Archived Legal Articles from 2020

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December

Road Traffic Collision Involving a Foreign Vehicle

15/12/20

The Brexit deadline is looming and vehicles registered outside of the UK will continue to come into the country delivering our goods and carrying holidaymakers and visitors. What happens if you are unfortunate enough to have an accident with one of these vehicles and it wasn't your fault? Most…

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November

£50,000 for cyclist who crashed to avoid a dog

05/11/20

The Times newspaper recently reported on a case where a cyclist had succeeded in a claim against the owner of a dog who had run out in front of him causing him to come off his bicycle. As a result, he suffered a brain haemorrhage after he flew over the handlebars of his bicycle which left Mr…

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October

Horse Riding Accident Compensation Claims

21/10/20

Horse riding is an extremely popular leisure activity in the United Kingdom, especially in more rural environments. Equestrian activities can however lead to a multitude of injuries ranging from very minor to fatal. On average, approximately two horses a week are killed on UK roads alone, with 845…

Bicycle Accident Compensation Claim - Post Accident Checklist

08/10/20

Since the start of the Pandemic, and the gradual ease back to the 'new normal', the number of people cycling in Great Britain is ever increasing. A National Travel Survey recently reported that around 8% of the population cycle at least three or more times a week. This equates to around 5.1…

Statutory Bereavement Award Finally Extended to Cohabitees

01/10/20

After a long and arduous journey that started in 2017, The Fatal Accidents Act 1976 (Remedial) Order 2020 is finally set to come into force on the 6th October 2020, providing an amendment to extend the scope of people entitled to statutory bereavement awards, to cohabitees. The amendment to the law…

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September

Reforms to Restrict Awards for Whiplash Claims

28/09/20

In the latest Civil Litigation Brief Gordon Exall makes reference to a new book and "The perceived compensation culture". It makes an interesting read dispelling some of the myths that there is a compensation culture in the UK. As with all processes, there will be a few that take…

UK Drivers - Are we really ready to lose control?

15/09/20

The Government has recently launched a consultation into the technology supporting 'hands-free' driving, and estimate it could be legal on all UK roads by as early as 2021. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders suggest this new hands free technology could potentially cut accidents by up…

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August

Injury Prevention Week - 17 to 21 August 2020

17/08/20

APIL (Association of personal injury lawyers) have recently launched a safety campaign focusing on Pedestrian safety. Although the number of accidents involving pedestrians has remained the same over the past few years it remains too high. Pedestrians are considered vulnerable road users. Any…

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July

Cycling Accident Compensation

28/07/20

Cycling weekly recently reported that 1.3 million Brits had bought a bike during lockdown as people sought to take advantage of the exercise freedom allowed during the pandemic, following the governments advice to avoid public transport. As a result, there are many more cyclists on the road. Sales…

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June

Pedestrian and Cycle accidents and the effects of Covid-19

19/06/20

The Covid restrictions have encouraged us to get out on our bicycles and walk. Cycle shops are reporting a significant increase in new purchases and the good weather has shown a significant increase in cycle and pedestrian traffic. During the initial days of lockdown, there were very few cars on…

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May

A Balancing Act

01/05/20

Exploring the potential for personal injury claims against an employer arising from the COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage. It is important to remember that these are unprecedented times and there has had to be a quick response by employers to an evolving and dangerous situation…

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March

COVID-19 and the Justice System

19/03/20

The present circumstances On 18 March 2020, the Lord Chancellor affirmed that "the rule of law is vital to a functioning democracy and even at times like these, it is essential that our independent courts are able to administer justice." Whilst many public places have either been…

Mediation and the NHS

12/03/20

Mediation is a way to resolve clinical negligence and personal injury claims without the delays of a trial, cost, uncertainty and stress of going to court. It is increasingly used in clinical negligence cases to narrow the issues or resolve the case. With a trend towards this type of resolution…

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January

NHS facing huge clinical negligence fees

28/01/20

There has been a number of recent news articles in relation to the NHS facing huge clinical negligence fees. The article on the BBC states that, through a Freedom of Information request, it has come to light that the NHS in England faces paying out £4.3billion in legal fees to settle outstanding…

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