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24th March 2021
The decision of the High Court on 11 March 2021 in the case of Vincent v Walker provides a useful insight into how Judges think and why personal injury claims are won or lost. Here, a pedestrian was knocked down whilst walking across a pedestrian crossing. It was night time, and the Claimant was wearing dark clothing. The crossing was displaying green to oncoming traffic.…
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23rd March 2021
“Confess and avoid”. This is one piece of advice that I received early in my career, and has stood me in good stead. This is best illustrated by an example. Picture the scene. I am sat in my office (some time ago) with my injured client and her partner. I ask; “What did you do on your holiday to Australia?”. The couple exchange nervous glances…
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23rd March 2021
People are occasionally killed or seriously injured when struck by a cricket ball. As we approach the cricket season, the 2020 case of Lewis v Wandsworth strikes a note of caution for any oblivious passers by. In this case, a High Court Judge (on appeal) concluded that the Claimant, walking on a footpath close to a cricket pitch, should not succeed in his claim for…
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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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