Norfolk Police Chief’s Disappointment Over Trip Legal Claim

The 33 years old PC Kelly Jones, who last year injured her leg and wrist at petrol station is now suing its owner. Her chief said he was disappointed of her decision as in fact she tripped on a kerb while attending a suspected break-in.

PC Jones could not be found in order to comment her actions.

Mr. Gormley said: “This type of claim does not represent the approach and attitude of the overwhelming majority of our staff who understand and accept the risks inherent in policing and which they willingly confront to keep the public they serve safe.”

The opinion of South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss is that all the police officers she knew were doing excellent job. This is why according to her this single case should not spoil their reputation.

Solicitor Pattison Brewer sent a letter to the petrol station in according to which PC Jones had gone to the Nunns Bridges garage at 00:20 BST.

He claimed his client went towards a gap in the fencing near a jet wash area in order to access the rear of the premises.

She was not well aware of the petrol station so she tripped and fell because of the high kerbing.

She felt the owner of the filling station did not manage to make this place safe for their clients as it was not bright enough.

In the words of the petrol station owner Steve Jones he could not do anything else for the safety of the officer as the kerb had been quite visible.

Paul Ridgway, chairman of the Norfolk Police Federation, said: “It’s not common, I appreciate that, but the claim has come in and we’ve honoured the officer’s wishes by putting it through to the solicitor.”

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Agnes Collier to Get a Record Personal Injury Compensation

Agnes Collier, who was involved in a car accident five years ago, was awarded £7.25 million atLondon’s high court yesterday. However, this is not all. Taking into account the fact that the crash left her almost paralyzed, besides this sum she will receive tax-free payments of £270,000 each year until the rest of her life. Having in mind how young she is now, her solicitor speculated that the compensation might reach the sum of up to £23 million.

The sad accident happened in March 2009 when Agnes was still 13. Her spine was affected so she lost the opportunity to move her legs and her arms also became stiff and heavy. Unfortunately, her mother died in this crash. The person responsible for the accident is Andrew Norton, a BMW executive. In November 2009, he was given a suspended sentence for driving without paying enough attention and causing death. As he felt unable to drive again, soon after the crash, he left his job.

Agnes was not expected to recover so fast but she soon surprised everyone by passing her AS exams successfully.

After her counsel, William Norris, shared his opinion on the way the injuries changed the young girl’s life, the ruling judge, Mr. Justice Macduff, said back: “It never ceases to amaze me how people can deal with this type of adversity. I can’t turn back the clock, but what I can do is to wish you all the very best for your future.”

Paul Paxton, Agnes’s family solicitor, admitted that the sum of the compensation is a record-breaking one but he also mentioned the girl’s needs were so great that this money would be necessary to cover the expenses on her future care.

Mr. Norton’s insurance company will pay the compensation. As it seems Miss Collier and her relatives have forgiven Andrew and do not blame him for the accident any more.

We sincerely hope Agnes will get better!

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ABI Not Happy With The Uplift Ruling

A few days ago it was revealed that the Court of Appeal has decided to increase general damages, however the news were not welcomed by the Association of British Insurers, which has appealed against it.

In July, it has been decided that a 10% uplift should be applied to all personal injury awards. The new changes, voted by three senior judges will be applied from April 2013, however cases launched before this date will also take advantage on the 10% uplift.

According to the insurers this decision offers a double cost advantage for claimants, so the ABI is taking a legal actions, by submitting papers to the High Court to request a review of the changes.

A spokesman for the ABI said: ‘At the moment this upsets the balance that was intended by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act. We have always known about the 10% uplift, but it was supposed to be balanced by a reduction in legal costs.’

Lord chief justice, master of the rolls and the vice-president of the Court of Appeal were the ones to make the decision to increase general damage.

In their judgment, they said it would be a ‘breach of faith’ for the judiciary not to ensure that trial judges would apply it.

The uplift will apply to general damages for pain, defamation and all other torts which cause suffering, inconvenience or distress to individuals.

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