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23rd February 2016
Unless you have been involved in an accident and sustained significant injuries, or know someone who has been in the same position, you probably won’t have come across the role of a case manager. The person is often a qualified therapist such as a nurse, occupational therapist, social worker or physiotherapist. They are paid for by the insurer for the party who caused the accident…
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23rd February 2016
Vicarious liability is when an innocent third party is regarded as being responsible for the unlawful action(s) of another. As a bold exception to conventional tort law rules, it is used sparingly and with circumspection.  It is not a 'cure all' for every hard luck case. The range of situations deemed appropriate for a finding of vicarious liability has widened considerably over the past few…
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02nd February 2016
It has always been a fundamental principle of English law that for an individual to be convicted of a criminal offence, the offence against them must be proved ‘beyond reasonable doubt’. This is called the ‘burden of proof’. Put simply, if there is a ‘reasonable doubt’ that the defendant did what they were charged with, then the defendant must be given the benefit of that…
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07th January 2016
You may be alarmed to learn that there are more than 1,000,000 uninsured drivers on UK roads. Uninsured drivers are said to add £30 to every insurance premium. So what happens if you have an accident with an uninsured driver or the person causing the accident cannot be traced? There are more than 350,000 ‘hit and run’ accidents in the UK every year. Fortunately, most…
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04th December 2015
In his Autumn Statement the Chancellor introduced, without fanfare or prior warning, at least one measure which has nothing to do with the UK economy. He announced an increase in the small claims limit for personal injuries claims from £1,000 to £5,000, anticipating this would reduce the overall cost of motor insurance by approximately £1bn. Crucially, he went on to say that he expects the…
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23rd October 2015
This is probably quite a good moment to focus on cycle safety. It is a sad fact that far too many cyclists are being killed and seriously injured (KSI) on our roads. Taking the 2014 figures for Hampshire, 20% of the 1063 people killed or seriously injured were cyclists. My cycle commute between Portsmouth and Chichester straddles the county boundary and is most certainly not…
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24th September 2015
It is a sad fact that the elderly are particularly vulnerable to the effects of brain injury. Over time, brain cells are lost as part of the ageing process and there are less brain reserves. Therefore, an elderly person who is, for instance, knocked over by a vehicle, even at low speed, can suffer the devastating consequences of a head injury. Often, in our experience,…
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17th August 2015
Insurance companies regularly have claimants followed by private detectives to ascertain whether or not they have been telling the truth about their injuries. In one case recently a static camera was placed outside my client's house for two weeks. Unfortunately it is people who cheat that have brought this about. If you say in your claim that you are unable to work because of your…
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10th June 2015
If you are expecting an article about a film concerning drummers, or indeed about the world of a particular dominatrix, then we are sorry to disappoint! We remember the day when it was thought acceptable for a person with a whiplash type neck or back injury to pursue a compensation claim resulting from an accident. Clients tended to be referred by local recommendation. The consequences…
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06th February 2015
We work with brave people whose lives have been changed dramatically by the injury they have sustained. Our first aim is to obtain early interim payments to cover daily living expenses and to fund rehabilitation costs. Most insurers will help with interim payments at the outset if it is clear whose fault the accident was, but as more money is needed it sometimes gets harder…
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