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Firework Safety

Firework Safety

 

During the Autumn months, we all look forward to events that bring some cheer and excitement to the dark hours of the day. Although fireworks associated with New Year’s Eve and Guy Fawkes night are a visual treat for the whole family, it’s important to remember the danger involved.  

 

During this time of year, we expect to see a rise in anti-social behaviour, especially in the days surrounding bonfire night. Due to the lack of responsible adults who buy fireworks, and the severity of injuries that can be caused by mishandling, or malfunctioning fireworks, the Scottish government has proposed several new rules regarding the sale and use of fireworks which are expected to be implemented. In the meantime, here are five tips to keep you safe this year.  

 

1. Don’t DIY. The simplest way to keep safe around fireworks is to leave the handling of them to the professionals. Instead of buying your own and setting off fireworks in your back garden or street, perhaps spend this Guy Fawkes night with a cosy night in as most fireworks displays have been cancelled due to COVID-19.   

 

2. Buy right. If you do decide to set off your own fireworks, be sure the ones you buy carry the CE mark. This means that the fireworks have passed the British European safety standards.  

 

 3. Safe Space. Make sure that if you are purchasing and setting off your own fireworks that you are doing so in a safe place and are mindful of your neighbours. Make sure the area surrounding your launch site isn’t crowded with debris that could catch fire from the fuse being lit. It is also worth making sure that where you set off your fireworks are a safe distance away from your home and any neighbours as sometimes fireworks can be lit and accidentally knocked off course and cause damage or worse injury to onlookers. 

 

4. Never approach a firework that has already been lit. There are many cases of severe burns and injuries due to people returning to a firework that is taking longer than usual to go off. Remember that fireworks are incredibly dangerous explosions and must be treated with extreme care.  

 

5. One Person Rule. Only have one person doing the lighting of the fireworks. This means that there is only ever one person at risk if something goes wrong. Remember to keep children well back from the launch site of your fireworks and only ever light one at a time.  

 

6. Be alert. You must always be “switched on” if you are around fireworks as they could malfunction even if you carefully follow all instructions and do everything correctly. Be aware when you are out and about as well as anti-social behaviour with fireworks is expected around this time of year, and there are always cases of people setting off fireworks down residential streets.  

 

Although fireworks are delightful to watch, we must remember that they are extremely dangerous and should be treated with the utmost caution and care. If you are participating in a bonfire or fireworks display, take all precautions, ensure children are supervised at all times, and enjoy the displays from a safe distance.  

 

If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault and you would like more information, please feel free to get in touch with one of our solicitors.  

Making A Claim Abroad: What You Need To Know

Making A Claim Abroad What You Need To Know

Holidays should be a time to relax, whether it’s on the beach, by the poolor seeing the sights, but being in an accident abroad can bring the holiday bliss to a sudden halt. Being involved in an accident and sustaining an injury can be overwhelming at the best of times, but finding yourself injured in a foreign country can be at best tricky, and at worst frightening. 

Most accidents abroad cases consist of food poisoning, road accidentsand poolside mishaps. Although many of these accidents aren’t too severe, it’s important to know what action to take if you are injured abroad. 

Here we address the important things to remember if you are involved in an accident abroad.  

1- How long do I have to make a claim?  

In most cases, you will have to make a claim within a timeframe determined by the foreign country’s laws. This may be weeks, months or years, so make sure you read up right away to know how long you will have.  
 

2- Will my travel insurance cover it?  

Usually yes, if your injury is detailed within your travel insurance policy, so remember to get covered before you travel.  
 

3- Do I need specialist advice?

Yes, each country has its own laws and rules, and as such it’s best to have an expert legal professional on your side to help you understand what needs to be done. 
 

4- Should I keep my medical records?  

Yes, if you’ve been admitted to hospital, it’s important that you keep or make copies of all your records. We also recommend getting a hold of the details of staff or anyone who could possibly be a witness. 
 

5- Should I take pictures? 

Yes, especially if you’ve been injured due to an accident on the road or in a hotel. Take pictures of as much as you can to ensure you have all your bases covered should you need proof.  

 

Although it might seem like the perfect spot to let your guard down, being on holiday is precisely where you need to stay aware, drive safely, ensure proper health and safety measures are in place. This is especially true when you are staying, eating and spending time somewhere new so as to best avoid any accidents or injuries.  

 

If you do find yourself injured due to an accident abroad, you may be due compensation. Get in touch with one of our friendly specialist travel lawyers today on 0800 163 978 to see what we can do for you. 

 

If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault and you would like more information, please feel free to get in touch with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors.  

Understanding Whiplash 

 

Understanding Whiplash, What is Whiplash

Understanding Whiplash

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries in those who have been involved in road accidents. Although it may not be debilitating to the point of being unable to work, whiplash can be extremely painful and can introduce neck and shoulder pain or even headaches that could stay with you for life.  

 

What is whiplash?  

Whiplash occurs usually when you are in a vehicle which has been hit from the rear, the head is thrown forward with the momentum of the collision but the seatbelt stops the body from moving more than an inch or so, meaning that the neck and head extend forward in a jerked motion.  

Although this is more common if your car has been hit from behind, it can also occur in the rear car or can occur due to a sports accident, fall or physical abuse.  

The resulting injury varies in severity depending on the speed of the collision, but often manifests in at least a very sore neck, and at most severe pain in the neck and shoulders, debilitating headaches and nausea.  

 

How long will it take to recover?  

For most people, it will take about two to three months to make a full recovery, however, there are some cases that will take longer to heal properly due to the severity of the accident. In rare cases, people experience chronic pain after a whiplash incident.  

 

Whiplash and the Law 

Whiplash is a very common injury, but many are unaware of what the law says about whiplash. Like all injures, you must have proof that an independent medical practitioner has assessed you and given you a diagnosis if you are to make a claim. Although whiplash injuries vary in severity, we understand that no injury is just a nuisance. If you suffered whiplash in an injury that wasn’t your fault, you could be due compensation.  

 

What can I do?  

If you’ve been in an accident and you feel you may have whiplash, contact your GP immediately to start medication and exercise to put you back to rights.  

 

If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault and you would like more information, please feel free to get in touch with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors 

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The AXA man and the Straw man claim there is no such thing as whiplash in the land of Oz….

Apparently, a few days ago, in the mythical land of Oz, the AXA man (distant relation to the Tin man) and the Straw man presented a wizard idea to an invited audience. ‘There is no such thing as whiplash’, they declared, ‘even if it existed, which it doesn’t, it doesn’t hurt. If you think something might be wrong and if you hurry, you can see one of our approved doctors over in Munchkin Land who will tell you how to get back to work asap. Naturally, the Wizard will not be paying compensation under any circumstances – premiums are high enough around here, what with accidents happening every day.’

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Family’s Staffordshire bull terrier mauls toddler in Glasgow flat.

Family's Staffordshire bull terrier mauls toddler in Glasgow flat.

Staffordshire bull terrier
 

In post Control of Dogs (Scotland Act) 2010 – yet another attack by a fearsome dog on a defenceless child makes the headlines… 

Why do some people insist on keep these types of animals and why can’t they control them?

The litany of dog attack victims in this country is long and shameful and we make no apology for highlighting the all too familiar pattern of family ‘pet’ savages daughter / nephew / neighbour / family friend…

We wish this little girl a full recovery and our sympathies go to her mother. 

Surgeons at Glasgow’s Sick Kids Hospital at Yorkhill battled to save a toddler’s eyesight after she was mauled in a horror attack by her grandad’s dog.

The terrifying dog attack happened just before midnight on Friday at a flat in Possil,

Glasgow.Millie’s 21-year-old mum Jamielee Bennett is the daughter of the dog’s owner, Joe Bennett. The dog involved – along with another of the same breed owned by the grandfather – has been seized by police.

A police spokesman said:

“An 18-month-old girl sustained serious facial injuries after being bitten by a Staffordshire bull terrier in a house in Glasgow at around 11.40pm on Friday. She was taken to Yorkhill Children’s Hospital, where she is presently detained.

Hospital staff describe her condition as serious but stable. The dog, plus one other of the same breed, has been seized by officers and inquiries continue.”

 

Our views on dangerous dogs and the responsibilities of dog ownership: 

http://news.bonnarandco.com/great-grandmother-tragically-mauled-to-death

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Written by Andy Thorogood, Business Development Manager, Bonnar Accident Law.