What are the new personal injury reforms in the Civil Liability Bill?

The big news in the personal injury world this week has been the introduction in Parliament of the Civil Liability Bill which contains reforms of whiplash claims and changes to the way the discount rate...

What is Qualified One-Way Costs Shifting (QOCS)?

Qualified One-Way Costs Shifting (QOCS) was introduced for all personal injury claims from 1 April 2013. QOCS dictates that a successful defendant cannot recover his or her costs from the losing claimant, except in a...

What is fundamental dishonesty and how could it affect my claim?

Section 57 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 states that if a court finds that the claimant is entitled to damages, but is satisfied that the claimant has been fundamentally dishonest, the court...

How CCTV footage and witness statements can help win trip & slip cases

Have you had a trip or slip accident in a supermarket or whilst out walking on pavements or roads? If so, the most important evidence can be either CCTV footage or witness statements – or...

Can I make a personal injury claim for a supermarket accident?

All supermarkets are legally obliged to ensure their stores are clean and safe. If they fail to uphold this responsibility and, as a result, you have an accident causing injury, you will be able to...

Is a medical expert truly independent?

In order to value a client’s injury claim it is not sufficient just to tell the other side the nature of the injuries and expect the parties to come to an accurate valuation. I will...

What is the legal position of the Alton Towers accident?

Fairgrounds & amusement parks have a duty of care to their visitors Many of you would have read about the terrible accident on the Smiler ride at Alton Towers in which four people sustained serious...

Can I claim for a psychiatric injury that I have sustained?

I am regularly advised by clients they believe that they’ve sustained a psychiatric injury as a result of an accident. In English law a psychiatric injury is known as nervous shock. Often it is caused...

Can I be sued for providing first aid?

The SARAH bill will ensure that good samaritans are not sued if they perform first aid in an emergency situations.

I’ve been injured while cycling – what should I do next? (Vehicle Registration)

If you have sustained a personal injury in a cycling accident involving a vehicle it’s very important to gather it's registration number.