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 applied to personal injury settlements is calculated. Fixed amounts will be set for compensating whiplash claims and offering to settleContinue reading
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 number of circumstances. It applies to all personal injury cases unless the claimant had a pre-April 2013 Conditional Fee AgreementContinue reading
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 has a duty to dismiss the claim – unless it is satisfied that the claimant would suffer substantial injustice. Importantly,Continue reading
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 a combination of both – which will counter documentary evidence provided by the defendants. Some of you will have readContinue reading
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 claim compensation for the injuries you sustained and other financial losses incurred due to the accident. It is, however, notContinue reading
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 need to arrange a medical examination from a suitably qualified medical expert. More often than not I will arrange theContinue reading
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 personal injuries after two carriages collided at one of the lower sections of the track. One carriage was carrying 16Continue reading
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 by being involved in an accident but it also covers witnessing an accident. The law says that the psychiatric injuryContinue reading
If you have sustained a personal injury in a cycling accident involving a vehicle it’s very important to gather it’s registration number.
If you have sustained a personal injury in a cycling accident and there are witnesses, it is extremely important that you collect their contact details.
I met up with a client recently who had instructed me very late in the day having represented himself for over three years. The client had drafted his own schedule of losses which he needed to serve on the other party’s solicitors. Things had got out of hand with the litigation and he felt compelledContinue reading
QUESTION: Can a tweet be used as evidence in a personal injury case? For example a health and safety issue is reported to a company via their official Twitter account which they publicise as an official support channel. They acknowledge the tweet (by replying) but then don’t take action on the issue. Someone then hasContinue reading
The Medical Innovation Bill is a Private Members Bill introduced by Lord Saatchi, a Conservative peer in July 2014. It intends to encourage doctors to innovate and attempt new treatments, without the threat of litigation. The controversy surrounding this bill is due to the response to this bill by doctors, medical groups, patient groups, charitiesContinue reading
The annual Health and Safety Statistics, published by the Health and Safety Executive records details of workplace health and safety in Great Britain. For the period 2013/2014 there were 1.2 million self-reported health and safety incidents and approximately half a million of these cases developed during the year. A further 0.8 million cases were reportedContinue reading
Bereavement Damages Research commissioned by APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) in 2013 resulted in APIL asking the Government to review the current system and to bring bereavement claims in England and Wales in line with those in Scotland. At the moment only spouses, civil partners and parents of children under 18 can claim bereavementContinue reading
I recently wrote a blog on the law in relation to highway claims governed by the Highways Act 1980. To be eligible to make a claim you will need to show some form of defect with the road or pavement in order to be able to hold the local council responsible. So what should youContinue reading
Section 41 of the Highways Act 1980 states that the highway authority has a responsibility to maintain roads at public expense in a fit state to accommodate the “ordinary traffic which passes or maybe expected to pass” along them. Therefore, a highway authority needs to take reasonable care of the road. There is no obligationContinue reading
This is the time of year when prospective clients call me to discuss an accident that happened on their summer holiday abroad. Package Holidays A personal injury solicitor in the United Kingdom can only deal with a claim against a holiday company if the holiday was booked as part of a package through a travel agentContinue reading
Most personal injury cases settle before the case reaches trial. Out-of-court settlements can occur at any stage of the claim. I always advise my clients on settlement at the appropriate stages taking the following into account: Trials are unpredictable Evidence that you may believe is key may not be deemed so by the judge, witnessesContinue reading
Recently I acted for a client who sustained an accident when his shoulder was injured at work. He was off work for three months. I claimed for his loss of earnings during this absence AND I was also successful in increasing his damages by an extra £10,000 even though he had returned to his job.
I acted for a client on a no win, no fee basis after they were injured working as a security guard for a large company. The accident occurred when my client was signing in a visitor near to some security barriers. The barriers were in the raised position. While in the process of dealing withContinue reading
Many people remember the American lady who, in 1992, was scalded by a McDonald’s coffee and awarded nearly $3m in punitive damages by a jury (it was subsequently reduced by a confidential out-of-court settlement). However, last week I was asked precisely this question by a prospective new client. The bad news to this client wasContinue reading
Read some of the latest testimonials from Goodge Law personal injury clients: Mike made the potentially convoluted process of my claim straightforward and simple. He was patient and thorough at every step and I am very happy with the outcome. I highly recommend Mike and Goodge Law. – Matthew Saunders I would like to giveContinue reading
When one of my clients is involved in an accident and makes a claim, most will be required to have a medical examination so a report can be prepared. This will comment on the accident circumstances, injuries, treatment, recommendations, examination as well as future predictions. Before attending the examination I send these guidance notes whichContinue reading
Mike Greenstein, from Goodge Law, is regularly asked to give expert analysis on LBC Radio. He was recently interviewed by Clive Bull from LBC where they discussed the impact of the Government’s new changes to the ‘No Win No Fee’ regulations and how this will impact personal injury claimants.
Mike Greenstein was recently interviewed by Julia Hartley-Brewer from LBC about the UK’s “Compensation Culture”. To listen, click the arrow below: [mejsaudio width=”270″ src=”http://www.goodgelaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/goodge-law-lbc-nov-12.mp3″] A big thanks to Julia and LBC for the interview.
Goodge Law are Compromise Agreement experts and in the current economic climate employers making people redundant is an all too familiar situation. If you or someone you know finds yourself being offered redundancy, our legal expertise can make sure you receive a fair offer. The typical scenario is that an employer will offer a RedundancyContinue reading
Why do claims take such a long time? This is a question that clients, contacts and friends ask me all the time. It’s not an easy question to answer. In short, there are two reasons: complexity and dispute. Let’s take the first one: complexity. The issue of who is responsible for the accident may wellContinue reading
The proposed changes to the current ‘no win no fee’ legislation have been in the news recently. The Government has been attacking personal injury solicitors for pursuing claims on behalf of their clients, without explaining that these officers of the court are the last line of defence for many innocent victims. I was recently interviewedContinue reading
Public liability insurance covers businesses when customers visit their premises. For example, if someone visits a shop and has a trip or slip (that wasn’t their fault) they could make a claim against the business owner. This could be a personal injury claim which covers their medical expenses and also any resulting loss of earnings.Continue reading
If you have a trip or slip on a pavement, who is responsible? And what should you do? In my personal injury law practice, trips and slips on pavements are some of the most common types of injury claim. Like my last blog, it’s important that as you take the relevant steps in preparing theContinue reading
Record a work place injury in Accident Report book to help any compensation claim, and other tops tips as recommended by personal injury solicitor and no win no fee expert.
If you’re involved in a car accident, make sure you collect the contact details of any witnesses. A witness could be your passenger, the passenger of the person you had the accident with or another motorist or passing pedestrian. This information can become crucial if you need to make a personal injury claim. So, whenContinue reading
If you’re involved in a car accident, even a minor one, it can be a very distressing situation. It can also be quite difficult to think clearly and collect all the information you might need. If you take some photos of the scene of the accident this can be a huge help in the futureContinue reading
Mike Greenstein, partner in Goodge Law and a specialist in personal injury gives some insights into his job At the beginning of my career I spent some time doing personal injury work and really enjoyed it. It’s very hands on and people-orientated. I get to deal with a huge variety of different clients and it’sContinue reading
The Government is concerned about the perceived increase in the compensation culture and doesn’t want us to become like the States. However, statistics show that we don’t have a compensation culture – just the perception that we do. The Government is concerned that the no win-no fee agreement is costing business through claims and theContinue reading
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is an independent watchdog and regulator which acts in the public interest to reduce work-related deaths, improve safety and prevent illness in workplaces in Great Britain. They run awareness and safety campaigns throughout the year, highlighting issues affecting millions of UK workers. They ask employees, business leaders, workers andContinue reading
In the UK, a Conditional Fee Agreement describes the agreement made between a law firm and their clients where the law firm acts on behalf of the client and is only paid if the outcome of the claim is successful. Some people also describe this agreement as a No Win-No Fee Agreement or a No Fee-NoContinue reading
Accidents are inevitable in very cold conditions. People can slip and fall while out walking, cycling or perhaps become involved in a road traffic accident. [imageeffect type=”frame” align=”alignleft” width=”250″ height=”188″ alt=”cycling accidents and negligence” url=”http://www.goodgelaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/winter-cycling-accidents.png” ] The cold weather doesn’t necessarily result in a flood of personal injury claims. This is because a claim canContinue reading
[imageeffect type=”frame” align=”alignleft” width=”250″ height=”188″ alt=”Children’s Legal Centre LawStuff website” url=”http://www.goodgelaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/lawstuff-website.jpg” ] Research conducted by lawstuff.org.uk, a website run by the charity Children’s Legal Centre, has found that young people are at risk of breaking the law due to confusion about legal ages. Approximately 50% didn’t know the legal age to buy cigarettes was 18,Continue reading
[imageeffect type=”frame” align=”alignright” width=”350″ height=”234″ alt=”Stay safe when driving this winter” title=”Keep safe this winter when driving” url=”http://www.goodgelaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/driving-winter.jpg” ] At this time of year it’s easy to have an accident while driving. Of course we’re here to help if you do have a road traffic accident this Winter, but hopefully these tips will help youContinue reading
You should be wary when contacting personal injury claims companies. Five major companies have gone bust in the past two years, leaving thousands of claimants without help. Claims companies are not regulated and often the junior personnel they employ to keep costs down are not qualified or experienced enough to advise on the complex legalContinue reading
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Hardly a week goes by without one of my clients telling me that, but for the accident, he would have increased his earnings and that the accident has deprived him of this opportunity. Conversely, insurers argue that the claim is so speculative that it should be dismissed or heavily discounted to reflect future uncertainties. SomeContinue reading