A NEW mum has been awarded a staggering £485,000 in compensation after she sustained a severe brain injury while “tram surfing”. Rebecca Kelly, 20, received the payout from the High Court in Dublin despite admitting it was her own fault and that she knew it was a dangerous activity. She was just 13-years-old when she and a friend held on to the outside of a Luas tram as it departed from a station in south Dublin eight years ago. The Dublin woman fell off and smacked her head on the tracks and had to be rescued by her friend as city bound tram approached on the opposite side. Rebecca sued the tram operators, Veolia Transport Dublin Light Rail Ltd and Veolia Transport Ireland Ltd, through her mother, Elizabeth Kelly. She claimed there were not adequate visual systems employed - meaning the driver could not see the non-platform side of the tram before leaving the station. Veolia denied the claims and said there was contributory negligence on the young mum’s part … [Read more...] about Mum who suffered brain injury while ‘tram surfing’ is awarded £485,000 compo – even though she admits it was HER fault
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Rebecca Kelly was yesterday awarded the sum at the High Court for the accident that happened when she was 13-years-old. Ms Kelly and a friend jumped on the outside of a Luas tram gripping on to the edge of the doors as it departed the Fatima station on the Red Line eight years ago. The then-teenager, who recently gave birth to her first child, fell back on to the tracks striking her head and had to be rescued by her friend. The friend, along with the help of others, pulled Rebecca out of the way of an oncoming Luas tram en route to the city centre. Coverage of the compensation hearing attracted hundreds of comments online with many criticising the high payout to Ms Kelly, who accepted the accident was her fault. The mother of one took to social media last night in a foul-mouthed rant to hit back at the negative commentary. Responding to a friend who suggested she take down her social media account, Ms Kelly wrote: "I know where use are all coming from but I'm not f***ing hiding me … [Read more...] about Tram-surfing girl who suffered brain injury defends €550,000 settlement
PUBLISHED: 15:08 19 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:08 19 October 2018 David Vincent There were six expert speakers at the Headway Suffolk Neuro Conference 2018 at Kesgrave near Ipswich Archant There was a big attendance for Headway Suffolk’s fourth annual Neuro Conference at Kesgrave Conference Centre near Ipswich. There were six expert speakers at the Headway Suffolk Neuro Conference 2018 at Kesgrave near IpswichThe 250 delegates, made up of healthcare professionals, solicitors and service users, had a full day of insightful talks from six distinguished speakers across a range of subjects related to brain injury and neurology.Professor the Lord Robert Winston, an internationally-renowned scientist and health expert, had guests captivated with his intriguing talk about the child’s brain and how the human mind works, with his imitable presenting style.Patron of Headway Suffolk, Dr Jane Hawking, returned for her second successive conference and spoke … [Read more...] about Six expert speakers about brain injury and neurology
By Ann O'Loughlin A young girl who sustained a severe brain injury after she fell off the side of a Luas tram when she was "tram surfing" has settled her High Court action for €550,000.Rebecca Kelly was only 13 years of age when she and a friend jumped on the outside of Luas tram gripping on to the edge of the doors as it departed the Fatima station on the Red Line eight years ago.The young girl fell back on to the tracks striking her head and had to be rescued by her friend. The friend along with the help of others pulled Rebecca out of the way of an oncoming Luas tram en route to the city centre.Rebecca's Counsel, Bruce Antoniotti SC today told the High Court the young woman who became a mother just two weeks ago accepted the accident was her fault and she acknowledged she should not have been tram surfing and she knew at the time it was a dangerous activity. Counsel said Rebecca did not want to blame the driver .Rebecca Kelly (20) of Pearse House, Pearse Street, Dublin had … [Read more...] about Girl injured following fall when ‘tram surfing’ settles personal injury claim for €550,000
Accidents that cause serious injuries to innocent victims always make for distressing reading. Such as the recent, terrible accident in Essex, in which an out-of-control car ploughed into a group of pedestrians. Amongst this shocking scene, six people were seriously injured (as reported by the Evening Standard) – requiring the attendance offour ambulances, three air ambulances and a Hazardous Response Team. One of the victims was further described as being in a ‘life-threatening condition’. Another was reported as having suffered ‘life-changing’ injuries. And four were reported to have suffered ‘serious injuries’. Clearly, these terms attempt to describe the levels of severity between these tragic injuries on a medical level. But in terms of making a compensation claim for a mysterious injury caused by someone else – what exactly do we mean by a ‘serious injury’? Well, the answer is sometimes simple, and sometimes complex: … [Read more...] about What do we mean by a ‘serious injury claim’?