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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 settlements is calculated.

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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 circumstances. It applies to all personal injury cases unless the claimant had a pre-April 2013 Conditional Fee Agreement (no win-no fee agreement) and After the Event (ATE) insurance in place.

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

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 counter documentary evidence provided by the defendants.

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

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 you sustained and other financial losses incurred due to the accident.

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Photographing personal injury clients: a winning ethos

Photographing personal injury clients: a winning ethos

A photograph of a scar. Copyright Mark Burton 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.

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Photographing personal injury clients: the human story

Photographing personal injury clients: the human story

A photograph showing bruising to an eye. Copyright Mark Burton 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.

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Is a medical expert truly independent?

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 qualified medical expert.

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What is the legal position of the Alton Towers accident?

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 carriages collided at one of the lower sections of the track.

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

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 accident but it also covers witnessing an accident.

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