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Personal Injury Blog Category

25th April 2022
In our experience, insurance companies are increasingly seeking to prove that those claiming to have sustained serious personal injuries have been “fundamentally dishonest”. If it can be shown that a Claimant has been dishonest in a way that goes to the heart of the case (which may include deliberately exaggerating the extent of injury, disability or loss), then no compensation or legal costs will be…
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08th March 2022
On 29 January 2022, amendments were made to the Highway Code to seek to improve safety (in particular) for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. The changes followed a public consultation ending in October 2020. A hierarchy of road users is now recognised, with pedestrians as the most vulnerable, and with drivers of HGV’s and other large vehicles bearing the greatest responsibility to take care and…
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30th November 2021
Whilst out cycling in December 2015, I was knocked off my bike by a motorist who failed to see me as he pulled out onto a roundabout. My right ankle was crushed in the accident, and I was rushed to the Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton, where I underwent a series of operations to save my foot and ankle. The NHS team performed nothing short…
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19th May 2021
It is a traumatic experience for any parent if your child has been involved in an accident. Injuries resulting from an accident can have a major impact on the child’s wellbeing and long-term quality of life for the entire family. Of course, childhood accidents are a part of normal life. However, if the accident was due to someone else’s negligence and your child suffered an…
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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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