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Personal Injury Blog Category

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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31st October 2014
Multinational insurance firm AXA has been successful in its private prosecution of a man who claimed £100,000 for an ‘injury’ he alleged he sustained while working for a haulage company. Paul Gustar had originally issued county court proceedings against his employer after damaging his back, although medical records revealed that the back injury he was suffering from had existed previously and occurred after he had…
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07th April 2014
Mr and Mrs L, a retired couple, were travelling in the front seat of a bus when the bus braked sharply and they were propelled out of their seat and on to the floor suffering injuries. Mr and Mrs L saw an advertisement for legal services fronted by Ester Rantzen and made contact with that company who referred the claim to solicitors in Hampshire. Those…
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23rd October 2013
He requested assistance from us when his then team of lawyers terminated their retainer on the basis that there was no reasonable prospect of the case succeeding. Despite this, we took the claim on and pressed ahead with the issue of proceedings. Although we eventually managed to secure an adequate settlement, which was in excess of the figure that had been requested by his previous…
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22nd October 2013
The bus company originally denied liability, but eventually relented. Consequently, our team of skilled personal injury solicitors were not only able to help the client claim compensation, but also obtain damages to fund the costs of private psychological counselling after the individual started showing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. The claim was taken up to the point where the amount of damages was being assessed,…
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