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26th September 2016
Many people will never attend an inquest into the death of a loved one and, when the circumstances surrounding a fatality do require investigation, attending an inquest can be very worrying and confusing for relatives of the deceased. By shedding light on the function and scope of an inquest, I hope this article will help in some small measure to prepare those who, at a…
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15th September 2016
In recent years some insurers have striven to increase the efficiency with which they handle personal injury claims. Many now adopt a proactive approach and look to make first contact with an injured victim and potential claimant as part of a process called third party capture. The phrase is apt — the objective is to persuade the injured person to deal directly with the insurer…
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25th August 2016
One of the basic principles of insurance law is that of ‘uberrimae fidei’ which, roughly translated from the Latin, means that the parties to a contract of insurance are required to act in the ‘utmost good faith’. Basically this meant that, as a consumer seeking insurance, you had a duty to accurately disclose to your insurer any material information and not to make any material…
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19th August 2016
Have you ever been asked to give evidence as a witness for a personal injury/clinical negligence claim? Evidence may be required in a case where someone has been injured in an accident to show how the injuries have affected them, or, as someone's employer, you may be asked to explain how they coped before they were injured and what the differences are since they were…
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01st August 2016
In last autumn’s budget the then Chancellor, George Osborne, proposed a series of changes affecting claims for personal injury. He proposed increasing what is called the 'small claims track' limit (SCT) and further proposed scrapping a person’s entitlement to claim compensation for 'minor' soft tissue injuries. 'Minor' has still not been defined. The SCT limit relates to the value of a person’s claim for injury…
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22nd June 2016
Dear Riders My name is Sue French. I am a member of one of the Headway West Sussex’s groups. I want to wish you all the very best for your final preparations and I look forward to meeting you on the ride on 2nd July. I am sure that you will all look splendid in your lycra! I would like to say a few words…
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19th May 2016
Despite the ‘Wiggo effect’ and the large increase in cycling over the last 5 years or so, pedal power accounts for only 2% of trips, compared with 27% in the Netherlands. Our spending on cycling outside London is a little over £1 per person annually, compared with £24 in the Netherlands. Cycling not only limits harmful emissions, it contributes to a healthy lifestyle which in…
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19th May 2016
George Ide have been serving the local community for 50 years and during that time they have pursued many claims for loss of value or “diminution of value”. These claims largely revolve around motor vehicles which were damaged in accidents. So, what happens in a claim of this type? In essence, the claimant must show that, despite good repairs following an accident, their vehicle has…
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13th May 2016
We have all heard someone say, “It wasn’t my fault, the road was wet/icy/slippery,” or that, "the sun was low and in my eyes." Where does the law stand in cases involving poor or challenging weather conditions and to what extent can an accident really be an “act of God”? An Act of God might best be described as “an event that directly and exclusively…
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14th April 2016
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyer's President, Jonathan Wheeler, explained to subscribers of The Brief this week how motor insurance fraud is routinely misrepresented by the insurance industry. “That misrepresentation has been swallowed whole by the Government and used as a reason for proposing removal of the right to compensation claims for some whiplash injuries,” said Jonathan in an article for the Times’ daily e-publication. Proven…
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