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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Health and Safety News

    Passengers injured in Thames boating accident

    By David Brown on June 6, 2014

    Nine people have been injured in a boating accident in London.

    The pleasure boat crashed into Tower Bridge around midday on June 4 as it made its way along the River Thames from Greenwich Pier.

    Five women had to be taken to hospital as a result of the accident, while a man and a girl made their own way to get medical treatment.

    Two other women were checked at the scene but did not require further assistance.

    Head injuries

    A 64-year-old woman on board the vessel suffered pelvis and head injuries in the collision and was taken to the major trauma centre at Royal London Hospital as a priority by the London Ambulance Service.

    Four other women were treated and taken to the same hospital, although all their injuries were described as minor.

    Emergency services were called to the scene at 11.59 after the Millennium City Cruises vessel collided with the north side of the famous bridge.

    Three ambulance crews, a hazardous area response team and a duty officer were in attendance, as was the Metropolitan Police Service’s marine policing unit, although no arrests were made following the incident at St Katherine’s Pier.

    The remaining 126 passengers and four crew members later disembarked the boat.

    Claiming personal injury compensation

    London Coastguard coordinated the rescue as the injured were brought ashore for treatment.

    If you’ve been injured in a boating accident then you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation.

    Most businesses will have some form of public liability insurance, which covers them if a member of the public or a customer suffers loss or injury as a result of business activities and makes a claim for compensation.

    This normally covers the compensation pay-out as well as any legal expenses.

    Accident Advice Helpline provides a 30-second test that can tell you whether you have a case to make a claim and how much you could be entitled to.

    Source: BBC News

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    Date Published: June 6, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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