Posts Tagged ‘phil and teds accident’
I first wrote a blog about injuries suffered using pushchairs, and in particular Phil and Teds pushchairs, on the 10th June 2011, so you might like to go back and look at that posting. I updated the situation towards the end of my blog on the 2nd September 2011 and now I want to update you again.
I have now been contacted by no less than 7 people who have all suffered injuries whilst using one of these Phil and Teds pushchairs. Some of the injuries are more serious than others, but all involve a trapping/crushing/slicing action occurring when either opening or collapsing the pushchair.
There certainly seem to be nastier injuries suffered with the older Phil and Teds pushchairs, such as the V1 and V2 Sport models. They seem to have had various consumer alerts issued about them in various countries and suffer from the lack of a hinge guard. I think that this makes these potential claims both more valuable because of the nastier injuries and more likely to succeed.
My clients still need help from anyone who has had a similar pushchair injury or accident. You can help them in their claims by coming forward and I can probably help you with a claim too.
The first claim that I made for a client is well advanced and is progressing very well now. I can’t post any confidential details here, but it looks very likely to succeed now.
I have also had a call about an accident with a newer Explorer model double pushchair. Thankfully the injuries seem less severe in that case and there is, apparently, a hinge guard on that model. However, if anyone does have a similar problem with that model then it’s likely that if you get in touch we can help one another out.
Whilst it is clear that pushchairs have to be designed to be collapsible these days, some manufacturers have seemed able to design safer mechanisms than others to achieve this. Those who haven’t managed to design and make pushchairs collapsible safely are exposing users to an unacceptable and unnecessary risk of injury.
So if you have had any kind of pram injury, pushchair injury or any accident involving them please call or email me. The easiest way to email me is just to click on the free case evaluation button just below this text.
You can help me and my clients and I can help you.
That’s all for now.
Where did that summer go?
Some kids are back at school already and most go back next week. It seems like five minutes since I was blogging about schools breaking up (see 22/7/11 post).
We are based in Leeds, a major student city with two universities plus loads of other tertiary colleges and institutions, and it won’t be long before all of the tens of thousands of students arrive too.
Wherever you live, the academic terms can make a big difference to our lives. For instance, the quiet summer roads and tame rush hours become seething lines of cars full of stressed people, all suddenly back on a time scale and competing to be somewhere on time. The renewed school run, the end of the holiday season and the end of quiet periods in many workplaces all coincide with wetter weather and darker mornings and evenings to make road conditions much more challenging.
Some workplaces, particularly outdoor ones, can become more challenging too because of natural changes in conditions like less daylight, fallen leaves, rain, snow and ice. The same conditions affect us all when we are out and about.
Common sense and experience lead us to take more care as Autumn arrives and to deal with these changes to our lives sensibly. Unfortunately, accidents usually involve at least two parties, so no matter how careful you are, sometimes you can’t avoid suffering as a result of someone else’s misjudgement, recklessness or fault.
Our statistics show that more injury compensation claims of all types are begun in the darker and wetter months from September to April than in the lighter and milder months from May to August.
Take care and stay safe. If you do have an accident, please think of us if you think you might have a compensation claim. Remember, it’s free to find out. Just click the free case evaluation link below.
Phil and Teds pushchair accidents – update
I blogged about this on the 10/6/11 and I can update you. We’re now well into this claim and have traced the UK suppliers of this upmarket New Zealand brand. Both they and the retailers are now considering the claim. Confidentiality stops me saying any more at this stage, but if you have had a similar accident then please get in contact either as a useful witness, or so that we can help you to claim.
That’s it for now,
Hi again, John here.
You might have seen a lot of publicity about a rash of injury compensation claims made against Maclaren, the pushchair manufacturer, a couple of years ago. People, including some children, were suffering nasty trapping injuries whilst the pushchairs were being collapsed or opened.
Some of these accidents were so serious that finger amputations were suffered. It seems that the moving parts weren’t adequately guarded and a needless and entirely avoidable injury hazard was created. Accident compensation claims were made and a guard or cover was later supplied as Maclaren did their best to solve the problem and deal responsibly with the victims. There was further controversy over whether product recalls ought to have been made, or made sooner.
I can’t mention names, but I have a client who suffered a similar nasty accident and injured her finger really badly with a Phil and Teds pushchair. Phil and Teds is a top end designer pushchair brand, made famous by the celebrities who used them for their offspring, including Brangelina, I believe.
My poor client had the tip of her finger taken off whilst taking the Phil and Teds pushchair out of her car boot. As she took it out, it swung open and somehow self assembled, unfortunately whilst my client’s finger was in the gap between the upper and lower steel spars. The gap was not guarded or protected and a rather gruesome injury resulted.
My client saw the Maclaren publicity and contacted me to ask whether she might have a claim for compensation for her injuries too. This is what lawyers call a product liability claim and I was happy to help her on a no win no fee basis.
Product liability claims have their own foibles and issues. One thing that can help these claims is strength in numbers. If, like in the Maclaren cases, you can show that loads of people have had similar accidents, then you have a lot of powerful evidence for your claim.
The magic of the internet helps hugely in these cases. If you google something like Phil and Teds accidents or Phil and Teds injuries you can find a lot of helpful information, and maybe some similar cases, and so achieve some strength in numbers.
Blogs and forums, like the various mumsnetty and parenting ones, can be a goldmine. In fact, it is now possible that others will do just such a search and come up with this blog. If you have, by the way, and are reading this, please contact me! We can help one another, so click on the contact box below or use the other means of contact on our website.
It’s still early days for my poor client and her claim, so I can’t give you any outcome or end to the story just yet, but I will keep fighting and gathering evidence for her.
More from me soon!
Update – see my later posts on these pushchair injury claims in my fresh blogs on the 2/9/11 and 25/11/11