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.
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.
Answer 1 – gathering witness details
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. A witness could be another cyclist, motorist, a passenger in a car or a passing pedestrian.
I am often contacted by a potential client who has been injured in an accident which wasn’t their fault. The client explains to me that the other insurers have been in contact and offered a hire car, physiotherapy treatment as well as £1,000 compensation for injuries.
One of Goodge Law’s recent successes was a £40,000 compensation award for a client who had suffered injuries due to medical negligence.
My client was admitted to West Middlesex Hospital for elective total right knee replacement surgery. In the process of this surgery, my client’s larynx was punctured by a trainee anaesthetist during intubation.
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.
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 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.
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 the groundwork to make sure that your personal injury claim has the best chance of being successful.
By Mike Greenstein, personal injury solicitor at Goodge Law, London
Any decent no win-no fee solicitor will try to take on a case that has a good chance of success. Thankfully, I’ve got a good record of winning personal injury cases such as trips and slips at work.