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 applied to personal injury ...

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 number of ...

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 has a duty to dismiss the ...

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 a combination of both – which will ...

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 claim compensation for the injuries ...

Photographing personal injury clients: a winning ethos

A guest blog about making photographs that help build personal injury cases. By photographer Mark Burton In my last guest blog I talked about the importance of making sure that people who’ve suffered personal injuries feel comfortable and relaxed when they’re having scars or wounds photographed.

Photographing personal injury clients: the human story

A guest blog about recording evidence of personal injuries by photographer Mark Burton I am often instructed by london based personal injury solicitors to photograph their clients who have received injuries due to preventable accidents and medical negligence. These photographs are used as evidence to show the nature and extent of the personal injury.

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 need to arrange a medical examination from a suitably ...

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 personal injuries after two ...

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 by being involved in an ...

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