Personal injury law blogs & blawgs

Guest personal injury law blogs and blawgs from lawyers, solicitors and legal professionals.

Proposed Pharmacy legislation – Is a change in legislation needed?

by Legal Author June 22, 2015 Clinical medical negligence

Medication mistakes by pharmacists and chemists happen more frequently than you probably think. A new law change proposed by the UK government could help pharmacists and chemists avoid facing criminal procedure if they prescribe patients the wrong medication. Providing the errors are recorded, pharmacists can continue working without the fear of legal action. We look […]

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Can incidents of medical negligence be reduced if NHS trusts shared more data and information on medical errors?

by Wright Hassall November 8, 2014 Clinical medical negligence

Jeanette Whyman from Wright Hassall is a medical negligence solicitor with over 25 years’ experience and has acted both for and against Hospital Trusts. She now represents patients who are victims of medical negligence. It would be a truth universally acknowledged among sensible people that the sharing of information on best practice, and the identification of meaningful […]

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Whiplash personal injury claims slashed following reform

by JamesBooker October 30, 2014 Accident Claims

Motoring personal injury claims have fallen by a third this year as changes to the claims process for whiplash have been enforced. It’s estimated that whiplash is one of the most common personal injury claims made by motorists, but many cases are believed to be made fraudulently as an easy money-making scam. The government has […]

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Waste firm heavily fined after contractor’s arm severed in workplace accident

by Redmans Solicitors October 20, 2014 Personal Injury

A Scottish waste recycling firm has been heavily fined by the courts after a worker’s arm was severed in a workplace accident. Steve Dawson, who was 28 at the age of the accident, was employed as a line supervisor for Lowmac Alloys Limited at its premises at the Oldhall West Industrial Estate when the accident […]

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Insurers hoping for inequality

by JamesBooker October 9, 2014 Personal Injury

Since 2012 the Government has begun taking steps to reduce the toll wrought by fraud, whiplash and unscrupulous claims management companies. And perhaps this goes some way in explaining why motor insurance premiums have become more affordable, with prices dropping by 14 per cent at a time when inflation has been the watchword in just […]

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Compensation for cosmetic surgery; the dangers of seagull surgeons

by Wright Hassall October 8, 2014 Clinical medical negligence

Pearl Richman was awarded more than £43,000 in compensation after her life was ‘almost ruined’ by a procedure carried out in 2010. After the operation, the 69-year-old developed necrosis – a form of cell injury which results in the premature death of skin cells – and was left with open flesh wounds. But despite a […]

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Aviva proposes removal of compensation for whiplash injuries

by Wright Hassall September 18, 2014 Accident Claims

Aviva, the insurance company, has certainly fluttered a few feathers with the publication of its recent report ‘Road to Reform: Tackling the UK’s Compensation Culture’  which proposes replacing compensation for minor injuries (the focus being primarily on whiplash compensation) sustained in road accidents with payment for medical treatment. In addition the recommendations include restricting the involvement of personal […]

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Solicitors blamed for rise in medical negligence claims

by Wright Hassall August 14, 2014 Clinical medical negligence

The NHS Litigation Authority’s (NHSLA) recent annual report’s statistics relating to the rising number and cost of medical negligence claims have made alarming headlines – roughly translated as ‘medical negligence claims up by 18% – personal injury solicitors to blame!’ As with most stories, the reality is rather less straightforward; yes, the number of medical […]

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Are Increasing Medical Negligence Claims Affecting NHS Standards?

by laurenknowles August 13, 2014 Clinical medical negligence

Claims lodged against the NHS have risen exponentially in recent years. Official figures from the NHS Litigation Authority (NHS LA) show that litigation has grown by 80 per cent since 2009 and £1.2 billion of the NHS’s annual budget has been set aside for clinical negligence expenditure in 2013/2014. Opinions are currently divided on the […]

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Volkswagen Delivers Powerful Message about Distracted Driving

by Brett-ly June 24, 2014 Car Accidents

Volkswagen’s “Eyes on the Road” spot plays out inside a Hong Kong movie theater. Theatergoers file in and begin watching what first appears to be a commercial or preview from a driver’s perspective heading down a two-lane, tree-lined road. These are “unsuspecting” theatergoers, munching on popcorn, sipping drinks, watching the driver head down the road, […]

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Claiming Compensation In The UK -How Does No Win No Fee Work?

by Tim Bishop May 20, 2014 Accident Claims

No win no fee has become a phrase we hear every day of the week in the UK when it comes to legal procedures. Until you are in the situation of thinking about making a claim and paying for legal assistance from a solicitor, understanding exactly what is meant by no win no fee and […]

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4 Things to Know Before Suing for Personal Injury

by Eloise Hamilton March 11, 2014 Law

(US Law) If you’ve been injured recently, you might be thinking about suing the other person for personal injury. Depending on the nature of the injury and how you’ve been affected, this response is natural; however, you’ll want to know a few key legal points before going through with the lawsuit. via Image credit: MeddyGarnet […]

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The Biggest Myths and Misconceptions about Hiring a Medical Malpractice Attorney?

by Zelick Glimelstein March 7, 2014 Clinical medical negligence

When it comes to hiring a medical malpractice attorney, what kind of questions run through your mind?  What type of feedback have you heard from your family members, friends, and work colleagues?  Do you buy into the hype that medical malpractice lawsuits are almost always impossible to win?  If you do, it’s high time you […]

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Firm fined over £250,000 after death of worker

by Redmans Solicitors March 4, 2014 Personal Injury

A London firm has been ordered to pay over £250,000 in fines and costs after a worker was killed by a large concrete beam falling on him whilst he was working on a construction project. Bouygues UK Limited has been fined over £250,000 after one of its workers was killed in the accident at work […]

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The Personal Injury Whiplash Backlash

by James Scott February 25, 2014 Accident Claims

If you are one of the unfortunate people who become involved in a car accident and are genuinely injured, suffering whiplash or other personal injury, the way forward to making an adequate claim for compensation is now more difficult. The rules and regulations have changed and are still in a state of constant amendment. In […]

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Don’t Drive Into Jail Parking Lot When Drunk

by Zelick Glimelstein February 21, 2014 Accident Claims

When you’ve been out drinking all night, make sure you drive into a jail parking lot on your way home. Why? Well, it seems to be the place to go for at least two Florida residents. Law enforcement loves it when people who have had too much to drink, drive their vehicle to the county […]

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Those Red Lights are Flashing for YOU!

by David Faltz February 6, 2014 Accident Claims

(Road Traffic Law, US/general) Ah, the open road. Is there anything quite like the feeling of freedom you get when you can go anywhere you want? People around the world like to point out how much we Americans love our cars, but we value not so much the cars themselves as the mobility they offer. […]

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California Prop. 51 and its applicability in a modified comparative negligence jurisdiction

by Peter Park January 20, 2014 Accident Claims

Prop. 51, known as Multiple Defendants Tort Damage Liability Act, abolished the rule of joint and several liability with respect to noneconomic damages, defined as “subjective, nonmonetary losses including, but not limited to, pain, suffering, inconvenience, mental suffering, emotional distress, loss of society and companionship, loss of consortium, injury to reputation and humiliation.” In cases […]

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False personal injury claimant seen cage fighting on DVD

by Harvey Harding January 8, 2014 Personal Injury

A man who made a substantial personal injury claim has avoided jail he was later seen on DVDs taking part in cage fighting competitions. Raymond Smith, from Dublin, admitted giving false information about injuries he suffered in a car crash. He claimed he had suffered a debilitating back injury when another driver went into the […]

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Starbucks Slip Results in Large Payout

by jiffee January 8, 2014 Accident Claims

A woman who recently made a trip to Starbucks slipped on an area of floor where it was very greasy. She had alerted employees to this and they failed to clean up the area in order to make it safer for individuals in the store. Because of this, she slipped on the floor and her […]

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What’s the process for reporting workplace injuries and how can you claim damages?

by Lauren January 7, 2014 Accident Claims

Every day when you go to work, there is a risk that you could get injured. Obviously, some jobs carry considerably higher risks than others, with many only being minimal. However, if you do have an accident or injury at work, there is a process that you need to follow. Health and safety The government […]

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How Does ‘No Win No Fee’ Actually Work?

by Tim Bishop January 7, 2014 Clinical medical negligence

If you find yourself in a situation where you need to take legal action against a company or an individual, your first thought may be, “how am I going to pay for this?” Court cases and claims can be incredibly stressful and daunting, and the thought of financial worries on top of this does put […]

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Asbestos compensation claims decision welcomed

by Harvey Harding December 19, 2013 Personal Injury

The government’s decision not to change the way asbestos-related compensation claims are made has been welcomed by lawyers and campaigners. But asbestos victims and their supporters have condemned the government’s decision to cite the Mesothelioma Bill as one of the grounds for imposing legal costs on mesothelioma sufferers. A consultation to speed up the settlement […]

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Recovery Scheme allows NHS to recover personal injury claimants’ treatment costs from insurers

by hellen December 18, 2013 Personal Injury

British health law enables the government to recover the cost of treatment people receive through the NHS when they receive personal injury compensation, such as following motor vehicle accidents or in workplace accidents. The NHS Injury Cost Recovery Scheme, which became health law on January 29th 2007, replaced the previously-existing Road Traffic Act scheme, which […]

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IOSH slams ‘jobsworths’ for hijacking health and safety

by carol11smith December 11, 2013 Accident Claims Law

Jobsworths have hijacked the good name of health and safety, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) claimed, following the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE’s) expose into report received by its Myth Busters Challenge Panel. Managers and other officials are preventing the public from conducting a variety of activities due to a range of […]

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