The mother of a girl who was involved in an accident that occurred on a funfair ride contacted us to make a no win no fee personal injury claim during November 2002.
We received a call from a very upset mother whose daughter sustained personal injuries at a south coast fairground resort three months earlier.
She spoke to our claim team who asked her the details of the fairground accident and she told us the following:
Her daughter was visiting the funfair with some friends and their parents when the accident occurred. They were celebrating the 9th birthday of her daughter's best friend and were enjoying rides in between ice cream, doughnuts and other treats.
They went on the helter skelter, bouncy castle, tea cup rides and some of the smaller roller coasters but the accident occurred on the last ride of the day. The birthday girl chose to go on the merry mixer, a ride that can gather quite a bit of speed but the adults checked that all the children met the height restrictions.
After the children chose their seats and the ride was full, a man went round to pull down the safety bars. However, before he had finished some disruptive children came onto the ride platform and started to run about and hurl abuse at the ride operators. The man shoed them away and carried on securing the safety bars.
He gave the ok for the ride to start and it began to move, slowly at first. Within a few moments there was a clunk as the ride started to move a little faster but that clunk was actually the safety bar of a car flying open. The little girl was on the outside and as the ride went around a corner she was thrown from the car onto the metal surface below.
Fortunately, the ride was not going very fast and was not far from ground level at this point so the girl did not have far to fall. Also, amazingly, the little girl managed to avoid coming into contact with any of the other cars when she was thrown from the ride.
Everyone was panicking. The ride was cancelled but all the other children were kept in their cars while paramedics were called to see to the little girl's personal injuries. The children were clearly distressed and their parents were desperate to get to them.
The ambulance did not take long to arrive and they said that along with a few grazes, bruises and a minor head injury, the little girl had broken her left arm which she had automatically put out to break her fall.
She was accompanied by one of the other parents to the hospital and her mother and father met her there. Doctors said that considering the circumstances of the accident the little girl had been fortunate not to have sustained serious personal injuries. She was treated and sent home to rest under the care of her family.
The parents were clearly very shocked by the whole ordeal but extremely thankful that their little girl was still with them. However, after a few months they started to hear stories about other safety breaches that the fairground had been responsible for and the mother decided that she would like to pursue a no win no fee claim for compensation on her daughter's behalf.
She asked us if she would get legal aid to help with the cost of the claim so we informed her that legal aid was no longer available for the majority of personal injury claims but we would represent her on a no win no fee basis.
We explained she wouldn't have to pay a penny towards anything to do with the claim at any time, regardless of the outcome of the case. We also explained that, unlike some other personal injury claim firms, we would not take a cut of her daughter's compensation for ourselves, meaning they would receive everything awarded to them.
So she pursued with the claim as her daughter's litigation friend because she was under the age of 18. The evidence stacked against the fairground owners and before long they admitted that they had violated a health and safety regulation that had resulted in the accident that caused personal injuries to the little girl.
The case was settled with an offer of 6,800 to cover the arm injury, head injury, medical expenses, the trauma the little girl had gone through and the time that the mother had to take off work to look after her daughter.
If you, or someone you love, has sustained a personal injury claim in a non-fault accident and you would like to make a no win no fee claim then we are here to help.
We can help you to claim for pain, suffering and distress as well as lost earnings and medical expenses. We may even be able to arrange top medical care in your area.
Our personal injury solicitors work strictly on a no win no fee basis and in the unlikely event that your case is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay their fees. However, we guarantee that you will not have to pay a penny towards costs and fees, no matter what the outcome of your case.
For free legal advice or to make a no win no fee personal injury compensation claim today either leave us a call back request, chat to us online, fill out an online claim form or call 0800 10 757 95.
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