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23rd November 2020
The purpose of the personal injury claims process is to restore the individual, so far as possible, to the position they were in before the accident. The Rehabilitation Code 2015 provides a framework for the claimant solicitor and compensator to work together to ensure that the claimant’s health, quality of life, independence and ability to work are restored in tandem with the process of assessing…
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11th November 2020
I was interested to read two articles in The Times (29.10.2020) which serve to underline some of the hazards of the road/path. The first of these is interesting in the context of the Government’s strategy of putting cyclists and pedestrians together on shared paths/pavements. It concerns a Mr Crane who successfully sued an investment banker, Ms Read, for substantial compensation when her dog chased a…
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09th November 2020
Having capacity to make decisions for yourself is something many of us, without realising, take for granted on a daily basis.  For many suffering with a brain injury after an accident, the simple process of being able to make a decision is fraught with complication and stress. What is capacity? Capacity is defined as the ability to understand, weigh up and retain information to make a…
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03rd November 2020
This year's Road Safety Week , between 16th and 22nd November, focuses on "No Need To Speed". This is a profoundly important message. As personal injury lawyers representing those with life changing injuries and the families of loved ones who have been killed on our roads, we know first hand how speed when driving is a significant factor in many of the cases we see.…
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23rd October 2020
Charles O’Brien, a Senior Solicitor in our personal injury department, has recently settled a potentially complex claim arising out of a fatal road traffic collision for a six figure sum. The case was not straightforward on liability as the collision involved two vehicles on a bend, on a country road. However, detailed analysis of the police evidence suggested the other party had lost control as…
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14th October 2020
The Government has signalled its intention to give priority to cyclists and other vulnerable road users (pedestrians and horse riders) over vehicles. Plans are already afoot to amend the Highway Code to prioritise these groups; the Department for Transport (DfT) issued a Consultation on 25 August 2020. The DfT is now using artificial intelligence (AI) technology at traffic light-controlled junctions on a trial basis in…
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14th October 2020
On 9 October 2020 the Court of Appeal, in the case of Swift v Carpenter, handed down a long- awaited judgement on housing claims in personal injury cases. The original trial judge had awarded nothing to compensate the seriously injured claimant for the additional cost of her accommodation needs, but this was overturned on appeal. There was a difference of £900,000 between the value of…
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07th October 2020
E-scooters have become a common sight on our pavements, roads and cycle lanes during Covid. Although many e-scooter riders are undoubtedly sensible and cautious, the author recently saw two teenagers on e-scooters riding at speed around a ‘blind’ corner, at a junction, on the wrong side of the road, at dusk and without lights or helmets. There are plenty of ‘accidents waiting to happen’, so…
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06th October 2020
Paul Fretwell, head of George Ide LLP’s personal injury department, has secured a substantial six figure compensation award for a client who sustained multiple, life threatening injuries when she and her broken-down vehicle, displaying hazard warning lights, were struck by a lorry on the M1 motorway. The incident occurred on a section of motorway with no hard shoulder (due to road works). Thankfully, our client…
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05th October 2020
Paul Fretwell, Head of George Ide LLP’s personal injury team, has just secured a seven figure compensation settlement for a motorcyclist who suffered an above knee amputation in a road collision. This was a challenging case on liability, with the other driver’s insurance company denying liability throughout. The insurer alleged our client was riding recklessly by overtaking in excess of the speed limit and close…
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