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03rd February 2021
Charles O’Brien, Senior Solicitor, has secured a six figure settlement for a passenger who suffered significant injuries when involved in a road traffic collision when her driver hit a wall following a police chase. Passengers in a vehicle are generally considered innocent parties and, therefore, bound to succeed in establishing liability to recover compensation. However, there can be exceptional circumstances.  In this case the driver’s…
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29th January 2021
The government has confirmed that its long-awaited whiplash reforms are due to come into force in May 2021, having been delayed several times, partly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Whiplash Reform Programme was developed by the Ministry of Justice as part of the Civil Liabilities Act 2018. It introduces a number of changes to legislation and reforms the way that whiplash and…
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30th November 2020
If you have suffered any kind of personal injury where someone else was at fault, you could be in a position to make a legal claim for compensation. However, making a claim can be a complicated process and you need to make sure that you work with solicitors who are well placed to be able to get you the outcome that you deserve. There are…
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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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26th October 2020
In 2019, cycling was on the wane. After an enormous boost in the popularity of cycling following successful showings in the 2012 Olympics, and years of growth for cycling, things were really slowing down and fewer people were using cycles; it had seemed like perhaps the trend had peaked. But the two-wheeled form of transport has had something of an unlikely ally in the form…
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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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