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Potholed Path Danger


Lancs live reported this week that 'Margaret Appleton, 75, fell down on a footpath near to Essington Road in Skelmersdale on Saturday morning on her way to Tanhouse. The footpaths were branded by one local as 'treacherous' all over the town and is calling on the council to sort out the…

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Surviving Bear Grylls obstacle course


The Independent recently reported on a case involving a 54-year-old taking part in a Bear Grylls survival race. The claimant fell and suffered serious injuries to her leg and shoulder whilst using an elevated monkey ring obstacle. The defendants designed the course and managed the race. They…

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Fatal Accidents: Assessing the Loss of Dependency in Family Businesses


When you lose a loved one it has significant implications emotionally, practically and financially. If a third party has negligently caused the death, the law makes for provision for certain categories of claimant to seek compensation. In this article we will explore financial dependency in a…

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The New Highway Code


The Government and Department for Transport are in the process of reviewing and updating the Highway Code. The proposals include safe passing distances and speeds to ensure the safety of vulnerable road users. These are usually considered to be pedestrians, cyclist, horse riders, motorcyclists, and…

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Pedestrian Road Traffic Accident Claims


The Court of Appeal will be asked to review a decision the High Court made in February this year in the case of Gul v Mcdonagh , where a 13-year-old was hit by Mr McDonagh who was fleeing from the police in his car. He was doing 45 in a 20 zone. There were speed bumps along the road. On the face of…

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Right to Roam & Animals


Covid has confined us to our local areas, footpaths are well worn and the public are likely to continue enjoying their outdoor activities as we all move on. The large increase in the use of public rights of way has caused a number of headaches for farmers and landowners particularly when the same land…

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Whiplash Claims Portal


It is reported that the new 64 page guide on how to run your own whiplash claim is " Hopelessly complicated " The government are about to introduce some changes severely restricting the right to claim compensation for Road traffic whiplash, fixing the compensation payable to £240…

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Presenter sues BBC for £4m over crash test


The Times newspaper recently reported that a former BBC presenter was presented a multimillion-pound compensation after suffering whiplash while imitating a car crash in a science program Jem Stansfield was filming, Bang goes the theory, in 2014 when he was strapped to a cart and catapulted along a…

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Can a child be guilty of contributing evidence?


From time to time we hear about terrible injuries suffered by a child when they are hit by a car. There are regular campaigns to reduce speed limits in built-up areas. The law imposes a heavy duty on the car driver, particularly in built-up areas where children might be playing, areas around sports…

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Speeding motorcyclist, overtaking a van after taking drugs wins 20% liability


The recently reported case of KYRIACOU v FINCH (2021) QBD (Judge Nigel Bird) 29/01/2021, in the Queens Bench Division of the High Court found in favour of a motorcyclist who had been riding his bike at approximately 55 mph. It was dark, his head light was on. As he overtook an Asda van, the defendant,…

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National Apprenticeship Week


National Apprenticeship Week began on 8 February. This year's theme is 'Build The Future.' With 20 years of experience in progressing employees through apprenticeships, Forbes Solicitors has helped build futures and this year has been no different and has been as successful, despite the…

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When can you recover private healthcare costs in a personal injury claim ?


When a Claimant suffers injury they may require treatment in order to help them to recover. This is known as 'mitigation of loss' . The Claimant is entitled to obtain that medical treatment privately irrespective of the availability of state funded care. That was entrenched in the Law Reform (…

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