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Drink Driving

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Today is the official start of the Christmas Drink Drive Appeal.

On listening to the news I was encouraged to see the statistics – 91% of people now think that it is unacceptable to drink drive; deaths caused by drink driving down from 760 (1979) to 230 per annum. Bottles of Wine, Personal Injury Pal, Personal Injury Solicitors Birmingham

At Personal Injury Pal I look out for such statistics and I am naturally drawn to any news with regards to accidents.  Clearly I am happy to see any reduction in deaths and clearly such a reduction can be seen as fabulous… but then… we are still talking about 230 people who die through “accidents”.

230 people losing their lives following a “good night out”.

230 people!

Put those 230 people onto an aeroplane that crashes or a ship that sinks and we would all remember them.  We would sit glued to our television screens as we watch events such as the concordia disaster unfold that killed 32 individuals.  We would be horrified.

230 people per annum!

230 people with family and friends who have lost their loved ones.

The fathers and mothers in that figure of 230 with dependent families.

The 230 families whose lives will have been turned upside down and will never be the same ever again – the impact of loss there for decades to come.

And the drink drivers?… the shame and the guilt of being responsible for all of this devastation must be immeasurable – are you or your family ever likely to “forget” or “forgive”?

At Personal Injury Pal, we deal with the people affected by “drink driving” accidents.  This is not only by death but for all the many thousands of people that are also injured in such accidents.  We deal with the families on a day to day basis.  We see the devastation that these “accidents” have on the lives of the individuals concerned and also their families.  The legacy is forever.

Christmas Tree Birmingham - Personal Injury Pal, Personal Injury Solicitors Birmingham

Was that good night out really worth it?  Perhaps not.  Is the £10.00/£20.00 taxi fare really worth that much?

Safest option – don’t drink alcohol and drive!  Walk or get a taxi!  Whatever the transport cost it really is cheap compared to wrecking all those lives!

Personal Injury Pal wants everyone to have a safe run up to the Christmas holidays!

Thanks to TV, Radio, Newspapers for Coverage

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Personal Injury Pal,  Coley & Tilley Solicitors‘ Personal Injury Department

wish to thank the following for the coverage following our record financial settlement:-

‘Multi-million pound compensation for crash victim’

(and anyone else who published the report)

ITV Wales (25 June 2013)


BBC News Wales (25 June 2013)


Birmingham Post – (27 June 2013)


Tivy-Side Advertiser (28 June 2013)


BBC Radio Wales (25 June 2013) – Around 4.15pm


Western Telegraph (28 June 2013)



News Article in Birmingham Post – 27 June 2013

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Pictured, Anthony Hutchinson with wife Jo. words Liz Laidler 07740 872852.


Following on from our Blog ‘Multi million pound compensation for car crash victim’ we provide further photographs.

We have also reached the Birmingham press, see page 40 of this week’s Birmingham Post (27 June 2013).



Accident Claim Birmingham - Annmarie Wilde, Punk, Helen Powell and Jo





                        Punk & Jo



Annmarie Wilde, Punk, Helen Powell & Jo

Multi million pound compensation for car crash victim

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Birmingham law firm secures record financial settlement

Personal Injury Pal – Coley & Tilley Solicitors‘ Personal Injury Department

Legal experts at Birmingham law firm Coley & Tilley Solicitors have secured a record financial settlement for a west-Wales father who suffered catastrophic injuries in a 2009 road accident.

Anthony Hutchinson, known as ‘Punk’, was giving his brother a lift from Cardigan to Haverfordwest when a cattle trailer towed by a Land Rover Defender collided with his car.

The injuries Punk sustained in the accident left him confined to a wheelchair and needing round-the-clock care for the rest of his life.

Today, a judge at the High Court in Birmingham awarded Punk a substantial seven-figure settlement, including an annual six-figure Periodical Payment Order, to cover the costs of his care for life. The settlement is believed to be the largest ever secured in Wales.Accident Claim Birmingham - Punk outside court

Annmarie Wilde, head of personal injury at Coley & Tilley Solicitors, said: “We’re pleased with the ruling, which will now allow Punk and his family to concentrate on re-building their lives without financial worries about the costs of his care.

“The value of the settlement reflects not only the catastrophic nature of the injuries Punk received when the cattle trailer collided with his vehicle, but also the life-changing impact that these injuries have had on both Punk and his family.”

The accident occurred on the B4329 New Inn to Brynberian road on 23 November 2009, leaving Punk with catastrophic brain, cranio-facial, spinal, abdominal, upper- and lower-limb injuries. The funds will be administered by a Deputy appointed by the Court of Protection.

Jo Hutchinson, Punk’s wife and mother of their six year-old son, said: “We’re delighted with the ruling. Despite the good progress Punk has made with his rehabilitation, he will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair and need 24:7 care for the rest of his life.Accident Claim Birmingham - Annmarie Wilde outside court

See below interview – leaving court 25 June 2013

Multi-million pound compensation for car crash victim’ – lead story on ITV Wales 6pm 25 June 2013




Flash v Practical

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

As a regular train commuter I was quite excited to see what awaited me when the New Street Station was finally unveiled.

I accept it’s the first stage. I accept that there will always be the inevitable teething problems. However when these wonderful designers were actually putting pencil to paper did they look at the practicalities.

Arriving at main rush hour my train is one of three packed commuter trains to arrive at the same time on the same platform.

All three loads of commuters then exit via a very narrow path along the platform to one teeny escalator. The queues are horrendous. I wait patiently with cards at the ready for when one person pushes that bit too hard and another ends up in front of the 6.00 am from London Euston! You can actually feel tempers flare as it takes me at least 10 minutes to get off my train and onto the new concourse. I cant walk to another exit, as you have to get through the queues to get to the other exits! In any event that’s not the one I want to use to leave the station. It is a bottleneck that the M6 at rush hour would be proud of.

And where are the stairs!!!? In the age of obesity – let’s obliterate any sign of them!!!

Then finally the exits. The exit doors directly opposite the pedestrian crossing are fire doors so no-one can use them! There is a man paid to use those big foam hands to point you away from the pedestrian crossing!! If the man isn’t there I watch endless people exiting by what would be a natural route!

As with lots of things in our lives these days, New Street is all shiny and new but the day to day practicalities haven’t been thought through!! I can’t see these problems ever being resolved!

Mrs Thatcher

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

It’s Baroness Thatcher’s funeral and as I drive to the train station I hear such diverse views that I find difficult to comprehend.

I remember as a child/teenager the impact that Baroness Thatcher’s policies had upon sections of the community.  It is no surprise to hear today that the lady herself divides a nation.

However I feel sadness today.  Sadness is a respectful sympathy for Baroness Thatcher’s close friends and family who have lost a loved one.

I also feel sadness over the “parties” that are planned.  I understand that the policies twenty plus years ago destroyed jobs, communities and overall the lives of those affected.  However the “parties” are generated by a bitterness and hatred that developed 20-30 years ago and must have been carried around for such a long period.  The burden of this bitterness must have weighed heavy on the lives of those partaking in the parties today.  And so as the champagne corks pop I question has that legacy of bitterness really been worth it.

What has that bitterness and hatred achieved and after the last balloon bursts today will tomorrow really wipe clean the slate?