You might need an accident solicitor in Goudhurst if your child does not get suitable medical attention
Goudhurst is a village in Kent. It is about 12 miles from Maidstone. Every year in September, in the Victorian era, the hops would have to be picked. This was before the labour saving machines were invented so many Londoners made their way to Kent to pick hops.
Some reports suggest that some of the hop pickers viewed it as a holiday getting away from the dirty city. However, for one poor woman, it was more like a nightmare. In September 1894, an inquest heard how Bridget Stack, a 16 month old child, died in a tramcar. The mother, a general dealer, told the jury how 10 days before, she had traveled to Goudhurst to pick the hop. She took her baby with her. She and 18 others, 5 of them adults, had had to sleep in the same hophouse although several of the children were just recovering from measles.
After a few days, she noticed that her child had caught measles. At this point, the coroner asked her if she had called for a doctor. The mother replied that she did not as they were miles away from a doctor and he would have charged her 6s to come out to her there. She added that they were starving, had no money and a doctor would not have come out without being paid.
The baby died
Several of the hop-pickers clubbed together to give her her fare to get to London. She had to carry the baby a mile and a half across the fields. She then had to wait for an hour and a half for a train at the station. On the journey she had to change carriages 3 times, all the time the child was getting more ill. The poor baby died whilst she was going along Southwark Street in a tramcar.
The next witness was a Dr Blumenthal who said that the child died of congestion of the lungs caused by an attack of the measles. The jury returned a verdict accordingly.
Even though that happened in 1894, we hear of children dying because of negligence in the medical profession. If you have lost a child because they did not receive suitable treatment, it will be the worst thing which ever happens to you and you might need an accident solicitor in Goudhurst.
A 30 second test
Initially, you should call Accident Advice Helpline. It is a compensation provider for personal injury compensation. A trained adviser will talk you through a 30 second test which will establish whether an accident solicitor in Goudhurst is likely to represent you. After that, an online calculator will estimate how much your claim could be worth if an accident solicitor in Goudhurst takes your case on and wins. This will be on a no win, no fee basis.
If your accident was within the last 3 years and someone else’s fault, you should call Accident Advice Helpline. They are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The number is 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 13th August 2013
Author: David Brown