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14th June 2012
The insurance industry is justifiably concerned about the volume of fraudulent claims which continue to be brought by highly dishonest (and criminal) members of the public. These fraudulent claims reportedly cost the insurance industry millions of pounds annually and leading insurance firm, Keoghs, have identified Birmingham, closely followed by Liverpool, East London, North London and Bradford as the major hotspots of this criminal activity. Insurers…
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14th May 2012
Action for Brain Injury week is from 14th to 20th May 2012 and is run by the charity Headway, with whom we are closely associated, which has been set up to give help and support to people affected by brain injury. Each year an estimated one million people attend hospital A&E departments in the UK following head injury. It is believed that many more head…
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26th April 2012
You may have noticed through reading this blog, or the daily newspapers, that the Government is putting in place a raft of reforms to the current personal injury compensation system in England and Wales which are due to be introduced in April 2013. The Government hopes that these reforms will reduce the number of claims brought, reduce the cost to the insurance industry of dealing…
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22nd March 2012
Most people even with just a passing interest in personal injury claims will by now be well aware that the Government, through the offices of the Ministry of Justice, is currently considering a raft of proposed changes to the system by which those who have suffered injury in an accident, caused by someone other than themselves, seek to recover compensation. Now, however, the Government has…
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16th February 2012
The 32-year-old former soldier had been playing the arcade style machine when he hit the punch-ball and seriously injured his hand. He was rushed to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary where he was told he had of the severity of the injury to tendons in his hand. He required 12 stitches as well as surgery to have a metal plate inserted into his right hand.The injury…
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03rd February 2012
On the face of it, it seems to be an easy enough problem to understand and put right. Motor insurance, the insurance industry say, has become too expensive for some people over the past few years. This means, at best, that the majority of the population are paying too much for their motor insurance whilst already hard pressed in these difficult and austere times. At…
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16th January 2012
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19th December 2011
The two maintenance fitters suffered severe personal injuries when the door and supporting pillar of a roller shutter door they were trying to repair gave way.Workington Magistrates' Court heard that the incident, which took place 20 April 2009, caused both employees to suffer broken legs.One of the workers suffered a head injury when a section of the falling structure struck him on the head, splitting…
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21st October 2011
The Law Society Gazette reports the Justice Minister, Jonathan Djangoly, as saying that he is content to see Claims Management Companies (CMCs) forge closer ties with solicitors once the referral fee ban in personal injury cases has been introduced. So, he plans to ban referral fees but allow them by another name. One might be forgiven for asking the point of this legislation. Well now…
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16th September 2011
For many years now the Insurance Industry has complained noisily about the practice of solicitors paying referral fees to third parties, known as "claims farmers", to buy claims. Ken Clarke and the Government has now decided to ban this practice despite saying only as recently as early summer that they had no plans to ban referral fees. So why the change of policy? The change…
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