlement almost 20 times the amount her initial solicitor considered it to be worth.

Leading a busy life as a cleaner and working in a local shop, Mrs R’s life as she knew it was devastated one morning, when she was knocked off her bicycle by a car…read more >>

Head of Neurotrauma takes part in RideLondon 2022

The head of Sintons’ nationally-renowned Neurotrauma team is set to raise vital funds through taking part in an event hailed as the world’s greatest festival of cycling.

Andrew McGowan is to cycle the RideLondon 100, a route from London to Essex on traffic-free roads, to raise money for the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA).

RideLondon comprises a series of events, and was established in 2013 as an Olympic legacy event to help people celebrate and enjoy the benefits of cycling…read more >>

 

Sintons personal injury team shortlisted for prestigious awards

The specialist personal injury team at Sintons has been shortlisted for the Northern Law Awards 2022.

The firm has been named as a finalist in the Personal Injury Team of the Year category, in recognition of its commitment to excellence in both legal and client service.

Sintons’ personal injury team acts for clients across the country in a wide range of matters, supporting them and their families through what can often be a very distressing time in their lives.…read more >>

 

School worker secures settlement with support from Sintons

A school cook was left with permanent injuries sustained in an incident whilst serving food.

The incident happened when she was using a new dinner trolley, which, unbeknown to the catering team, was too wide to fit through the door hatch from the kitchen into the dinner hall.

Working under significant time pressures and against staff shortages, the team were required to lift the trolley over the countertop to ensure the children could have their lunch.

While doing so, one of the dinner staff knocked the hatch door, causing her to briefly drop her side of the trolley resulting in her having to take the full weight of the trolley.

The woman sustained an injury to her left hand and arm rapidly developed pins and needles, numbness and pain from elbow to wrist, exacerbating existing underlying Carpel Tunnel Syndrome symptoms to significantly impact on all aspects of her life and work…read more >>

Neurologic Music Therapy in Neurorehabilitation: An Introduction

The power of music in neurorehabilitation is to be explored at a seminar hosted by Sintons.

Neurologic Music Therapy in Neurorehabilitation: An Introduction will look at how the therapy is used to achieve positive progress in their ongoing recovery, and can deliver life-changing outcomes.

Elizabeth Nightingale, neuro services lead at Chiltern Music Therapy, and speech and language therapist Matthew Nakonesky from Speech Therapy North East, will be among the guest speakers…read more >>

Injured cyclist supported in his recovery by Sintons

A cyclist who was left with both physical and psychological trauma after being knocked off his bike has been supported in his recovery by serious injury specialists at Sintons.

The man was cycling at night, with lights on his bicycle and on a well-lit roundabout, when he was hit on his left side by a car emerging from the junction.

He sustained fractures to his tibia and fibula, which needed surgery to fit metalwork in his lower leg, although this later needed to be removed after the man suffered significant pain. The surgery resulted in extensive scarring to his lower leg, with pain continuing to run into his thigh and lower back…read more >>

The 2022 Highway Code Changes

On Saturday 29th January 2022 the new Highway Code (the Code) comes into force. Sarah Askew highlights what the new rules are and why they are important.

The Highway Code has been updated to improve the safety of people walking, cycling and riding horses.

One of the most significant changes is to introduce what is termed a hierarchy of road users…read more >>

Sintons supports cyclist after hit-and-run

A cyclist left seriously injured in a hit-and-run has been supported in rebuilding his life by specialists at Sintons, whose expertise enabled him to secure provisional damages with the option to re-open the case pending future health problems as a result of the incident.

The man was cycling one Sunday morning in 2019 before planning to return to attend Church with his wife – but he did not return as planned. As his wife prepared to go out to look for him, police arrived at their home to tell her he had been involved in a serious road collision.

Having been struck at speed, the car then drove off from the scene, although was traced through CCTV cameras on the road. He has since been prosecuted for the incident…read more >>

Client secures six-figure settlement after serious shoulder injury

A man who was seriously injured after an electric shock at work has secured a six-figure settlement with support from Sintons.

The man, a team leader in the packing department of a meat production company, suffered a badly injured right shoulder in the incident.

Having undergone surgery following his injury, with further surgery planned, he is faced with the prospect of having long-term implications which was impeding his ability to work…read more >>

Welder secures six-figure settlement to help rebuild his life

A welder who sustained serious injuries during an incident while at work has secured a six-figure settlement to help rebuild his life with support from Sintons.

The man was injured while working at height in industrial premises, after an unsecured platform on which he was standing moved.

The welder was left with a serious brain injury, multiple left-sided fractured ribs, a fracture of the tailbone and left collarbone, fractured fingers and an injury to his back…read more >>

Sintons sponsor BABICM conference

Sintons has been announced as sponsor of one of the key events for professionals working in brain and complex injury.

The law firm, whose specialist Neurotrauma team supports clients nationally, is sponsoring the BABICM Conference 2021, renowned as a flagship event in the calendar which has the added significance of being in the organisation’s landmark 25th anniversary year.

‘Decisions, Decisions – The Way Forward: Supporting Capacitous Choices in Litigation and Beyond’ will analyse the challenges facing case managers, clients and legal teams when supporting clients who have capacity to make decisions in key areas that impact on their rehabilitation and aspects of litigation…read more >>

Law firm Sintons is again committing its support to an annual initiative to promote road safety

Road Safety Week, the UK’s biggest road safety event, seeks to raise awareness of the role we can all play in making the roads a safer place to be for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike.

The initiative, which this year will run from November 15 to 21, is run by road safety charity Brake, which works with thousands of schools, organisations and communities throughout the country to take action on road safety and enable more people to make safe and healthy journeys every day.

Each year’s Road Safety Week is themed to address one vital aspect of road safety, and for 2021, will highlight the role of road safety heroes – the professionals who work tirelessly to improve safety for everyone…read more >>

Chambers hails personal injury team as ‘excellent choice’

The personal injury team at Sintons has been hailed as an “excellent choice” of advisor by Chambers and Partners 2022.

The team, regularly acknowledged as being a leader in its field in the North of England, was praised for its work in high-value and life-changing injury claims in particular.

Its “broad offering” of specialism, taking in “expertise” in brain and spinal cord injury work through its Neurotrauma department, as well as occupational and industrial diseases, workplace injuries and road accidents, were all highlighted by Chambers…read more>>

 

 

Neurotrauma team glow in support of GloWeek

Sintons is again lending its support to a national campaign which urges children to be seen and not hurt on our roads.

GloWeek, which runs throughout this week, is an annual initiative from the Child Brain Injury Trust, the launch of which coincides with the days becoming shorter and darkness descending earlier, meaning children are more at risk of not being seen.

As the clocks prepare to change, the charity is again promoting the importance of road safety with an education campaign aimed at primary school-age children, alongside a fundraising drive to enable it to continue its vital work in supporting young people and families affected by brain injury…read more>>

“Extremely impressive” personal injury team hailed for expertise

The “extremely impressive” personal injury team at Sintons has won praise from Legal 500 2022 for its expertise in complex and life-changing injury cases.

Its capability in brain and spinal cord injury, polytrauma and amputation cases “form the cornerstone” of the practice, says Legal 500, and is what differentiates Sintons from its rivals.

The department is hailed for its depth and breadth of expertise, alongside its commitment to fighting hard to secure the very best outcome for clients, with an “excellent understanding of how to put the medical and therapeutic side of the case together and structure it towards a settlement”…read more>>

Sintons creates specialist Romanian-speaking personal injury team

Law firm Sintons is establishing a dedicated personal injury service for Romanian-speaking claimants, increasing its levels of support to the international community even further.

After the creation of its Polish-speaking team four years ago, Sintons has been able to secure justice for significant numbers of Polish people who sustained injuries while living or working in the UK, who may not otherwise have pursued a claim and accessed the rehabilitation and support they needed to rebuild their lives.

Now, to increase its support to under-represented communities in the UK even further, the law firm has established a specialist Romanian team, to deliver bespoke support to people who have been injured from the very earliest days of their recovery…read more>>

Woman injured in pub fall secures settlement thanks to Sintons

A woman who sustained lasting injury when she slipped on a pub floor has secured damages with support from Sintons.

The case, which took four years to settle, dates to May 2017, when the woman slipped on an unknown substance while walking through the pub towards the toilets. There were no warning signs or indication of any hazard.

In falling, she struck her head on a wall, suffering bruising and swelling to her left eye, left cheek, jaw and left arm. She sustained permanent facial nerve damage, which continues to cause pain and tingling…read more>>

Neurotrauma lawyers raises vital funds through GNR

A specialist Neurotrauma lawyer is raising funds to help increase the vital support available to brain injury survivors through her participation in the Great North Run.

Hannah Fitzpatrick is running the world’s biggest half marathon to raise money for Headway Darlington & District, a group which helps people living with brain injury and their families to rebuild their lives.

Hannah, an associate in Sintons’ Neurotrauma team, works nationally with people who have sustained serious life-changing injuries, and has a strong track record in fighting on their behalf to secure the best possible outcomes and access to rehabilitation possible for their unique situation…read more>>

Meet our Neurotrauma Team with Ben McMurdo

What is your role at Sintons and how long have you been with the firm? 

I am a trainee solicitor at Sintons starting in March 2021. I interviewed for the firm in 2018 following my degree and was offered a training contract. Since then, I completed my LPC and joined the firm in 2019 as a paralegal.

Tell us about your career to date…

I worked as a paralegal at Sintons in the commercial property department from July 2019 to May 2020. I started my training contract in March 2021 in the neurotrauma department…read more>>

Interim Payments

If a claimant has been significantly injured in an accident caused by the negligence of a defendant, the process of obtaining the right amount of compensation can sometimes be a lengthy and challenging journey.

This is particularly true if the claimant is suffering financially because they are not able to work as a result of the injuries they have sustained.

In many cases, claimant solicitors can request an interim payment at an early stage of the claim. An interim payment is an amount of money that is paid to the claimant before the total amount of compensation is decided…read more>>

Meet our Neurotrauma Team with Emma Redhead

What is your role at Sintons and how long have you been with the firm? 

I am a Senior Litigator within the Neurotrauma Team at Sintons and have been with the firm coming up 15 years.

Tell us about your career to date…

I began my career with Sintons  in 2007. I progressed to working as a Legal Secretary in Claimant Personal Injury Department. I have worked as a Senior Litigator for the last 9 years. I initially worked in the General Personal Injury team on a range of complex cases before being appointed to the Neurotrauma team in 2017 read more>>

Meet our Neurotrauma Team with Andrew McGowan

What is your role at Sintons and how long have you been with the firm? 

I head up the Neurotrauma Team at Sintons, having joined in December 2019.

Tell us about your career to date…

I spent the majority of my working life in Yorkshire, acting on behalf of seriously injured adults and children, and began working back in the North East in 2016. In 2019 I was asked by Sintons to head up their growing Neurotrauma Team and build on the excellent work the Team do on behalf of their clients…read more >>

Sintons secures settlement of over £1million

A man left seriously injured after a traffic collision has secured a settlement of over £1million to help rebuild his life through support from Sintons.

The claimant sustained a catalogue of injuries in a head-on crash in the early hours of the morning, while he was driving home from work.

His van was hit by a car on the wrong side of the road, with the resultant investigation concluding that the driver wrongly believed they were travelling on a dual rather than single carriageway…read more>>

Meet our Neurotrauma Team with Charlotte Johnston

What is your role at Sintons and how long have you been with the firm? 

I am a Trainee Solicitor currently in my 2nd training contract seat in the Neurotrauma team at Sintons. I have been with the firm for two years now, having joined in May 2019 as a Paralegal prior to the commencement of my training contract.

Tell us about your career to date…

I initially studied an undergraduate degree in Criminology at Northumbria University before completing my GDL and LPC at the University of Law in Leeds. Upon graduating from the University of Law I started my career working at a firm in Durham before securing my training contract at Sintons…read more >>

Meet our Neurotrauma Team with Christopher Spoors

What is your role at Sintons and how long have you been with the firm?

I am a senior litigator in the Neurotrauma team specialising in cases involving brain and spinal cord injuries and have been with Sintons since November 2014.

Tell us about your career to date…

I started working in the legal profession as a paralegal without pay during the resettlement phase following a 10-year career in the Royal Navy. I then secured a permanent role and played a key part in establishing a personal injury department in a conveyancing firm. After gaining further experience, I relocated in 2013 and joined a Legal 500 ranked firm in Newcastle, before joining Sintons…read more >>

Settlement for mother injured at tourist attraction

A woman who sustained a permanent ankle injury when an unsafe surface caused her to fall at a tourist attraction has settled her case with the support of Sintons.

The woman was injured in March 2017 while on a day out with her family including her two young daughters. She was carrying her youngest daughter, while following the eldest, when she slipped while walking down a bund which encircled the play area…read more >>

Meet our Neurotrauma Team with Nicki Waugh

What is your role at Sintons and how long have you been with the firm?

I am a Solicitor in the Neurotrauma team and have been with Sintons for coming up to 18 months.

Tell us about your career to date…

I graduated with a law degree in 2001 and spent a few years working in paralegal roles. In 2003 I moved from my native Sheffield to Newcastle and joined Thompsons Solicitors, the largest trade union law firm in the country. I worked there for 17 years and during that time I undertook further periods of study, firstly qualifying as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives and then as a Solicitor in 2014. I also got married and started my family during these years…read more >>

Meet our Neurotrauma Team with Sarah Askew

What is your role at Sintons and how long have you been with the firm? 

I am a solicitor in the Neurotrauma department at Sintons. I have been a member of the team supporting clients who have sustained traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries since 2019.

Tell us about your career to date…

I graduated from the University of Leeds with 2:I in English Law and Australian Legal Studies. My degree included a year studying in Australia. During this year, not only did I get to travel a lot, but I also worked as an Intern for The Parliament of Queensland and studied Equality and Discrimination Law…read more >>

Meet our Neurotrauma Team with Hannah Fitzpatrick

What is your role at Sintons and how long have you been with the firm? 

I joined Sintons in April this year – I am an associate solicitor in the firm’s Neurotrauma team.

Tell us about your career to date…

I’ve worked in personal injury for all of my legal career. I’ve represented clients in a wide range of personal injury cases, from those injured in road traffic accidents to children who have suffered brain injuries as a result of birth trauma…read more >>

Meet our Neurotrauma Team with Rachael Jobson

What is your role at Sintons and how long have you been with the firm? 

I work in our serious injury team specialising in brain and spinal cord injuries and have been with Sintons for 11 years.

Tell us about your career to date…

I joined Sintons’ personal injury department when I was 2 years qualified. I have had the opportunity to work with some of the most well-known and well-respected solicitors in the field for personal and serious injury and have been lucky to develop my career alongside them. I joined the serious injury team 3 years ago and was part of the team that have developed Sintons’ serious injury team into one of the most respected in their field…read more >>

Factory worker secures settlement with support from Sintons

A factory worker who was injured in an incident where she was retrieving goods from height has secured a settlement with support from Sintons.

The woman worked as a picker who brought down packs of postcards from warehouse shelves, high volume work performed at speed.

She was asked to retrieve postcards stored at the back of a top shelf and climbed the shelving to reach…read more >>

Meet our Neurotrauma Team with Alastair Elliot

Tell us about your career to date…

Having finished law school, my first legal role was on “the dark side”, working for a firm defending tobacco litigation group actions. I quickly saw the light however and have worked as a claimant Personal Injury solicitor for over 18 years. I lived in Bristol for 15 years and trained and qualified with a firm in Cheltenham before working for a national PI practice in Bristol. I returned to my native North East in 2012 and since then have worked for a number of regional and national practices, always within Claimant PI. At the outset of my career I worked predominantly with clients who had sustained injuries in the workplace, particularly industrial diseases, but in the last 10 years my work has principally been in the field of serious injuries…read more >>

Meet our Neurotrauma Team with Kate Oliver

What is your role at Sintons and how long have you been with the firm? 

I am a Partner in the Personal Injury department specialising in life changing injury claims. I joined Sintons in September 2008.

Tell us about your career to date…

I have always lived and worked in the North East, although my work takes me across England and Wales to see clients. I joined Sintons after working at 2 other law firms. I became an Associate in October 2009 and Partner in February 2012. I was recognised as a brain injury specialist by APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) in 2018…read more >>

The importance of choosing a specialist solicitor

“I think if you’re unlucky enough to need to instruct a solicitor to make a claim, I’d say be sure you’re appointing a specialist. I wouldn’t want anyone else to go through what I went through.”

For this client, who was seriously injured in a road incident, the outcome would be very different had she not changed her legal representation mid-way through her claim.

Almost three years after instructing her initial solicitor to handle her serious injury claim, having sustained a series of injuries – including a brain injury and serious facial injuries – when a car in which she was a passenger smashed into a tree in October 2017, her claim had not progressed…read more >>

Magnificent Seven saddle up again for Day One

Sintons’ Magnificent Seven are getting back on their bikes to raise yet more vital funds for a charity which supports patients and families who have been affected by major trauma.

And this year, Sintons will be joined by a team of cyclists from Parklane Plowden Chambers.

The team of seven cyclists from Sintons and those from Parklane Plowden Chambers are committing to ride a minimum of 75 miles each, during the first week of July in support of Day Oneread more >>

Meet our Neurotrauma Team with Mark Quigley

What is your role at Sintons and how long have you been with the firm? 

I joined Sintons in 2005. I am the Head of Personal Injury at the firm.

Tell us about your career to date…

I came to the profession a little later than some as, having completed a Masters in Industrial Relations, I spent a few years working at a Trade Union where I developed an interest in workplace health and safety. I trained with a firm who acted for members of Trade Unions and represented people who sustained injury at work through trauma and industrial disease. After 14 years with that firm, I wanted to be part of a larger organisation and to focus on providing advice and support to those who have sustained life-changing injuries, hence my move to Sintons…read more >>

Head injuries in sport

As a specialist brain injury solicitor, as well as the mum of a young rugby player, I’m really pleased to see the recent movement towards taking head injury in sport more seriously.

Due to the unseen nature of concussion, often its impact can be overlooked. Whether you’re playing sport at grassroots or professional level, the approach has too often been a cursory check after head injury and if the player feels fine, is left to continue…read more >>

Sintons strengthens neurotrauma team

The nationally renowned Neurotrauma team at Sintons has been strengthened further through its latest senior appointment.

Alastair Elliot has been qualified as a solicitor for over 18 years and over the past 10 years has gained significant experience in acting for people who have suffered serious injuries, including extensive experience of supporting clients across the UK with brain and spinal injuries.

Senior associate Alastair joins Sintons from Irwin Mitchell, having spent his career working at several leading national personal injury law firms…read more >>

The Rehabilitation Code

In episode one of our podcast series from the neurotrauma team at Sintons, head of personal injury Mark Quigley discusses the Rehabilitation Code…read more >>

Limitation – Timing is Everything

This morning the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in Matthew and Others (Appellants) – v – Sedman and Others (Respondents) UKSC 2019/0080, providing clarification on the issue of calculating limitation periods.

Limitation is the deadline by which a claim must be filed with the Court.

The Supreme Court was asked to decide the fundamental question of:

where a cause of action (a claim) that occurs at midnight at the end of a day – does the clock start running for limitation purposes on the immediately following day (i.e. at 00:01 am) for calculating a limitation period…read more>>

Sintons supports Action for Brain Injury Week 2021

Law firm Sintons is throwing its support behind a national campaign to shine a light on social isolation after brain injury.

Isolation is something that affects many brain injury survivors, with the effects of brain injury, such as problems with memory, information processing, or speech, compounded by a lack of understanding of this often hidden disability, often leaving survivors lacking the confidence to interact with society…read more >>

HGV driver secures six-figure settlement with support from Sintons

An HGV driver who was forced to have his thumb amputated after trying to fix a problem with his lorry has secured a six-figure settlement with support from Sintons.

The man, who drove a concrete mixer, was injured while trying to reattach part of its frame, which had become partially detached and made the vehicle unsuitable for road use.

In doing so, his left hand became trapped between the frame and the rotating drum of the mixer. The incident caused a partial amputation of his left thumb – which could not be saved, despite attempts to reattach it through surgery, and had to be amputated at the joint – alongside serious lacerations to the rest of his left hand…read more>>

Sintons secures six-figure settlement

A cyclist left seriously injured when he was hit by a car has secured a six-figure settlement with support from Sintons.

The man was knocked off his bike and thrown over the bonnet of the car while negotiating a roundabout, leaving him with a catalogue of injuries including a traumatic brain injury, fractured temporal bone and a fractured collarbone.

Alongside the physical injuries, the cyclist also experienced significant psychological trauma, alongside cognitive impairment, memory issues, headaches, dizziness and tinnitus…read more>>

Neurotrauma specialist joins Sintons

A leading lawyer who specialises in life-changing injury work has joined Sintons, adding further strength to its nationally-renowned Neurotrauma team.

Hannah Fitzpatrick is an experienced serious injury lawyer who has handled cases from across the country in matters ranging from fatal road collisions to complex neurological injuries.

Hailed as an Associate to Watch by Chambers for the past two years, the independent legal guide praised her “amazing technical knowledge and understanding nature”…read more>>

‘Montreal Convention’ case settled after airport incident

A passenger who sustained several injuries after falling while preparing to board an aeroplane back to the UK following an overseas holiday has settled her case with support from Sintons.

The woman was returning from Greece when she was injured at Heraklion International Airport. As she was walking from the terminal to the shuttle bus to take her to the aircraft, her left foot and leg went down an uncovered hole…read more>>

Sintons secures settlement following workplace accident

A man left with significant burns after a workplace incident has secured a settlement from his employer with support from Sintons.

The engineering worker was injured at work while fixing a pump machine when another member of staff accessed the area and stepped onto the welding cable, which in turn ignited a can of WD40, sending an arc of flame shooting towards the Claimant…read more>>

Woman injured in fall secures settlement with support from Sintons

A woman who suffered injuries to both ankles after falling in an unlit car park has secured a settlement with support from Sintons.

The incident, in March 2018, occurred when the woman was attending an engagement party at a venue in the south of England. Having left to give a friend a lift home, on her return at around 10.30pm, she was required to walk across the unlit car park and tripped on a raised kerb stone…read more>>

Mince Pie Morning held in aid of Headway

A leading figure in the world of rehabilitation will be sharing her experiences of the vital work of Headway in an awareness-raising initiative organised by law firm Sintons.

Kate Heward has worked closely with the brain injury charity for many years in her role as a specialist neurological occupational therapist, and has also fundraised for them extensively…read more>>

Injured cyclist calls for more tolerance of vulnerable road users

A cyclist left seriously injured after being knocked off his bike is calling for the roads to be made a safer place with better relationships between motorists and riders to avoid a ‘them and us’ mentality which can pose significant risks to vulnerable road users.

Craig Goff-Cooper has called for more to be done to increase awareness of the dangers faced by cyclists on the roads, in light of the significant increase in accidents during the COVID-19 pandemic…read more >>

Road Safety Week – Podcast Two

In support of Brake and Road Safety Week 2020 which is being held this week (16th to the 22nd of November), we have recorded two podcasts where we discuss the vulnerable road user – the cyclist.

Our speakers include Phil Davison, Head of the General Personal Injury Department at Sintons, David Pritchard, Head of Marketing at Sintons and special guest speaker Craig Goff-Cooper who is the owner of Ride Electric. For those of you who don’t know, Ride Electric is a North East based specialist company bringing the phenomenon of the electric bike directly to the market… read more >>

Road Safety Week – Podcast One

In support of Brake and Road Safety Week 2020 which is being held this week (16th to the 22nd of November), we have recorded two podcasts where we discuss the vulnerable road user – the cyclist.

Our speakers include Phil Davison, Head of the General Personal Injury Department at Sintons, David Pritchard, Head of Marketing at Sintons and special guest speaker Craig Goff-Cooper who is the owner of Ride Electric. For those of you who don’t know, Ride Electric is a North East based specialist company bringing the phenomenon of the electric bike directly to the market…read more >>

 

Injured cyclist supports Road Safety Week

A cyclist who was left seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident is lending his support to Road Safety Week and is championing law firm Sintons’ efforts to highlight the dangers faced by vulnerable road users

Craig Goff-Cooper suffered a fractured skull when he was knocked off his bike in an incident in Tynemouth in July last year…read more>>

Senior Litigator calls for better regulation around the beauty industry

Better regulation is needed around the beauty industry to ensure that, in the unfortunate event of injury, a proper process can be followed to protect both the injured party and the business itself.

While it is advisable for businesses operating in the beauty industry to hold Public Liability Insurance, it is not obligatory – and that is where the problems originate.

Through not having Public Liability Insurance in place, a salon will have to find its own means to cover the cost of any claims that are made, in the event that any client suffers injury. This not only puts the business at risk but means it becomes much harder for the injured person to recover a reasonable level of compensation.

While injuries from beauty treatments are thankfully not an everyday occurrence, they are probably more commonplace than many would imagine. Currently, I am pursuing 6 claims of this kind…read more>>

Sintons promotes road safety through supporting GloWeek

Law firm Sintons has renewed its commitment to a national road safety campaign, which promotes the message that children should ‘be seen, not hurt’.

GloWeek is being held from October 26 to 30, and highlights the importance of keeping children safe on our roads.

The initiative, run by the Child Brain Injury Trust, will be run online this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, but will continue to engage primary-school aged children through an education campaign to promote road sense and highlight the dangers… read more>>>

Serious hand injury results in £45,000 settlement

A man who suffered a serious injury to his finger in a workplace incident involving a saw has been awarded £45,000 with support from Sintons.

The man was working as a cabinet maker and was using a rotating saw to remove a narrow strip of oak when the incident occurred. The guard was already damaged and needed to be moved due to the size of the timber being sawn.

While cutting the piece of timber, his left gloved hand became caught in the unguarded blades, causing severe injury to his left index finger…read more>>>

Cyclist tells of battle for recovery after hit-and-run

A man left with serious injuries when a car ploughed into his bike as he cycled home has told of the life-changing impact of the incident and his ongoing battle to recover.

The cyclist was travelling along Spring Bank West in Hull, in a designated cycle lane, when a car drove into him, failing to stop at the scene.

The incident, on the morning of Sunday, 8 September 2019, left the 60-year-old with an array of injuries including a serious brain injury which resulted in part of his skull being removed, and broken shoulder, pelvis and ribs…read more>>>

Healthcare assistant assaulted at work secures £55,000 pay-out

A healthcare assistant who suffered long-lasting effects after being assaulted at work has secured a settlement of £55,000.

The female worker was subjected to an assault by a dementia patient back in November 2015, in the healthcare facility where she worked. During the incident, she was kicked, she had her hair pulled, her face was forced onto a kitchen worktop and she was held in that position for around 20 minutes before assistance arrived. Read more >>

College worker receives over £22,000 after sustaining Work Related Upper Limb Disorder

A man employed by a college suffered a Work-Related Upper Limb Disorder and has received a settlement of more than £22,000.

His injury was sustained when he was asked to set up classrooms for enrolment, moving furniture between approximately 20 classrooms, without additional assistance.

For at least eight hours each day, with no scheduled breaks and working weekends, he was required to lift, carry, push, and pull heavy items of furniture around the college site, based in the South of England…read more >>

£75,000 settlement for woman injured in taxi collision

A woman who sustained serious injuries to her wrists in a vehicle collision has secured a settlement of £75,000.

The woman was a passenger in a stationary taxi when a vehicle collided from behind. At the time of the impact, she was in the back of the taxi, leaning forwards with her hands on the seat in front…read more >>

Neurorehabilitation and COVID-19 – a 360 degree view of the sector – episode 8

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all aspects of the world of neurorehabilitation, with people and businesses working within it turning to innovative new ways of working to protect and support clients.

Here, in the latest insight brought to you by the neurotrauma team at Sintons, Dr Kate Heward, clinical director at Rehabilitate Therapy, discusses how her team have made best use of technology for the benefit of their clients…read more >>

Neurorehabilitation and COVID-19 – a 360 degree view of the sector – episode 7

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all aspects of the world of neurorehabilitation, with people and businesses working within it turning to innovative new ways of working to protect and support clients.

Here, in the latest insight brought to you by the neurotrauma team at Sintons, Dr Graeme Flaherty-Jones, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience of working with complex neurological disorders and leading services across the independent and NHS care sectors, discusses how the Clarity Psychology team have adapted and responded…read more >>

Neurorehabilitation and COVID-19 – a 360 degree view of the sector – episode 6

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all aspects of the world of neurorehabilitation, with people and businesses working within it turning to innovative new ways of working to protect and support clients.

Here, in the latest insight brought to you by the neurotrauma team at Sintons, Deborah Harrison, neurophysiotherapist and group clinical lead at Neural Pathways, discusses how she has overcome the many challenges of lockdown…read more >>

Neurorehabilitation and COVID-19 – a 360 degree view of the sector – episode 5

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all aspects of the world of neurorehabilitation, with people and businesses working within it turning to innovative new ways of working to protect and support clients.

Here, in the latest insight brought to you by the neurotrauma team at Sintons, Jane Paige and Ella Cornforth, of Northern Lifetime, discuss their efforts to adapt to the unprecedented situation while maintaining the care their clients need…read more >>

Neurorehabilitation and COVID-19 – a 360 degree view of the sector – episode 3

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all aspects of the world of neurorehabilitation, with people and businesses working within it turning to innovative new ways of working to protect and support clients.

Here, in the latest insight brought to you by the neurotrauma team at Sintons, Dalton Leong, chief executive of The Children’s Trust, discusses the huge challenges faced by chari-ties, but why he is determined to emerge from the crisis better and stronger…read more >>

Settlement secured in workplace Repetitive Strain Injury case after four-year fight

A man injured at work when he was temporarily moved into a new role has secured a £5,000 settlement.

The man suffered acute tenosynovitis, or upper limb disorder, when he was moved into another area of his workplace which involved repetitive work.

He appointed personal injury specialists at Sintons to act on his behalf, with the hard-fought case taking over four years to conclude and settlement being agreed on the day of the scheduled trial…read more >>

Neurorehabilitation and COVID-19 – a 360 degree view of the sector – episode 2

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all aspects of the world of neurorehabilitation, with people and businesses working within it turning to innovative new ways of working to protect and support clients.

Here, in the second of a series of insights brought to you by the neurotrauma team at Sintons, His Honour Judge Jeremy Freedman, Designated Civil Judge for Northumbria and Durham, shares the sweeping changes made to the justice system…read more>>>

Neurorehabilitation and COVID-19 – a 360 degree view of the sector – episode 1

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all aspects of the world of neurorehabilitation, with people and businesses working within the sector turning to innovative new ways of working to protect and support clients.

Here, in the first of a series of insights brought to you by the neurotrauma team at Sintons, Jules Leahy, development director at STEPS Rehabilitation, a dedicated rehab facility in Sheffield, shares how the centre is achieving many positives from the most difficult of times…read more >>

Sintons renewed as North East law firm to Child Brain Injury Trust

Specialist Serious Injury Lawyers Sintons have had  their status renewed as the sole North East law firm to work with a leading national charity, after impressing during its first two-year appointment with its legal excellence and unrivalled client service.

The Child Brain Injury Trust has renewed Sintons’ status as its Legal Support Service Provider for the North East region for a further two years from 2020, after being chosen last year by the charity as its preferred specialist for the first time…read more>>

Man injured in fall at work awarded £33,000

A man injured in a workplace accident where he fell from height has secured a settlement of £33,000.

The man suffered injuries which initially appeared minor but later were found to be more serious, after he slipped on a greasy step at work while retrieving some fittings from the back of a tanker trailer.

He fell around four feet from height and twisted his left foot as he landed.

He later appointed personal injury specialists at Sintons to handle his claim for compensation, with associate David Knipe overseeing the matter.

A settlement of £33,000 was agreed, which was welcomed by the client.

He said: “I’m glad I chose Sintons for my accident claim. David Knipe was very helpful and gave me good advice all the way through. He always kept me up to date. I’m very happy with the service I received and would recommend Sintons to anyone.”

The personal injury team at Sintons has a national reputation for its work and is regularly hailed by both Legal 500 and Chambers legal guides as being one of the best of its kind in the North of England. Its legal capability and client service have both been hailed as “first class”.

David Knipe added: “We are very pleased to have been able to secure this outcome for our client. At Sintons, we have a rightful reputation for fighting hard on behalf of our clients to secure the settlement they need and deserve, alongside enabling them to access bespoke therapy and rehabilitation to give them the best possible chance of recovery. We wish our client well for the future.”

Man injured in workplace fall awarded over £37,000

A man who was injured after falling from height at work has secured a settlement of £37,620.

The man was injured while doing some plastering work when the floorboards moved, causing him to fall around two feet onto a hard wood floor below.

He sustained injuries to his left side and shoulder and broke his thumb, and will most likely need future surgery in addition to the extensive treatment he has undergone to date.

He turned to personal injury specialists at Sintons to act on his behalf in securing compensation for his injuries, with associate David Knipe handling the matter.

A settlement of £37,620 was negotiated and agreed.

The claimant said: “My injuries impacted on me physically and I could not interact with my grandson as much as I would have liked. It was very frustrating.”

“David did a first-class job for me. The way he explained everything made it easy for me to understand. I could not be more pleased with the service and outcome.”

The personal injury team at Sintons has a national reputation for its work and is regularly hailed by both Legal 500 and Chambers legal guides as being one of the best of its kind in the North of England. Its legal capability and client service have both been hailed as being “first class”.

David Knipe added: “We are very pleased to have been able to support our client in this case and achieve this settlement for him. At Sintons, we have a reputation for fighting hard on behalf of our clients to secure the outcome they deserve, and allow them to access the bespoke therapy and rehabilitation they need to give them the best possible chance of recovery. We wish our client well for the future.”

Man’s life ‘ruined’ after being deliberately run over

A man left battling for survival when he was mown down by a car has told how his life has been “ruined” by the incident.

Patryk Wieckowiak suffered a catalogue of serious injuries when he was struck by Mr S’s vehicle, which was deliberately driven at him in the Kensal Green area of London in June last year.

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